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New Governance Arrangement for RANZCO PDF
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Australian News
Friday, 19 June 2015

An updated governance arrangement for RANZCO (The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists) has been successfully implemented after a majority vote (89% approval) by its members, ensuring best practice for operating a not-for-profit (charity) company.

The need for change was identified by the Board and Council over a two-year period, involving extensive consultation to modernise the constitution in a rapidly-evolving health sector. The new Constitution is compliant with Australian statutory requirements as dictated by both the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) and the Australian Not-for-Profit and Charitable Commission (ACNC).

"We are delighted to update our governance structures which will strengthen our organisation for the future. It will mean stronger engagement with our Fellowship, opening communication lines and fostering collaboration on key issues that we face in the health and medical sector", says Brad Horsburgh, RANZCO President.

eyesaBOve To Showcase Rx Sunglasses Range at ODMA PDF
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Australian News
Thursday, 18 June 2015

eyesaBOve sunglasseseyesaBOve will showcase their eyesaBOve Rx Sunglasses range at next month ODMA. The sunglasses are made from Italian Mazzucchelli Acetate and Stainless Steel. There are 16 different designs in 2 colors.

eyesaBOve also has an in-house lab supplying exceptional lens packages.

According to the company's website, the name "eyesaBOve" was choosen in memory of all Murray's optics family since around 1880. They view them on a pedestal and look up to their high standards over the years. The letters "BO" are purposely in capitals in memory of the Managing Director, John Murray O'Keeffe's late father John "Bobo" O'Keeffe. 

eyesaBOve can be found at ODMA stand E29 from 03-05 July.

Scientists Discover Mechanism That Leads to Dry Eye Discomfort PDF
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Ophthalmology and Optometry
Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Dry Eye DiseaseA group of researchers from the Instituto de Neurociencias, a mixed center of the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), has taken part in a study on the origin of the symptoms of dry eye disease. The work, which explains the molecular mechanism leading to the discomfort that causes this disease, has been published in the journal Nature Communications.

Dry eye is the most common eye disease in the world, and especially so in older people. It is caused by disorders in the quantity and quality of tears, and leads to continuous eye pain and irritation, increased blinking and altered vision, and can potentially cause blindness. UMH Professor Carlos Belmonte explained that "until now we knew that the nervous system is sensitive to increases in the concentration of salts that in turn causes decreases in the volume of tears of dry eye disease, but we did not know the molecular mechanism responsible for the excitation of these nerves."

Instituto de Neurociencias researcher Félix Viana added that "we have worked with genetically modified mice to suppress the action of the TRPM8 protein, which is present in the nerve fibers of the eye surface, and we have been able to confirm that, under similar conditions of salt concentrations in tears, our mice blinked less than the mice that had not subjected to this genetic modification."

"We believe the TRPM8 protein is that responsible for the nerve signals reaching the brains in persons with dry eye and they cause increased blinking and sensation of pain," concluded Andrés Parra. Currently, he is a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (USA), and will return to the Instituto de Neurociencias in the coming months.

The work was done in collaboration with the Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases of King’s College London (United Kingdom) and forms part of ongoing research on dry eye at the Sensory transduction and nociception and Ocular neurobiology units of the Instituto de Neurociencias.

Shamir OHS To Acquire Eyres PDF
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Australian News
Tuesday, 16 June 2015

EyresAs of the 1st July 2015, Shamir Occupational Health and Safety (Shamir OHS), will acquire the business of Eyres as per an agreement between the Shamir Group (Shamir) and Raylane and i-Optixx (Eyres). Shamir will hold 70% in Shamir OHS, while the founder of Eyres will hold the remainder of the ownership interests.

This transaction reflects Shamir's strategic approach to provide Australian and worldwide patents with leading optical technology and has the potential to accelerate Shamir's development and leverage Shamir's growth and expansion into the health and safety industry worldwide.

Eyres Optics was established in 1989, and is a West Australian designer/producer of eye protectors and sunglasses.

Shamir, which is partly owned by Essilor, is a provider of innovative products and technology to the spectacle lens market.


Australia's First National Eye Health Survey Launched PDF
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Monday, 15 June 2015

NEHS LaunchLaunched at the Knox City OPSM store, the National Eye Health Survey is the first research of its kind to map the prevalence of major eye conditions in Indigenous and non-Indigenous people across Australia. Member for Aston and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, attended the launch and met with participants and partners involved in the Survey. Undertaken by Vision 2020 Australia and the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA), the comprehensive research project is a collaborative effort between government, non-government and the private sector to achieve better eye health and vision care outcomes for Australia.

Vision 2020 Australia CEO, Jennifer Gersbeck, said the results from the testing site in Victoria’s south eastern suburbs was an important part of the research and would help deliver a piece of the Australian eye health picture. She said Australia's eye health was more at-risk as the population aged and as the diabetes epidemic continued to grow.

"As Australia's population ages we expect to see an increase in the number of people with conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataract, diabetic retinopathy and refractive error. Being armed with accurate data will help us to manage these conditions efficiently and effectively," Ms Gersbeck said.

Ms Gersbeck said the NEHS was also critical in assisting Australia to meet its international obligations to the WHO’s Global Action Plan (GAP), which sets a target to reduce avoidable blindness by 25 per cent by 2019.

To achieve this goal, the Minister for Health last year endorsed a National Framework Implementation Plan on eye health and vision care, prioritising the improvement of the evidence base. "The NEHS will help establish a baseline for tracking Australia's progress against the GAP and will provide an essential evidence base for the National Framework Implementation Plan," she said.

Principal Investigator, Dr Mohamed Dirani said: "Health interventions and future programs are being planned and implemented based on 20 year old data. The National Eye Health Survey will give us an up to date, evidenced-based picture of the prevalence and causes of vision impairment in Australia. The project will be completed in mid-2016 with the eye health of both non-Indigenous and Indigenous Australians being tested across 30 sites, including urban, regional and remote parts of the country. The results of the research will also provide invaluable follow up data for the National Indigenous Eye Health Survey conducted in 2008, where the effects of interventions since then can be assessed and specific eye health strategies for Indigenous communities can be better guided.”

The National Eye Health Survey is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Chronic Disease Prevention and Service Improvement Fund, with other contributions coming from CERA, OPSM, Novartis, Zeiss, Brien Holden Vision Institute, Optometry Australia, NACCHO and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

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