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Health > Eye Health
Restoring vision with gene therapy
An experimental gene therapy has helped restore partial vision to persons with congenital retinal disease, according to breakthrough studies which provides hope for treating various eye illnesses.
Patients harmed by Lasik eye surgery alternated between fury and despair Friday as they told U.S government health officials of suffering years of eye pain, blurred or double vision -- even of people driven to suicide.
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Throw away your kid's glasses
Special contact lenses worn only during sleep may slow or halt the progression of short-sightedness, or myopia, in children. The lens therapy, already well established in adults, promises to combat the epidemic of myopia in East Asia, where most young adults suffer from some form of short-sightedness.
The results of a survey of Taiwanese students' eyesight in 2006 show that 19.6 percent of first-graders suffer from myopia, according to a statement released by the Department of Health (DOH) yesterday.
Climate change will increase the risk of people losing their sight through cataracts because of higher levels of ultraviolet rays, an expert said Monday.
Pharmaceutical company unveils new presbyopia-correcting IOL
Alcon Pharmaceutical, Taiwan announced yesterday that its latest apodized diffractive Intraocular lens (IOL), designed to treat patients suffering from cataracts and presbyopia with optimal eye correction, regardless of the lighting situation, is now available on the local market.
People with age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of severe vision loss, have double the usual risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke, Australian researchers reported on Thursday.
People who buy contact lenses online may be less careful about their eye health than those who buy from their doctors, a new study suggests.
Two nutrients found in eggs, spinach and other leafy green vegetables offer some protection against the most common cause of blindness among the elderly, researchers said on Monday.
The ability of zebra fish to regenerate damaged retinas has given scientists a clue about restoring human vision and could lead to an experimental treatment for blindness within five years.
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