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  1. Lazy Eye May Be Reversible in Adults

    April 30, 2007 -- Amblyopia, or "lazy eye," may be reversible in adults, according to preliminary tests done on rats. The experiments were done in Italy by Alessandro Sale, PhD, and colleagues. Sale works in Pisa, Italy, at the Scuola Normale Superiore. In amblyopia, one eye is stronger than another

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  2. Genes, Lifestyle Affect Aging Eyes

    April 24, 2007 -- Your genes and lifestyle may affect your odds of developing macular degeneration, a new study shows. Macular degeneration, also called age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is America's leading cause of vision loss. It becomes more common with age and happens when the macula -- a

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  3. Over 40? LASIK Eye Surgery Succeeds

    April 20, 2007 -- More and more baby boomers are having laser eye surgery to free themselves from contacts, bifocals, and even reading glasses. Now new research finds that most can expect good outcomes when they have realistic expectations. "Patients 40 and over present special challenges, and they

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  4. Beta-Carotene Pills May Not Help Eyes

    March 14, 2007 -- You may not want to count on beta-carotene pills to prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD). A new study in Archives of Ophthalmology shows that healthy men taking beta-carotene pills for 12 years were as likely to develop age-related maculopathy (ARM), which includes AMD, a

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  5. Dry Eye Syndrome May Cut Life Quality

    March 13, 2007 -- Dry eye syndrome may make vision significantly harder while reading, driving, working, watching TV, or using computers, a new study shows. Dry eye syndrome is marked by a deficiency in the quantity or quality of tears and may also include eye irritation, dryness, fatigue, and visua

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  6. Action Video Games May Boost Vision

    Feb. 8, 2007 -- Action video games may sharpen vision by helping players learn to ignore visual distractions. So say University of Rochester brain and cognitive science researchers Daphne Bavelier, PhD and C. Shawn Green, a graduate student. They found that novice video game players improved their a

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  7. Macular Degeneration: Preserving Eyesight

    Q: My mother, 63, recently learned she has early signs of age-related macular degeneration. What can she do to preserve her eyesight? Would certain nutritional supplements help? A: Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is the most common of all retinal disorders (damage to the eye's retina) and th

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  8. LASIK vs. LASEK: Both Safe, Effective

    Dec. 29, 2006 -- Vision correction surgery patients will get just as good results from LASIK as from LASEK, a new study shows. Both surgeries use lasers to cut flaps in the cornea to correct its shape. LASEK (laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy) cuts only the outside surface of the cornea. This

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  9. Elizabeth Goldring

    By Christian Debenedetti In a cluttered office on the third floor of the MIT Museum building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a blue-eyed woman peers intently into a small white box. The box, cobbled together out of foam board, seems a common thing. But inside it, something extraordinary is revealing it

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  10. LASIK Surgery Boosts Vision Long Term

    Nov. 13, 2006 -- If you're considering laser surgery to correct your nearsightedness, you can rest assured that the results will last long term. A team of researchers from Spain tracked LASIK surgery (laser in-situ keratomileusis) and its forerunner, PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). In both proced

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