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  1. Eye Diseases Rising at Rapid Rates in U.S.

    June 20, 2012 -- Vision problems -- many of them potentially causing severe vision loss or blindness -- are on the rise in the U.S., according to a new report. Most dramatic is the rise in diabetic retinopathy, says Jeff Todd, chief operating officer of Prevent Blindness America, which issued the re

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  2. Fruit May Protect Against Diabetes Eye Problems

    June 14, 2012 (Philadelphia) -- Here's another reason for people with diabetes to eat plenty of fruit: It may help prevent eye complications that can lead to vision loss. Japanese researchers studied 978 people with diabetes who filled out detailed food questionnaires. They were followed for eight y

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  3. More People -- Even Kids -- Need to Wear Sunglasses

    May 17, 2012 -- With summer nearly upon us, our sunglass habits could use improvement, according to a new report issued today by The Vision Council, an industry group. While 73% of adults do wear sunglasses, only 58% of them make their children wear shades, too, the report found. More than half of u

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  4. Eye Color Linked to Skin Diseases

    May 7, 2012 -- They say "the eyes are the window to the soul." But a new study suggests the eyes may also offer a sneak peek at the risk of serious skin problems down the road. The results showed that people with blue eyes were less likely to develop vitiligo. Meanwhile, people with brown eyes were

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  5. Could Caffeine Help Dry Eye?

    April 20, 2012 -- Caffeine can increase tear production and may someday be a treatment for dry eye, a new study shows. The study was small, including only 78 people with normal tear production, says researcher Reiko Arita, MD, PhD, a clinical researcher at the University of Tokyo School of Medicine

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  6. Eye Disease Linked to Memory Decline

    March 14, 2012 -- To update the old saying, the eyes may be the windows to the brain. A new study suggests that people with even minimal eye damage involving the blood vessels of the retina, due to vascular disease, have a higher risk for memory and thinking declines. Researchers say problems with t

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  7. Gene Therapy Helps People With Inherited Blindness See

    Feb. 8, 2012 -- Functionally blind for many years, Tami Morehouse calls the gene therapy that partially restored her sight nothing short of a miracle. Morehouse was the first of 12 patients with a rare congenital retinal disease to receive the experimental treatment in one eye three years ago, and s

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  8. Stem Cells: New Hope for Macular Degeneration

    Jan. 23, 2012 -- Two legally blind women with macular degeneration are the first people ever to get new retina cells grown from human embryonic stem cells. One patient has dry macular degeneration, the top cause of blindness in developed nations. The other has Stargardt's disease, the leading cause

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  9. Experimental Contacts May Ease Pain After Laser Eye Surgery

    Jan. 20, 2012 -- Researchers are developing contact lenses that may one day deliver painkilling drugs directly to the cornea after laser eye surgery. The contact lenses rely on nanotechnology to slow the delivery of anesthetic medications. Researchers say that if the technique works, it could elimin

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  10. Most Contact Lens Wearers Don't Follow Safety Steps

    Dec. 9, 2011 -- Most people who wear contact lenses say they know about the wear and care recommendations, but almost none actually comply with them, a new study shows. More than 80% of contact lens wearers surveyed prior to an eye exam believed they followed good lens wear and care practices, but j

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