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Possible relationship between HRT and cataracts discovered

Contact lens wearers may be interested in research emanating from Sweden which has identified a possible link between hormone replacement therapy (HRT), the popular postmenopausal medication, and incidences of cataracts.

The... Read more


Will contact lens wearers benefit from UMHS centre?

Contact lens wearers may benefit from a new building at the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) where eye care research will be carried out.

The Brehm Tower at the W K Kellogg Eye Centre Complex features seven eye care... Read more


Embryonic stem cells used to replace diseased retinal cells in mice

A team of researchers have successfully used embryonic stem cells to replace diseased retinal cells in mice.

The study, which was conducted at Columbia University Medical Center, could potentially lead to the development of a new treatment for retinitis pigmentosa, a leading cause of... Read more


Scientists announce retinal degradation breakthrough

Scientists in the United States have revealed that they have moved a step closer to working out the causes behind retinal degeneration.

Looking at the vision of fruit flies, the team from John Hopkins University noted that retinal dystrophies result from inherited defects in the "visual... Read more


Scientists close to eye-controlled headphones

Scientists have presented a prototype of a device that could allow users to control their mobile phones simply by moving their eyes, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Electrodes attached to earphones pick up movement of the eye as the electric potential it emits changes with the direction... Read more


Contact lenses can prevent sun damage

Wearing contact lenses may help reduce the damage that the sun can cause to people"s eyes, according to a study.

Research published in the Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science journal showed that overexposure to UV... Read more


Environmental impact of contact lenses is "minimal"

One commentator has suggested that contact lenses do not pose a significant threat to the environment.

The Washington Post"s eco expert, known as the Green Lantern, was questioned about whether it would be better for the... Read more


30-day contact lenses don"t boost chance of infection

Using 30-day lenses does not boost a person"s chance of getting an eye infection, it has been claimed.

According to the Guardian"s Dr Tom Smith, after speaking to an optometrist and 30-day lens manufacturer, he was reassured that the lenses are safe.

Dr Smith said he was concerned... Read more


Overnight contact lenses can end reliance on glasses

Wearing overnight contacts lenses can prevent a person from becoming reliant on their glasses or daily disposable lenses, it has been claimed.

According to Dr Kimberley Allen, a corneal refractive therapy-certified optometrist, CRT lenses - also known as night contacts - reshape the eye and... Read more


History of contact lenses detailed by New York Times

Coverage of contact lenses in the media has been traced back as far as 1930 by the New York Times.

The likely first man to come up with the idea was English astronomer John Herschel in 1845 and the first usable lens made from heavy brown glass was reported by German physiologist Adolf E... Read more

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