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    1. Gene Therapy Offers Hope for Blindness

      Sept. 22, 2008 - After more than a decade of research, the first gene therapy trials in people with a rare form of blindness are under way, and experts say they are thrilled with the early findings. The three latest patients to have the gene therapy showed dramatic improvement in light sensitivity a

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    2. Gene Thwarts Dry Macular Degeneration

      Aug. 27, 2008 -- If you've got a certain gene mutation, you may be less likely to develop the dry form of age-related macular degeneration, new research shows. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss in the U.S., typically strikes after age 55. It affects the macula,

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    3. Nearly Half of Eye Injuries Occur at Home

      July 2, 2008 -- Fireworks-related eye injuries are a big reason why the Fourth of July holds the distinction of being America's most dangerous holiday. But eye injuries in the home occur every day of the year, and most can be avoided, experts say. A new study shows that nearly half of the 2.5 millio

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    4. Warning Suggested for Contact Solutions

      June 10, 2008 -- Experts on Tuesday backed new warnings and stricter testing for contact lens solutions used by millions of consumers. The recommendations come in the wake of infection outbreaks that caused product recalls and alarm among patients. The recommendations of an FDA advisory panel are li

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    5. Eating Fatty Fish Can Help Aging Eyes

      June 10, 2008 -- Eating fish at least twice a week may help protect your eyes as you age. A review of studies shows that eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids helps ward off macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is the main cause of severe vision loss in people older than 60. Age-related ma

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    6. FDA Panel Eyes Contact Lens Products

      June 9, 2008 -- Wear contact lenses? An FDA advisory panel is eyeing ways to curb infection risk from contact lens products. In recent years, several companies have recalled their multipurpose solutions for contact lenses because of outbreaks of sight-threatening eye infections -- Acanthamoeba kerat

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    7. New Artificial Cornea Shows Promise

      May 16, 2008 -- Researchers from Stanford University have developed an artificial cornea, which they say could make cornea transplants involving donors a thing of the past and help millions of blind people see again. The polymer-based cornea has not been implanted in humans, but it is showing promis

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    8. Gene Therapy for Retinal Blindness?

      April 28, 2008 -- Gene therapy may improve the sight of people with Leber's congenital amaurosis, an inherited cause of blindness, two new studies show. Together, the studies included six patients with genetic mutations that cause Leber's congenital amaurosis, which affects the retina. Before gene t

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    9. Experts Advise New Warnings for LASIK

      April 25, 2008 -- The FDA should do more to warn patients about the risks of popular laser vision corrective surgery, an expert panel has concluded. The recommendations came after more than a dozen LASIK patients or their family members testified Friday about severe reactions to the surgery. Most sa

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    10. Telescope for Macular Degeneration?

      April 23, 2008 -- Could an implantable miniature telescope give macular degeneration patients a vision boost when they run out of other options? An FDA advisory panel takes up that question later this week. Macular degeneration, the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over age 60, slowly s

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