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Book Honours Ophthalmologists' Volunteer Work PDF
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Australian News
Monday, 20 October 2008
Australian ophthalmologists working in East Timor to save disadvantaged villagers from blindness have been honoured in a new book. Saving Sight, Saving a Nation relates the success stories of Dili's eye clinic, including once-blind patients walking out of the clinic with perfect vision.

The East Timor Eye Program depends on volunteer teams from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, International Centre for Eye Care Australia and the ProVision Optometry Team. The program has helped more than 30,000 patients, with more than 3,000 operations performed since it was established in 2003.

Brisbane ophthalmologist Kevin Vandeleur, renowned for his pioneering work in Lasik eye surgery, said he enjoyed undertaking volunteer work in Dili.

The book, written by University of Queensland lecturer and ABC journalist Heather Stewart, was launched last week. Ms Stewart said visiting the clinic had been a moving experience.
 
Fabris Lane eyes opportunities for global growth PDF
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Companies
Friday, 17 October 2008
Fabris Lane, one of the UK’s biggest sunglasses businesses, has appointed strategic advisors to help with the company's plans to grow its global sales. A key focus of the international growth strategy will be the repositioning of the Fabris Lane brand for 2009, undertaken after significant market research and consultation, combined with the launch of an optical collection, the company said. Fabris Lane has already established a dominant share in the mid-priced sector of the UK market with its portfolio of sunglasses brands and private label contracts.

The success of the core sunglasses business has been based on a twin approach to the market. The company's own brands include Fabris Lane, M:UK, Freerange and Monkey Monkey and are sold through leading UK retail chains, department stores and tax free stores. Licensed brands include Fat Face, Jigsaw, Ben Sherman, French Connection and Nicole Farhi. Retail prices range from £16 to £140. The private label business boasts customers such as Top Shop, Marks & Spencer and Boots.

The development of Fabris Lane into a specialist eyewear brand will be supported by an extensive advertising campaign for 2009 and beyond. The company plans the biggest ever UK marketing programme for eyewear in 2009 to the tune of £1 million.

In addition, the company recently launched Ben Sherman, Jigsaw, Nicole Farhi and Fat Face optical frames to UK and overseas opticians. Fabris Lane Optical will be launched in Spring 2009. The company aims to build a strong distribution base in the UK by exclusively supplying independent opticians.
 
Eye safety poster for Safe Work Australia Week 19-25 Oct PDF
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Australian News
Friday, 17 October 2008
As part of Safe Work Week, October 19-25, the Optometrists Association Australia has worked with the Australian Safety and Compensation Council to provide an eye safety poster that can be printed out and displayed in your practice.

A Safe Work Week media release template with an eye safety focus is also available for you to download, personalise and send to your local media.

The information can be downloaded from the OAA's website at www.optometrists.asn.au/whatsnew/16725
 
Best Treatment Determined for Childhood Eye Problem PDF
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Ophthalmology and Optometry
Thursday, 16 October 2008
Mayo Clinic researchers, as part of a nine-site study, helped discover the best of three currently-used treatments for convergence insufficiency in children. Convergence refers to the natural ability of the eyes to focus and align while viewing objects up close. Children with convergence insufficiency tend to have blurred or double vision or headaches and corresponding issues in reading and concentrating, which ultimately impact learning. The findings, published in the journal Archives of Ophthalmology, show children improve faster with structured therapy sessions in a doctor’s office, with reinforcement eye exercises at home.

Children in all three treatment groups experienced improvement, though it’s not clear from the research whether any improvement in the home groups was due to a placebo effect. About 75 percent of the children who had weekly office-based therapy coupled with 15 minutes of at-home exercise five days a week experienced either normalization (full correction) of their vision in 12 weeks or saw marked improvements, compared to roughly 40 percent in the two home treatment groups. Researchers say that the lower cost of home therapy may be a factor in its popularity, but they point to the high percentage of normalized vision in the office-based sample after 12 weeks as an indicator of quality outcome in the shortest period of time.
 
Essilor Finalizes Satisloh Acquisition PDF
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Companies
Thursday, 16 October 2008
Following fulfillment of all the conditions precedent, Essilor has now completed the acquisition of all outstanding shares of Satisloh Holding AG, the world leader in prescription optical equipment.

Satisloh designs and markets antireflective coating units and surfacing machines, as well as consumables, for prescription laboratories. It reported €161 million in revenue in 2007 and employs more than 400 people around the world.
 
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