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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Retina Stem Cells May Restore Sight

    Nov. 8, 2006 - Timing may be everything when it comes to restoring lost eyesight through stem cell therapy. In a new study, retina stem cells harvested at a particular stage of development successfully restored visual function in mice affected by a common cause of blindness also found in humans, kno

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  6. Laser Won't Stop AMD Vision Loss

    Nov. 3, 2006 – It's final: Low-intensity laser treatment doesn't prevent vision loss from age-related macular degeneration , or AMD. That finding comes from a definitive study of more than 1,000 people at 22 eye centers throughout the U.S. Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vis

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  7. Exercise May Protect Eyesight

    Oct. 30, 2006 - Exercise may not only save your figure, it could save your eyesight. A new study suggests that regular exercise can reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration macular degeneration (AMD) by up to 70%. AMD is a degenerative eye disease in which the light-sensitive cells in the

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  8. Major Eye Disease Linked to Gene

    Oct. 19, 2006 -- You may one day be able to take a blood test to find out your risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of age-related vision loss. That's because people with a certain gene variation may be up to seven times more likely to get AMD, a new study shows. AMD af

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  9. LASIK Surgery: Safer Than Contacts?

    Oct. 10, 2006 -- The widely held belief that wearing contact lenses is safer than having laser surgery for vision correction is being challenged. A leading eye doctor says contact lens users are actually more likely to develop complications that lead to vision loss over time than patients who have L

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  10. Macular Degeneration Drug Adds Vision

    Oct. 4, 2006 -- Lucentis, a newly approved drug for age-related macular degeneration, not only prevents blindness but actually improves many patients' vision. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in people aged 50 and older. The major finding comes from two clinical trials reported

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