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A Garden of Secrets unveiled for Guide Dogs PDF
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Australian News
Friday, 12 September 2008
A Garden of Secrets is set to be unveiled by the Leone family in Castle Hill for the first time since the completion of a new memorial garden which was designed by 2006 Chelsea Garden show winner, Dean Herald. The family-friendly gardens will be open for two consecutive weekends commencing 13 September, and all funds raised will be donated to Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.

The event will feature food stalls, kids face painting, a chance to meet Guide Dogs-in-training, and the opportunity to meander through the magnificent gardens in full spring bloom, compete with fountains, hand-carved statues and water features.

The new Tuscan styled, memorial garden was built in honour of Samuel, the late son of Paul Leone. The garden has been 6000 hours in the making and was established with 4000 plants and a bronze, handcarved statue of a stallion inside a water feature as it’s centrepiece.

Guide Dogs Fundraising Manger Victoria Bradshaw said “We are so grateful to the Leone family who are generously opening their garden to the public, as well as McGrath Real Estate and Sydney Markets who are supporting sponsors.

“The donation they generate will allow Guide Dogs to continue providing our valuable services to the community” she continued.

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is an independent, not-for-profit organisation and receives no government funding. The organisation provides its free services, including advice and training, to people with a vision impairment.

This includes training to use mobility aids such as canes, electronic devices and Guide Dogs. All services are provided free of charge and are available to every person, whatever their age, with vision impairment.

The Garden of Secrets will be open on the 13, 14 and 20, 21 September between 10am and 4pm.

The venue is located at 352 Old Northern Rd, Castle Hill (parking opposite in Oakhill College). Entry is $10 with children admitted free of charge. All proceeds raised will be donated to Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.

For more information phone Guide Dogs on (02) 09412 9300 or visit
Specsavers focuses on automation PDF
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Thursday, 11 September 2008
Specsavers is upgrading its open source-based store applications to automate customer-facing processes and improve service levels. The migration of business-critical applications to a Linux-based set-up began last year with the creation of a core package, Socrates, which covers customer registration and sales recording, appointment booking, dispensing and payment processing.

“Automation will enable us to offer a faster, improved experience. The more you cut down on time-consuming processes, the more other key capabilities are boosted, such as customer service,” said Specsavers global architecture manager Nigel Spain.

The chain plans to double the number of branches worldwide to 2,000 within three years.

Socrates runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux on an X86 Intel server platform with 610 store terminals in the UK and a number of stores overseas.
Vietnamese Institute aims to control blindness PDF
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International News
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Vietnam plans to reduce blindness nationwide to under 0.4 per cent by 2012, and to under 0.3 per cent by 2020, according to Director of the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology (VNIO) Do Nhu Hon. Hon spoke recently at a workshop held in Ha Noi on the future plans of blindness prevention programmes to 2020.

The country also planned to reduce incidents of cataracts, control blinding trachoma, xerophthalmia and reduce Vitamin A deficiency by 2012. As part of the National Programme for Blindness Prevention to 2020, eye care staff at all levels would be strengthened. The programme also aimed to develop eye care technology and build eight regional children’s eye care centres.

Blindness rates have been reduced from 0.63 per cent in 2002 to 0.43 per cent in 2007, according to a recent survey by the VNIO. The survey estimated that Vietnam had about 370,640 blind people and 1.58 million people with poor vision, accounting for 572,757 men and 1,007,019 women.

Vietnam has achieved remarkable results in blindness prevention activities thanks to the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology’s great efforts over the past year, said Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Xuyen.

According to the survey, the main causes of blindness were cataracts (66.1 per cent), post-segment pathology of the eyeball (10.1 per cent) and glaucoma (6.53 per cent). This means that the country has over 192,000 people with cataract blindness and over 25,000 who are blind due to glaucoma.

The workshop’s aim was to study blindness throughout the nation and blindness prevention systems, as well as to propose targets, policies and measures for the National Programme for Blindness Prevention in Vietnam to 2020.
CooperVision Expands Parameters of Biofinity Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lenses PDF
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Product News
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
CooperVision has once again expanded the parameters of its Biofinity silicone hydrogel contact lenses. Now available in a broad sphere power range of +8.00D to -12.00D, CooperVision has created more options for eye care practitioners to fit their patients in a premium silicone hydrogel lens.

“Now even more patients—especially those in need of higher plus and minus powers—can experience the benefit of our revolutionary lens material that offers exceptional comfort, health, and performance,” said James Gardner, director of marketing, CooperVision.

Biofinity monthly replacement silicone hydrogel lenses feature CooperVision’s unique Aquaform™ technology, which creates a naturally wettable lens material without the need for wetting agents or surface treatments. Aquaform technology incorporates longer-chain siloxane molecules, requiring less siloxane to be incorporated into the lens material for high levels of oxygen transmissibility. In addition, the comfilcon A lens material has a high Dk, but is a lower modulus.

These characteristics deliver maximum comfort, optimal health, and excellent performance to the patient. Patients experience a softer, more wettable material that enhances comfort throughout the day.

Additionally, the aspheric front surface lens design improves visual performance, and the single base curve and back surface design enables fast, easy alignment and a quicker fitting process. A patented molded round edge reduces conjunctival interaction, resulting in continuous wearing comfort for the patient.

The water content of Biofinity contact lenses is 48 percent, Dk is 128, and Dk/t is 160. The lenses also feature a base curve of 8.6mm and a diameter of 14.0mm.
Optometry Giving Sight named as BCLA Charity PDF
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International News
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Optometry Giving Sight has been chosen as the nominated charity for the BCLA for the next twelve months. The BCLA Council responded to the request from its members to support an optical related charity and made the decision after considering several nominations.

“We are delighted to have been chosen as this year’s nominated charity,” said Bob Chappell, Chairman of Optometry Giving Sight in the UK. “We feel a particular affinity with the BCLA given the incredible support that we receive from so many organisations involved in the contact lens industry – including our sponsors the Institute for Eye Research, CIBA VISION and in the UK, Bausch and Lomb. Coopervision and J&J Vision Care have also been very supportive.”

Mr Chappell said this support was having a dramatic impact on the lives of people who are blind or vision impaired due to uncorrected refractive error – and was also helping to galvanise support from other sections of the optometric industry.

“Optometry Giving Sight is a unique partnership between Optometry and the leading agencies involved with global blindness prevention – including Sightsavers International in the UK and the World Council of Optometry, which has just relocated its secretariat to London,” he said. “Our aim is to raise funds for projects which support the goals and philosophies of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight and which deliver vision care, training and infrastructure support in places that lack basic eye care services.”

To date more than $1 million has been allocated to sustainable development projects in Sri Lanka, South Africa, East Africa, East Timor – and most recently, Latin America.

With the ongoing support of optometrists, their staff, patients and industry, Optometry Giving Sight hopes to raise sufficient funds over the next 2 years to support projects that will screen 5 million people; provide 142,000 pairs of glasses; train almost 1,000 people in basic refraction and vision correction; and establish more than 100 vision centres and optical workshops.

Newly elected BCLA President, Sarah Janikoun said: “We are delighted to put our support behind such a worthwhile cause and I hope that our members and associates will join us in supporting Optometry Giving Sight.”

More information about Optometry Giving Sight and its forthcoming fundraising campaign, the World Sight Day Challenge, can be found at
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