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BCLA Launches Mobile App PDF
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Monday, 31 March 2014

BCLA Mobile AppBCLA (British Contact Lens Association) have designed a mobile app to keep registered and prospective delegates posted on all the latest news and updates ahead of the 38th BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition, taking place from 6-9 June at the ICC Birmingham, UK.

"The BCLA mobile app is the latest in a growing suite of tools designed to enhance the experience of BCLA members and conference delegates alike," said BCLA President, Andy Yorke. "Available to download now, the free app will ensure our 2014 clinical conference delegates and exhibition visitors have all the key information they need in the palm of their hand."

The app is available to download for free from the Google Play Store for Android and the Apple iTunes Store for iOS devices.

The Fred Hollows Foundation Launches Inaugural Project in Philippines PDF
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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Dr Shelley MangahasThe Fred Hollows Foundation has started work in the Philippines, a country where it is estimated that over half a million people amongst its population of 92 million suffer from avoidable blindness. The Foundation's new partnership with Tarlac Eye Center, located 125 km Northeast of Manila, will create a successful and sustainable model for the Philippines to effectively run community eye care programs across the country.

There is a great need for eye care in the Philippines, where millions are unable to access basic eye care services. Ophthalmologist Dr Shelley Mangahas (picture) believes the program will be an important step forward for eye care in the Philippines. "[It will] provide the highest quality ophthalmologic care in Tarlac at the least cost, with special consideration for the marginalised and the poor," says Dr Mangahas.

As part of the new partnership, The Foundation will promote the Tarlac model of community eye care services to other parts of the Philippines that are currently underserved.

MIDO Reports Increased Attendance PDF
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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

MIDOThe 44th edition of Mido - International Optics, Optometry and Ophthalmology Exhibition - closed last week on a positive note with a 5% increase in the number of visitors. After three days, more than 45,000 people have walked the Rho-Fiera Milano at the heart of the fashion capital. This influx has been made possible thanks to the "Treno Per Mido", a free shuttle service set up on Sunday to get eye care practitioners from Northern and Southern Italy to the exhibition. The 3-day event was visited by more than 45,000 people, 25,000 from other countries and 20,000 from Italy. For the organizers, the Mido "confirms this year its privileged international time an event of optics since more than half of those present had traveled abroad place."

"All the core ingredients for success were there" explained Mido President Cirillo Marcolin. "Many new companies chose Mido for their debut, some noteworthy names returned, there was a desire to increase business areas, and a buzz could already be felt on the eve of the exhibition. And it delivered the expected results".

"If we look beyond the numbers, we were particularly happy to note a feeling of enthusiasm at the stands and to see trade people ready to do business", added Vice President Giovanni Vitaloni. "This also emerged from an initial analysis of the questionnaires that were handed out to the exhibitors at the end of the show and we hope that this is an indication that a new, more positive outlook is gaining ground among the people working in the industry."

Launch of New Global Alliance of Eye Bank Associations PDF
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Monday, 03 March 2014

GAEBASix world leading Eye Bank Associations have joined together to launch a new Global Alliance of Eye Bank Associations (The Global Alliance) in order to support and develop eye banking services around the world. Global Alliance representative and CERA's (Centre for Eye Research Australia) Lion Eye Donation Service Director, Dr Graeme Pollock, says "the key aims of the Global Alliance are to develop global collaboration on best practice, sharing of information on scientific meetings, development of conferences and education events, establishment of a worldwide register of eye banks, development and promotion of global coding and traceability efforts, and bio-vigilance systems for ocular tissue." Advocacy and education also play a central role in the organizations development and we are looking forward to working with colleagues around the world to support the needs of their eye bank staff and ultimately the donor, donor family and the recipient.

"The concept of the Global Alliance also seeks to assist existing global Eye Bank Associations to support and combat unethical practice associated with donation and transplantation, as advised by the WHO and the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism," says Dr Pollock.

The signatories of the new Global Alliance include the; Eye Bank Association of America, European Eye Bank Association, Association of Eye Banks of Asia, Eye Bank Association of Australia and New Zealand, Pan American Association of Eye Banks, and the Eye Banks Association of India. While a Memorandum of Understanding is in place between these foundation partners, each association will retain their independence, identity and position as a regional association.

The development of the Alliance shall not disrupt any affiliations, partnerships, prior and future arrangements or projects of each association, and individual eye bank members will continue to participate with their local eye bank association. While still in the foundation phase, the Global Alliance key stakeholders have launched the new initiative and a new website, ready to provide the platform for future dialogue and communication around the world.

Inaugural 100% Optical Opens Its Doors Sunday PDF
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Friday, 14 February 2014

100 percent opticalWith over 400 brands, 2000 product launches, 12 fashion shows, 60 international speakers, and 8,000 visitors expected during the inaugural optical show 100% Optical everything points to a very successful start of the event to be held from this Sunday 16 Feb to 18 Feb in London.

During the event there will be four clearly defined areas of focus for visitors: Equipment and Machinery, Lenses, Eyewear and Business Services. Some of the unique features will include Conferences with leading industry speakers, Ask an Optical Expert, Equipment Workshops & Design Schools, Fashion events and a VIP buyer lounge. In addition, a central bar, Champagne Bar & Restaurant and a range of meeting hubs will develop a sense of community amongst exhibitors and visitors, perfect for networking and business meetings. London Fashion Week will also be held during the same week as 100% Optical.

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The European Coalition for Vision Launches Its Elections Manifesto PDF
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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

The European Coalition for Vision (ECV) and its elections manifesto has been launched in Strasbourg on the 4th February. The coalition is a diverse group - eye health, vision, aging and diabetes focused NGOs, trade associations, and research bodies – united under the common aims of making eye health more equitable and accessible for people in Europe, and promoting the rights of persons with vision impairment.

The coalition is urging Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to sign up to the ECV European Parliament elections manifesto. The ECV calls on the EU to encourage member states to promote equitable access and provide free sight exams and treatment for the most vulnerable groups and to adequately promote the rights of persons with vision impairment including encouraging member states to bolster provision of habilitation and rehabilitation, including timely counselling when a person becomes blind, and importantly ensure goods and services are accessible.

Over 25 million people experience severe vision impairment in Europe; nearly two-thirds of cases could be treated or prevented in the first place. The rapid rise of diabetes and an aging population in Europe will put more people at risk of vision impairment.

The launch of the ECV and elections manifesto will be the first step in addressing these issues. For more information on the manifesto goto:

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