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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. Cornea Transplants: Older Donors OK

      April 1, 2008 -- Cornea transplants from older donors work just as well as corneas transplanted from younger donors. The finding, from a clinical trial involving 43 eye banks, means that corneas from donors up to age 75 can now be transplanted. This will expand the donor pool by as much as 20% to 35

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    8. 'Robo' Gene Fights Macular Degeneration

      March 17, 2008 -- New research shows that a gene called Robo4 could help curb or prevent two leading causes of blindness: age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy. "This discovery has significant implications for developing drugs that activate Robo4 to treat AMD and diabetic r

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    9. Survey: Americans Unaware of Eye Risks

      March 13, 2008 -- Most Americans in a survey were in the dark about common eye problems that could lead to blindness. That's according to newly released findings from the Survey of Public Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Related to Eye Health and Disease. About 3,000 adults were randomly telephone

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    10. Race May Affect Macular Degeneration

      Feb. 11, 2008 -- Whites over the age of 65 may face a higher risk of losing their sight due to macular degeneration than African-Americans. A new study of more than 2,500 elderly people shows whites are more likely than African-Americans to show early signs of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

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