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  1. Cholesterol Drugs May Avert Cataracts

    June 20, 2006 -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs -- especially Zocor -- appear to lower the risk of the most common kind of age-related cataract. Cataracts Cataracts -- clouding of the lens of the eye -- become more common as people age. There's some evidence that cataracts are less common in peop

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  2. Bausch & Lomb Recalls Lens Solution

    May 15, 2006 -- Bausch & Lomb is recalling its ReNu with MoistureLoc contact lens solution worldwide. The recall comes in light of a spike in cases of a rare eye infection, Fusarium keratitis, in contact lens users. The recall doesn't include any other ReNu products or generic brands of the contact

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  3. Eyesight Need a Fix? You're Not Alone

    May 9, 2006 -- Millions of people in the U.S. have bad eyesight, and most of them could see more clearly with a little help. In The Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers estimate that approximately 14 million U.S. people aged 12 and older have "visual impairment," and that more th

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  4. Eyeglasses Can Be Hazardous

    April 28, 2006 -- Eyeglasses may help you see better and avoid walking into trouble every day, but a new study shows failing to protect those specs during risky activities could put your eyes at risk. Researchers found injuries related to wearing eyeglasses sent an estimated 27,000 people to emergen

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  5. Contact Lens Solution, Eye Fungus Link

    April 11, 2006 -- A U.S. outbreak of sight-threatening eye fungus is linked to a contact lens solution, the FDA has announced. There's no proof that the contact lens solution actually caused the 109 U.S. cases of an unusual eye fungus infection reported to the CDC. So far, only 30 cases have been fu

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  6. Rare Reactions Reported With Macugen

    Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, (OSI) Eyetech Inc., and the FDA are alerting health care professionals to risks associated with injections of Macugen, a medication for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness among the elderly. Pfizer is a WebMD sponsor. Since market introd

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  7. Rare Cases of Eye Fungus With Contacts

    April 7, 2006 -- A rare infection from a fungus that can threaten eyesight has been reported in several U.S. wearers of soft contact lenses. The fungus causes a fungal keratitis, an infection of the cornea. The fungus, fusarium, is commonly present in the environment in plant matter. The CDC has rep

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  8. Diet, Lifestyle May Affect Eye Health

    March 24, 2006 -- Your eyes may be a window to your body's health, a new study shows. The report, published in Nutrition , shows that diet and lifestyle might sway the odds -- for better or worse -- of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is America's leading cause of vision loss.

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  9. Healthy Diet May Help Seniors' Vision

    Dec. 27, 2005 -- A healthy diet may be a feast for aging eyes. A new Dutch study links diets rich in four antioxidants -- beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc -- to lower odds of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The study by Redmer van Leeuwen, MD, PhD, and colleagues appe

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  10. Glaucoma Runs in the Family

    Dec. 19, 2005 -- If you have a sister or brother with glaucoma, your risk of developing the eye impairment may be four times the expected population risk, according to a study in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. Based on these findings, the authors recommend siblings of glaucoma patients have t

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