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  1. Nearly Half of Eye Injuries Occur at Home

    July 2, 2008 -- Fireworks-related eye injuries are a big reason why the Fourth of July holds the distinction of being America's most dangerous holiday. But eye injuries in the home occur every day of the year, and most can be avoided, experts say. A new study shows that nearly half of the 2.5 millio

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  2. Warning Suggested for Contact Solutions

    June 10, 2008 -- Experts on Tuesday backed new warnings and stricter testing for contact lens solutions used by millions of consumers. The recommendations come in the wake of infection outbreaks that caused product recalls and alarm among patients. The recommendations of an FDA advisory panel are li

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  3. FDA Panel Eyes Contact Lens Products

    June 9, 2008 -- Wear contact lenses? An FDA advisory panel is eyeing ways to curb infection risk from contact lens products. In recent years, several companies have recalled their multipurpose solutions for contact lenses because of outbreaks of sight-threatening eye infections -- Acanthamoeba kerat

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  4. Eating Fatty Fish Can Help Aging Eyes

    June 10, 2008 -- Eating fish at least twice a week may help protect your eyes as you age. A review of studies shows that eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids helps ward off macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is the main cause of severe vision loss in people older than 60. Age-related ma

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  5. New Artificial Cornea Shows Promise

    May 16, 2008 -- Researchers from Stanford University have developed an artificial cornea, which they say could make cornea transplants involving donors a thing of the past and help millions of blind people see again. The polymer-based cornea has not been implanted in humans, but it is showing promis

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  6. Reading in Dim Light

    Q: My daughter loves to read by a dim light at night. Isn’t it true that this could damage her eyes? A: Conventional wisdom claims that reading in the dark wrecks the eyes. But children everywhere who love to read at night under the covers can rejoice, because this myth is FALSE. Dim light might mak

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  7. Gene Therapy for Retinal Blindness?

    April 28, 2008 -- Gene therapy may improve the sight of people with Leber's congenital amaurosis, an inherited cause of blindness, two new studies show. Together, the studies included six patients with genetic mutations that cause Leber's congenital amaurosis, which affects the retina. Before gene t

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  8. Experts Advise New Warnings for LASIK

    April 25, 2008 -- The FDA should do more to warn patients about the risks of popular laser vision corrective surgery, an expert panel has concluded. The recommendations came after more than a dozen LASIK patients or their family members testified Friday about severe reactions to the surgery. Most sa

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  9. Telescope for Macular Degeneration?

    April 23, 2008 -- Could an implantable miniature telescope give macular degeneration patients a vision boost when they run out of other options? An FDA advisory panel takes up that question later this week. Macular degeneration, the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over age 60, slowly s

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  10. Hormones May Cut Women's Risk of AMD

    April 14, 2008 -- There is growing evidence that hormone therapy may help protect older women against the leading cause of age-related blindness, but the findings should not change the current view that hormones should only be used to treat the symptoms of menopause, experts say. In a new analysis f

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