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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Egg Eye Injuries Send Docs Scrambling

    Sept. 20, 2006 -- Attention ghouls, goblins, and ghosts: Don't even think about hurling eggs at people on Halloween. If an airborne egg smacks someone in the face, it may cause serious eye damage. Who would do such a thing? Apparently, it happens fairly often in Liverpool, England, especially around

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  5. Higher Prices for Contact Lenses?

    Sept. 15, 2006 -- A dispute between contact lens manufacturers, sellers, and eye care professionals could soon have 38 million consumers paying more for their lenses. The fight involves little-publicized distribution agreements that restrict sales of certain lens brands to doctor or optometrist offi

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  6. Weightlifting May Boost Glaucoma Risk

    Sept. 11, 2006 -- Weightlifting makes you stronger, but it might boost eye pressure, making glaucoma more likely. So say Geraldo Magela Vieira, MD, and colleagues in the Archives of Ophthalmology. Vieira works at the Institute of Specialized Ophthalmology and UNIPLAC medical school in Brasilia, Braz

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  7. Update on Contact Lens Eye Infection

    Aug. 22, 2006 -- Users of a recently recalled contact lens solution by Bausch & Lomb were more than 20 times as likely to develop a potentially blinding eye infection as nonusers. The CDC study released today shows that 164 confirmed cases of the corneal infection Fusarium keratitis were reported in

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  8. Eat Your Veggies, Keep Your Vision

    Aug. 14, 2006 -- Women who eat lots of leafy greens, broccoli, squash, corn, and peas may have sharper vision as they age. Those vegetables contain two nutrients -- lutein and zeaxanthin -- that may lower a healthy woman's risk of developing age-related macular degeneration macular degeneration (AMD

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  9. Fish Oil May Help Save Your Eyes

    July 10, 2006 -- To help save your vision as you age, you may want to give fish oil the thumbs up and cigarettes the thumbs down. Age-related macular degeneration macular degeneration (AMD) -- the leading cause of age-related vision loss -- is nearly twice as common in elderly smokers as nonsmokers.

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  10. FDA OKs Macular Degeneration Drug

    June 30, 2006 -- The FDA today approved Lucentis (ranibizumab injection) to treat patients with "wet" age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The eye disease is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people 60 and older. In AMD, the retina's central area (macula) deteriorates. In the "wet" AMD,

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