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    1. Healthy Diet May Help Seniors' Vision

      Dec. 27, 2005 -- A healthy diet may be a feast for aging eyes. A new Dutch study links diets rich in four antioxidants -- beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc -- to lower odds of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The study by Redmer van Leeuwen, MD, PhD, and colleagues appe

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    2. Glaucoma Runs in the Family

      Dec. 19, 2005 -- If you have a sister or brother with glaucoma, your risk of developing the eye impairment may be four times the expected population risk, according to a study in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. Based on these findings, the authors recommend siblings of glaucoma patients have t

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    3. New Contact Lenses, Old Infection Risk

      Dec. 6, 2005 -- The newest extended-wear contact lenses have a similar risk of eye infections as older soft lenses worn for fewer nights. That news is reported in Ophthalmology. It comes from postmarketing studies funded by CIBA Vision, which makes the silicone hydrogel lenses, marketed as Night & D

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    4. Squint at Computer Screen: Eye Risk?

      Dec. 2, 2005 - The more you squint at a computer screen, the more you may be putting your eyes at risk. A new study shows the more people squint at a computer screen, the less they blink, and the more they reported symptoms like eye strain, dryness, irritation, and tearing. Researchers found squinti

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    5. Don't Want Dry Eyes? Eat Your Tuna

      Oct. 20, 2005 -- Women who eat a diet rich in tuna are less likely to have dry eye syndrome. Dry eye syndrome afflicts more than 10 million Americans. Artificial tears help but offer only temporary relief. Might diet play a role? A clue comes from the nearly 40,000 female health professionals aged 4

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    6. Slew of New Lenses Act Like Real Eyes

      Oct. 17, 2005 (Chicago) -- As more Americans age and require glasses, manufacturers are developing a variety of new lenses that can be placed in the eye that act more like the normal eye. "We are seeing more and more options," said John Vukich, MD, associate professor of ophthalmology at the Univers

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    7. New Eye Drugs Treat Macular Degeneration

      Oct. 17, 2005 (Chicago) -- Some ophthalmologists are treating an increasing number of people at risk for severe vision loss from age-related macular degeneration with a drug approved for cancer. And others are expressing optimism about the promise of new drugs now available or in the approval proces

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    8. Cigarettes Linked to Late-Life Blindness

      Sept. 7, 2005 - Need another reason to stop smoking? Cigarette smokers are far more likely than nonsmokers to go blind late in life, but few people are aware of the risk, new research suggests. Smoking was associated with a two- to threefold increase in the risk of developing age-related macular deg

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    9. Cosmic Radiation May Up Cataracts in Pilots

      Aug. 8, 2005 -- Exposure to high-altitude cosmic radiation may make commercial pilots more likely to get cataracts than nonpilots. Cataracts in the center of the eye's lens were three times as common among commercial pilots as among their peers who weren't pilots, write researchers from Iceland in t

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    10. Study: Fruits, Veggies May Help Avoid Cataracts

      June 17, 2005 -- Eating lots of fruits and vegetables may help avoid cataracts, say researchers in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition . "High intake of fruits and vegetables may have a modest protective effect" against cataracts, they write. The research team included William Christen of Har

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