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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Eye Surgery Improves Mood of Alzheimer's Patients

    Oct., 28, 2011 (Orlando, Fla.) -- People with Alzheimer's disease should have regular eye tests to screen for vision problems. That's the recommendation of researchers who found that people with mild Alzheimer's disease who have cataracts may benefit from vision-correcting surgery. The benefits incl

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  5. Flaxseed Oil Supplements May Help Dry Eyes

    Oct. 28, 2011 (Orlando, Fla.) -- High doses of flaxseed oil supplements may improve symptoms of dry eyes. In a preliminary study, 12 people who worked themselves up to taking 9,000 milligrams per day of flaxseed oil reported substantially less itching, dryness, burning, and eye fatigue after three m

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  6. Studies: Vision Problems in Preschoolers Are Common

    Oct. 28, 2011 (Orlando, Fla.) -- Vision problems among preschoolers may be more common than previously thought. That's the conclusion of researchers who conducted two large studies funded by the National Institutes of Health. Previously, it was estimated that one in 20 preschoolers had vision proble

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  7. Cataract Surgery May Be Safer With Laser

    Oct. 25, 2011 (Orlando, Fla.) -- Laser pretreatment to "soften" cataracts appears to be making cataract surgery safer, two new studies suggest. "There certainly seems to be a benefit to using the laser," says American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) spokesman James Salz, MD, clinical professor of oph

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  8. Does Playing Outdoors Benefit Kids' Vision?

    Oct. 25, 2011 (Orlando, Fla.) -- Children who spend more time outdoors may be less likely to suffer from nearsightedness, a study shows. In nearsightedness, objects in the distance appear blurry and out of focus. Researchers who pooled the results of eight previously published studies involving more

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  9. Restore Your Near Vision -- Without Reading Glasses

    Oct. 24, 2011 (Orlando, Fla.) -- A Lifesaver-shaped micro-disc about the size of a pinpoint can help restore normal reading vision in the millions of baby boomers who have trouble making out newspaper print, cell phone text messages, and other small print, researchers say. In a study, the Kamra corn

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  10. Muted Contact Lens Recall Irks FDA

    Oct. 13, 2011 -- Amid reports of severe eye pain and hazy vision, CooperVision "continues" its recall of 600,000 Avaira Toric contact lenses. The original three-paragraph recall notice was issued on Aug. 19. It suggested that relatively few contact lenses were involved and offered no specific inform

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