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  1. FDA Approves 'Bionic Eye' for Rare Vision Disorder

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 14 (HealthDay News) -- An implanted, sight-enhancing device some are calling a "bionic eye" is the first to gain approval for use in the United States, officials announced Thursday. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the new Argus

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  2. Aspirin Linked to Blinding Eye Disease

    Jan. 22, 2013 -- Regular aspirin users are more likely to develop the “wet” form of age-related macular degeneration compared to people who rarely or never take the drug, a new study shows. Aspirin is one of the most widely used drugs in the world. Millions of people with heart disease take a daily

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  3. New Eye Test May Help Predict Risk of Glaucoma

    Jan. 4, 2013 -- A new study from Australia may offer a new way of identifying people at risk of glaucoma years before vision loss happens. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness. But because vision damage often occurs gradually, most people with the eye disease do not realize they have it until a

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  4. Regular Aspirin Use May Boost Risk of Eye Problem

    Dec. 18, 2012 -- Taking aspirin regularly appears to slightly raise the risk of the eye condition known as age-related macular degeneration or AMD, new research suggests. The increased risk only occurred with people who had taken aspirin regularly 10 years before they were diagnosed with the potenti

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  5. Vision Problems Rising Rapidly in the U.S.

    Dec. 11, 2012 -- The diabetes and obesity epidemics may be fueling a dramatic rise in the number of people with vision problems, a new study suggests. Rates of vision problems that can’t be treated with glasses or contact lenses, known as nonrefractive vision problems, increased by 21% between two s

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  6. iPads May Help Those With 'Low Vision' Read Better

    Nov. 12, 2012 -- iPads and other tablets with backlit screens may allow millions of people with "low vision" to read faster and easier, a new study suggests. Low vision is an umbrella term for people who still have trouble reading, watching TV, or performing other daily activities despite glasses, c

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  7. 10 Tips for Healthy Eyes

    By Amanda Greene Learn how to keep your vision strong   March is National Save Your Vision Month, which is a good reminder not to take healthy eyesight for granted. “When you’re seeing well and have no irritation, it’s easy to forget about going to the eye doctor,” says Pamela Lowe, OD, FAAO. But pr

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  8. You Can See Clearly Now

    Quick! Put your hands on your head. Are your glasses there? Grab your neck — are they dangling there? Now, hold your electric bill four feet from your face and try to read it.... Welcome to the midlife version of Simon Says, a nearly universal condition known as presbyopia, which translates roughly

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  9. Statins May Protect Against Glaucoma

    Oct. 4, 2012 -- People taking the popular cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins lowered their risk for the most common form of glaucoma by 8%, according to a new study. That finding is published in the October issue of Ophthalmology, a journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and is bas

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  10. Time Outside May Reduce Nearsightedness in Kids

    Aug. 3, 2012 -- Spending more time outside may help protect children's eyesight. New research suggests that increasing the amount of time children spend outdoors may reduce the risk of developing myopia, or nearsightedness. Nearsightedness is a common vision problem in which objects in the distance

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