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Save Our Sight campaign in NZ throughout August PDF
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New Zealand News
Tuesday, 29 July 2008
Around 81,500 New Zealand adults and 13,200 children are legally blind or have a sight impairment that cannot be corrected by glasses or contact lenses.

The focus of the 2008 New Zealand Association of Optometrists’ Save Our Sight campaign throughout the month of August is people living with vision impairment.

The key message is have a regular check up by an optometrist before vision deteriorates. Many problems can be treated with early detection.

As part of Save Our Sight 2008, the Ministry of Health has funded the distribution of 300 comprehensive low vision kits to practices around the country to help optometrists demonstrate to low vision clients what aids are available to improve their individual situation.
Alcon's Second Quarter Sales Rise 17.9%; Net Earnings Increase 26.3% PDF
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Tuesday, 29 July 2008
Alcon, Inc. reported global sales of $1,735.2 million for the second quarter of 2008, an increase of 17.9 percent compared to the second quarter of 2007, or 11.2 percent excluding the impact of foreign exchange fluctuations.

Consumer eye care sales increased 7.8 percent, or 2.2 percent on a constant currency basis, to $221.4 million. Sales of contact lens disinfectants grew 4.6 percent, as OPTI-FREE(R) RepleniSH(R) and OPTI-FREE(R) Express(R) multipurpose disinfecting solutions continued to maintain their combined market share in the United States. The 2007 second quarter included the positive impact of the recall of a competitive product, which made the comparison to the second quarter of 2008 more challenging. Sales of artificial tears products increased 17.9 percent, led by increases in the global sales of Systane(R) lubricant eye drops.
John Galliano and Marcolin sign five year licence agreement PDF
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Monday, 28 July 2008
The Marcolin Group and Les Jardins d’Avron S.A., the company producing and distributing John Galliano’s Products, announced the signature of an exclusive license agreement for the production and worldwide distribution of men’s and women’s sunglasses and prescription frames under the brand John Galliano.

The 5-year licensing agreement, renewable for another 2 years, will be effective September 1st, 2009 and the first John Galliano Eyewear collection will be unveiled in Fall 2009.

The distribution will be selective and focused in the most prestigious accounts and Department Stores worldwide, as well as John Galliano boutiques.

The expertise and know-how in the production and distribution of eyewear by Marcolin Group and the creativity, inspiration and design of John Galliano are a guarantee to a successful cooperation.

Source: Marcolin
New technique may deliver drugs to the eye using microneedles PDF
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Ophthalmology and Optometry
Friday, 25 July 2008
A new technique that effectively delivers drugs to the eyes using microscopic needles may offer hope for patients suffering from glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University studied how microneedles can be used to deliver drugs to the eye through a minimally invasive procedure. The needles penetrate only one-half of one millimeter into eye tissue, causing far less damage than traditional needles. As a result, they can be applied to the eye using local anesthetic. Traditional delivery methods such as eye drops do not efficiently deliver drugs to the back of the eye, and ordinary injections are invasive. Moreover, repeated injections with regular needles can result in other serious complications. Although the research on microneedles is at an early stage, results show that they have the capability of delivering drugs safely and effectively to targeted sections of the eye.

No inflammatory response or other adverse effects were observed in early tests.

In the next stage of study and development, investigators will conduct further research with microneedles to confirm safety and gain a better understanding of the long-term effects of their use.
Specsavers launches buying glasses online in UK PDF
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Thursday, 24 July 2008
In a significant move to embrace the Internet for selling frames Specsavers has recently launched its website with functionalities that enable customers to purchase frames online.

In 6 simple steps customers can order frames online at website. There are over 1000 frames available to buy online and there is backup support of nearly 600 UK stores. In following six steps the online ordering is performed: 1. choose frame; 2. enter prescription; 3. choose any lens options and extra options; 4. register; 5. pay online; 6. have your glasses fitted.

In the first step one can also use the online try-on functionalities.

For the "new" last step in the process Specsavers writes on its website "Within two working days of receiving your order, your selected store will telephone you to arrange an appointment for your store visit. During this appointment our trained staff will check that your new glasses fit properly and that you have clear, comfortable vision, making any necessary adjustments to ensure a perfect fit. Your glasses may be ready on the day of your appointment, but if more time is needed we will discuss with you the options of revisiting or sending your glasses by post."

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