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AMD in an Asian Population PDF
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Ophthalmology and Optometry
Wednesday, 06 August 2008
AMD erodes and can eventually destroy the central vision needed for reading, driving, and other daily tasks. When AMD risk levels among racial and ethnic groups are compared, Caucasians are usually identified as at highest risk. Asians in particular have been assumed to have lower risk. Recently Ryo Kawasaki, MD, and colleagues compared the prevalence of early and late AMD in approximately 4,000 residents of Funagata, Japan, to the rate in white participants in the Australian Blue Mountains Eye Study (BMES); diagnostic definitions were identical in the two studies and age standardization enhanced data comparability. Importantly, the Funagata study is the first in a Japanese population to confirm a link between smoking and AMD prevalence.

The overall AMD prevalence rate in right eyes was 4.1 percent for the Funagata study, very close to the BMES rate of 4.4.percent. Prevalence of late AMD in men was also comparable for the two groups, 1.1 percent for Funagata participants and 1.2 percent for BMES, but was markedly different for the two groups of women: 0.3 percent and 2.1 percent, respectively. The authors note that these findings need to be confirmed by larger studies in Asian populations. Two earlier studies also found a higher prevalence of late AMD in Asian men, in contrast with most studies in Caucasians where rates are higher for women. The authors think a key reason may be that 36.8 percent of the Funagata men smoked, but only 2.8 percent of the women. In the BMES study, 14.4 percent of women were smokers. While many Asian men smoke, the habit is less socially acceptable for women. “As smoking is a well-recognized, modifiable AMD risk factor, smoking cessation is an important public health measure to reduce AMD, particularly among Japanese men,” Dr. Kawasaki says.

Source: AAO
Promotion the Italian way... PDF
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Feature Story
Wednesday, 06 August 2008
The Italian optical retail owner, Sara Nicoletti (picture), thought it would be a good idea to promote her business with a photo model. Since she found herself to be good looking she did the job herself...and topless!

Look at the picture and judge for yourself. According to Sara her business has improved considerably!

New Optical Fair in Vietnam PDF
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International News
Tuesday, 05 August 2008
A new optical fair will debut in Vietnam in November. Called International Optical Vietnam or 'iOV 2008', the first edition of the exhibition will be held Nov. 14 to 16, 2008 at the International Exhibition and Convention Center here.

The show is being organized by Vietman trade fair specialists, World Trade Fair Ltd in association with the VCCI Exhibition Service Company the exhibition organization of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The show will include exhibitors in all categories of optical, from instruments and equipment to spectacle lenses, eyewear and contact lenses as well as shop and merchandising equipment and consulting services.

According to the organisers, Vietnam has a largely underdeveloped optical professional service and industry sector but the country is growing and with a population of over 84 million people, is the second fastest growing economy in the world after China, with GDP growth rate reached 8.48 percent last year.
Luxottica sees strong growth in net sales for 2008 and a new retail concept receives high marks PDF
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Tuesday, 05 August 2008
Luxottica is continuing to invest in growth in both its retail and wholesale divisions despite a tough worldwide economic climate that depressed its retail sales by 9.1 percent and its net income by 14.2 percent in this year's second quarter, although the company's wholesale division posted a 21.9 percent increase in the second quarter of this year.

In terms of brands, both Ray-Ban and Oakley posted another strong quarter, while luxury brands showed some signs of weakness as a result of the overall challenging environment. In particular, Ray-Ban continued to grow due, in part, to the strength of the Wayfarer, which is now the second best-selling model worldwide. Oakley, on the other hand, was outstanding across all regions, due, in part, to strong performances by its athletes and anticipation of the brand’s expected strong visibility at the upcoming Olympics in Beijing.

The merger with Oakley is one of the most important developments in our business of recent years. Only twelve months after the announcement of the transaction, the new journey on which the Group has embarked continues to make significant progress: the integration of the European portion of the Oakley business was completed as of the end of the second quarter; the new teams are already on the ground and making a difference; the sports channel is ready; the new emerging markets structure is up and running; the focus within retail has been on cross-selling opportunities at LensCrafters and Sunglass Hut and the integration of Oakley’s retail chains Sunglass Icon and Bright Eyes into Luxottica’s existing retail structure. Finally, most other phase one projects, including sourcing and sun lens strategy, have either been completed or are nearing completion.

Management now expects that one-time charges in connection with the merger with Oakley will be a total of €20 million, compared with the previously expected €25 million, resulting in a slightly lower impact of these charges on the second half of this year.

In other news, two new retail store formats launched by Luxottica within the last 10 months are having strong initial results so far this year, despite the lagging worldwide economic climate. Luxottica is also receiving very possitive feedback from customers of the N3L store that features virtual try-on technology as well as opportunities for customers to test sun lenses in different lighting conditions and various sports environments.
Join Justin Norris and Splash out for RIDBC Hunter PDF
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Australian News
Monday, 04 August 2008
Australian swimming superstar, Justin Norris (picture), is putting out his yearly call to join him on Sunday 31 August at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children's (RIDBC) Hunter Splash swimathon.

“I'm always thrilled to be an ambassador for Hunter Splash, and I encourage my fellow Novocastrians to get behind this year's event,” Justin Norris said.

“Getting involved is as easy as finding some sponsors, jumping in the pool and swimming some laps. Or you can always choose to sponsor another swimmer instead. All money raised supports local kids with vision or hearing impairment.“

“Swimmers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to take part.“

2008 will be the fourth year that the dual Olympian, Olympic Medallist and Triple Commonwealth Gold Medallist has supported the event.

Hunter Splash takes place on Sunday 31 August at The Forum Sports and Aquatic Centre, University of Newcastle.

Now in its sixth year, the swimathon raises funds to support RIDBC’s education programs based at Floraville.

RIDBC Hunter's programs include a preschool, early learning program, parent support groups and early learning groups for children with sensory impairment and their families.

RIDBC Hunter currently supports 41 local children. There are some great prizes up for grabs for teams and individual entrants in Hunter Splash's junior and open age categories. To register for Hunter Splash, or to make a donation, please visit or contact event coordinator Alan Carter on 4946 1529.

Hunter Splash is proudly supported by Oakvale Wines, Justin Norris Swim Academy, BridgeClimb, McDonalds, Clark Rubber - Warners Bay, Lings Quality Trophies, De Lorenzo and Montage Sound Studios.

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) relies heavily on community support and events like the Hunter Splash to continue making a difference in children's lives in the Hunter region.
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