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One Billion People at Risk of Blindness by 2050 PDF
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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

MyopiaUp to 1 billion people could be at risk of blindness by the middle of the century if an emerging short-sightedness (myopia) epidemic is ignored say researchers at the Brien Holden Vision Institute.

Half the world’s population (nearly 5 billion) will be myopic by 2050 they predict, with up to one-fifth of them (1 billion) in the high myopia category, and at a significantly increased risk of blindness, if behavioural interventions and optical treatments are not developed and implemented. Currently, it’s estimated that over 2 billion people in the world suffer from myopia.

Myopia has become particularly prevalent in East Asia, where in urban areas of Singapore, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea, the prevalence is 80-90% among school leavers. However, the problem is not limited to Asian countries alone, with data from western countries like the United States showing that the rate has increased markedly in adults in the last 30 years, from 25% in the early 1970s to 42% in 2004.

According to the Institute, reducing the progression of myopia in individuals by 50%, will prevent almost 90% of myopes reaching high levels of myopia.

Next Week Is World Sight Day PDF
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Thursday, 01 October 2015

World Sight Day 2015World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. World Sight Day 2015 is on 8 October 2015. 2015 is the third year of the WHO Global Action Plan.

WSD is co-ordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) under the VISION 2020 Global Initiative. The theme, and certain core materials are generated by IAPB. All events are organised independently by members and supporter organisations.

Today, there is an estimated 180 million people worldwide who are visually disabled. Of these, between 40 and 45 million persons are blind and, by definition, cannot walk about unaided. They are usually in need of vocational and/or social support.

The loss of sight causes enormous human suffering for the affected individuals and their families. It also represents a public health, social and economic problem for countries, especially the developing ones, where 9 out of 10 of the world's blind live. In fact, around 60% of them reside in sub-Saharan Africa, China and India.

Approximately 50% of the world's blind suffer from cataract. The majority of the remaining persons are blind from conditions that include, among others, glaucoma, trachoma, onchocerciasis (also known as river blindness) and different conditions of childhood blindness. Despite a half century of efforts, commencing with organized trachoma control activities, the global burden of blindness is growing largely because of the population growth and ageing.

This year, the 'Call to Action' for World Sight Day is: "Eye care for all". IAPB challenges amateur and professional photographers around the world to join in highlighting the impact of eye health in people’s lives, by taking part in an International Photography Competition with theme, ‘Eye care for all’. Send IAPB your pictures – professional shoots, amateur compositions, instagrams or flickr – with the hashtag, #Eyecareforall by 8 October 2015 – World Sight Day.

The Silmo d'Or 2015 Winners Are... PDF
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Monday, 28 September 2015

Silmo d'OrCategory "Vision"

Essilor with "Eyezen"
Johnson & Johnson with "1-Day Acuvue Moist Multifocal"

Category "Material / Equipment"

Luneau Technology with "Attitude" de Briot

Category "Low Vision"

Visiole with "Blaze-EZ"

Category "Children"

Minima with "Junior Hybrid"

Category "Optic Frame"

Masunaga with "GMS-106"

Category "Sunglasses"

W-Eye with "Aifir"

Category "Sport Equipment"

Seiko Optical Group with "Seiko X Changer"

Category "Frame Technological Innovation"

Blackfin with "Shark-Lock"

Prix spécial du jury

Factory 900 with "FA-087"

Silmo Paris Opens Its Doors Today with a Focus on Renewal PDF
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Friday, 25 September 2015

Silmo ParisThe famous Silmo Paris exhibition will open its doors today with a focus on renewal. The event takes place from 25 - 28 September 2015 at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre, with the fair adopting a more retail-oriented approach. Organised around four themes, it is also revamping its communication strategy by launching a high impact campaign.

In order to meet exhibitor and visitor needs more effectively and further bolster its status as a leader, Silmo is undergoing a major facelift. No longer just a trade fair, it is now spotlighted as the world’s largest flagship store dedicated to vision. Under one roof, it brings together the optical sector’s most comprehensive offering, confirming its role as a key driver of business for all its participants.

Visitors to Silmo Paris come in search of new experiences likely to enhance their business performance. It is the first time a professional trade fair has positioned itself as a flagship store, reaffirming its reputation as the most comprehensive showcase of an entire sector. Conveying a sharp contrast, the visuals feature characters in black and white, each holding a Silmo bag. The duotone effect produces a visual shock that instantly draws the eye... An ambience in which fashion and style generate new business. The campaign reveals the new Silmo’s true personality, characterised by high visibility and distinction. will be reporting live from the event in Paris.

Educators Call for Professional Involvement in Contact Lens Fitting and Supply Worldwide PDF
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Thursday, 24 September 2015

IACLEThe International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) has released its first-ever position statement, calling for trained professionals to be involved in the fitting and supply of contact lenses in all countries to help ensure their proper use worldwide.

The move follows the recent US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, released to mark Contact Lens Health Week (24-28 August). The report highlights the need for education efforts to improve contact lens hygiene behaviours.

IACLE provides educational and information resources to contact lens educators worldwide. Its mission includes raising the standard of contact lens education throughout the world and promoting the safe use of contact lenses. With nearly 1,000 members in 74 countries, IACLE plays a key role in educating the eye care practitioners of the future.

IACLE points out that contact lenses are enjoyed by over 180 million people worldwide and provide many potential benefits to users. However, regulations on contact lens fitting and supply vary widely around the world. In some countries, legislation requires that contact lenses only be fitted by a suitably trained and/or qualified eye care or health professional, while in other countries fitting remains unregulated. Supply of contact lenses may be restricted to specified personnel, or be available via routes such as pharmacies, supermarkets and online suppliers, or from unregulated optical shops.

IACLE’s position is that whenever contact lenses are fitted and supplied, safeguards must be in place to help protect the health and comfort of wearers’ eyes.

The involvement of a trained professional in contact lens fitting and supply is important to the proper use of contact lenses worldwide. Instruction and advice on contact lens wear and care is an essential step in promoting safe use and helping wearers enjoy the many benefits of contact lenses.

The importance of regular check-ups to monitor eye health and compliance cannot be overemphasised. IACLE's view is that this is best achieved when a trained professional is involved in both fitting and supply of lenses, and is able to intervene when necessary.  

Silmo d'Or 2015 Nominees Announced PDF
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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Silmo d'OrEach year the international optical exhibition Silmo in Paris awards the Silmo d'Or trophees for innovative and creative products. Created in 1994, this prize is a quality label and reflects the core values of the optical profession: technological innovation and creativity. The Silmo d'Or jury has just announced the nominees for this year's Silmo d'Or as follows:


ESSILOR with « Eyezen » - Booth 6 F 088 - 6 F 102
JOHNSON & JOHNSON with « 1-Day Acuvue Moist Multifocal » - Booth 5a L 007
MONT- ROYAL with « Intégral » - Booth 6 F 018
SAFILENS with « Fusion 1 day Presbyo » - Booth 5a L 005


IPRO INTERNATIONAL with « Paskal 3D » - Booth 6 H 121
LUNEAU TECHNOLOGY with « VX 120 » de Visionix - Booth 5a J 044
LUNEAU TECHNOLOGY with « Attitude » de Briot - Booth 5a J 044
NIDEK with « HandyRef-K » - Booth 5a M 044
SI INTERNATIONAL - KELNET with « Optinett Green» - Booth 5a J 034


AXOS with « Zoomax Modulis » - Booth 5a H 016
CECIAA with « Traveller HD » - Booth 5a H 012
VISIOLE with « Blaez-Ez » - Booth 5a J 007


ADCL APLUS with « TRI 227 » Les Triplés - Booth 6 F 072
LOOK THE CONCEPT FACTORY with « Nil Titanium » - Booth 5a G058
MINIMA with « Junior Hybrid » - Booth 6 J 051
NETOPTIC with « 3119 » de Kinto - Booth 5a F 135 - 5a G 135
SEAPORT with “FIL 01” de Façonnable - Booth 5a R 126


FROST with « Atelier » - Booth 5a D 091
MASUNAGA with « GMS-106 » - Booth 5a F 101
SABINE BE with «Be Cat’s» - Booth 5a P 086
SAMAL with « 08 » - Booth 5a L 091
VUILLET VEGA with « Prestige 1693 » - Booth 6 D 040


FACTORY900 with « FA-087 » - Booth 5a L 107
FALVIN with « Shade » - Booth 5a R 084
IRRESISTOR with « Stradust » - Booth 5a E 082
SELIMA OPTIQUE with « Chrisopé » - Booth 5a T 089
W-EYE with « AIFIR» - Booth 5a B 115


GIORGIO FEDON & FIGLI with « Endurance » - Booth 6 C080
JULBO with «Aero» - Booth 6 B 016
SEIKO Optical Group with «Seiko X Changer» - Booth 6 A 001 - 6 B 001


BAARS EYEWEAR with « Victor » - Booth 5a P 076
BLACKFIN with « Shark-Lock » - Booth 5a M 075
FIDELA with « Links 2 Flex » de Bugatti Eyewear - Booth 5a S 058
FLEYE with « Lolan » - Booth 5a E 120
MAD in ITALY with « Double Screw » - Booth 5a S 067 

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