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    1. KAMRA Implant for Near Vision Gets OK’d

      April 22, 2015 -- The FDA has approved the first short-distance vision implant for some people with normal worsening of vision with age, or presbyopia. The agency says in a news release that the KAMRA implant is meant for people ages 45 to 60 who haven’t had cataract surgery, can’t focus clearly on

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    2. Calcium Supplements Tied to Macular Degeneration

      April 10, 2015 -- Older people who take more than 800 milligrams of calcium a day are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition that causes severe vision loss, according to a new study in JAMA Ophthalmology. The link was found only in people 68 a

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    3. Digital Compass Helps Blind Rats 'See'

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research in rats suggests a special compass might one day help blind people navigate their physical environments. Using a head-mounted device, Japanese scientists attached a microstimulator and a digital compass to t

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    4. Sun's Damage Lingers Long After Dark

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Skin damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation continues long after you get out of the sun, even in the dark, a new study says. Researchers explain that UV light from the sun or tanning beds can damage DNA in melanocyt

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    5. Some Blind People Use Echolocation to 'See'

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some people who are blind develop an alternate sense -- called echolocation -- to help them "see," a new study indicates. In addition to relying on their other senses, people who are blind may also use echoes to d

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    6. Improper Contact Lens Use and Eye Infections

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans misuse contact lenses -- wearing them too long, not cleaning them properly -- and that causes almost a million cases of eye infection in the United States annually, a new report finds. These infec

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    7. Google Glass Might Curb Your Vision

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Since its initial launch in 2013, Google Glass has been touted as a revolutionary entry into the world of "smart" eyewear. The promise: a broadly expanded visual experience with on-the-move, hands-free access to photos, video

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    8. Scientists Set Sights on 1st Whole-Eye Transplant

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In the world of 21st-century medicine, organ transplantation is nothing new. The first kidney transplant took place in 1950, followed by the first liver transplant in 1963 and the first human heart transplant in 1967. By 20

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    9. Disease Severity in One Eye May Predict This

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The severity of age-related macular degeneration in one eye is associated with the risk of developing the disease and its progression in the other eye, a new study finds. "Macular degeneration is a disease of the retina

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    10. Goodbye to Reading Glasses?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new implantable eye device might make reading glasses a thing of the past, researchers report. Many people over age 40 develop blurriness in their near vision (presbyopia), which makes it difficult to see up close. The c

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