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  1. Experts Advise New Warnings for LASIK

    April 25, 2008 -- The FDA should do more to warn patients about the risks of popular laser vision corrective surgery, an expert panel has concluded. The recommendations came after more than a dozen LASIK patients or their family members testified Friday about severe reactions to the surgery. Most sa

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  2. Telescope for Macular Degeneration?

    April 23, 2008 -- Could an implantable miniature telescope give macular degeneration patients a vision boost when they run out of other options? An FDA advisory panel takes up that question later this week. Macular degeneration, the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over age 60, slowly s

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  3. Hormones May Cut Women's Risk of AMD

    April 14, 2008 -- There is growing evidence that hormone therapy may help protect older women against the leading cause of age-related blindness, but the findings should not change the current view that hormones should only be used to treat the symptoms of menopause, experts say. In a new analysis f

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  4. Cornea Transplants: Older Donors OK

    April 1, 2008 -- Cornea transplants from older donors work just as well as corneas transplanted from younger donors. The finding, from a clinical trial involving 43 eye banks, means that corneas from donors up to age 75 can now be transplanted. This will expand the donor pool by as much as 20% to 35

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  5. 'Robo' Gene Fights Macular Degeneration

    March 17, 2008 -- New research shows that a gene called Robo4 could help curb or prevent two leading causes of blindness: age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy. "This discovery has significant implications for developing drugs that activate Robo4 to treat AMD and diabetic r

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  6. Survey: Americans Unaware of Eye Risks

    March 13, 2008 -- Most Americans in a survey were in the dark about common eye problems that could lead to blindness. That's according to newly released findings from the Survey of Public Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Related to Eye Health and Disease. About 3,000 adults were randomly telephone

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  7. Race May Affect Macular Degeneration

    Feb. 11, 2008 -- Whites over the age of 65 may face a higher risk of losing their sight due to macular degeneration than African-Americans. A new study of more than 2,500 elderly people shows whites are more likely than African-Americans to show early signs of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

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  8. 3 Nutrients May Cut Cataract Risk

    Jan. 14, 2008 -- The antioxidants lutein, zeaxanthin, and vitamin E may help prevent cataracts, according to a new study on nutrition and eye health. The study's key finding: Women who get more lutein, zeaxanthin, and vitamin E are less likely to develop cataracts than women who skimp on those nutri

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  9. Long-Term Results With LASIK Good

    Jan. 2, 2007 -- New research should reassure the millions of people who have had laser surgery to correct nearsighted vision over the last two decades. One of the largest and longest follow-ups ever of patients who had LASIK for vision correction showed a very low rate of complications and a high ra

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  10. Eye Surgery Errors Avoidable

    Nov. 12, 2007 -- Most eye surgery errors could be avoided by following standard procedures, such as marking the surgical site and taking a time-out before incision. A new study shows eye surgery errors are rare, occurring at a rate of about 69 errors per 1 million procedures. The most common error w

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