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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Macular Degeneration Drug Eylea Approved

    Nov. 18, 2011 -- The FDA has approved Eylea for the treatment of the wet form of age related macular degeneration (AMD), the major cause of blindness in the elderly. Eylea inhibits a factor that makes unwanted blood vessels grow in the retina. The blood vessels can leak blood and fluid, causing dama

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  9. Vision Problems Decreasing in People With Diabetes

    Nov. 17, 2011 -- Vision problems and vision loss are known complications of diabetes, but things seem to be getting better. The percentage of adults with diabetes who say they have vision problems has dropped from 24% in 1997 to 17% in 2010. That’s the good news. The not-so-good news is that only 63

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  10. More CooperVision Contact Lenses Recalled

    Nov. 17, 2011 -- Nearly 5 million more CooperVision contact lenses are being recalled because they may cause blurry vision, eye pain, and injuries requiring medical treatment. CooperVision Inc. says it will expand its recall of Avaira soft contacts to include 4.9 million Sphere lenses, which have al

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