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Latest optical news from around the internet

Say hello to 'Mac'

A recent survey by the Macular Society revealed that while one in six people will know someone with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), many have never heard of the condition, which is the most common cause of blindness.

The charity has teamed up with the creators of Wallace and Gromit to introduce the public to ‘Mac’ – an animated character that aims to educate people about AMD and the impact it can have on a person’s life.

We are working with the charity to promote the importance of good eye health and increase awareness of the sight – threatening condition.


June 04 2017 - 3K 'Super Specs' for blinded vodka girl

Kevin Thompson of Thompson Opticians bought this young lady 3000 super specs on hearing of her sight loss. Well done boss. All our thoughts are with Hannah.


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May 10 2017 - Eye skin cancers: Why you need to protect the skin around your eyes this summer

In conjunction with Sun Awareness Week (8-14 May), an ophthalmologist warns readers of the damage that can be done to the eyes by the sun.


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May 9 2017 - Heart attack symptoms - how your eyes could reveal if you are at risk

An ophthalmic surgeon for the London Vision Clinic has said the condition Arcus Senilis could indicate high cholesterol and possible heart and stroke risk.


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This is what your gritty eyes could mean

The article explains that the eye condition blepharitis affects one in six and it can lead to permanent sight loss.


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Who was Ferdinand Monoyer? And 11 things you didn't know about your eyes

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates Ferdinand Monoyer who designed the Monoyer vision chart more than 100 years ago.


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May 8 2017 - Eyeball tattoos: Here’s everything you need to know

Clinical and Regulatory Officer at the AOP, Henry Leonard provides advice to those considering an eyeball tattoo.


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Askham Bryan mum urges parents to recognise importance of sight tests following daughter’s eye cancer diagnosis

Survivors of an eye cancer to host under-16s eye test clinic for Retinoblastoma Awareness Week.


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Woman (88) with failing eyesight did not stop driving

The 88-year-old woman was prosecuted for ignoring an order from her parish Constable not to drive because of her failing eyesight.


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March 2017 - Compulsory eye tests for motorists would cut road accidents

Department for Transport figures show that “uncorrected, defective eyesight” was cited as a contributory factor in 232 reported injury-causing road accidents in 2015, 10 of which were fatal.


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Airdrie woman thanks local opticians after spotting haemorrhage and saving her sight

The optometrist noticed severe swelling on the optic nerve at the back of both her eyes, with haemorrhaging, due to the build-up of pressure around the brain.


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November 29 2016 - Thousands at risk of going blind

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the biggest cause of blindness in the South East, currently affecting more than 80,000 people. According to a report by the Macular Society, that figure is expected to double by 2050 to 1.3 million – equivalent to 400 new cases every day.


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November 24 2016 - Rare eye condition forces little girl to wear sunglasses all the time and live in the dark

Seven-year-old Matilda Henley suffers from corneal dystrophy, a condition that causes micro cysts to form and burst on the outer layer of her eye - meaning she has to wear sunglasses even in winter to protect her eyes.


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Woman spent four 'painful' hours in A&E with swollen eyes after allergic reaction to Poundland fake eyelashes

A woman says that she feared for her sight when her eyes became swollen and itchy - she claims days after she wore fake eyelashes she had bought in Poundland.


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November 23 2016 - 'Stay slow, sober, secure, silent and sharp-eyed' — MP backs road safety campaign

The Optical Confederation’s campaign, launched in support of Road Safety Week, which reminds drivers of the importance of having regular sight tests to remain safe on the roads in detailed in the article.


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November 22 2016 - Tens of thousands of NI people could be left blind by age-related eye problems, claims charity

The article highlights findings of the report produced by the Macular Society which calls for more investment in research for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This story has been covered by a number of regional newspapers.


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Dallas experts develop an app that encourages the weaker eye to work harder

The article references the AOP and a press release we issued earlier this year which highlighted that vision problems in children can often go undetected because they are unaware their sight is abnormal.


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November 14 2016 - Sixty-five people a day in UK die early from diabetes complications

The number of adults with diabetes in the UK has risen by more than 1.5 million in the past decade to more than 4.5 million. However, Chris Askew, chief executive of Diabetes UK said that as a result of research into specialist eye tests, diabetes is no longer the leading cause of blindness in the working age population.


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November 11 2016 - Danger of contact lenses: woman with dry eye syndrome ripped off cornea

The student said she used to keep her lenses in for up to 12 hours at a time – way above the recommended eight hour limit and starving her eyes of oxygen.


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New eye pressure test could save the sight of cataract sufferers

According to scientists, elderly adults suffering from cataracts could be saved by a new eye pressure test. It is being recommended for use after cataract surgery.


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November 10 2016 - Great-grandfather, 82, was run over and killed by double decker bus driver who lied about his eyesight to get job

The bus driver who was responsible had deliberately hidden his poor eyesight from his employers in order to keep his job.


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More than half of Kilburn’s roadshow visitors at risk of type 2 diabetes

A diabetes road show which stopped by Kilburn has found 68% of its visitors at risk of developing type 2 of the disease. Diabetes UK delivered the roadshow ahead of World Diabetes Day on Monday 14 November.


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November 09 2016 - High Street opticians accused of making bogus claims about blue light emitted from smartphones to sell special lenses customers don't need

Watchdog has been investigating staff at Boots and Vision Express who they claim are misleading the public into buying lenses that provide added protection against blue light.


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November 07 2016 - What you need to know about presbyopia

The article discusses the options available for people experiencing presbyopia including varifocal or bifocal glasses, contact lenses, laser eye surgery and implants in the form of permanent lens replacement surgery.


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Blind man recovers some sight after getting 'bionic eye' from London surgeons

A blind man has regained some of his sight as the first person in the UK to benefit from a trial of a pioneering system. The Iris II system was fitted at Moorfields Eye Hospital.


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New advice helps patients manage eye conditions

On Monday 7 November we issued a press release to promote our suite of patient leaflets which has been posted on NHS networks.


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November 04 2016 - Fireworks warning: Hundreds at risk from serious eye injuries which can cause blindness

Research suggests that every year in the UK ten people lose their sight due to fireworks and about 300 people suffer serious eye injuries as a result of accidents with fireworks.


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November 03 2016 - Student goes blind after trip to opticians suffering from migraines leads to emergency brain surgery

Claire Shorten was diagnosed with a brain tumour following an appointment with her optometrist.


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4 reasons eggs are good for you

The article explains that eggs provide several essential nutrients, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which are good for healthy vision.


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October 27 2016 - Halloween-themed contact lenses could cause blindness as eye experts tell fancy dressers to give them a miss

The article warns of the risks associated with novelty contact lenses for Halloween.


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Cornwall driver banned nine months after eye alert

A driver who told licensing officials nine months ago of eyesight problems has just been banned from the road, despite now having recovered. Kevin Trebell told the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in January, on the advice of his optometrist.


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October 26 2016 - Vitamins and minerals – what do they do?

The article explains how vitamins and minerals work in the body and the benefits of supplements. Vitamin A is referenced as a vitamin that is good for eyesight.


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October 17 2016 - How good is your eyesight? If you can’t count red dots you might be colour blind

A colour-blind test, uploaded to Playbuzz, has challenged users to a seemingly "easy" game of counting. But there's a catch – the red dots are hidden among a sea of circles of similar shades of orange and pink.


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October 16 2016 - Two men arrested after laser pointed at police helicopter in Stoke-on-Trent

Two men in Stoke-on-Trent have been arrested after a police helicopter was targeted using a laser. The article explains that the impact on a pilot is at the very least distracting but can cause temporary ‘flash’ blindness and in some cases lasting eye damage.


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October 15 2016 - Schoolboy nearly went blind after eating diet of chicken, chips, bread and Coke

The 14-year-old’s eyesight deteriorated as a result of Vitamin A deficiency.

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October 03 2016 - Sight loss victims to double to four million by 2050: Ageing population and complications from diabetes are behind the increase

It is predicted that cases of vision loss will rise dramatically in the next few decades due to an ageing population and increasing cases of type 2 diabetes. A case study is included of a patient who lost their sight through diabetes.


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September 30 2016 - Sight saved by observant optometrist

Gavin Jolly says he owes his sight to the sharp eyes and skills of an optometrist.


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Why do you see ‘eye floaters’ and should you worry about them?

Explaining the difference between normal floaters in vision and indications of more dangerous conditions.


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September 29 2016 - Keeping a close eye on your health

The article reports on research into eye health from RNIB and the College of Optometrists. It explains that the sight test is increasingly important in detecting issues with overall health.


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Schoolboy left traumatised after having bleach poured into his eyes by bullies

Police are investigating the attack on the 11-year-old schoolboy. Doctors say he would have lost his eyesight if he had not been wearing glasses.


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September 28 2016 - How computers are helping people with stroke-induced blindness to see: Treatment improves movement and 'strengthens eyes within weeks'

Researchers have developed a new computer-based treatment designed to improve speed and effectiveness of eye movements to help compensate for the vision loss often experienced following a stroke.


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September 27 2016 - I'll never forget day the specialist told me I had a tumour behind my eye – but you have to fight whatever this life throws at you

James Campbell woke with unusual blurring in his eye and within just a few hours was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour. He expresses his gratitude to the optometrist who picked up the condition quickly.


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A three month-old with severe eyesight problems is given glasses

Love at first sight! Sweet moment baby girl smiles with joy when she sees her mother clearly for the first time after being given glasses


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September 26 2016 - When 'seeing snow' means your eyes are in trouble

Laura Richardson explains living with the condition ‘visual snow’ which due to an overactive visual cortex causes sufferers to be sensitive to light and see ‘static’. The article also discusses other eye conditions and symptoms that can be experienced.


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Mum shocked to discover son's severe headaches were a brain tumour after routine eye test

Optometrist Ruth Moore spotted swelling at the back of Callum Salkeld’s eye and referred him to Royal Victoria Infirmary.


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September 24 2016 - Don't put off having an eye test - it might save your life

As part of the promotion around National Eye Health Week (NEHW) this article tells the story of Katie Boyce who was diagnosed with a form of eye cancer as a two year-old – it explains that the sight test saved her life.


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Tragic Ipswich boy’s family back eye health awareness campaign

Parents of Vincent Barker, who died from hydrocephalus, pledge their support for NEHW in the hope that it will prevent a similar tragedy.


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September 21 2016 - The bad habits that could be damaging your eyes – and it's not what your parents warned you about

A new study by Optegra Eye Sciences of 2,000 people suggests that more than half think common myths from childhood such as sitting too close to a TV screen and trying on a friend’s glasses damages their eyesight.


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Health experts: Do not ignore this type of headache, as it could signify a brain tumour

The warning comes following statistics this week that revealed one in six people in the UK have never had an eye test. The article explains that a series of sight tests and scans can identify brain tumours early on.


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September 19 2016 - Woman has life-saving diagnosis after routine eye test

A mother has praised her optometrist after she was diagnosed with a rare and life-threatening disease at an eye test. Ms Hartford underwent an MRI where it was discovered that the carotid artery in her neck had torn and a blood clot had developed.


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September 18 2016 - World's biggest eye survey will test UK's sight

Experts predict a big jump in the number of people suffering sight loss as the UK's population gets older - and need to know the true scale of the problem.


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September 14 2016 - News survey finds doctors 'rationing care' as cash crisis hits NHS

A survey of 1,000 doctors conducted for ITV News reveals patients are being denied treatments including varicose vein removal and cataract surgery, and forced to pay for care privately or wait for their condition to worsen.


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Police helicopter attacked by a laser as it flew over Northamptonshire

In an interview, the pilot of the helicopter, Paul Atherton, described what it was like for him to have a laser shone at him while flying a helicopter.


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September 13 2016 - Portable optician? Your smartphone could soon diagnose eye problems

Your smartphone and a virtual reality-style headset could be the future of eye tests for glaucoma, according to a product development firm.

Research and development firm Cambridge Consultants has created a concept screening test for glaucoma that uses a smartphone and VR-style headset in order to scan a patient’s eyes and enable tests to take place without having to leave the house.


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September 12 2016 - "I went blind and then became a photographer."

A perspectives piece on being diagnosed with and managing retinitis pigmentosa - a progressive disease of the retina in which cells deteriorate over a number of years.


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Hereford optometrist sleeps off short-sightedness

Abandoning your glasses and sleeping off short-sightedness is not what an optometrist normally advocates, but it is exactly what one local expert is doing herself, with a novel treatment.


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Police aircraft laser attacks 'highest in Yorkshire'

The number of laser attacks on police aircraft was higher in Yorkshire than in any other part of the UK last year. Figures from the National Police Air Service (NPAS) show there were 91 attacks on its aircraft in 2015.


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September 11 2016 - Robots just operated on someone’s eye for the first time ever

Surgeons have successfully carried out the world’s first operation inside the eye using a robot system. William Beaver, 70, had the procedure done at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.


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Pioneering stem cell team develops treatment to fight blindness

The cells are injected directly into the eye to replace others damaged by macular degeneration. The 15-minute procedure, carried out under local anaesthetic, is being put on trial using a small number of patients in the US and Israel – with larger scale trials planned.


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September 09 2016 - Why driving a BMW or a Mercedes makes you more likely to get skin cancer or cataracts

BMW and Mercedes drivers are twice as likely to develop skin cancer and cataracts from harmful UV rays, a new study claims. The research was conducted by the Boxer Wachler Vision Institute in Los Angeles, USA, using a portable UVA light meter.


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April 2015 - Could a 3D Printer Make a Human Eye?

A design company named MHOX says yes. In fact, the company estimates its EYE 3D bioprinted sight augmentation products, called Eye Heal, Eye Enhance and Eye Advance, will be on the market in 2027.

3D printed eyes in containers. Image: MHOX
Image: MHOX

MHOX says that it's possible to print organic body parts that function as well as or even better than our natural ones, and that includes the eye. After all, 3D printers have already created prosthetics and bone replacements.

The eyes would be bioprinted with a needle that drops cells that then clump together. Various bio-inks would be used to re-create differentiation of various eye tissues that have different functions.

MHOX imagines that a wi-fi gland and a filter gland could improve and record images your eye sees, so you could share your visual experiences with other people.

January 2015 — Getting Enough Sleep? Your Rapid Eye Movements May Be Saying, "Get to Bed Right Now!"

A team of scientists has found that rapid eye movements could provide an objective way to measure fatigue in people who work long hours.

Also called saccadic movements, these mostly voluntary eye movements help us fix our eyes on objects that attract our attention.

In the study, the scientists evaluated the performance of doctors from the Traumatology Service at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Centre in Phoenix, before and after their "call-day," which is a 24-hour shift during which the doctors don't sleep.

After these long shifts, the speed of their saccadic movements was reduced as they felt more fatigued.

Fortunately, when the physicians performed simulated laparoscopic tests after their shifts, their performance was not affected significantly by their fatigue. It's probable that fatigue is not the sole contributor to errors committed on the job. Still, measuring eye movements might be a good way to determine whether physicians, truck drivers, subway operators, ship captains and other vital workers are not getting enough sleep.

December 2014 - Smoking Causes Eye Damage Similar to That Found in Glaucoma

It appears cigarette smoking damages the eye in a way that resembles the early stages of glaucoma, according to a new study.

Woman smoking.

Researchers in Turkey evaluated the effect of smoking on the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL), which collects visual impulses from photoreceptors (rods and cones) and ganglion cells in the retina and transmits these impulses to the optic nerve.

A total of 88 adults between the ages of 20 and 50 participated in the study: 44 had smoked at least one pack of cigarettes a day for more than 10 years, and 44 did not smoke. All were in good health, and there were no significant differences in age, sex distribution, refractive errors or eye pressure between the two groups.

Examinations of their retinas revealed the mean thickness of the retinal nerve fiber layer of the smokers was significantly thinner than that of the non-smokers. Thinning of the RNFL also is associated with eye diseases such as glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa, causing blind spots in the visual field, loss of peripheral vision and even blindness.

May 21 2014

Australian researchers have successfully tested a gene therapy for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) which could mean the end of regular intravitreal injections for patients living with the condition.

The initial results of an ongoing trial in 40 patients with wet-AMD were presented at the recent annual meeting for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in Orlando, Florida.

The first data from eight of the patients show that the therapy is safe and was well tolerated. Six of the eight who received the treatment (the other two received placebo) showed no loss of visual acuity, retinal detachment or systemic or intraocular inflammation up to a year after treatment.

The approach works by injecting a modified virus underneath the retina, which then delivers its genetic payload – which interferes with the production of a growth factor involved in the condition, VEGF.

Professor Ian Constable, of the Lions Eye Institute in Perth, Australia, and principle investigator, told Medical Xpress: “The gene therapy involves a single injection of a modified and harmless version of a virus containing a specific gene that stimulates supply of a protein which then blocks over-production of VEGF.

The data also suggest that the gene therapy does not interfere with previous or subsequent injections of the widely used anti-VEGF treatment, ranibizumab. These positive initial results mean the treatment can advance to larger trials.

Professor Constable added: “After the Perth trial, multi-centre studies will have to be run in the United States and FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) approval sought, but we believe we are on track to test the investigational therapy in more patients, and, if proven safe and effective, make it widely available.”

May 16 2014

Dangers to the eyes from low-energy light bulbs have been highlighted in a Daily Mail health scare article (May 13) which warns that the bulbs could lead to blindness and skin cancer.

Professor John Marshall, reported to have stockpiled incandescent light bulbs, is quoted as saying that he would urge manufacturers to get rid of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), pointing out the damage the rays at the short spectrum could cause to human eyes and skin.

Speaking to Optician, Professor Marshall, who lectured on blue light dangers at Optrafair London, explained that patient groups concerned with problems such as headaches and effects of CFLs had raised interest in the dangers, but stressed that he would not use the word blindness in that context. ‘Low energy light sources have blue and UV components that do not in any way help in vision. They are redundant in vision and the shorter higher-energy wavelengths give rise to photochemical damage. These are not going to cause AMD and cataract but they are certainly potential risk factors. If you don’t need it why expose people to the risk of it?’

Also quoted in the Mail piece was Professor John Hawk, retired head of the photobiology unit at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, King’s College London, who warned about damage from CFLs to the skin, which could add up over the years.

‘Professor Hawk and I are concerned about blue and UV biologically unfriendly sources being used to replace biologically friendly sources for the purposes of energy saving,’ said Professor Marshall, who also questioned the energy-saving claim, given that CFLs were not effective and people doubled and tripled up on sources, even leaving the lights on. He added that it would be interesting to survey whether there was in fact any energy saving. I’m a scientist and looked at it in that way. I was happy with incandescent lighting and have stuck with them because the performance of CFLs is so poor. It is funny that if I want I can import a 1 watt laser pointer from China, that is a blinding device and I cannot import incandescent light bulbs.’

Professor Marshall added that the CFL situation needed to be monitored carefully. ‘AMD is on the rise and the biggest risk factor after genes is from synthetic ageing of the skin from UV and the shorter visible light. Protection against ageing in the eye as is not as good as the skin and anything that can exacerbate the ageing process is not good news,’ he said, while pointing out that it was important not to cut off the good blue light.

April 17 2013

Biopharmaceutical company ThromboGenics has confirmed the launch of Jetrea (ocriplasmin) in the UK, ahead of the rest of Europe.

In partnership with Alcon, the introduction of Jetrea onto the UK market will see the drug used in the treatment of vitreomacular traction (VMT) and macular hole.

Despite now being available in the UK, a decision on the availability of the drug on the NHS is not expected until the latter quarter of 2013.

April 16 2013

An app has been established which simulates the vision of a patient suffering with glaucoma and for the first time allows other patients and health care professionals to experience the condition through their own eyes.

Developed by MSD UK, in partnership with Moorfields Eye Hospital and the International Glaucoma Association (IGA), the app is available to download via iTunes.

Consultant ophthalmologist and glaucoma specialist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, Nick Strouthidis, said: "Many people with glaucoma won't realise that there is a problem until the disease is advanced, which can lead to irreversible blindness in some patients. Fortunately though, early detection and effective treatment can prevent such serious outcomes. It is essential that doctors, optometrists and specialist nurses involved in glaucoma care engage and empower their patients. We anticipate that this unique educational tool will be highly effective."

Clinicians are encouraged to show the app to their patients and their carers to demonstrate the effects of glaucoma on vision.

Moorfields Eye Hospital hopes that the app will increase patients' understanding of the disease, but also result in increased awareness of the condition amongst the public.

Deputy chief executive of the IGA, Russell Young added: "The rising popularity of tablets and smartphones in the UK means that patients and their families are increasingly in the driving seat in glaucoma management. This new free simulation app has the potential to ensure better awareness of this under recognised and tragic condition, and we urge people to download it today."

The app can be downloaded by visiting https://itunes.apple.com and searching for Glaucoma SIM.

April 2nd 2013

Free membership for Load2Learn accessible online resources

An exciting online resource which significantly improves the school experience for learners who can't read standard print is now available free of charge.

Load2Learn, delivered by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Dyslexia Action, has announced it will provide accessible and alternative textbooks and images to registered users.

The accessible resources service help schools to better support learners with dyslexia, who are blind or partially sighted, or who have other disabilities through an extensive online collection of educational materials. Members can access over 1,900 textbook titles and 1,000 images, downloadable as accessible documents.

Developed with funding from the Department for Education, Load2Learn was designed by the two charities not only to provide accessible curriculum materials but also to offer teaching staff guidance, information and training. The service will now be funded through sponsorship and donations.

For more information about Load2Learn please visit www.load2learn.org.uk or call 0300 303 8313.

February 28 2013

Newcastle United supporters could be getting an even clearer view of the action at St. James’ Park from now on after the club teamed up with designer spectacles firm Fan Frames to create a series of striking designer glasses.

The firm has been working alongside the Magpies to design and manufacture a range of authentic club-branded frames in iconic black and white, enabling fans to show their colours in-keeping with busy lifestyles.

The range, which is available at 18 retailers within a five mile radius of St. James’ Park including all  branches of Thompson Opticians, consists of six styles; two for kids and four for teens and adults, with each accompanied by a branded NUFC glasses case and a Newcastle United cloth.

February 11 2013

Thompson Opticians staff are working together to help beat cancer!

This project is the first of its kind for Cancer Research UK.

By giving their time our staff are making a contribution to discovering cancer breakthroughs for future generations.

Anyone can join in, simply visit http://www.clicktocure.net/ and you too can help Cancer Research scientists accelerate the analysis of the data by identifying the coloured sections of the image.

So far our staff have classified 1422 cell slides - well done all!!

January 14 2013

Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) is seeking runners to take part in the 2013 London Marathon to raise funds on its behalf. The charity has a number of places available in the April 21 race, and would like to hear from practitioners who are keen to compete in the 26.2 mile run. For more information visit www.visionaidoverseas.org.uk/london-marathon-2013. Alternatively, call Fiona Lamont on 01293 535 016.

January 12 2013

The Department of Health has published information on how to register a vision impairment as a disability.

If a person is registered as partially sighted or blind they will be able to access a range of benefits to help them manage their condition and the impact that it may have on their lives.

The documents published on Department’s website include a Certificate of Vision Impairment (CVI) form, which formally certifies someone as visually impaired, explanatory notes about the CVI form for consultant ophthalmologists and hospital eye clinic staff to help them manage the completion of the form, and a referral letter which can be used to request social needs assessment from the local council or a designated agency.

These documents were previously on an NHS web portal which is no longer in use.

To access the documents or to find out more visit www.dh.gov.uk/health/2013/01/cvi/

January 11 2013

Fan Frames 2013

Fan Frames, which manufactures designer glasses for top Premier League teams, has signed up 100 independent opticians in less than 100 days including Thompson Opticians.

The Hull-based company had given itself six months to achieve the goal but reached it in less than half that time, following the official launch of its frames in October. Fan Frames supplies club-branded spectacle frames for most of the top clubs 17 including Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Newcastle United and Liverpool (pictured).

For more information on Fan Frames please contact your local branch of Thompson Opticians.

January 10 2013

Sight Care has announced that its ‘Eye Love My Local Independent Optician’ campaign has reached more than 11.5 million people across the UK.

The national PR campaign aimed to promote the benefits of independent practices to consumers in local communities. The campaign has now been running for almost three years.

“The campaign was a great success in engaging practitioners and consumers alike in what we consider to be vital projects for the eye care profession,” said campaign spokesman, Paul Surridge.

“For too long we have seen community businesses, including independent opticians suffer a loss of business, as local people have migrated to out of town hypermarkets and the Internet despite valuing the presence of small businesses locally. When asked, people really do value a thriving business community on their doorstep but are patronising them less and less and our campaign seeks to address the situation.”

The campaign encouraged participating practices to take part in a ‘Love my Local’ national awareness day in June to rekindle consumer interest in shopping locally.

The campaign also aimed to raise the profile of contact lens wear by encouraging consumers to try them for the first time.

Mr Surridge added: “Sight Care’s focus in 2013 will, once again, raise the awareness of independent opticians and the value they provide in local communities, highlighting the importance of regular eye examinations for all ages.”