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Season's Greetings from eyesmart.com.au PDF
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Friday, 23 December 2016

Season's GreetingsThe eyesmart.com.au news section will take a break from 23 December 2016 to 09 January 2017, however we will continue to report important breaking news and publish the latest career opportunities in the industry during this period.

The team at eyesmart.com.au would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe Christmas and New Year!

 
Researchers Predict Half World Population to be Myopic by 2050 PDF
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Friday, 19 February 2016

Global Eye Alert - MyopiaIn 2010, it was estimated that uncorrected refractive error was the most common cause of distance vision impairment, affecting 108 million persons, and the second most common cause of blindness globally.1 The economic burden of uncorrected distance refractive error, largely caused by myopia, was estimated to be US$202 (approx. AUD280) billion per annum. There is a substantive economic argument for eliminating uncorrected myopia and other refractive errors.

In the latest research supported by the Brien Holden Vision Institute, researchers found that estimations of myopia and high myopia from 2000 to 2050 suggest significant increases in prevalences globally, with implications for planning services, including managing and preventing myopia-related ocular complications and vision loss among almost 1 billion people with high myopia.

The researchers performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of the prevalence of myopia and high myopia and estimated temporal trends from 2000 to 2050 using data published since 1995. The primary data were gathered into 5-year age groups from 0 to ≥100, in urban or rural populations in each country, standardized to definitions of myopia of −0.50 diopter (D) or less and of high myopia of −5.00 D or less, projected to the year 2010, then meta-analyzed within Global Burden of Disease (GBD) regions. Any urban or rural age group that lacked data in a GBD region took data from the most similar region. The prevalence data were combined with urbanization data and population data from United Nations Population Department (UNPD) to estimate the prevalence of myopia and high myopia in each country of the world. These estimates were combined with myopia change estimates over time derived from regression analysis of published evidence to project to each decade from 2000 through 2050.

The paper of the research can be obtained from: "Global Prevalence of Myopia and High Myopia and Temporal Trends from 2000 through 2050"

 
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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Season's GreetingsThe eyesmart.com.au news section will take a break from 25 December 2015 to 11 January 2016, however we will continue to report important breaking news and publish the latest career opportunities in the industry during this period.

The team at eyesmart.com.au would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe Christmas and New Year!

 
Essilor To Launch Augmented Reality Glasses PDF
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Friday, 08 May 2015

Essilor has announced during its annual general meeting last Tuesday that it is in the process of developing augmented reality glasses for the visually impaired. The announcement was made by Jean Carrier-Guillomet, COO at Essilor, during the event.

Noting that the models are already in the testing phase, he felt that Essilor "would, in the field of low vision, able to launch a product with Canadian partner Humanware in 2016". Humanware is a Canadian company Essilor acquired in 2013. Humanware Focuses on enhancing the lives of people with visual and learning disabilities.

He also stressed that innovation was "the main driver of the group's growth" which realizes 40% of its sales with products less than four years old. According to him, Essilor employs 550 researchers, representing 180 million euros with three-quarters of R&D investments in the optical industry.

 
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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Season's GreetingsThe eyesmart.com.au news section will take a break from 24 December 2014 to 04 January 2015, however the job vacancies section will continue to publish the latest career opportunities in the industry.

The team at eyesmart.com.au would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe Christmas and New Year!

 
Google Files Patent for New "Normal" Glass PDF
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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

New Google Glass PatentGoogle Glass has been designed in such a way that it makes it obvious that the wearer isn't wearing a regular pair of glasses which means that it is not very discreet. This can be detrimental to the wearer if they were to encounter hostility from others who might not appreciate the technology due to privacy concerns. But this might change in the near future, according to a new patent filing by Google of an "ornamental design for a wearable display device". 

The patent depicts a pair of glasses that look very similar to "normal" optical glasses. That would result in the project and prism portion of Google Glass be positioned in the inner-part of the frame.

 
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