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According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), millions of people have problems with their vision every year. Some of these problems can cause permanent vision loss and even blindness, while others are common problems that can be easily corrected with glasses or contact lenses. Your eyes are an important part of your health. There are many things you can do to keep them healthy and make sure you are seeing your best.  Second Opinion explored the topics of corrective eye surgery and macular degeneration and talked to doctors and patients about diagnosis and treatments.  Have other topics on eye health you want us to look into?  Simply contact us and send us your suggestion.

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Medical Marijuana

As more states make the use of medical marijuana legal, doctors and lay people alike question its use, its efficacy and the amount of research being done to help prove it is safe to treat certain conditions. Meet Beverly McClain who uses medical marijuana to help with her symptoms caused by the treatment she is receiving for Stage IV breast cancer.

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The purpose of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research is to coordinate rigorous scientific studies to assess the safety and efficacy of cannabis and cannabis compounds for treating medical conditions.
Common Sense for Drug Policy is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to reforming drug policy and expanding harm reduction.
ProCon.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity. Our purpose is to provide resources for critical thinking and to educate without bias.
Mayo Clinic's vision is to inspire hope and contribute to health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education and research.
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Eye Health

According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), millions of people have problems with their vision every year. Some of these problems can cause permanent vision loss and even blindness, while others are common problems that can be easily corrected with glasses or contact lenses. Your eyes are an important part of your health.

Corrective Eye Surgery

Advertising has become standard practice in much of health care and vision correction appears to be taking the lead.  Americans spend nearly $2 billion on vision correction. Providers spend nearly $200 million in advertising. This episode of Second Opinion looks into the ethics of advertising in health care, the rise in corrective vision surgeries across the country and will provide you with information to help you become an informed medical consumer.

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The National Eye Institute (NEI) was established by Congress in 1968 to protect and prolong the vision of the American people. Their site provides a good primer on the eye and related diseases and disorders.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is the largest national membership association of Eye M.D.s (ophthalmologists). A section for patients/public covers a variety of eye health topics including Laser Surgery in Ophthalmology, LASIK - Is It For You?, LASIK Risks and Selecting a Refractive Surgeon.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is a membership organization for optometrists and optometric educators. The Public Info section includes links to sites that provide detailed information on eye health and vision correction options.
The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strbismus' (AAPOS) mission is to provide ethical leadership for comprehensive medical and surgical eye care of children and adults with strabismus (the condition where the eyes are misaligned). The site includes a public resources section.
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit devoted to expanding possibilities for people with vision loss. This site includes information about new tools and technology as well as information about independent and healthy living for people with vision loss.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) is a federation of state, student and armed forces optometric associations. Through these affiliations, the AOA serves members consisting of optometrists, students of optometry, paraoptometric assistants and technicians. Their site includes general information on vision conditions and eye diseases. Information is also provided on contact lenses, children's vision, and sports and vision.
Prevent Blindness America is a volunteer eye health and safety organization with the mission of preventing blindness and preserving sight. This site includes information about vision screening programs and services, the eye and how we see, and eye problems in adults and children.
This site provides information on a variety of common vision problems and therapies. This site has sections on laser vision correction (LASIK and similar procedures), cataracts, and glaucoma.
This is a site from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration specifically devoted to LASIK surgery. It includes sections on who is an appropriate candidate for LASIK surgery, risks, finding the right doctor, expectations, FDA-approved lasers and more.
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Macular Degeneration

Many Americans think loss of vision is a normal part of aging. Think again. The number one cause of vision loss is actually a disease called macular degeneration. This episode describes the disease and how you may be able to prevent it from compromising your vision.

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One of the National Institutes of Health, NEI was established by Congress in 1968 to protect and prolong the vision of the American people. It conducts and supports research on eye diseases and vision disorders and offers free publications for the general public and patients. Their site is the firsts to turn to for general information on the eye and related diseases and disorders and specific information on macular degeneration.
This foundation funds research on macular degeneration and offers important information and resources to patients, caregivers, and loved ones on ways to cope with age-related diseases.
The American Macular Degeneration Foundation is committed to the prevention, treatment, and cure of macular degeneration and works for these goals by raising funds, educating the public, and supporting scientific research.
The AMD Alliance International works to raise awareness about macular degeneration and understanding of diagnostics and early detection, treatment and rehabilitation options, and support services. Full of good information, the site is especially helpful in explaining how to adapt to low vision.
This organization sponsors seminars, newsletters, and a hotline that all help educate and inform the public about macular diseases. It also offers counseling to patients and their families.
This site provides a great deal of useful information to patients and family members about research, experimental treatments, and clinical trials, and offers connections to various resources that help people with low vision.
MVRF works to find the cause, prevention, treatment, and cure for macula vision diseases and to and provide public education and advocacy for people with macular degeneration. It also coordinates SupportSight, a service to enhance the quality of life of people with macular degeneration through public education programs, small support groups, and a toll-free hotline.
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