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July 2005 Ophthalmology journal
Studies from the July 2005 issue of Ophthalmology, the clinical journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, are now available. (2005-07-01)

Cardiff-Kyoto research vision
A new partnership between scientists in Wales and Japan is set to bring major advances in the global fight against eye disease. (2005-05-26)

January 2005 Ophthalmology Journal
Studies from the January 2005 issue of Ophthalmology, the clinical journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, are now available. (2005-01-07)

Nearsighted children may benefit from rigid contact lenses
New research suggests rigid gas permeable contact lenses may help slow the progression of nearsightedness - myopia -- in young children. Ending a three-year study of more than a hundred 8- to 11-year olds, researchers determined that wearing rigid gas permeable contact lenses slowed the progression of myopia by nearly 30 percent, compared to soft contact lens wear. Only recently did researchers find that young children could handle the responsibility of wearing contact lenses. (2004-12-13)

December 2004 Ophthalmology journal
Studies from the December 2004 issue of Ophthalmology, the clinical journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, are now available. (2004-12-07)

Implantable contact lens safe and effective for correcting myopia
Implantable contact lens (ICL) to correct myopia, are safe, effective and have predictable results for correcting moderate to high myopia or nearsightedness, according to a study published by the Opthalmology journal. (2004-09-01)

September 2004 Ophthalmology journal
Studies from the September 2004 issue of Ophthalmology, the clinical journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, are now available. (2004-09-01)

Study: Contact lenses good option for 8- to 11-year-olds
Swapping spectacles for contact lenses was once a right-of-passage for young teenagers. But new research suggests that 8- to 11-year-olds can handle the responsibility of contact lenses just as well as their older peers. A three-month study included 10 nearsighted children who wore daily disposable contact lenses. By the end of the study, nine of the children had little to no problems with handling the lenses. (2004-07-27)

Research to Prevent Blindness awards $4.8 million
Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB), the world's leading voluntary health organization supporting eye research, announced 44 new grants totaling $4,802,450 for investigations into the causes, treatment and prevention of all blinding diseases. In the past 18 months, RPB has committed more than $12.9 million to eye research. (2004-07-15)

Blame lifestyle for myopia, not genes
Australian scientists have debunked the common perception that genetic susceptibility is the underlying cause of epidemics of short-sightedness in east Asia. They argue that increases in myopia are due to changes in lifestyle, as kids spend more time indoors on computers or watching TV. They say we could soon see similar levels of myopia in many western countries, as lifestyles there change. (2004-07-07)

July 2004 Ophthalmology journal
Studies from the July 2004 issue of Ophthalmology, the clinical journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, are now available. (2004-07-01)

Grants from Research to Prevent Blindness to support eye researchers surpassed $8 million in 2003
Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB), the world's leading voluntary health organization supporting eye research, awarded 80 new grants totaling $8,137,000 million in 2003 for research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of blinding diseases. The organization has posted a bibliography of the more than scientific 880 papers citing RPB support on its web site, (2004-06-29)

Approximately one-third of people older than 40 have vision disturbances
Refractive errors (inability of the eye to focus properly) affect about one-third of people 40 years and older in the United States and Western Europe, and one-fifth of Australians 40 or older, according to an article in the April issue of The Archives of Ophthalmology, a theme issue on blindness, and one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2004-04-12)

April 2004 Ophthalmology journal
Studies from the April 2004 issue of Ophthalmology, the clinical journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, are now available. (2004-04-01)

Orthokeratology contact lenses cause permanent vision loss in children
Children who wore contact lenses overnight as part of their orthokeratology regime developed corneal ulcers, resulting in corneal scarring and vision loss. (2004-03-01)

January 2004 Ophthalmology journal
Studies from the January 2004 issue of Ophthalmology, the clinical journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, are now available. (2003-12-31)

December 2003 Ophthalmology journal
Studies from the December issue of Ophthalmology, the clinical journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, are now available. (2003-11-22)

November's Ophthalmology journal
Studies for November's issue of Ophthalmology, the clinical journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, are now available. (2003-10-22)

VISX CustomVue laser vision correction procedure approved by the FDA
VISX, INCORPORATED (NYSE Symbol: EYE) has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for VISX CustomVue laser vision correction, a procedure that sets a new standard for vision correction, with the potential to enable better vision than contacts or glasses. The CustomVue procedure tailors a unique correction for each individual. It employs the VISX WaveScan System. (2003-05-26)

Genes are main culprit in development of myopia, study suggests
A new study strongly indicates that the primary cause of nearsightedness is heredity. The study also suggests that the amount of time a child spends studying or reading plays a minor role in the development of myopia, or nearsightedness. The researchers found that, per week, myopic children spent more time studying and reading for pleasure and less time playing sports than non-myopic children. (2003-03-14)

National vision experts converge for research symposium
The eyes of the vision science research world will be focused on the University of Houston March 1-3 during a symposium that celebrates the College of Optometry's 50th anniversary. The event, (2003-02-19)

$5.3-million grant to disseminate best treatments for eyes and vision
Brown University researchers have received a seven-year, $5.3-million contract from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health to systematically review data on the best treatments in the field of eyes and vision and to make that information accessible to practitioners and the public. (2002-06-13)

Light adjustable intraocular lenses may offer customized vision for cataract patients
Nearly three million cataract surgeries are performed every year in the United States. The majority of patients must wear prescription glasses after the procedure to see properly. But a new technology may eliminate this problem. (2002-06-02)

Study finds direct link between computer use and vision problems in children
Computer vision problems are not just for adults. Up to 30 percent of the U.S. children who use computers at home or school may need special computer eyewear to reduce their risk of premature vision problems, according the a University of California at Berkeley School of Optometry study. The study also shows a strong correlation between children who work many hours at a computer and premature nearsightedness. (2002-03-27)

Nighttime lens wear may mean near-perfect daytime vision
After just seven nights of wearing reverse-geometry gas permeable contact lenses, researchers saw improvement in the daytime eyesight of seven of eight nearsighted subjects. By the end of the 60-day trial, all of the subjects could see clearly during the day without the use of contacts or glasses. (2000-07-11)

Night lights don't lead to nearsightedness, study suggests
A new study suggests that leaving a light on in a sleeping infant's room won't increase the child's chance of becoming nearsighted. This contradicts previous research that found babies younger than 2 years old who slept with a light on were at increased risk of developing nearsightedness later in childhood. (2000-03-07)

Near-Sightedness In Children Linked To Light Exposure During Sleep Before Age Two
Children who sleep with a light on in their bedrooms at night before the age of 2 may be at significantly higher risk of developing myopia - near-sightedness - when they become older than children who sleep as infants in the dark at night, according to a new study (1999-05-13)

Visual Environment Can Affect Even Healthy Eyes --- Nature Works With Nuture For Good Vision
In two separate studies, vision researchers at the Yerkes Primate Research Center have discovered that the visual experience of one eye influences the growth and subsequent quality of vision in the fellow eye. These studies are reported in the January issue of Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science and the upcoming May issue of Vision Research. (1999-01-13)

World's Largest Organization Of Eye Physicians And Surgeons To Meet In San Francisco
Members of the media are invited to attend the 1997 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, October 26- 29, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. The AAO Annual Meeting, the largest gathering of eye physicians and surgeons in the world. (1997-08-12)

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