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  1. 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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  2. Pinkeye Treatment May Be on the Horizon

    Sept. 30, 2011 -- There are no recommended antiviral drugs to treat a highly contagious form of viral conjunctivitis called pinkeye. Outbreaks result in millions of lost school and workdays each year in the U.S. as patients stay home to avoid infecting others while the condition improves. Now early

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  3. CDC: Many Americans Are Skipping Eye Care

    May 19, 2011 -- A large number of people who have problems with their eyesight don't visit eye doctors because of the cost or because they don't have health insurance that covers eye care, a CDC survey shows. The survey shows that others don't get regular eye exams because they don't think they have

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  4. Avastin as Good as Lucentis for AMD Treatment

    April 29, 2011 -- Fifty-dollars worth of Avastin prevents blindness from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and does it just as well as $2,000 worth of Lucentis, a federally funded clinical trial finds. AMD, the leading cause of blindness in the U.S., is the result of abnormal growth and leakag

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  5. Vegetarians May Have Lower Risk of Cataracts

    April 20, 2011 -- People who eat meat may be at increased risk of developing cataracts compared to vegetarians, a new study shows. Researchers at the University of Oxford in England say vegetarians and vegans are 30% to 40% less likely to develop cataracts than people who eat a lot of meat. Other fa

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  6. Vitamin D Levels May Affect Macular Degeneration Risk

    April 11, 2011 -- Women younger than 75 who get sufficient vitamin D in their diets appear to have a reduced risk of a leading cause of blindness, new research indicates. In the study, researchers say women under 75 who got the most vitamin D had a 59% decreased risk of developing age-related macula

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  7. Fatty Fish May Cut Risk of Macular Degeneration

    March 14, 2011 -- Eating fatty fish one or more times a week may reduce your risk for developing age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss in people aged 60 and older.  The new findings appear online in the Archives of Opthalmology. About 9 million Americans aged 40 and older

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  8. Bottle Rockets Hurt Kids

    Jan. 10, 2010 -- Medical groups such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology have been warning for years about the dangers posed to children by fireworks, and now a new study warns that bottle rockets may be particularly dangerous. It says bottle rockets can lead to permanent loss of vision, or at

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  9. Fewer Americans Have AMD

    Jan. 10, 2011 -- Fewer adults in the U.S. are developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), possibly because of healthier lifestyles, researchers report in this month's Archives of Ophthalmology. AMD is an eye disease that gradually makes it difficult to see fine details, such as numbers on a w

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  10. Acupuncture May Help Lazy Eye

    Dec. 13, 2010 -- Acupuncture treatments to treat one type of lazy eye proved as good as the traditional patching of the eye used to help the eyes work together, according to a new study. ''Acupuncture could potentially become an alternative treatment to occlusion [patching] therapy for ambylopia [la

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