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Video games may help eyesight

Staff Writer

Long villainized for creating a generation of overweight couch potatoes, video games may have a substantial redeeming quality — improving eyesight, Vanderbilt researchers have found.

A Vanderbilt study bolsters a recent study conducted at the University of Rochester that shows playing action video games can sharpen vision. While the Rochester study looked at college students, the Vanderbilt study is focusing on people with profound vision loss.


Lasik at 10: Common but not covered

Monday, December 12, 2005;

CHICAGO (AP) -- Christopher Tomes, 43, opened his eyes one morning, looked out the window and could read the license plate of a parked car -- without his glasses.

He'd had Lasik eye surgery the day before, becoming one of the 5 million Americans seeking to shed their eyeglasses with laser vision correction during the past decade.

"It's exceptional," Tomes said of his vision nine days after surgery. "I'm extremely happy I did it."


A New Way of Looking at Vision Care

From Well Being Journal Vol. 10, No. 1 ~ Winter 2001

An Interview with Marc Grossman, O.D., L.Ac.

It is commonly thought that vision naturally worsens with age, and that the need for stronger and stronger prescriptions is normal.

Dr. Grossman: Medical science doesn't really know why or how most poor eyesight develops, yet it wrongly believes that eyesight almost always worsens, and that nothing can be done about it. It is as if the eyes function separately from us, and all we can do is stand idly by as they deteriorate.


Cholesterol Drugs May Also Prevent Eye Problem

Tue Aug 26, 2003

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older people who are taking a cholesterol-lowering drug such as Lipito or Zocor -- drugs known as statins -- may be doing more than their heart a favor. They also seem to be less likely to develop an eye condition called age-related maculopathy.

Age-related maculopathy is the leading cause of blindness in the industrialized world, so ways to ward off the problem would have a big impact.



Lutein for Healthy Eyes

By Andrew Shao, PhD, and Zoraida DeFreitas, PhD

Commercially, lutein isolated from marigold flowers (Tagetes erecta) was first used in chicken feed to provide a yellow color to the skin of broilers and yolks of layers. Although masked by chlorophyll from green plants, purified crystalline lutein from marigold flowers displays a distinct orange-yellow color. While its appearance is masked by chlorophyll in green leafy vegetables, chemically it is the same form of lutein.