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  1. Cholesterol Drugs May Fight Glaucoma

    June 14, 2004 -- Long-term use of cholesterol-lowering drugs may not only protect your heart, it may also safeguard your eyesight and reduce the risk of glaucoma. New research suggests that men who used cholesterol-lowering drugs, such as statins, for two years or more were less likely to develop th

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  2. Eye Disorders May Reveal Other Health Risks

    May 10, 2004 -- Older people with age-related macular degeneration or cataracts may live shorter lives than those without such eye disorders, according to new research. The study showed that people with evidence of these eye disorders were more likely to die of any cause within a six-and-a-half year

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  3. Too Much Summer Sun May Hurt Eyes Later

    May 10, 2004 -- Spending too much time outdoors in the summer sun may raise the risk of a common sight-robbing disease later in life, according to a new study. Researchers found that people who spent a lot of time in the summer sun in their teens, 30s, and after age 40 were twice as likely to develo

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  4. Beware of Microwaved Eggs

    April 29, 2004 -- Researchers warn against microwaving eggs in the shell after treating a 9-year-old girl for severe eye trauma from an exploding egg. When an egg is heated in the microwave, pressure builds up inside. This can occur with an intact shell as well as with egg yolks with open shells and

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  5. Statins Fight Vision Loss

    April 15, 2004 -- Cholesterol-busting statins, the largest-selling prescription drugs in the U.S., may protect older people from blindness, a new study shows. Aspirin also appears to provide significant protection. It's a bit of good news for a puzzling problem, as age-related macular degeneration -

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  6. New Treatment to Restore Near Vision Approved

    March 23, 2004 -- The FDA has approved a new treatment that may make it easier for millions of baby boomers to read this article.   Yesterday, the agency approved the NearVision CK procedure for the treatment of presbyopia. The minimally invasive treatment uses radio waves to reshape the cornea and

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  7. Risk Factors for Dry Eye Found Among Elderly

    March 8, 2004 -- Elderly people with allergies or diabetes may face a higher risk of developing dry eye syndrome due to the medications they use, a new study reports. Researchers say dry eye syndrome is a common source of discomfort among the elderly and can seriously affect quality of life. But lit

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  8. Computer Error -- or Uncorrected Vision?

    March 5, 2004 -- The newest computer error message: Get your vision checked. Even a small, uncorrected vision problem increases computer errors, a new study shows. Kent Daum, PhD, OD, of the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and colleagues tested 39 men and women on a variety of computer tasks. The

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  9. Hogwarts Headaches Plague 'Potter' Fans

    Oct. 30, 2003 -- Avid readers of Harry Potter's prolific saga may suffer from a unique form of "Hogwarts headaches." But the antidote to this strange condition doesn't require any wizardry, just a little patience. A report in this week's New England Journal of Medicine describes three cases of child

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  10. Spooky Contact Lenses May Harm Eyes

    Oct. 28, 2003 -- Transforming your eyes from green to ghoulish with novelty contact lenses may seem like good Halloween fun, but experts say nonprescription contact lenses can play dangerous tricks with your eyesight. A new study documents six cases of teenagers and young adults who developed seriou

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