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Bausch + Lomb Launches Vitamin and Mineral Supplement That Matches AREDS2 Formula PDF
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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Bausch + Lomb has announced the introduction of a new PreserVision® AREDS 2 Formula eye vitamin and mineral supplement, the first and only commercially-available supplement in the United States that exactly matches the updated formula based on the latest clinical evidence from the National Eye Institute (NEI) Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2).

The daily dose (two soft gels) of new PreserVision AREDS 2 Formula provides the exact same levels of all six clinically proven nutrients as the NEI supported formula: vitamin C (500mg), vitamin E (400 IU), lutein (10mg)/zeaxanthin (2mg), zinc (80mg zinc oxide), and copper (2mg cupric oxide). The combination of these nutrients at the specific levels recommend by the NEI is only available from Bausch + Lomb.

"When recommending an AREDS supplement, doctors want to be sure that they are selecting a formula that is appropriate for their patient and supported by the latest scientific evidence,” said Michael J. Cooney, M.D., MBA, retina specialist at the Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York. “Having this new formula, which exactly matches the most recent recommendation from the NEI, simplifies that decision."

Bausch + Lomb originally introduced a PreserVision AREDS 2 Formula that included lutein, zeaxanthin and 1,000 mg of omega-3 fatty acids in 2010, reflecting existing evidence of potential benefit for these nutrients that also formed the rationale for the AREDS 2 protocol. When the AREDS 2 findings were published, Bausch + Lomb confirmed its intention to reformulate PreserVision AREDS 2 to match the updated recommendation as quickly as possible.

"As the leader in ocular nutrition, Bausch + Lomb is committed to providing the most current, science-based eye vitamin formulations," said Calvin Roberts, M.D., chief medical officer, Ophthalmology and Eye Health, Bausch + Lomb. "We are proud to be able to offer this updated AREDS 2 formulation that exactly matches the NEI supported formula so soon after the study results were announced."

New Camera That Works Like Human Eye PDF
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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Inilabs CameraTechnology often borrows ideas from nature and camera technology is no exception. Engineers at Swiss company iniLabs have now created a camera that mimics the human eye.

Like the individual neurons in our eyes, the new camera—named the Dynamic Vision Sensor (DVS)—responds only to changes in a given scene. This approach eliminates large swaths of redundant data and could be useful for many fields, including surveillance, robotics, and microscopy.

An ordinary camera will take in everything it sees, storing the information to be processed later. This uses up a lot of power and a lot of space. Neurons in the eye, however, fire only when they sense a change—such as when a particular part of a scene gets brighter or dimmer. The DVS mimics that selectivity, transmitting information only in response to a shift in the scene. That takes less power and leaves less information to be processed.

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Portable Eye Examination Kit: A Smart Solution For Eye Care PDF
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Friday, 16 August 2013

Peek Eye TestAn adapted smartphone that can carry out eye tests and diagnose problems with vision is currently being tested in Kenya as a potential tool to revolutionise the prevention of blindness in low-income countries. The portable eye examination kit, also known as Peek, consists of a mobile app and clip-on hardware that transforms a smartphone into a tool that can check glasses prescription, diagnose cataracts and even examine the back of the eye for disease.

285 million people worldwide are visually impaired and 39 million of these people are blind – 90% of these blind people live in low-income countries where there is little or no access to ophthalmologists. Currently, to carry out a full range of ophthalmic diagnostic tests, a team of 15 trained personnel are needed to operate state-of-the-art hospital equipment which is very costly.

However, just one non-expert with minimal training can use Peek to gather detailed clinical information on a low-cost Android smartphone with simple clip on attachment. It is currently being tested on 5,000 people in Kenya by Dr Bastawrous of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to see how effective it is in comparison to state-of-the-art hospital equipment.

Peek can diagnose blindness, visual impairment, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other retinal and optic nerve diseases and crucial indicators of brain tumour and haemorrhage. The system stores contact information and GPS data for each patient. Google-map integration allows a novel way to follow-up and treat patients. More broadly, such technology allows co-ordination of services, to target mass treatment campaigns to the regions of greatest need.

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theo Introduces Its Divas Collection PDF
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Thursday, 08 August 2013

Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot and Judy Garland must be the most famous divas of all times.

Divas Collection - theo

theo designer Patrick Hoet wanted to put the same 'grandeur' in an eyewear collection. He came up with four models, very much 'in your face'. One frame seems to be caught in another one. The emphasis is always on the inside frame. Divas like to hide behind their sunglasses. You might say they use it as a mask, a shield. theo's divas work in the same way. The wearer's eyes are not visible from the sides. But make no mistake: with a Marilyn, Grace, Brigitte or Judy on your nose you may try to run, but you cannot hide!

Unique Dietary Supplement With Omega Fatty Acids Holds Promise For Dry Eye Sufferers PDF
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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

HydroEyeStudy findings published online in Cornea show that daily dietary supplementation with a unique combination of omega fatty acids (GLA, EPA and DHA) for six months is effective in improving ocular irritation symptoms and halting the progression of inflammation that characterizes moderate to severe dry eye.

The multicenter, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial conducted at Baylor College of Medicine and Virginia Eye Consultants evaluated 38 post-menopausal women with tear dysfunction in both eyes. Participants randomly received a proprietary blend of omega fatty acids, antioxidants and other nutrients (HydroEye®), or a placebo every day. Patients were assessed at baseline, four-, 12- and 24-week intervals using a variety of disease parameters including Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI) symptom severity questionnaire, topographical indices (SAI and SRI), inflammatory biomarkers (HLA-DR and CD11c), Schirmer tear flow measurement, tear breakup time (TBUT), and conjunctival fluorescein and lissamine green staining. 

HydroEye was found to improve ocular irritation symptoms, suppress ocular surface inflammation, and maintain corneal surface smoothness. An irregular corneal surface contributes to both irritation and problematic visual symptoms.

ZEISS Launches Eyeshield for Cinemizer OLED PDF
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Thursday, 25 July 2013

eyeshield on cinemizerZEISS launches the eyeshield accessory for the cinemizer OLED head-mounted display. The eyeshield has been designed to obscure light and other distractions from the personal video screen. Using the eyeshield will mean gaming becomes more immersive, and FPV pilots can stop bright sunlight from dazzling them while flying their aircraft.

The lightweight attachment was designed because of user demand for blocking out light for certain applications. While the ability to see around the screen is a plus in many situations, if the cinemizer is used in bright sunlight, light leakage could spoil the experience. This is especially important when the cinemizer is being used to remotely fly small aircraft, or when it is used as a remote viewfinder. Gamers also showed interest in a more immersive experience, with distractions shut out for better concentration. Dentists using the cinemizer OLED for patient calming, can be sure patients are shielded from viewing drills and bright lights. 

The materials used to make the eyeshield are soft and flexible so that it comfortably moulds to the users face, for an almost entirely light free seal. The eyeshield weighs just 13g, which is a barely noticeable weight gain. The eyeshield is compatible with the cinemizer OLED, and the previous model, the cinemizer plus.

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