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  1. Eye Disease Linked to Memory Decline

    March 14, 2012 -- To update the old saying, the eyes may be the windows to the brain. A new study suggests that people with even minimal eye damage involving the blood vessels of the retina, due to vascular disease, have a higher risk for memory and thinking declines. Researchers say problems with t

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  2. How to Pick Good Sunglasses

    Sunglasses can give you instant James Dean cool, Audrey Hepburn glamour, or the rock star hipness of Bono. But they are much more than a fashion accessory. Sunglasses are an essential tool in safeguarding the health of your eyes and the surrounding tissue. Here's what you need to know about what sun

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  3. Gene Therapy Helps People With Inherited Blindness See

    Feb. 8, 2012 -- Functionally blind for many years, Tami Morehouse calls the gene therapy that partially restored her sight nothing short of a miracle. Morehouse was the first of 12 patients with a rare congenital retinal disease to receive the experimental treatment in one eye three years ago, and s

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  4. Signs of Vision Problems in Young Kids

    Everyone has a vision of what children's eye problems look like: Squinting, sitting too close to the television, rubbing their eyes. Though those can be symptoms of vision issues, sometimes there are no signs your child isn't seeing well. Here's what to watch out for and what to do about it. In the

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  5. Stem Cells: New Hope for Macular Degeneration

    Jan. 23, 2012 -- Two legally blind women with macular degeneration are the first people ever to get new retina cells grown from human embryonic stem cells. One patient has dry macular degeneration, the top cause of blindness in developed nations. The other has Stargardt's disease, the leading cause

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  6. Experimental Contacts May Ease Pain After Laser Eye Surgery

    Jan. 20, 2012 -- Researchers are developing contact lenses that may one day deliver painkilling drugs directly to the cornea after laser eye surgery. The contact lenses rely on nanotechnology to slow the delivery of anesthetic medications. Researchers say that if the technique works, it could elimin

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  7. Most Contact Lens Wearers Don't Follow Safety Steps

    Dec. 9, 2011 -- Most people who wear contact lenses say they know about the wear and care recommendations, but almost none actually comply with them, a new study shows. More than 80% of contact lens wearers surveyed prior to an eye exam believed they followed good lens wear and care practices, but j

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  8. Macular Degeneration Drug Eylea Approved

    Nov. 18, 2011 -- The FDA has approved Eylea for the treatment of the wet form of age related macular degeneration (AMD), the major cause of blindness in the elderly. Eylea inhibits a factor that makes unwanted blood vessels grow in the retina. The blood vessels can leak blood and fluid, causing dama

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  9. Vision Problems Decreasing in People With Diabetes

    Nov. 17, 2011 -- Vision problems and vision loss are known complications of diabetes, but things seem to be getting better. The percentage of adults with diabetes who say they have vision problems has dropped from 24% in 1997 to 17% in 2010. That’s the good news. The not-so-good news is that only 63

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  10. More CooperVision Contact Lenses Recalled

    Nov. 17, 2011 -- Nearly 5 million more CooperVision contact lenses are being recalled because they may cause blurry vision, eye pain, and injuries requiring medical treatment. CooperVision Inc. says it will expand its recall of Avaira soft contacts to include 4.9 million Sphere lenses, which have al

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