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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Cholesterol Drugs May Avert Cataracts

    June 20, 2006 -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs -- especially Zocor -- appear to lower the risk of the most common kind of age-related cataract. Cataracts Cataracts -- clouding of the lens of the eye -- become more common as people age. There's some evidence that cataracts are less common in peop

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  7. Bausch & Lomb Recalls Lens Solution

    May 15, 2006 -- Bausch & Lomb is recalling its ReNu with MoistureLoc contact lens solution worldwide. The recall comes in light of a spike in cases of a rare eye infection, Fusarium keratitis, in contact lens users. The recall doesn't include any other ReNu products or generic brands of the contact

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  8. Eyesight Need a Fix? You're Not Alone

    May 9, 2006 -- Millions of people in the U.S. have bad eyesight, and most of them could see more clearly with a little help. In The Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers estimate that approximately 14 million U.S. people aged 12 and older have "visual impairment," and that more th

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  9. Eyeglasses Can Be Hazardous

    April 28, 2006 -- Eyeglasses may help you see better and avoid walking into trouble every day, but a new study shows failing to protect those specs during risky activities could put your eyes at risk. Researchers found injuries related to wearing eyeglasses sent an estimated 27,000 people to emergen

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  10. Contact Lens Solution, Eye Fungus Link

    April 11, 2006 -- A U.S. outbreak of sight-threatening eye fungus is linked to a contact lens solution, the FDA has announced. There's no proof that the contact lens solution actually caused the 109 U.S. cases of an unusual eye fungus infection reported to the CDC. So far, only 30 cases have been fu

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