SEATTLE, March 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — LumiThera Inc., a developmental stage medical device company creating a non-invasive photobiomodulation (PBM) treatment for ocular disorders and disease, today announced it has obtained Health Canada approval of their LIGHTSITE clinical study to treat dry Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) subjects. The pilot clinical trial is in part sponsored by a grant with the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the division of the National Eye Institute (NEI).
Age-related macular degeneration(ARMD) accounts for 8.7% of all blindness worldwide and is the most common cause of blindness in developed countries, particularly in people older than 60 years. Its prevalence is likely to increase as a consequence of exponential population aging. Approximately, 85-90% of the AMD patients have the “dry” form of the disease. The emotional and socioeconomic impact of AMD is large because of the reading and driving vision impairment caused by the disease, which primarily affects central (straight-on) rather than peripheral (side) vision.