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New law: solariums will have to use protective eyewear PDF
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Australian News
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Standards Australia on Sunday announced the voluntary recommendations governing the use of solariums, which are designed to cut the number of people contracting skin cancer at tanning salons. As part of the changes, unsupervised operations will be banned and people supervising sunbeds will need to have appropriate training.

Clients of solariums will have to use protective eyewear and complete a skin type assessment. Those clients with skin that always burns will be banned from using the equipment.

Under the revised standards, solariums would also be stopped from making claims of health benefits or from saying the sunbeds are safe, and client records will have to be kept for at least two years.

A spokeswoman for Standards Australia said some states were making new laws based on the guidelines to ensure operators of tanning salons adhered to the rules.
New carbon fibre eyewear from EXALTO PDF
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Product News
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Introducing the COMPOSIT model from SILMO award winning designers, EXALTO. Lightness and outstanding strength give carbon fibre its exceptional qualities as a top-of-the-range material particularly in the manufacture of eyewear. Together with its intrinsic characteristics, the designers of the Oxibis-Exalto collection have been exploring its workability and its refined elegance.

Space shuttles, fighter aircraft, formula 1 racing cars, yachts, competition bicycle frames....the various sectors in which carbon fibre is used rely on high performance. The secret of its mechanical strength lies in its composition: carbon atoms are bonded together in microscopic crystals to form an incredibly high-strength fibre.

View the new carbon fibre COMPOSIT model and all EXALTO models at website

Source: Luxol Eyewear
Vision Express Announces The Big Eye Test in UK PDF
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International News
Friday, 23 January 2009
Vision Express, one of Britain's leading chains of opticians with a national network of more than 300 stores, announced eye care initiatives for 2009 that, according to the company, will amount to the largest privately-funded examination of UK eye health ever undertaken. The Vision Express Big Eye Test program will include:
  • A pilot eye health study in partnership with the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, the UK's leading eye health research institute, to help answer some key primary health care questions.
  • A major child-centered education program targeted at schools to promote better eye care and more regular testing.
  • Free digital retinal scanning for all children up to 16 in tandem with their free NHS examination until the end of February.
  • Dedicated online resources focused on eye health.

The program is being launched in conjunction with the publication of YouGov research commissioned by Vision Express that finds that 60% of a representative sample of the UK population has spent nothing on eye care in the last 12 months. The poll also finds that 27% have not had an eye test for at least two years and one in 20 have not had an eye test for more than 10 years. Moreover, nearly one in ten (8%) 18-24 year olds have never had their eyes tested according to the study, the highest incidence across all age bands.
New eye treatment to be trialled PDF
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Ophthalmology and Optometry
Thursday, 22 January 2009
A revolutionary new treatment that could cure certain types of blindness is to be trialled in Scotland. Doctors in Edinburgh and Glasgow will work together using an innovative technique involving adult stem cells.

About 20 patients will take part in the initial tests, using cells cultivated before being transplanted onto the surface of the cornea. The trial is being led by Prof Bal Dhillon at the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion in Edinburgh, working with the Gartnavel General Hospital in Glasgow. The trial will hope to emulate the success of a similar study in the US in September last year.

In trials at the University of Pennsylvania, subjects with inherited blindness experienced dramatic improvements in vision after a corrective gene was injected into the eye.
PPG posts record fourth quarter PDF
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Thursday, 22 January 2009
PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG), makers of Transitions Lenses, recently reported record sales for the fourth quarter of 2008 of US$3.2 billion, surpassing the prior year’s fourth quarter results by 3 percent. Fourth quarter net income was US$71 million, or 43 cents per share. Fourth quarter 2007 sales were US$3.1 billion and net income was US$200 million, or US$1.21 per share.

Optical and Specialty Materials segment sales for the quarter decreased US$4 million, or 2 percent. The optical products business experienced a mid-single-digit percentage volume increase with growth in all regions. Silicas sales dropped as volumes declined by 20 percent due to reduced demand from automotive end-use markets. Segment earnings declined US$13 million, or 28 percent, due to lower silicas volumes and higher selling and marketing expenses related to volume growth in optical products.
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