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  1. 'Robo' Gene Fights Macular Degeneration

    March 17, 2008 -- New research shows that a gene called Robo4 could help curb or prevent two leading causes of blindness: age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy. "This discovery has significant implications for developing drugs that activate Robo4 to treat AMD and diabetic r

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  2. Survey: Americans Unaware of Eye Risks

    March 13, 2008 -- Most Americans in a survey were in the dark about common eye problems that could lead to blindness. That's according to newly released findings from the Survey of Public Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Related to Eye Health and Disease. About 3,000 adults were randomly telephone

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  3. Race May Affect Macular Degeneration

    Feb. 11, 2008 -- Whites over the age of 65 may face a higher risk of losing their sight due to macular degeneration than African-Americans. A new study of more than 2,500 elderly people shows whites are more likely than African-Americans to show early signs of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

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  4. 3 Nutrients May Cut Cataract Risk

    Jan. 14, 2008 -- The antioxidants lutein, zeaxanthin, and vitamin E may help prevent cataracts, according to a new study on nutrition and eye health. The study's key finding: Women who get more lutein, zeaxanthin, and vitamin E are less likely to develop cataracts than women who skimp on those nutri

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  5. Long-Term Results With LASIK Good

    Jan. 2, 2007 -- New research should reassure the millions of people who have had laser surgery to correct nearsighted vision over the last two decades. One of the largest and longest follow-ups ever of patients who had LASIK for vision correction showed a very low rate of complications and a high ra

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  6. Eye Surgery Errors Avoidable

    Nov. 12, 2007 -- Most eye surgery errors could be avoided by following standard procedures, such as marking the surgical site and taking a time-out before incision. A new study shows eye surgery errors are rare, occurring at a rate of about 69 errors per 1 million procedures. The most common error w

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  7. Many Adults Fuzzy on Eye Health

    Oct. 19, 2007 -- A new survey shows that many U.S. adults need to upgrade their eye care. The survey of 1,000 adults shows that nearly half -- 47% -- worry more about losing their sight than about losing their memory and their ability to walk or hear. But almost 30% indicated that they don't get the

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  8. Inflammation Linked to Eye Disease

    Oct. 8, 2007 -- A chemical marker of inflammation may be connected to the leading cause of vision loss in Western countries. Dutch researchers reported that news today in the Archives of Ophthalmology. They studied the inflammation marker C-reactive protein (CRP) and age-related macular degeneration

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  9. Less Eye Patch Time OK for Lazy Eye

    Sept. 13, 2007 -- There may be no extra benefit for kids with lazy eye (amblyopia) to wear an eye patch for more than six hours daily, a new study shows. The study included 80 young children (average age: nearly 6) in London who had lazy eye. The kids were assigned to wear an eye patch for six hours

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  10. Nutrients May Help Save Eyes

    Sept. 11, 2007 -- New research shows that eating yellow and green vegetables may help people aged 60 and older avoid age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness. That news comes from a study of some 4,500 people aged 60-80 who were screened for age-related macular degeneration, wh

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