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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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