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Optometrists Association Australia Announces New Direction PDF
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Australian News
Thursday, 08 May 2014

The National and State Boards of the Optometrists Association Australia (OAA) have announced that following an extensive review of their membership services, and based on feedback received from members and in alignment with sector and demographic shifts,  the decision to refocus the Association's direction.

Optometrists Association Australia plans to change its name to "Optometry Australia" at the national level, and for the six State Divisions to change their names accordingly - i.e. Optometry Victoria, Optometry New South Wales/ACT, Optometry Queensland/Northern Territory, Optometry Western Australia, Optometry South Australia and Optometry Tasmania.

According to the news release, OAA will begin to concentrate the Association's resources on strengthening and protecting the profession. That would mean OAA will play a much more high-profile and visible role in areas such as government lobbying and advocacy, highlighting eye-health issues and promoting optometry to consumers and the health-care sector. The goal is to put eye health front and centre of Australian health care and to significantly raise the standing of optometrists as eye-health experts.

MYKITA Unveils New Optical and Sunglasses Collections PDF
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Wednesday, 07 May 2014

Mykita has recently unveiled its latest optical frame and sunglasses collections:


MYKITA Decades LuellaModel LUELLA plays with illusions. What at first glance appears to be a bulky acetate frame is in reality fashioned out of the lightweight and flat stainless steel MYKITA concept. The massive appearance is enhanced by a somber colour scheme and thick temples. A pair of glasses with which nothing is as it seems.


Intricately handmade with a distinct aesthetic – MYKITA teamed up with the renowned French house Maison Martin Margiela to create a unique eyewear collection.

MYKITA Maisaon Martin Margiela

The two concepts for the frames perfectly reflect the synergy of both houses. Historical forms are reinterpreted, deconstructed and translated into radical designs with an unconventional approach to materials.

Alcon Launches eye2eye App PDF
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Product News
Tuesday, 06 May 2014

eye2eye AppAlcon recently introduced the eye2eye App that, according to the company, gives eye care practitioners the tools needed to successfully fit patients in a range of available contact lenses. It also features electronic fitting guidelines for both AIR OPTIX® AQUA Multifocal and AIR OPTIX® for Astigmatism contact lenses, which use spectacle and contact lens Rx to ensure a proper fit.

The usage of eye2eye helps the practitioner to decide which Alcon® contact lens product is right for the patient. The app is intended for use by licensed eye care professionals.

The app is free to download from the Apple Store at:

A Dry Eye Tool Box App For Dry Eye Management PDF
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Product News
Monday, 05 May 2014

Dry Eye AppGerman optometrist Dr Heiko Pult has recently launched a dry eye tool box app for dry eye management. It is an evidence based App easily and comfortable to be used with optimal involvement of your patient in the dry eye assessment.

The Screening Module calculates dry eye risk of your patient based on subjective and objective observations. In naïve contact lens wearers, the App can predict likelihood of later dry eye symptoms and it can analyse contact lens relevant dry eye in experienced lens wearers.

With the Dry Eye Manager it classifies dry eye type and give you appropriate management options for your patient and / or it lists the options to remarkable improve contact lens wearing comfort. Use the Symptometer to measure management success based on the patient`s symptoms. This also can be used as an extra quick screening module for dry eye. After 1-2 minutes you know the subjective dry eye status of your patient.

The App leads you through an professional dry eye management scheme making dry eye evaluation and management easy and repeatable. The patient can easily be involved in this process to highlight your professionalism and improve patient loyalty and compliance.

The app can be found on the Apple Store at:

Researchers Controlling Brain Waves To Improve Vision PDF
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Ophthalmology and Optometry
Friday, 02 May 2014

Brain ImageHave you ever accidently missed a red light or a stop sign? Or have you heard someone mention a visible event that you passed by but totally missed seeing?

"When we have different things competing for our attention, we can only be aware of so much of what we see," said Kyle Mathewson, U.S. based Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow. "For example, when you’re driving, you might really be concentrating on obeying traffic signals."

But say there's an unexpected event: an emergency vehicle, a pedestrian, or an animal running into the road—will you actually see the unexpected, or will you be so focused on your initial task that you don’t notice?

"In the car, we may see something so brief or so faint, while we're paying attention to something else, that the event won’t come into our awareness," says Mathewson. "If you present this scenario hundreds of times to someone, sometimes they will see the unexpected event, and sometimes they won’t because their brain is in a different preparation state."

By using a novel technique to test brain waves, Mathewson and colleagues are discovering how the brain processes external stimuli that do and don’t reach our awareness. A paper about their results, "Dynamics of Alpha Control: Preparatory Suppression of Posterior Alpha Oscillations by Frontal Modulators Revealed with Combined EEG and Event-related Optical Signal," published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, reveals how alpha waves, typically thought of as your brain's electrical activity while it's at rest, can actually influence what we see or don't see.

The researchers used both electroencephalography (EEG) and the event-related optical signal (EROS), developed in the Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory of Gabriele Gratton and Monica Fabiani, professors of psychology and members of the Beckman Institute's Cognitive Neuroscience Group, and authors of the study.

While EEG records the electrical activity along the scalp, EROS uses infrared light passed through optical fibers to measure changes in optical properties in the active areas of the cerebral cortex. Because of the hard skull between the EEG sensors and the brain, it can be difficult to find exactly WHERE signals are produced. EROS, which examines how light is scattered, can noninvasively pinpoint activity within the brain.

"EROS is based on near-infrared light," explained Fabiani and Gratton via email. "It exploits the fact that when neurons are active, they swell a little, becoming slightly more transparent to light: this allows us to determine when a particular part of the cortex is processing information, as well as where the activity occurs."

This allowed the researchers to not only measure activity in the brain, but also allowed them to map where the alpha oscillations were originating. Their discovery: the alpha waves are produced in the cuneus, located in the part of the brain that processes visual information.

The alpha can inhibit what is processed visually, making it hard for you to see something unexpected.

By focusing your attention and concentrating more fully on what you are experiencing, however, the executive function of the brain can come into play and provide "top-down" control—putting a brake on the alpha waves, thus allowing you to see things that you might have missed in a more relaxed state.

"We found that the same brain regions known to control our attention are involved in suppressing the alpha waves and improving our ability to detect hard-to-see targets," said Diane Beck, a member of the Beckman's Cognitive Neuroscience Group, and one of the study’s authors.

"Knowing where the waves originate means we can target that area specifically with electrical stimulation" said Mathewson. "Or we can also give people moment-to-moment feedback, which could be used to alert drivers that they are not paying attention and should increase their focus on the road ahead, or in other situations alert students in a classroom that they need to focus more, or athletes, or pilots and equipment operators."

The study examined 16 subjects and mapped the electrical and optical data onto individual MRI brain images.

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