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  1. Obesity Linked to Blindness

    June 12, 2003 -- Age-related macular degeneration -- a major cause of blindness -- is much more dangerous in obese people. And the bigger a person's waist, the greater the risk that macular degeneration will lead to vision loss, a new study shows. But there's also some good news in the report by Har

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  2. What You Can Learn From Video Games

    May 28, 2003 -- Even violent video games aren't all bad. A new study shows that playing action video games improves several key visual skills. The games that do this trick require a player to keep track of several changing objects at one time. These games also mean responding to separate tasks happe

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  3. Lazy Eye in Children: Less Patch Time OK

    May 12, 2003 -- Treatment for lazy eye in children is about to get much easier. A new study shows that wearing an eye patch for only two hours a day works just as well -- and just as fast -- as wearing the patch for six hours. It's been common wisdom that the more a kid with a lazy eye wears a patch

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  4. Macular Degeneration Linked to Infection

    April 24, 2003 -- Age-related macular degeneration may be linked to a pneumonia bug. If so, early antibiotic treatment might prevent some cases of this leading cause of blindness. There's a lot of suspicion that long-lasting infections may cause many cases of heart disease. The same process could be

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  5. A Better Type of LASIK

    April 23, 2003 -- A new procedure appears to provide crisper vision and fewer complications than the traditional type of LASIK surgery performed on millions of Americans each year -- without the cutting-edge of a surgeon-held knife. That's because it uses a special type of laser to more accurately p

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  6. Some Patients Need Second LASIK Surgery

    April 10, 2003 -- Will just one LASIK solve your vision problem? New data show some patients are at higher risk of needing a second LASIK. But there's good news -- even if another LASIK's needed. Using the same "flap" cut into the eye by the first laser surgery makes second LASIKs safer than ever be

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  7. Contact Lenses That Dispense Drugs

    March 24, 2003 -- Drugs embedded in contact lenses could one day treat eye disorders like glaucoma. A team of chemical engineers has found a way to mix a drug into contact lenses -- which allows the drug to slowly be released into the eye, directly where it's needed. "One of the biggest problems wit

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  8. Early Glaucoma Treatment Saves Sight

    Jan. 24, 2003 -- Early treatment of glaucoma halves the risk of worsening disease, a major study shows. And since glaucoma usually causes no symptoms -- while at the same time stealing your sight -- this is even more reason to get your eyes checked regularly. Glaucoma occurs when pressure builds up

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  9. Viagra Doesn't Damage Vision

    Jan. 8, 2003 -- For men taking Viagra, an unnerving side effect -- light sensitivity, bluish-colored vision -- has been a concern. But there's no evidence that Viagra causes eye damage, even in those who take high doses, according to a new study. Since Viagra lowers blood pressure overall, there was

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  10. HRT May Save Women's Sight

    Dec. 13, 2002 -- Women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be more than 50% less likely to develop the common, sight-robbing condition known as macular degeneration as they grow older then women who have never used HRT. A new study shows hormone therapy may significantly reduce the risk o

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