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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Healthy Diet May Lower Cataract Risk for Women

    June 14, 2010 -- Eating healthfully isn’t just good for your heart, your bones, or keeping your weight down. New research shows good nutrition is also good for your eyes. A study of more than 1,800 women has found that those who scored among the highest group for following nationally recommended die

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  5. Far Less Costly Than Lucentis, Avastin Saves Sight

    June 11, 2010 -- Avastin improves vision for people with the wet form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a U.K. study suggests. That's no surprise to the 60% of U.S. doctors who already use tiny doses of the cancer drug instead of the vastly more expensive Lucentis. What remains frustrating

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  6. Implanted Lenses May Treat Milder Nearsightedness

    May 12, 2010 -- An eye operation typically reserved for patients with severe nearsightedness may be a safer alternative to standard laser eye surgery for patients with less severe forms of nearsightedness, according to a new report published in the recent issue of The Cochrane Library. Researchers a

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  7. Cataracts From Antidepressants?

    March 12, 2010 -- SSRI antidepressants raise the risk of cataracts by about 15% -- enough to cause 22,000 extra cataract cases in the U.S.  each year, Canadian researchers suggest. The study does not prove that antidepressants cause cataracts. And even if the finding is confirmed, the risk to an ind

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  8. Green Tea: The Eyes Have It

    Feb. 18, 2010 -- Researchers say the compounds responsible for many of the health benefits of green tea are capable of penetrating the tissues of the eyes and have antioxidant activity there. Green tea has been touted for a number of health benefits, such as fighting heart disease and cancer, thanks

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  9. Fruits, Leafy Greens Are Good for the Eyes

    Dec. 22, 2009 -- Carrots may be good for the eyes, but so are leafy green vegetables and colored fruits, University of Georgia scientists report. Green leafy vegetables and colored fruits may affect visual performance and may prevent age-related eye diseases, according to a new study in the Journal

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  10. Nearsightedness on the Rise in U.S.

    Dec. 17, 2009 -- Nearsightedness has been increasing dramatically in the U.S. in recent years, but the reasons are blurry, new research indicates. In nearsightedness (myopia), light that enters the eye is focused in front of the retina rather than directly on it, so that distant objects appear blurr

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