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  1. Eat Spinach, Prevent Cataracts?

    Dec. 3, 2004 -- Eating lots of spinach and other leafy green vegetables may help protect your eyes from damage caused by the sun and reduce the risk of cataracts, according to a new study. Although vitamin manufacturers have touted the benefits of the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin in promoting

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  2. Heavy Computer Use Linked to Glaucoma

    Nov. 15, 2004 -- Spending too much time looking at a computer screen may raise your risk of the vision-robbing eye disease glaucoma, particularly if you're nearsighted, according to a new Japanese study. Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that ultimately cause damage to the optic nerve. It can lead

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  3. Weekend Treatments May Correct Lazy Eye

    Nov. 1, 2004 -- Treating a child with eye drops on the weekend alone may be enough to correct a lazy eye, according to a new study. Researchers say the findings suggest that giving drops just twice during the weekend to children with a lazy eye is just as effective as giving them daily eye drops or

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  4. Spooky Contact Lenses May Threaten Sight

    Oct. 29, 2004 -- Cat-like or hypnotic decorative contact lenses may sound like the perfect addition to your Halloween costume, but FDA officials say the effects can be frightening. The FDA is warning people about the risks of using decorative or special effect lenses that were not obtained from an e

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  5. Implanted Lens Approved for Nearsightedness

    Sept. 13, 2004 -- The FDA today approved a new type of permanently implanted plastic lens that may help eliminate the need for contact lenses or glasses in people with nearsightedness. The implanted lens also offers an alternative to laser surgery such as LASIK for people with this common vision pro

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  6. Implantable Contact Lenses Safe, Effective

    Sept. 1, 2004 -- Wish you never had to change your contact lenses? That day may be coming. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just released an update on its long-term clinical trial of implantable collamer lenses, which are used for moderate to high myopia (nearsightedness). People with myopi

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  7. LASIK Results Favorable Among Patients

    Aug. 24, 2004 -- Considering LASIK eye surgery? Most people who have had the procedure are happy with their results, according to a study in the journal Current Opinion in Ophthalmology. LASIK is a procedure uses a laser to permanently change the shape of the cornea, the clear covering of the front

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  8. Lazy Eye Treatments Don't Traumatize Children

    Aug. 4, 2004 -- The eye patches and glasses used to treat young children with lazy eye may cause some distress among parents, but new research suggests they aren't likely to harm the children's emotional well-being. In the largest study to date on the emotional impact of lazy eye treatments in child

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  9. Broccoli May Prevent Blindness

    July 13, 2004 -- To protect your eyesight, try broccoli. An antioxidant found in broccoli may be a powerful force in preventing blindness. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have discovered that sulforaphane, the naturally occurring antioxidant in broccoli and broccoli sprout

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  10. Fruit May Help Prevent Macular Degeneration

    June 14, 2004 -- Eating at least three servings of fruit a day may help prevent the most common cause of blindness in older people. A new study shows that people who ate three or more servings per day of fruits had a 36% lower risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARM) compared those who ate les

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