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  1. 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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  2. Cataract Surgery May Help Prevent Hip Fractures

    July 31, 2012 -- Helping older people see more clearly may help to lower their risk for falls and potentially disabling hip fractures. A new study shows having surgery to correct cataracts may reduce the risk of hip fractures among elderly people by up to 23%. Falls and the resulting bone fractures

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  3. Children's Vision and the New Classroom Technology

    Today's teachers make full use of computers, interactive whiteboards, digital devices, and even 3D technology to enhance the learning environment. Forty percent of teachers use computers for instruction, and at least one computer is in 97% of all American classrooms. That adds up to a lot of screen

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  4. How Fireworks May Harm the Eyes

    July 3, 2012 -- Putting on protective eyewear before setting off fireworks may help prevent common firework-related injuries. A new study suggests exposure to flying debris from firework explosions may be a bigger factor in eye injuries than the force of the blasts themselves. Researchers found that

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  5. Aging Eyes Are Seeing Better

    June 29, 2012 -- There has been a dramatic drop in vision impairment among older Americans over the last generation, new research shows. The prevalence of self-reported eyesight issues that limit activity declined by well over 50% in just two and a half decades, according to data from two nationally

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  6. Eye Diseases Rising at Rapid Rates in U.S.

    June 20, 2012 -- Vision problems -- many of them potentially causing severe vision loss or blindness -- are on the rise in the U.S., according to a new report. Most dramatic is the rise in diabetic retinopathy, says Jeff Todd, chief operating officer of Prevent Blindness America, which issued the re

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  7. Fruit May Protect Against Diabetes Eye Problems

    June 14, 2012 (Philadelphia) -- Here's another reason for people with diabetes to eat plenty of fruit: It may help prevent eye complications that can lead to vision loss. Japanese researchers studied 978 people with diabetes who filled out detailed food questionnaires. They were followed for eight y

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  8. More People -- Even Kids -- Need to Wear Sunglasses

    May 17, 2012 -- With summer nearly upon us, our sunglass habits could use improvement, according to a new report issued today by The Vision Council, an industry group. While 73% of adults do wear sunglasses, only 58% of them make their children wear shades, too, the report found. More than half of u

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  9. Eye Color Linked to Skin Diseases

    May 7, 2012 -- They say "the eyes are the window to the soul." But a new study suggests the eyes may also offer a sneak peek at the risk of serious skin problems down the road. The results showed that people with blue eyes were less likely to develop vitiligo. Meanwhile, people with brown eyes were

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  10. Saving on Eye Care: Bargains and Risks

    In a tough economy, saving money is on everyone's mind. But when it comes to eye care, experts say that what you do to save money today may put you at risk of much higher costs in the future. "As people try to ration their income, they will often choose to forgo or skip their routine eye exam," says

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