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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. Could Caffeine Help Dry Eye?

      April 20, 2012 -- Caffeine can increase tear production and may someday be a treatment for dry eye, a new study shows. The study was small, including only 78 people with normal tear production, says researcher Reiko Arita, MD, PhD, a clinical researcher at the University of Tokyo School of Medicine

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    5. Bilberry Extract and Vision

      The legend goes like this: British Royal Air Force pilots, after eating bilberry jam for tea, bombed the enemy during WWII with devastating accuracy, their night vision heightened by the powers of the inky blue fruit. That story has never been confirmed -- and research hasn't turned up conclusive ev

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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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