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World Health Organization Publishes Facts About Blindness And Visual Impairment PDF
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Friday, 25 November 2011

WHO Blindness FactsPeople who are visually impaired do not see well enough to perform everyday tasks, even with the aid of glasses, contact lenses, medicine or surgery. Blindness, the most severe form of visual impairment, deprives people the ability to move about unaided. Most forms of visual impairment and blindness can be avoided or can be readily treated or cured with well known and inexpensive measures.

The latest fact file from the World Health Organization, WHO, highlights figures for blindness and visual impairment worldwide:

  1. Worldwide, 285 million people are visually impaired due to various cases; 39 million of them are blind.
  2. 121 million are visually impaired because of uncorrected refractive errors (near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism). Almost all of them could have normal vision restored with eyeglasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery.
  3. 90% of visually impaired people live in low- and middle-income countries.
  4. 51% of all blindness is due to age-related cataract, the leading cause of blindness.
  5. Cataract surgery and correction of refractive errors are among the most cost-effective health interventions.
  6. Age-related causes of visual impairment and blindness are increasing, as is blindness due to uncontrolled diabetes.
  7. Up to 80% of all blindness in adults is preventable or treatable. Among children, the major causes of avoidable blindness include cataract, retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), and Vitamin A deficiency.
  8. Blindness caused by infectious diseases is decreasing globally due to public health action. Blinding trachoma affects 40 million people today, compared to 360 million in 1985.
  9. Around 1.4 million children under age 15 are blind. Yet approximately half of all childhood blindness can be avoided by treating diseases early and by correcting abnormalities at birth such as cataract and glaucoma.
  10. For decades, WHO has been working with global partners to eliminate the main causes of avoidable blindness, strengthening country-level efforts by providing technical assistance, monitoring and coordination.
Initiative Started To Standardize 3D Active Shutter Glasses PDF
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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Full HD 3D GlassesPanasonic Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, Sony Corporation and X6D Limited (XPAND 3D) have announced that the licensing program of “Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative”, an industry-wide initiative to standardize 3D active shutter glasses for consumers, has recently begun. Infrared (IR) and Bluetooth® enabled radio frequency (RF) system 3D active glasses technologies are licensed within the licensing program. All information including licensing fees and process requirements to become a licensee, are available on the Initiative’s official website at

In early August, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and XPAND 3D announced their intent to collaborate on the standardization of RF and IR system protocols between consumer 3D active shutter glasses and 3D displays such as televisions, personal computer monitors and projectors, as well as 3D theaters utilizing XPAND 3D active shutter glasses. Twelve companies, of which are Changhong Electric Co., Ltd.; FUNAI Electric Co., Ltd.; Hisense Electric Co., Ltd.; Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd.; Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Royal Philips Electronics; Seiko Epson Corporation; Sharp Corporation; SIM2 Multimedia S.p.A.; TCL Corporation; Toshiba Corporation and ViewSonic Corporation have expressed their support for the activities of the Initiative. With the successful launch of the Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative licensing program, a test center has been slated to open later this month, which will verify the compliance of any products manufactured under the new Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative license program—within the Initiative’s specifications.

Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre and Brien Holden Vision Institute Sign MOU PDF
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Thursday, 13 October 2011

ZOCThe Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, and Brien Holden Vision Institute recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will encourage future cooperation in clinical and fundamental research into refractive error, particularly in the Asian context, including through the establishment of the Australia China Centre for Optometry Research and Development.

Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center (ZOC) is the major provider of advanced eye care in China, integrating teaching, eye research and blindness prevention activities. The Centre provide services to nearly half a million outpatients and completes 30 000 surgeries every year.

The collaboration has led to a major development in the treatment of myopia (short sightedness or difficulty focusing on distant objects). The new treatment is award-winning spectacle and contact lens designs that promise to help reduce the growing burden of myopia, especially in young children with a history of parental myopia.

The Fred Hollows Foundation and Sightsavers Join Forces PDF
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Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Fred HollowsThe Fred Hollows Foundation is extending its reach in Africa through a new partnership with UK based not-for-profit Sightsavers. This new partnership will see The Foundation support initiatives to fast track the elimination of trachoma in Malawi, Cameroon, The Gambia, Zambia, Nigeria and Senegal.

The Foundation's CEO Brian Doolan says that the new partnership is an example of two organisations from different sides of the world working together to combat a global problem. Sightsavers has drawn up a ten-year strategic plan (2011-2020), addressing all aspects of the World Health Organization's SAFE strategy. The SAFE strategy combines Surgical intervention with Antibiotics, Face cleaning and Environmental improvements to stop the blinding disease in entire populations. The Foundation will be working together with Sightsavers to implement the four key areas of the SAFE strategy with the ultimate goal of eliminating trachoma.

Silmo 2011 Visitors Numbers Are Up PDF
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Thursday, 06 October 2011

Silmo with its 80,000 m2 of exhibition space, thousands of brands and 120 new exhibitors for this year, welcomed 34,671 professionals, which is an increase of 5% from the 2010 edition. International visitors accounted for 56% of the total, up 5% and 44% French opticians, an increase of 4.7%.

These are very good numbers for this years' Silmo and provide a good starting platform for next year's edition which will be held from 04 to 07 October 2012.

Silmo Announces Silmo d'Or 2011 Winners and Its Own Magazine "MO" PDF
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Friday, 30 September 2011

Silmo d'Or 2011Every year, the Silmo d'Or awards ceremony takes over an original Parisian venue. At this years' 18th edition, a very large invited audience made a journey by air through time, discovering a host of “incredible flying objects” in the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace (Air and space museum).

The Silmo d'Or 2011 prize-winners in the eight categories are as follows:








OPAL with Lulu Castagnette, concept « Les 3 petits oursons… »


GOLD & WOOD with frame « B23.2»


IC ! BERLIN with frame « Power Law »


SILHOUETTE with frame « Evil Eye Halfrim Pro » of ADIDAS Eyewear


LINDBERG with frame « Lindberg Precious Horn» 

Silmo also announces the launch of its own magazine MO which can be accessed online at:

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