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Trouble reading? New procedure could help
Squinting while texting? Always losing your reading glasses? An eye implant that takes about 10 minutes to put in place is the newest in a list of surgical repairs for the blurry close-up vision that is a bane of middle age.
 
Do anti-glare screens and apps actually work?
Studies have shown that usage of devices like smartphones, tablets and computers close to bed time has been found to deplete the quality of sleep.
 
Taiwanese people are so addicted to smartphones that doctors are warning that 10 years from now, one in three of them will suffer from macular degeneration, which is a leading cause of vision loss.
 
Through rose-colored glasses: Sunglasses' effectiveness depends on lens color
As we age, the sun's rays become increasingly dazzling and painful to our eyes. When selecting sunglasses, it is good to know that different lens colors each have their own properties.
 
As it gets harder to tear our eyes away from smartphones, televisions, tablets or computers, concerns are growing over a blue light emitted by their screens, blamed for harming the retina and causing interrupted sleep.
 
A Taiwanese research team has developed a new technique for retinal cell transplantation that could one day result in more effective treatments for an incurable eye disease that can lead to blindness, the team's leader said Monday.
 
Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness globally. According to estimates, 6 million people suffer from glaucoma, while 310,000 received treatment for it in Taiwan, according to statistics provided by the National Health Insurance Administration. This number has increased 70 percent in the last decade alone.
 
Scientists on Tuesday said they had treated hemophilia in dogs by fixing a flawed gene, marking a step forward towards treating the condition in humans, too.
 
Majority of colored contact lenses lose their color: legislator
Kuomintang Legislator Alicia Wang (王育敏) yesterday said based on an experiment on cosmetic contact lenses, also known as colored contacts, she discovered that 77 percent of the products' colors faded with water.
 
Those who sell contact lenses via Facebook will be subject to a fine ranging from NT$30,000 to NT$150,000, as the practice violates the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act, officials with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Department of Health stressed yesterday.
 
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