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  1. My WebMD: Learning to Live With Blindness

    I've been going blind my whole life. I was born with choroideremia, a rare, inherited disorder that causes gradual vision loss. My doctors diagnosed it when I was 14, after my pediatrician saw small spots in my eyes. I had known I was having trouble seeing, especially at night, but at that age I did

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  2. Fatty Fish May Cut Risk of Macular Degeneration

    March 14, 2011 -- Eating fatty fish one or more times a week may reduce your risk for developing age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss in people aged 60 and older.  The new findings appear online in the Archives of Opthalmology. About 9 million Americans aged 40 and older

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  3. Bottle Rockets Hurt Kids

    Jan. 10, 2010 -- Medical groups such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology have been warning for years about the dangers posed to children by fireworks, and now a new study warns that bottle rockets may be particularly dangerous. It says bottle rockets can lead to permanent loss of vision, or at

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  4. Fewer Americans Have AMD

    Jan. 10, 2011 -- Fewer adults in the U.S. are developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), possibly because of healthier lifestyles, researchers report in this month's Archives of Ophthalmology. AMD is an eye disease that gradually makes it difficult to see fine details, such as numbers on a w

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  5. Acupuncture May Help Lazy Eye

    Dec. 13, 2010 -- Acupuncture treatments to treat one type of lazy eye proved as good as the traditional patching of the eye used to help the eyes work together, according to a new study. ''Acupuncture could potentially become an alternative treatment to occlusion [patching] therapy for ambylopia [la

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  6. Omega-3s May Cut Risk of Macular Degeneration

    Dec. 1, 2010 -- New research indicates that diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids from fish and shellfish may be good for the eyes of older Americans, offering protection against age-related macular degeneration, a common cause of blindness in the U.S. The findings are published in the December issue of

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  7. New Laser Surgery for Cataracts in the Works

    Nov. 17, 2010 -- An experimental image-guided laser technique could change the way cataract surgery is performed for decades to come. Experts say guided lasers will allow eye surgeons to perform cataract surgeries in less time with more precision, meaning that more patients could end up with 20/20 v

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  8. Vitamins C and E Don't Fight Cataracts

    Nov. 8, 2010 -- Taking vitamin C or E supplements won't help in the struggle to prevent age-related cataracts, according to a new study. The results showed that older men who took vitamin E or C supplements regularly for eight years had no lower risk of developing cataracts than those who took place

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  9. Retinal Implant Restores Some Sight to Blind

    Nov. 3, 2010 -- Three blind patients treated with an experimental eye implant were able to see shadows and shapes after getting the device, raising hopes that a highly anticipated new approach to treating blindness may be on the horizon. Eberhart Zrenner, MD, of Germany’s University of Tubingen Eye

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  10. First Biosynthetic Corneas Implanted

    Aug. 25, 2010 -- Corneas made in the lab using genetically engineered human collagen could restore sight to millions of visually impaired people waiting for transplants from human donors, researchers say. In a newly released study, investigators from Canada and Sweden reported results from the first

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