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  1. New Treatment to Restore Near Vision Approved

    March 23, 2004 -- The FDA has approved a new treatment that may make it easier for millions of baby boomers to read this article.   Yesterday, the agency approved the NearVision CK procedure for the treatment of presbyopia. The minimally invasive treatment uses radio waves to reshape the cornea and

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  2. Risk Factors for Dry Eye Found Among Elderly

    March 8, 2004 -- Elderly people with allergies or diabetes may face a higher risk of developing dry eye syndrome due to the medications they use, a new study reports. Researchers say dry eye syndrome is a common source of discomfort among the elderly and can seriously affect quality of life. But lit

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  3. Computer Error -- or Uncorrected Vision?

    March 5, 2004 -- The newest computer error message: Get your vision checked. Even a small, uncorrected vision problem increases computer errors, a new study shows. Kent Daum, PhD, OD, of the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and colleagues tested 39 men and women on a variety of computer tasks. The

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  4. Hogwarts Headaches Plague 'Potter' Fans

    Oct. 30, 2003 -- Avid readers of Harry Potter's prolific saga may suffer from a unique form of "Hogwarts headaches." But the antidote to this strange condition doesn't require any wizardry, just a little patience. A report in this week's New England Journal of Medicine describes three cases of child

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  5. Spooky Contact Lenses May Harm Eyes

    Oct. 28, 2003 -- Transforming your eyes from green to ghoulish with novelty contact lenses may seem like good Halloween fun, but experts say nonprescription contact lenses can play dangerous tricks with your eyesight. A new study documents six cases of teenagers and young adults who developed seriou

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  6. New Treatment Makes Old Eyes Young Again

    Sept. 9, 2003 -- Imagine having the eyes you had when you were 20. An experimental new material promises to do just that and may one day eliminate the need for bifocals by helping old eyes feel and see like new again. Researchers say the gel-like material may eventually be used to replace old, aging

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  7. A Blind Man 'Learns' to See

    Aug. 25, 2003 -- Michael May had been totally blind for four decades when he underwent the experimental operation that "restored" his sight three and a half years ago. While the surgery was a success, May, like others who have regained their vision after decades of blindness, still sees the world ve

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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