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High caffeine consumption may be associated with increased risk of blinding eye disease

June 7, 2021

Consuming large amounts of daily caffeine may increase the risk of glaucoma more than three-fold for those with a genetic predisposition to higher eye pressure according to an international, multi-center study.
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Exercise Can Slow or Prevent Vision Loss, Study Finds

June 30, 2020

Exercise can slow or prevent the development of macular degeneration and may benefit other common causes of vision loss, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, new research from the University of Virginia suggests.
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NIH Study Finds No Evidence That Calcium Increases Risk of AMD

March 21, 2019

Eating a calcium-rich diet or taking calcium supplements does not appear to increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to the findings of a study by scientists at the National Eye Institute (NEI).
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Omega-3s from fish oil supplements no better than placebo for dry eye

April 13, 2018

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements taken orally proved no better than placebo at relieving symptoms or signs of dry eye, according to the findings of a well-controlled trial funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health
The findings suggest that people may be able to lower their risk of AMD by eating a healthy diet, exercising and by not smoking.

Diet, Exercise, Smoking Habits and Genes Interact to Affect AMD Risk

September 15, 2015

People with a genetic predisposition for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) significantly increased their odds of developing the blinding eye disorder if they had a history of smoking and did not exercise or eat enough fruits and vegetables.
NIH study raises doubt about any benefits omega-3 and dietary supplements like these may have for cognitive decline. (Photo courtesy of NEI)

NIH Study Shows no Benefit of Omega-3 or Other Nutritional Supplements for Cognitive Decline

August 25, 2015

While some research suggests that a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids can protect brain health, a large clinical trial by researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that omega-3 supplements did not slow cognitive decline in older persons.
Children who slept near a cooking fire were four times as likely to develop severe trachoma compared with children who slept in ventilated rooms without cooking fires. This child’s severe trachoma led to loss of vision in his left eye. Photo courtesy of Raul Vasquez/Orbis.

Trachoma Risk Tied to Sleeping Near Cooking Fires, Lack of Ventilation

July 17, 2015

Children who sleep in unventilated rooms with cooking fires are at greater risk for severe trachoma, a leading cause of preventable blindness in developing countries.
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Tufts University Researchers Identify Mechanism Involved in Causing Cataracts in Mice

January 12, 2015

A team of scientists has established that a breakdown in communication between two biochemical pathways in the eye is involved in causing cataracts.
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NIH study provides clarity on supplements for protection against blinding eye disease

May 5, 2013

Adding omega-3 fatty acids did not improve a combination of nutritional supplements commonly recommended for treating age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a major cause of vision loss among older Americans.
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Review Supports Vitamin E Dosage in AREDS

December 14, 2004

NEI researchers have concluded that taking a recommended 400 international units (IU) of vitamin E each day, as part of the AREDS formulation, does not increase the risk of death of persons at risk for advanced AMD.