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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Study: Cross-Eyed Kids Less Accepted by Peers

    Aug. 18, 2010 -- Children with the eye condition strabismus, often called cross-eyed or squint, are less likely to be accepted by their peers, according to a new study. "Negative attitudes appear to emerge at approximately 6 years and increase with age," write the Swiss researchers in the report of

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  8. Green Laser Pointers May Be Harmful to Eyes

    Aug. 6, 2010 -- Green laser pointers may emit high levels of invisible and potentially dangerous infrared light, a new study says. Researchers report that green laser pointers deliver light that is brighter to the eye than red lasers, but the infrared light emitted by some inexpensive models could d

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  9. FDA OKs Implantable Telescope to Aid Vision

    July 7, 2010 -- The FDA says it has approved the use of micro-sized implantable telescopes to improve vision in patients with end-stage, age-related macular degeneration. The tiny device, called an Implantable Miniature Telescope (IMT), is designed to replace the natural lens. It provides an image t

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  10. Stem Cell Treatment Restores Vision

    June 23, 2010 -- A regenerative treatment that uses stem cells taken from the patient's own eyes is helping some blind patients see again. Italian researchers report that the stem cell procedure resulted in successful corneal transplantation in three-fourths of patients with blindness in one or both

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