Bausch + Lomb has signed a global licensing agreement with U.K.-based UltraVision CLPL to market and sell KeraSoft soft contact lenses, which boosts to allow for custom-made contact lenses for irregular corneas and keratoconus. As part of the agreement, B + L also acquired the KeraSoft trademark. Click for more information.
Monday, January 31, 2011
“A federal expert panel backtracked on Monday on its 2004 recommendation to screen all kids younger than five years for poor vision, lazy eye and other eye conditions,” according to a Reuters post. “Healthy children between three and five years should still be tested at least once, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), but there isn't enough solid evidence to recommend screening of all younger toddlers.”
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Hugh Michael Robey, 48, of Bowie, had been the executive director of the American Board of Opticianry and the National Contact Lens Examiners, a nonprofit group on Loisdale Road in the Springfield area.s" That's that start of the Washington Post story.
Another version of the story and video can be found at Yahoo! Sports.
For another angle on the story can be found at Physorg.com.
Each year, amateur musicians from across the optical industry converge on New York City during Vision Expo East to participate in EyeRock -- a rock concert to benefit OneSight. The event is a perfect fit for companies that are looking to showcase their support of OneSight while providing great add-on entertainment in mid-town Manhattan for clients and friends attending VEE.
This year, EyeRock New York will take place at The Hard Rock Café. It will feature an open bar (beer and wine), light hor d'oeurves and four fantastic sets of live music. With this great new location, this promises to be the most rockin' EyeRock yet!
The show is once again presented by Converse and John Varvatos by REM Eyewear.
EyeRock New York 2011 will take place Saturday, March 19 from 9:00pm - 1:00am at The Hard Rock Café Times Square (1501 Broadway).
Sponsorship opportunities range from $2,000 - $15,000. Please contact email@example.com for details or make your pledge today!
Individual tickets will be available at www.onesight.org starting for February 1st for a $75 donation to OneSight.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
In 2009, the prevalence of refractive errors in US was 25%. Refractive errors affect one third of people who are 40 year or older in the US and Western Europe and one fifth of the same age group people in Australia. The prevalence of myopia is as high as 70-90% in some Asian countries. Females are at a higher risk of developing refractive errors compared to men. The US remains the largest vision care devices market, driven by an aging population that's brand conscious.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Several provisions of the Proposed Rule raise competitive concerns, the comments state, including sections that would do the following:
- Redefine contact lens and eyeglass prescriptions so that opticians would not have to give consumers the measurements needed to fill their prescriptions,
- Impose new requirements on Internet sellers that do not apply to brick-and-mortar stores,
- Impose new requirements on some out-of-state sellers that are not imposed on sellers located in North Carolina.
The study indicates that product benefits relating to vision quality are highly important to patients worldwide. When researchers asked patients to trade off various functional needs relative to eye care products, patients said comfort was only half as important as vision quality. "NSIGHT validated that clear, crisp vision is a top priority for our patients," commented Carla Mack, O.D., F.A.A.O., director, Global Medical Affairs for Bausch + Lomb.
The eight categories of eye care product benefits, in descending order of importance to patients, were vision, health, environment, eye condition, convenience, comfort, personal performance and personal appearance. Surprisingly, comfort came in sixth out of eight possible categories.
The eye normally fights infections through a variety of defense mechanisms including blinking of the eyes...Contact lenses, however, inhibit the effectiveness of blinking eyelids. Thus, bacteria can adhere to the surface of the contact lens...Eye infections can be treated with antibiotics. However, it can be difficult to eliminate the bacteria on the contact lenses, especially when they form a biofilm. ...The researchers confirmed earlier findings that cellular debris from immune cells fighting the infection actually provide the raw materials for the biofilm – DNA, actin and histones. So, they used the enzyme DNAase together with negatively charged poly aspartic acid to break down the chemical bonds of these elements that support the biofilm.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
At this time there are no conclusive studies on the short- and/or long-term effects of 3-D digital products on eye and visual development, health, or function in children, nor are there persuasive, conclusive theories on how 3-D digital products could cause damage in children with healthy eyes. The development of normal 3-D vision in children is stimulated as they use their eyes in day-to-day social and natural environments, and this development is largely complete by age three years.The AAO did issue precautions about children with amblyopia, strabismus, and focus inhibiting conditions.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
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Monday, January 17, 2011
"But the process became more complicated as Hinrich came away with the startling news that if he continued to play basketball without protective eyewear, he stood a high risk of getting hit and losing sight in his left eye."
Sunday, January 16, 2011
My mother would be glad for the confirmation. For more than half a century, she has complained that kids will hurt their eyes playing with fireworks.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
This is reportedly the latest in a series of favorable court decisions for VSP Global and its companies. In November, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida dismissed Aspex Eyewear's entire patent infringement lawsuit filed against Marchon® Eyewear. Earlier in the year, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a non-final decision invalidating the sole remaining patent claim in Aspex's lawsuit against Altair. Aspex Eyewear has filed appeals with the United States Court of Appeals in both the California and Florida cases.
VSP Global provides more than 55 million opticians and eye care professionals (ECPs) access to frame styles and brands, design of custom interiors and merchandising systems, e-commerce and practice management solutions, and lab services.
"perfect" focus at all distances through the entire field of view.
The eyewear design also has garnered the prestigious Wall Street Journal 2010 Innovations Award (Overall Silver Award and Medical Devices Category Winner) and Popular Science 2009 Best of What’s New Award.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The new lenses reportedly will offer the following:
- Cleanability: With a contact angle of 116°, they feature an enhanced top coat. The company says that even after 20,000 cleanings, more than 98 percent of the super-hydrophobic top coat remains, thus protecting the lens from scratches that can result from regular cleanings.
- High Surface Density (HSD) Process: Essilor’s HSD process is said to densely packs the top coat molecules together, so nothing can stick to the lenses.
- Double-Sided Integrated Hard Coat: The integrated hard coat continues to deliver scratch resistance and durability that can easily withstand life’s daily wear. Pad Control System™: More than ever, Essilor’s exclusive Pad Control System ensures the ultimate edging precision.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
As usual, the economical fee will include free coffee or tea for attendees arriving for the morning sessions. In addition, opticians and ECPs attending a full day of sessions (seven credits), sessions only in the morning (three credits), or sessions only in the afternoon (four credits) can enjoy a complimentary lunch. Here's the menu for OpticalCEUs 2011 Spring Conference for opticians and ECPs:
- Soup and Salads: hearty minestrone soup; crisp iceberg lettuce with pepperoncini peppers, garbanzo beans, chopped tomatoes, and crumbled feta cheese served with either a house vinaigrette or buttermilk ranch dressing; tortellini pasta salad.
- Make Your Own Hot Sandwich: Philly cheese steaks with shaved rib-eye beef, melted cheese, grilled mushrooms and onions; honey BBQ pulled pork; eggplant Florentine; all served with fresh Hoagie rolls and seasoned curly fries.
- Desserts: chocolate fudge cake, blueberry lemon meringue cake, mandarin Earl Grey cake, along with coffee and assorted teas.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
The company also announced "it will begin shipping its first widescreen virtual reality eyewear, the Wrap VR1200, in spring this year," according to a post on Unified-Communications.
- AL Stanback Girls Volleyball Team, Hillsborough, N.C.
- Club Olympia Judo, Fond du Lac, Wis.
- Crested Butte Junior Nordic Ski Team, Crested Butte, Colo.
- Grandview High School Swim Team, Columbus, Ohio
- Glades Day School Football Team, Belle Glade, Fla.
- La Porte Midget Cheer Team, LaPorte, Ind.
- Millennium High School Baseball Team, Tracy, Calif.
- Renaissance Magnet High School Weightlifting Program for Self-Esteem, Meridian, Idaho
- Rock Hill High School Boys Basketball Team, Catawba, S.C.
- Whitewater Alberta Slalom Canoe/Kayak Team, Calgary, Alberta
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
- Scientists in top genetics centers in the Netherlands have taken the first step toward large scale, inexpensive genetic testing for eye diseases. Their new retinal DNA re-sequencing chip and patient pooling strategy enables detection of multiple retinal disease gene sequences in multiple patients, at the same time. The chip is fully validated for DNA diagnostic purposes, and an upgraded version will be available in early 2011 at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam....
- Who is most likely to benefit from cataract removal? How much improvement in vision and quality of life can people expect after surgery? Cataract removal is the most common surgery in the United States and many other countries, but surprisingly, until now there has been no standard assessment tool to help doctors and health planners answer these questions. A Spanish research group recently developed such a tool and validated it in a large, diverse study population....
Monday, January 3, 2011
Sunday, January 2, 2011