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New Global Public Opinion Poll Reveals: We Are Losing Sight of Our Eye Health PDF
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Friday, 03 August 2012

B+L SurveyAn eye-opening stat: almost 70 percent of people from around the world would rather give up 10 years of their life, or even sacrifice one of their limbs, than lose their eyesight. Yet less than one third of those polled take the basic steps necessary to preserve eye sight, according to the “Barometer of Global Eye Health,” a new global survey released recently by Bausch + Lomb.

Developed in concert with eye care experts around the world and validated by 147 eye health professionals from 26 different countries, Bausch + Lomb’s study, conducted with its research partner KRC Research, surveyed 11,000 consumers across Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, U.K., and the U.S.

This first-of-its-kind public opinion poll sheds new light on the state of consumer awareness, attitudes and behaviors related to eye health. While 80 percent of visual impairment is preventable if detected and treated early enough, according to the findings not enough people are getting regular eye exams and their reasons for doing so vary wildly.

Unfortunately one of the reasons not enough people are getting regular eye exams seems to be lack of awareness about the connection between eye health and overall health. That’s because the eyes are the one organ where the health of a person’s veins and arteries can be easily seen, allowing eye care professionals to detect signs of more than 150 diseases, such as diabetes, high-cholesterol and hypertension, years before a patient displays other symptoms.

Key results from the “Barometer of Global Eye Health” showed:

  • Less than one third of those polled take the basic steps necessary to preserve eye sight.
  • If forced to choose, people would rather lose their sense of taste (79%), hearing (78%), one of their limbs (68%) or 10 years off their life (67%) instead of their eyesight.
  • Three-fourths of people would rather have their pay cut in half than have a permanent 50% decline in the quality of their vision.
  • 68% of those surveyed say they are knowledgeable about eye-health, but this assertion is contradicted by the fact that only 21% had regular eye exams over the past five years.
  • Women were more likely than men to take steps to protect their vision, such as wearing sunglasses (81% vs. 77%), eating a healthy diet (82% vs. 75%) and refraining from smoking (79% vs. 73%).
  • Married people were more likely than singles to have had a comprehensive eye exam in the past year (46% married vs. 38% single).
  • Married people were more likely than singles to have had a comprehensive eye exam in the past year (46% married vs. 38% single).
  • 97% of doctors surveyed globally believe consumers do not have sufficient eye health knowledge.
  • 94% of eye health professionals said women took better care of their eyes than men.

The survey also revealed multiple myths that prevail regarding vision and eye health:

  • 44% of those polled admitted they thought "I don't need an eye test unless there is a problem," while 42% said they believe "If I can see, then my eyes must be healthy."
  • Almost four in 10 (exactly 39%) honestly believed "The only reason to visit an eye doctor is for vision corrections."
  • When it came to their eyes, 30% of those surveyed said "If it doesn't hurt, it’s not serious."

For detailed results of 'The Barometer of Global Eye Health,' to read stories about people's eye health, find your local eye health practitioner, participate in a poll or view an inspirational video, goto

Visually Impaired Archer Sets New World Record At London Olympics PDF
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Monday, 30 July 2012

Archer ImSouth Korean Im Dong-hyun, who is visually impaired, set an individual record in Friday's ranking round. He also joined forces with Kim Bub-min and Oh Jin-hyek to record a new best in the team event.  He broke his own 72-arrow mark of 696 by three points and was also part of a record in the team shoot. Im's partial sight means he shoots at the center of a colorful blur he sees 70 meters before him. On Saturday, Im was part of South Korean men's archery team that took the bronze medal at the London Olympics, a day after setting a world record in the ranking round.

In tests of his vision Im Dong-Hyun scored 20/100 and 20/200 in his right and left eyes respectively. He chooses not to improve his sight with glasses or contact lenses as he has become accustomed to seeing the target this way.

He does not compete in the Paralympics as there are no events at the Games for blind or visually impaired archers.

ICEE Launches Free Online Resource For Eye Care Education PDF
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Thursday, 12 July 2012

ICEE Optometry ResourcesFor more than 640 million people worldwide who don’t have access to the eye care they need, a milestone has been reached with the launch of the first phase of the International Centre for Eyecare Education (ICEE) Global Optometry Resource, a free online resource for eye care education. With the resource available to all, it makes eye care education accessible – a leap forward for those in developing and remote communities worldwide.

It’s a fact that limited access to basic eye care in developing communities is an impediment to the reduction of poverty. And the implications are vast at every level. The cost to the global economy of a lack of access to eye care for those with uncorrected refractive error (short-sightedness and far-sightedness) is $269 billion in lost productivity per annum .

Until now, the lack of educators and teaching material has made eye care education more complicated in the developing world and impacted on the quality of education and on the preparedness of students on graduation to meet the public health challenges. But through the ICEE Global Optometry Resource, access is now available free of charge anywhere in the world.

The platform contains learning materials based on the ICEE curriculum flexibly designed to meet the variations in different developing world contexts. A first of its kind in the optometric industry, the platform creates a highly visible, long lasting footprint in the development of eye care across the world for new and established schools.

An open source educational platform for optometry, the resource gives the world access to the core teaching and learning units of an optometry degree program in a downloadable format and enables educators and students to access course notes and PowerPoint presentations made available by some of the finest optometric educators in the world. A truly global collaboration by educators from all over the world.

ICEE Global Programs Director, Prof Kovin Naidoo, also Africa Chair of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and Associate Professor at University of KwaZulu-Natal, introduced the resource in Chicago at the World Council of Optometry global conference: Advancing Optometry Worldwide, during his opening keynote address, stating that the resource is integral for the development of the necessary human resources to drive access to eye care.

In the phase one release, the first seven modules are now available for use as stand-alone courses or integrated as sub-units into new or existing classes. Phase two of the resource will be available in October 2012. Phase three in 2013, will see the last modules released with additional supportive resources. The platform is also expected to become interactive as a cross-cultural didactic network where users can participate on collaborative partnerships and online community forums that will bring optometric education and support to user’s desktops everywhere.

To see the ICEE Global Optometry Resource go to:

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:

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