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  1. Studies: Vision Problems in Preschoolers Are Common

    Oct. 28, 2011 (Orlando, Fla.) -- Vision problems among preschoolers may be more common than previously thought. That's the conclusion of researchers who conducted two large studies funded by the National Institutes of Health. Previously, it was estimated that one in 20 preschoolers had vision proble

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  2. Cataract Surgery May Be Safer With Laser

    Oct. 25, 2011 (Orlando, Fla.) -- Laser pretreatment to "soften" cataracts appears to be making cataract surgery safer, two new studies suggest. "There certainly seems to be a benefit to using the laser," says American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) spokesman James Salz, MD, clinical professor of oph

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  3. Does Playing Outdoors Benefit Kids' Vision?

    Oct. 25, 2011 (Orlando, Fla.) -- Children who spend more time outdoors may be less likely to suffer from nearsightedness, a study shows. In nearsightedness, objects in the distance appear blurry and out of focus. Researchers who pooled the results of eight previously published studies involving more

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  4. Restore Your Near Vision -- Without Reading Glasses

    Oct. 24, 2011 (Orlando, Fla.) -- A Lifesaver-shaped micro-disc about the size of a pinpoint can help restore normal reading vision in the millions of baby boomers who have trouble making out newspaper print, cell phone text messages, and other small print, researchers say. In a study, the Kamra corn

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  5. Muted Contact Lens Recall Irks FDA

    Oct. 13, 2011 -- Amid reports of severe eye pain and hazy vision, CooperVision "continues" its recall of 600,000 Avaira Toric contact lenses. The original three-paragraph recall notice was issued on Aug. 19. It suggested that relatively few contact lenses were involved and offered no specific inform

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  6. Pinkeye Treatment May Be on the Horizon

    Sept. 30, 2011 -- There are no recommended antiviral drugs to treat a highly contagious form of viral conjunctivitis called pinkeye. Outbreaks result in millions of lost school and workdays each year in the U.S. as patients stay home to avoid infecting others while the condition improves. Now early

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  7. Natural Vision Correction: Does It Work?

    Exercising your body makes it stronger. So can exercising your eyes make your vision stronger, too?  Unfortunately, there is no evidence that eye exercises improve vision. Your need for glasses is based on the shape of your eye, the size of your pupil, and the ability to shift focus, which declines

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  8. Implantable Lenses: Help for Severe Myopia

    For most people, breaking, losing, or misplacing their glasses is an annoying inconvenience. But for Christiaan Rollich, who was severely nearsighted, not wearing glasses or contacts meant not seeing at all. "My vision was so bad the army wouldn't accept me," says Rollich, who grew up in the Netherl

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  9. Could My Medications Cause Vision Problems?

    Most of us know that medicine can sometimes cause side effects such as dry mouth. But did you know that medications can also cause vision problems such as dry eyes or sensitivity to light? Some drugs can even lead to serious eye problems or vision loss. "It's very important for people to be aware of

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  10. Children’s Vision and Eye Care Basics

    It’s difficult to know if or when your child needs to see an eye care provider. But most experts agree that eye exams -- performed during regular well-child visits -- help protect your child’s vision and provide useful information about his or her eye health. Children’s eye health begins in the newb

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