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  1. Aspirin Linked to Blinding Eye Disease

    Jan. 22, 2013 -- Regular aspirin users are more likely to develop the “wet” form of age-related macular degeneration compared to people who rarely or never take the drug, a new study shows. Aspirin is one of the most widely used drugs in the world. Millions of people with heart disease take a daily

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  2. New Eye Test May Help Predict Risk of Glaucoma

    Jan. 4, 2013 -- A new study from Australia may offer a new way of identifying people at risk of glaucoma years before vision loss happens. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness. But because vision damage often occurs gradually, most people with the eye disease do not realize they have it until a

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  3. Regular Aspirin Use May Boost Risk of Eye Problem

    Dec. 18, 2012 -- Taking aspirin regularly appears to slightly raise the risk of the eye condition known as age-related macular degeneration or AMD, new research suggests. The increased risk only occurred with people who had taken aspirin regularly 10 years before they were diagnosed with the potenti

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  4. Vision Problems Rising Rapidly in the U.S.

    Dec. 11, 2012 -- The diabetes and obesity epidemics may be fueling a dramatic rise in the number of people with vision problems, a new study suggests. Rates of vision problems that can’t be treated with glasses or contact lenses, known as nonrefractive vision problems, increased by 21% between two s

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  5. iPads May Help Those With 'Low Vision' Read Better

    Nov. 12, 2012 -- iPads and other tablets with backlit screens may allow millions of people with "low vision" to read faster and easier, a new study suggests. Low vision is an umbrella term for people who still have trouble reading, watching TV, or performing other daily activities despite glasses, c

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  6. Statins May Protect Against Glaucoma

    Oct. 4, 2012 -- People taking the popular cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins lowered their risk for the most common form of glaucoma by 8%, according to a new study. That finding is published in the October issue of Ophthalmology, a journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and is bas

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  7. Time Outside May Reduce Nearsightedness in Kids

    Aug. 3, 2012 -- Spending more time outside may help protect children's eyesight. New research suggests that increasing the amount of time children spend outdoors may reduce the risk of developing myopia, or nearsightedness. Nearsightedness is a common vision problem in which objects in the distance

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  8. Cataract Surgery May Help Prevent Hip Fractures

    July 31, 2012 -- Helping older people see more clearly may help to lower their risk for falls and potentially disabling hip fractures. A new study shows having surgery to correct cataracts may reduce the risk of hip fractures among elderly people by up to 23%. Falls and the resulting bone fractures

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  9. How Fireworks May Harm the Eyes

    July 3, 2012 -- Putting on protective eyewear before setting off fireworks may help prevent common firework-related injuries. A new study suggests exposure to flying debris from firework explosions may be a bigger factor in eye injuries than the force of the blasts themselves. Researchers found that

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  10. Aging Eyes Are Seeing Better

    June 29, 2012 -- There has been a dramatic drop in vision impairment among older Americans over the last generation, new research shows. The prevalence of self-reported eyesight issues that limit activity declined by well over 50% in just two and a half decades, according to data from two nationally

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