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  1. Glaucoma: Unproven Treatment Methods - Topic Overview

    Because glaucoma can't be cured and treatment doesn't always prevent further loss of vision,you may be attracted to trying a treatment that some people claim is helpful,even though it has not been medically proved to work. Some alternative remedies can be harmful. Even when these treatments are not harmful,they can be expensive and time-consuming. Some alternative or complementary ...

  2. Thermal Keratoplasty for Farsightedness - Topic Overview

    Thermal keratoplasty is a type of refractive surgery that uses heat to change the shape of the cornea by shrinking the collagen fibers in the cornea. Though the treatment is not effective for severe farsightedness (hyperopia),it has been shown to correct mild to moderate farsightedness. Thermal keratoplasty can be applied through a laser (noncontact) or probes (contact). Noncontact technique ...

  3. Color Blindness - Topic Overview

    Color-Blindness-Topic Overview

  4. Blocked Tear Ducts - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about blocked tear ducts:What is a blocked tear duct?What can cause a blocked tear duct in an adult?Being diagnosed:What is a dye disappearance test?Getting treatment:Should my baby have a procedure to open a blocked tear duct?What does a probing procedure involve?What is intubation for a blocked tear duct?What is infracturing surgery?What is balloon dacryocystoplasty?What is dacryocystorhinostomy?What are endoscopic and laser dacryocystorhinostomy?

  5. Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Taking Vitamins - Topic Overview

    There are many studies being done to look at whether certain vitamin and mineral supplements and combinations of supplements may help prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or delay vision loss in people who already have it.For example, the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) is a major research effort by the U.S. National Eye Institute. The first AREDS study found that supplementing your diet with high levels of vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene, called antioxidants, and the mineral zinc may help slow the progress of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and delay vision loss if you already have moderate or severe AMD. There is no evidence that the supplements are helpful if you do not have AMD or only have a mild form of the disease.1The study showed the largest benefit for people who had already begun to develop AMD (intermediate AMD) in one or both eyes or who had advanced AMD in one eye. In these groups, the risk for advanced AMD or for AMD in the other eye was

  6. Blocked Tear Ducts: Infracturing - Topic Overview

    Infracturing is a type of surgery that involves breaking and repositioning one of the bones within the nose (inferior turbinate) to help resolve a blocked tear duct. This procedure may be done if the nose structure is pressing against and blocking the lower end of the tear duct. The procedure is done in the hospital using general anesthesia. The person stays in the hospital 1 to 3 hours after ...

  7. Glaucoma - Topic Overview

    Information about glaucoma.

  8. Low-Vision Accommodations in Your Home - Topic Overview

    These are just a few suggestions on ways you can make living with low vision easier and safer. Low-vision rehabilitation specialists can provide you with detailed information and training on managing your household and other activities that can be more challenging when you have reduced vision. Lighting Position lighting so that it is aimed at what you want to see,and away from your eyes. Add ...

  9. Corneal Ring Implants for Nearsightedness

    Corneal ring implants are clear pieces of acrylic that can be surgically implanted into the clear, dome-shaped bulge at the front of the eye called the cornea.

  10. Cataracts - Symptoms

    Not all cataracts impair vision or affect daily living. For those that do, common symptoms include: cloudy, fuzzy, foggy, or filmy vision, glare from lamps or the sun, difficulty driving at night due to glare from headlights.

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