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Researchers Collaborate With Guide Dogs In New Study For Children With Sight Loss PDF
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Wednesday, 01 March 2017

Child EyesResearchers from the School of Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast in collaboration with Guide Dogs Northern Ireland have conducted a new research study to understand the impact of sight loss on how early movement develops, with the aim of improving movement skills for children with a vision impairment.

Using the state-of-the-art Movement Innovation Lab at Queen’s University, the team were able to capture the movement skills of 43 children, to help understand the challenges children with sight loss have by running skills-based tests for basic movements including balancing, throwing, catching, bouncing and jumping, and comparing these with children who are sighted. The team compared different groups of children, both sighted and with degrees of vision impairment/sight loss, adapting the tasks for children with vision impairment, for example, by playing a beep noise to indicate where to throw or using balls with bells inside. The results from the data collected found that the children with full vision and children with a minor vision impairment performed many of the tasks to the same level, however children with a more severe vision impairment found the movement skills tests more difficult.

Dr Matthew Rodger, from the School of Psychology at Queen’s, Principal Investigator for the study, said: “We found that the degree of vision impairment experienced by the children had a substantial impact on their performance in these tasks. Our analysis has helped us identify specific aspects of movements that seem to be affected. We now want to build on this knowledge to investigate if and how sounds can be designed to help children with vision impairment better perform fundamental movement skills.

“Our goal is to help children with a more severe vision impairment carry out everyday tasks by themselves, setting them up for a more independent future.”

Fiona Brown, Head of Mobility Services at Guide Dogs Northern Ireland, said: “Early development studies show that 80 percent of our learning is done through sight, so children with sight loss need early intervention to replace this and help them meet milestones for basic movement skills. Our collaboration with Queen’s has the potential to make a huge difference to the lives of children living with sight loss, right from birth.

“The data that the research provides will be used to inform our work with children and young people, helping us to provide more targeted support for children with sight loss and their families.”

Smart Vision Labs Teams Up with German Online Glasses Retailer PDF
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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Smart Vision Labs - eye testSmart Vision Labs, a company specialised in vision technology for glasses prescriptions, has announced a partnership with Brille24 (, a German online optical store. The partnership means German consumers will no longer be forced to wait up to several months to see an optometrist for an eyeglass or contact lenses prescription.

Brille24 plans to use Smart Vision Exams to offer local schools and companies on-site vision exams. These efforts will provide more people with access to eyeglasses prescriptions needed correct their vision. Brille24 will evaluate how to incorporate other features of Smart Vision Labs technology into their growing glasses business.

“Our long-term goal is to solve the world’s vision problems by providing access to vision testing,” said Yaopeng Zhou, co-founder and CEO of Smart Vision Labs. “We are excited to partner with Germany’s leading glasses retailer to spread access to vision testing and allow more people to improve their vision through corrected lenses and education.”

“It is thrilling to be Smart Vision Labs first international partner to bring their telemedicine vision exam platform to a new market,” said Christophe Hocquet, Managing Director of Brille24. “We look forward to working with the team as we continue to expand our business throughout Europe and to provide faster access to vision care products and services.”

According to the company, Smart Vision Labs’ telemedicine platform employs lightweight, portable smartphone technology along with advanced technology developed for LASIK to capture how light travels through a person’s eye. The data is sent to a remote network of ophthalmologists who review the results and provide new or updated eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions. The test takes just a couple of minutes.

Canadian Eyecare Professionals to Seek Injunction Against Essilor's Clearly PDF
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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Clearly WebsiteIn a move to protect Canada's Ontario patients, the College of Opticians of Ontario and the College of Optometrists of Ontario have turned to the courts, seeking an injunction that would prohibit Clearly, owned by Essilor Group of Canada Inc. from dispensing prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses online to the Ontario public, without following Ontario legislation.

The College of Opticians of Ontario, and the College of Optometrists of Ontario regulate the practice of opticianry and optometry in Ontario. In Ontario, dispensing prescription eyewear is a controlled act.

Dispensing includes the preparation, adaptation and delivery of prescription eyewear. It is illegal for
anyone other than an optician, optometrist or physician to dispense prescription eyewear to an Ontario
patient except under appropriate supervision or delegation.

As regulatory bodies the Colleges have a responsibility to serve and to protect the public interest. This responsibility includes ensuring that Ontarians are only dispensed their corrective eyewear by an authorized, regulated health professional, which is based on a valid prescription. The Colleges have the power under s. 87 of the Health Professions Procedural Code to apply to a judge of the Ontario Superior Court to bring an injunction to stop any individual, or organization from dispensing in a manner that violates Ontario law.

Advances in technology are enabling healthcare providers to offer services that are more accessible and convenient. It is now possible to use the internet to lawfully dispense eyewear to patients in Ontario. Health professionals can follow the updated standards of practice and protocols developed by the Colleges on use of the internet to enable an authorized practitioner to validate and dispense the patient’s prescription eyewear safely.

“Patient choice and convenience is important, but this can’t come at the expense of patient safety” says Dr. Paula Garshowitz, Registrar of the College of Optometrists of Ontario. “This action isn’t about stopping online dispensing. This is about ensuring that Ontarians have full protection under Ontario laws.”

Improperly fitted glasses can lead to eyestrain, double vision and headaches. Improperly fitted contact lenses pose an even greater risk and can cause sight-threatening injury such as corneal ulcers and infection.

“At the end of the day, our respective Colleges have a duty to serve and protect the public interest,” says Fazal Khan, Registrar of the College of Opticians of Ontario. “That means ensuring the highest standard of vision care for Ontario patients, regardless of where or how they purchase their eyewear.”

Brien Holden Humanitarian Award Established By AAO PDF
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Monday, 14 November 2016

Brien HoldenThe American Academy of Optometry (AAO) last week announced the establishment of the Brien Holden Humanitarian Award to honor the memory and work of Professor Brien Holden, PhD, DSc, FAAO. This award will recognize an individual or organization who has made significant contributions to improve eye care within a country or region. In particular, the award will acknowledge humanitarian efforts in the non-profit/not-for-profit sector that build or support the development of sustainable eye care systems in developing communities.

“This is a wonderful acknowledgement by the Academy, a body that Brien greatly respected and a meeting he enthusiastically attended for around four decades. This award will give important recognition to those people who may not be known globally, but who are making a difference in eye care in their country or region,” said Kovin Naidoo, OD, PhD, FAAO, CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute.

Professor Holden founded the Brien Holden Vision Institute and was a global leader in eye care and vision research, internationally renowned and awarded scientist, humanitarian, and a Professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales in Australia. His career was spent inspiring scientists and health care professionals around the world with his dream of ‘vision for everyone, everywhere.’ Professor Holden was an Academy Life Fellow and a Diplomate in the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies. He was a Presidents Circle member and an avid supporter of the American Optometric Foundation. Among several Academy awards received, Professor Holden was awarded the Academy's Charles F. Prentice Medal and Lecture at Academy 2014 Denver, the Academy's highest honor.

“The American Academy of Optometry is honored to be given the opportunity to administer this new award that so perfectly reflects Dr Holden’s passion for finding regional and global solutions for vision disparities. This award will help sustain awareness to the continuation of Brien Holden’s legacy and humanitarian contributions,” said Brett G. Bence, OD, FAAO, Academy President.

The award, established by the Brien Holden Vision Institute and Holden family estate, will be given annually beginning in 2017. Nominations should include two letters of nomination from Academy Fellows and a CV of the nominee. Nominations are due by April 1, 2017 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

World Sight Day 2016 PDF
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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

World Sight Day 2016World Sight Day 2016 will be tomorrow 13 October 2016. World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.

2016 is the fourth year of the WHO Global Action Plan and IAPB (The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness) encourages its members and partners to continue with the rolling theme: Universal Eye Health. This year, the 'Call to Action' for World Sight Day is: Stronger Together. WSD is co-ordinated by IAPB under the VISION 2020 Global Initiative. The theme, and certain core materials are generated by IAPB. All events are organised independently by members and supporter organisations.

Approximately 285 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness, of these, 39 million people are blind and 246 million have moderate or severe visual impairment. Around 90% of blind people live in low-income countries yet 80% of visual impairment is avoidable i.e. readily treatable and/or preventable. Restorations of sight, and blindness prevention strategies are among the most cost-effective interventions in health care. The number of people blind from infectious causes has greatly reduced in the past 20 years. An estimated 19 million children are visually impaired. About 65% of all people who are visually impaired are aged 50 and older, while this age group comprises only 20% of the world's population. Increasing elderly populations in many countries mean that more people will be at risk of age-related visual impairment.

Silmo d'Or 2016 Winners Announced PDF
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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Silmo d'Or 2016Silmo Paris 2016 has just closed its doors for this year. As always, the event was very successful. This year the organisers have announced following winners of the Silmo d'Or Awards:

Category "Sport Equipement": DEMETZ - "Lazer-Run"

Category "Low Vision":

special prize: VISIOLE - "Go Vision"
ex aequo: ESSILOR - "My Eye" and CECIAA - "NuEyes"

Category "Frame Technological Innovation": OXIBIS GROUP - "77H" by Exalto


Category "Material/Equipment": NETLOOKS - "Netlooks 3D"

Category "Vision": ESSILOR - "Eye Protect System"

Category "Sunglass": PARASITE DESIGN - "Anti Retro X"

Category "Optical Frame": BLAKE KUWAHARA - "Khan"




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