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IPRO Introduces Innovative Eye Examination System at Silmo PDF
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Tuesday, 06 October 2015

PASKAL 3DAt the recently held Silmo Paris exhibition, German company IPRO introduced its innovative eye examination system PASKAL 3D. PASKAL 3D is a refraction system which enables the optometrist to carry out the complete monocular refraction under binocular conditions. During the whole examination, the patient sees separate images for the right and left eye, the images being separated by circular polarisation. This separation is done in the phoropter and the trial frame via special filters. A 3D-monitor is used to display the optotypes, separated line by line via circular polarisation.

The solution enables the optometrist to carry out the refraction in unprecedented quality and speed. Up to now, refraction meant to test one eye first, with the other covered, then the other way round, and finally, a few tests for both eyes. PASKAL 3D simplifies that process considerably using the latest 3D-technology, and also gives more accurate results than the old system. During the whole test, the patient can relax, looking at a nice scenery, and doesn't notice which of the images are offered to the right eye, and which are offered to the left eye.

IPRO received a nomination for the Silmo d'Or for its PASKAL 3D system at the recent Silmo Paris exhibition.

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Rare Blindness Disease Drug Approved in Europe PDF
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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Swiss specialty pharmaceutical company Santhera Pharmaceuticals has recently announced that the European Commission (EC) has granted marketing authorization for Raxone® as the first approved medicine available in all 28 member states of the European Union (EU), Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein for the treatment of visual impairment in adolescent and adult patients with Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON). This rare condition is an inherited mitochondrial disease which if untreated usually leads to rapid, profound and permanent blindness in otherwise healthy patients.

"Our data demonstrate that Raxone treatment can prevent patients from further vision loss and can promote clinically relevant recovery of vision," said Thomas Meier, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of Santhera. "The European approval of Raxone as an efficacious treatment for LHON and as the first approved medication for a mitochondrial disease is a major milestone for Santhera as it marks our transition to a pharmaceutical company with a product on the market. I personally want to thank the team that achieved this tremendous success and the patients and doctors who supported our clinical development program over the past years. We will now ensure patients have a rapid access to Raxone, with immediate availability in some European countries."

"Raxone represents a major breakthrough in mitochondrial disease treatment, and its approval paves the way for patients with LHON to be treated and to achieve a meaningful improvement of their visual acuity," said Thomas Klopstock, MD, Professor for Neurology at the University of Munich, LHON researcher and coordinator of the German network for mitochondrial disorders, mitoNET. "LHON is a particularly devastating condition because sufferers, who are otherwise healthy and often young, rapidly become bilaterally blind within a few months. Most will remain permanently blind if untreated."

Raxone is an oral medication authorized at a daily dose of 900 mg (given as 2 tablets three times a day with food), for the treatment of visual impairment in adolescent and adult patients with LHON. Treatment should be initiated and supervised by a physician with experience in LHON. Efficacy data come from Santhera's randomized, placebo-controlled RHODOS trial and from the open label Expanded Access Program, which together have demonstrated that vision loss can be mitigated or reversed in patients treated with Raxone.

Novartis Launches Smart Watch App for People with Vision Loss PDF
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Friday, 10 July 2015

Smart Watch appNovartis Pharmaceuticals announced the release of new features for its ViaOpta applications, and the extension for use with smart watches. The discreet, hands-free nature of using ViaOpta app with wearable devices, such as Apple Watch and Android Wear, provides users with an experience that seamlessly fits into their existing routines allowing those with visual impairments to navigate daily life with even greater ease.

Real-World Patient Benefits
“With the help of ViaOpta apps, people with impaired vision can do things such as walk to a nearby café, go to the pharmacy, and pick up their grandchildren at the kindergarten–helping to increase confidence and independence and maintaining discretion,” explains Ian Banks, Chair, The European Forum Against Blindness (EFAB).

ViaOpta Nav is the first turn-by-turn navigation app available for a wearable device designed specifically for visually impaired people, providing voice guidance and vibration settings, which alert the user to upcoming intersections and landmarks. The users can ask for their exact position, add waypoints to a calculated route, and find nearby destinations or landmarks and save them as favorites. Users and their caretakers can also share and access a person’s exact location. 

PlanetVA Launches Major Revised eyeAdvise App PDF
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Friday, 26 June 2015

eyeAdvise Dispensing AppUsually the most important aspect of choosing optical frames or sunglasses is how they look on our face. You could try on every pair of eyeglasses in the store to find out how each one looks, but narrowing down your choices in advance can save you a lot of time and aggravation. You could determine your face shape and understand which frame styles would look best on you, but since the introduction of the eyeAdvise app there is an easier and more innovative way available which assists the pre-selection of the frame shape.

With the newly major revised eyeAdvise app and its Stylist Assistant functionality the dispenser can now assist the client by simply taking a picture and let eyeAdvise automatically superimpose most common frame shapes on the client's photo. The colors of these shapes can also be selected.

Next, the retailer could show those in-store frames that have similar shapes and colors to the client's preference of the previous pre-selection step. The retailer can then use the Digital Mirrors functionality of eyeAdvise to capture up-to six pictures of the client wearing those frames.

Moreover, the app provides also Video Recording so that the client can record frames from different angles while wearing them.

The dispenser can also easily save client details in the tablet by using the built-in Client Management functionalities.

The App also allows clients to share the captured images via their preferred social media channels or email.

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eyeAdvise works great on iPad. There will be also a Android tablet version coming out soon. The App was developed by PlanetVA Pty Ltd.

Rodenstock Unveils Claudia Schiffer Sunglasses PDF
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Friday, 05 June 2015

Claudia Schiffer SunglassesCombining the optimism of the 60s with the playfulness of the 80s, feminine styling and decorative frames are the hallmarks of the new sunglass collection, Claudia Schiffer by Rodenstock. Following the launch of the correction spectacles collection at the MIDO in March 2015, style icon Schiffer looked to two of her favorite decades to provide color, shape and style inspirations. The sunglasses are unmistakably Claudia Schiffer, refined yet playful, elegant yet approachable. "It is a true delight to design for Rodenstock, their lenses and craftsmanship are simply unparalleled. They create the most perfect canvas for my ideas, and the result is eyewear that I cannot wait to share this summer."

The autumn collection of Claudia Schiffer by Rodenstock includes two new lines and 5 different styles. Each style will be available in four colours. 

Marimekko Launches Eyewear Collection PDF
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Tuesday, 02 June 2015

Vuokko - MarimekkoFounded in 1951, the Finnish fashion and design house Marimekko is launching an eyewear collection with Mondottica.

Its bold colours and unconventional prints gave the company a strong and unique identity. Marimekko's courageous, positive and empowering way of life is translated into the eyewear collection through selected classic prints and a unique colour palette celebrating the company's art of print making. The love of nature has inspired brushed wood effect finishing, while Marimekko's timeless dialogue between colours comes alive through the play of contrasts with palettes and materials.

From shiny and brush finishes of handmade acetates and stainless steel metals each product has been designed to epitomise Marimekko's joy of life.

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