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  1. New Drug Slows Wet Macular Degeneration

    Aug. 21, 2003 -- An experimental new drug may save the eyesight of older adults who suffer from a vision-robbing disease known as wet macular degeneration, according to new research. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of legal blindness and vision impairment among adults over 60 and is also k

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  2. Sight-Saving Statins?

    Aug. 18, 2003 -- Might statins save your sight? New evidence suggests that the cholesterol-lowering drugs prevent macular degeneration. Age-related macular degeneration is a major reason elderly people lose much of their sight. It's caused by a breakdown of light-sensitive cells right in the center

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  3. Eye Drops an Option for Lazy-Eye Kids

    Aug. 8, 2003 -- Eye patches help kids with lazy eye. But kids hate wearing them. Soon they may have another option. Lazy eye -- amblyopia to doctors -- isn't really an eye problem. It happens when a child's brain ignores input from one eye. The treatment: Cover the good eye with a patch, forcing the

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  4. Tight Necktie May Boost Glaucoma Risk

    July 28, 2003 -- Depending on your tastes, wearing neckties may be an assault to some folks' vision. According to a new study, wearing them too tightly may harm your own. Researchers say that a too-tight necktie may increase the risk of glaucoma by boosting blood pressure inside the eyes to dangerou

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  5. LASIK Problems Reduced With New Laser

    July 24, 2003 -- Patients who had faced the highest risk of LASIK-caused complications -- or were turned down altogether for the popular vision-correction procedure because of their pupil size -- can now have it done safely, thanks to a new type of laser. A new study, published in the July issue of

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  6. Black Grease Seems Best For Eye Glare

    July 14, 2003 - Baseball players had it right all along: To reduce eye glare, old-fashioned black grease works better than antiglare stickers, according to a new study. It's an issue of seeing a speeding object, like a football or baseball, while facing the full glare of the sun or lights. Sunlight

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  7. Airbags Don't Pose Eye Injury Risk

    June 24, 2003 - An airbag may very likely save your life during an automobile accident, and contrary to popular belief, it won't do so at the price of your eyesight. A new study shows the risk of eye injury due to a rapidly deployed airbag is extremely low and wearing glasses won't necessarily incre

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  8. Obesity Linked to Blindness

    June 12, 2003 -- Age-related macular degeneration -- a major cause of blindness -- is much more dangerous in obese people. And the bigger a person's waist, the greater the risk that macular degeneration will lead to vision loss, a new study shows. But there's also some good news in the report by Har

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  9. What You Can Learn From Video Games

    May 28, 2003 -- Even violent video games aren't all bad. A new study shows that playing action video games improves several key visual skills. The games that do this trick require a player to keep track of several changing objects at one time. These games also mean responding to separate tasks happe

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  10. Lazy Eye in Children: Less Patch Time OK

    May 12, 2003 -- Treatment for lazy eye in children is about to get much easier. A new study shows that wearing an eye patch for only two hours a day works just as well -- and just as fast -- as wearing the patch for six hours. It's been common wisdom that the more a kid with a lazy eye wears a patch

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