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