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