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JUL 31, 2014 - Yahoo! News

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Smoking linked to risk, progression of macular degeneration

By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who smoke, or have smoked a large number of cigarettes over time, are more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration or to have it worsen sooner, according to a long-term study. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common eye disease that results in damage to the central part of the retina ...

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JUL 30, 2014 - Yahoo! News

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FDA Oks expanded use of Regeneron's eye drug

(Reuters) - Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the expanded use of its eye drug Eylea for the treatment of diabetic macular edema. Eylea is already approved in the United States to treat wet age-related macular edema — the leading cause of blindness in the elderly, and for treatment of macular edema following central ...

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JUL 15, 2014 - Washington Times

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Sea turtle saved from blindness being released

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (AP) - A nearly 200-pound loggerhead sea turtle is to be released into the Atlantic Ocean after being saved from blindness at the Sea Turtle Hospital at the South Carolina Aquarium. The turtle, named Briar, is scheduled for release on Tuesday at the Isle ...

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JUL 14, 2014 - Health Canal

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New treatment for a form of childhood blindness

An international research project, led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal, reports that a new oral medication is showing significant progress in restoring vision to patients with Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). Until now, this inherited retinal disease that causes visual impairment ranging from reduced vision to complete blindness, has remained untreatable. The study ...

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JUL 14, 2014 - Shape

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Woman Blinded By Cornea-Eating Bugs After Leaving Contacts In for 6 Months

Thinkstock If you've ever forgotten to change your contacts, been a little lazy and didn't rinse them, or fallen asleep in them (and didn't realize it until you woke up the next morning with inexplicably perfect vision), then pay attention: A woman left her lenses in for six months and developed acanthamoeba keratitis an amoeba that ate the surface of ...

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