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Space Travel Might Lead to Eye Trouble: Study
Date:11/8/2011

uthors noted how badly microgravity affects vision varies from person to person. They added that more research is needed to explore why this is the case, or why some astronauts are better suited for extended trips in space.

The researchers pointed out that NASA has acknowledged vision problems among its astronauts on long-term missions and currently provides them with special "space anticipation glasses" to improve their vision. Astronauts also undergo comprehensive eye exams and vision testing.

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration provides more information on microgravity.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: American Academy of Ophthalmology, news release, Nov. 3, 2011


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