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    1. Avastin as Good as Lucentis for AMD Treatment

      April 29, 2011 -- Fifty-dollars worth of Avastin prevents blindness from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and does it just as well as $2,000 worth of Lucentis, a federally funded clinical trial finds. AMD, the leading cause of blindness in the U.S., is the result of abnormal growth and leakag

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    2. Vegetarians May Have Lower Risk of Cataracts

      April 20, 2011 -- People who eat meat may be at increased risk of developing cataracts compared to vegetarians, a new study shows. Researchers at the University of Oxford in England say vegetarians and vegans are 30% to 40% less likely to develop cataracts than people who eat a lot of meat. Other fa

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    3. Vitamin D Levels May Affect Macular Degeneration Risk

      April 11, 2011 -- Women younger than 75 who get sufficient vitamin D in their diets appear to have a reduced risk of a leading cause of blindness, new research indicates. In the study, researchers say women under 75 who got the most vitamin D had a 59% decreased risk of developing age-related macula

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    4. My WebMD: Learning to Live With Blindness

      I've been going blind my whole life. I was born with choroideremia, a rare, inherited disorder that causes gradual vision loss. My doctors diagnosed it when I was 14, after my pediatrician saw small spots in my eyes. I had known I was having trouble seeing, especially at night, but at that age I did

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    5. Fatty Fish May Cut Risk of Macular Degeneration

      March 14, 2011 -- Eating fatty fish one or more times a week may reduce your risk for developing age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss in people aged 60 and older. The new findings appear online in the Archives of Opthalmology. About 9 million Americans aged 40 and older s

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    6. Bottle Rockets Hurt Kids

      Jan. 10, 2010 -- Medical groups such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology have been warning for years about the dangers posed to children by fireworks, and now a new study warns that bottle rockets may be particularly dangerous. It says bottle rockets can lead to permanent loss of vision, or at

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    7. Fewer Americans Have AMD

      Jan. 10, 2011 -- Fewer adults in the U.S. are developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), possibly because of healthier lifestyles, researchers report in this month's Archives of Ophthalmology. AMD is an eye disease that gradually makes it difficult to see fine details, such as numbers on a w

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    8. Acupuncture May Help Lazy Eye

      Dec. 13, 2010 -- Acupuncture treatments to treat one type of lazy eye proved as good as the traditional patching of the eye used to help the eyes work together, according to a new study. ''Acupuncture could potentially become an alternative treatment to occlusion [patching] therapy for ambylopia [la

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    9. Omega-3s May Cut Risk of Macular Degeneration

      Dec. 1, 2010 -- New research indicates that diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids from fish and shellfish may be good for the eyes of older Americans, offering protection against age-related macular degeneration, a common cause of blindness in the U.S. The findings are published in the December issue of

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    10. New Laser Surgery for Cataracts in the Works

      Nov. 17, 2010 -- An experimental image-guided laser technique could change the way cataract surgery is performed for decades to come. Experts say guided lasers will allow eye surgeons to perform cataract surgeries in less time with more precision, meaning that more patients could end up with 20/20 v

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