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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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 indi

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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. Gene Therapy May Cure Color Blindness

      Sept. 16, 2009 -- A rainbow of hope for people who are color-blind: New research suggests that gene therapy could one day give such patients the ability to see in full color. Color blindness, also called color vision deficiency, occurs when photoreceptors in the eye’s retina lack certain light-sensi

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    8. New Implantable Lens Corrects Nearsightedness

      July 13, 2009 -- A new type of implantable contact lens may offer an alternative to glasses or regular contacts for people with moderate to severe nearsightedness (myopia). The first long-term study of the implantable lenses made of a collagen-like polymer substance shows they were safe and effectiv

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    9. Wearing Contact Lenses Past Their Prime

      June 4, 2009 -- If you wear contact lenses, you might want to check your calendar. A new survey shows that 40% of contact lens wearers don’t replace their lenses in keeping with lens makers' guidelines. The survey -- conducted in February by researchers at the Centre for Contact Lens Research at Can

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    10. Bacterial Conjunctivitis Drug Besivance Approved

      May 29, 2009 -- The FDA has approved a new antibacterial eyedrop called Besivance to treat a contagious eye infection called bacterial conjunctivitis, which is commonly called "pinkeye." Symptoms of bacterial conjunctivitis include red eyes, swelling, eyelids sticking together, itching, watering, an

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