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Main Index Euro Stoxx 50 Selects Essilor PDF
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Tuesday, 05 June 2012

EssilorEssilor has announced that it is has been selected for inclusion in the Euro Stoxx 50 ® Index, which is the main index for stocks in the eurozone. The Euro Stoxx 50 ® Index is a free-float market capitalization-weighted index composed of 50 blue-chip stocks traded in the eurozone. Based on its free-float market capitalization on the selection date, Essilor ranks 34 within the overall index.

Essilor’s addition to the Euro Stoxx 50 ® Index - Europe’s leading index in terms of trading volume - effective June 18, should improve the stock’s liquidity. “We are delighted that Essilor will be joining the Euro Stoxx 50 ®, the leading index in the eurozone,” said Essilor’s Chief Operating Officer Laurent Vacherot. “This decision attests to the quality and consistency of our business and financial performance in recent years.”

Essilor is also included in eight other stock indexes: CAC 40, Euronext 100, MSCI World Index, Euronext FAS IAS®, ASPI Eurozone®, FTSE4Good, DJSI World (Dow Jones Sustainability Index) and Low Carbon 100 Europe.

Essilor and Stanford University To Study Link Between Visual Correction and School Success in China PDF
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Thursday, 10 May 2012

REAPThousands of eight- and nine-year olds in hundreds of schools in rural Northwest China are to be part of a research project to show the impact of eye care and eyeglasses on educational performance. Parents, teachers and eyecare clinicians are involved in the research, which also seeks to address the cultural bias in rural China that wearing eyeglasses causes a child’s vision to deteriorate. The research is being sponsored by Essilor and conducted by the Rural Education Action Project (REAP), a partnership between Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Chinese Academy of Sciences Cente For Chinese Agricultural Policy.

The research will be presented to China’s State Council and Ministry of Education. In addition to academic papers, the research will also be the basis of presentations to media, clinical conference and to schools of public health in China.

Bayer Announces Global Ophthalmology Awards Program PDF
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Friday, 20 April 2012

GOAPBayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals (Bayer) have announced the launch of a major new initiative, the Global Ophthalmology Awards Program (GOAP). The aim is to advance the scientific understanding and clinical management of ophthalmic disorders, with a particular emphasis on retinal disorders. Through grants supporting research and training in ophthalmology, the program seeks to provide opportunities for treatment improvement and to encourage ophthalmologists to further develop their skills in the management of retinal disorders.

The program encourages submissions from around the world and offers research grants to better understand, and therefore treat, optic diseases such as age-related Macular Degeneration and other retinal disorders. Rene Klemm, Bayer HealthCare General Manager Australia, said supporting these awards was another example of Bayer's commitment to furthering research and development in ophthalmology. "We are proud to support this exciting new program and with applications taken from around the world we urge Australian ophthalmologists and retinal specialists to get involved."

The deadline for applying to the GOAP for the 2012 awards cycle has been extended to April 30th, 2012. For further information visit:

Not Enough Ophthalmologists Globally According To Latest Study PDF
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Monday, 09 April 2012

ophthalmologistAccording to a study published online in the British Journal of Ophthalmology there are over 200,000 eye doctors in practice across the world. However, this is not enough to keep up with the current needs of developing countries and the increasing demands of aging populations.

Between March 2010 and April 2010, the International Council of Ophthalmology emailed a standardised survey of 12 questions to 213 global ophthalmic societies. Missing data and additional information were gathered from direct correspondences with ophthalmologist contacts.

The total number of ophthalmologists reported was 204 909. Data are presented for 193 countries. Information was obtained from 67 countries on the number of ophthalmologists doing surgery, entering practice, leaving practice, rate of growth and resident training.

The survey results show that despite over 200 000 ophthalmologists worldwide, there is currently a significant shortfall of ophthalmologists in developing countries. Furthermore, although the number of practitioners is increasing in developed countries, the population aged 60+ is growing at twice the rate of the profession. To meet this widening gap between need and supply, it is necessary to aggressively train eye care teams now to alleviate the current and anticipated deficit of ophthalmologists worldwide.

New Vision Project Gives 43000 Children Eye Care Access In Vietnam PDF
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Friday, 30 March 2012

Vietnam EyecareMore than 43000 school children from 68 schools will benefit from a new vision project in the province of Ba Ria Vung Tau (BRVT) by providing access to eye examinations and affordable glasses. The Vietnam Australia Vision Support Program (VAVSP) is a component of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), Avoidable Blindness Initiative (ABI).

The International Centre for Eyecare Education (ICEE), the BRTV People's Committee, the BRVT Provincial Eye Centre are collaborating as part of the VAVSP to bring eye care to students at the 43 primary schools, 19 lower secondary schools and six high schools in the districts of Xuyen Moc and Dat Do, while also providing eye care training courses for the 1814 teachers and 68 eye health care workers employed by the schools.

Vietnam has experienced some very welcome changes in optometry and vision care over the last few years. ICEE programmes have targeted making an impact in two areas – professional education of eye care personnel and service delivery of eye care to the people. Key achievements have been an increase of optometry services through improved access to eye care, raising the number of trained eye care professionals and further education of local eye care trainers to enable them to train others.

Mido 2012: "Results Well Beyond All Expectations" PDF
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Wednesday, 21 March 2012


midoTuesday, March 13th, was the final day of the 42nd Mido, International Optics, Optometry and Ophthalmology Exhibition. «A session that was all about 'commitment'», explained Mido president, Cirillo Marcolin. «A commitment to offer, despite the unfavorable economic situation, a one-of-a-kind overview of the eyewear industry. A commitment by Mido to provide a "different" tool in order to promote companies in an ever new and business-focused way». A commitment that was spot on: the number of attendees virtually matched that in 2011 at about 42,000, with foreign visitor attendance basically the same and a slight fall in Italian visitors. A noteworthy result given the overall economic situation and the trends posted by the other exhibitions that had just ended, especially the accessories exhibition. 
«We had a very good turnout on the first two days», explained Mido and Anfao President Cirillo Marcolin. «The results for Sunday and Monday were surprising». These results can also be attributed to the initiatives promoted by Mido to engage the interest of the trade. «The OttiClub By Mido area was a big success, an attempt – and a successful one it seems – to make this target audience feel at home», Marcolin continues. «The busy program of interesting appointments for every sector of the eyewear industry – introductions to innovations in the sector, market surveys, presentations of books – caught the attention of opticians, and attested to the multi-faceted nature of this profession which calls for 360-degree training». The good results of the first two days made up for the fall on Tuesday. «For the first time in over 40 years, Tuesday was an exhibition day», President Marcolin explained. «A decision to reposition ourselves in the calendar after making several considerations and which, after the exhibition, now has us thinking carefully». An experience that could be reviewed «by bearing in mind the two days when we had more visitors and the feedback from our exhibitors», Marcolin commented.
«The 2012 session went well beyond our highest expectations», Marcolin ended. «So the only thing now is to set the appointment for Mido 2013, knowing that we will be able to surprise you again. Since our exhibition is a dynamic one, this means we must always be open to change while catering to the needs of the market and our companies which are the real players at Mido».
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