Circle contact lenses "a bad idea"

By Emily TaitInvesting in so-called circle contact lenses which dramatically change a person's appearance is not a good idea, one expert has warned.Dr Melanie Pickett, assistant professor of clinical ophthalmology at Indiana University's School of Medicine, said that the look popularised by... Read more

Buying contact lenses online "is much more cost effective"

By Martin BurnsIt is far more cost effective to buy contact lenses online than to trawl the high street for them, according to one expertBrendan O'Brien, an in-house optometrist at Get Lenses, said that huge savings can be made if people go online to buy their contact lenses, with reductions of... Read more

Bottle rockets "a major danger to eyesight"

By Alexa KaczkaA small form of firework operated by many youngsters poses a significant danger to eye health, according to a new study.Experts at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee studied ten patients who had received injures from the use of bottle rockets, which are... Read more

Immune cells "can heal eye injuries"

By Adrian GalbrethEye injuries could be prevented through immune cells, according to a new study conducted on mouse models in Israel.The study was published online in the January 10th edition of the Journal of Experimental Medicine by experts from the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot and shows that... Read more

New camp to offer free contact lenses

By Alexa KaczkaPatients in need of vision correction in are to have free contact lenses fitted at an upcoming event in India.The Rahmani Foundation Healthcare Department has organise an eye camp in Munger which will take place on February 12th and 13th and see up to 1,000 people with vision problems... Read more

AMD stem cell treatment receives FDA approval

By Adrian GalbrethA new treatment for age-related macular denegation (AMD), a leading cause of blindness, has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).The organisation gave grand approval to regenerative medicine specialist Advanced Cell Technology for its investigational new drug,... Read more

Glaucoma: Advances in detection and treatment

Affecting more than 60 million people, glaucoma is a neurodegenerative disorder that causes vision loss by damaging the optic nerve, which carries signals from the eye to the brain. In fact, it is the second most common cause of blindness.While older people are at more risk from the disease, babies... Read more

Free eyecare legislation guide offered to drivers

By Alexa KaczkaA new guide to help company drivers understand eyecare legislation has been published by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare.Included in the guide are details of the 2011 EU regulations affecting employers and fleet managers and what they can do to safeguard staff.It also features research... Read more

Contact lens company"s sports initiative is boosted

By Alexa KaczkaThe sports initiative being rolled out by contact lens manufacturer CooperVision has received a further investment boost.A further $25,000 (£16,000) has been pledged by CooperVision to its Gear Up Grant, which promotes the importance of eyecare among schoolchildren and also... Read more

BCLA predicts "difficult year"

By Martin BurnsA difficult 2011 has been predicted for the eye industry by the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA), though the development of contact lenses will continue to thrive, the organisation believes.According to Optician Online, the BCLA president Shelly Bansal said that the industry... Read more

Buying contact lenses online "can save hundreds"

By Alexa KaczkaBritish consumers are potentially wasting hundreds of pounds a year by buying contact lenses on the high street rather than looking online for bargains, one source has stated.According to research conducted by Get Lenses, over £75 million a year is being wasted by contact lens... Read more

Partial eclipse "a danger to eyesight"

By Alexa KaczkaNext week's partial eclipse of the sun may pose a danger to people's eyesight if they do not take the proper precautions to view it, an expert has warned. Advice issued by Dame Sally Davies, the UK's interim chief medical officer, states that people should ensure they... Read more

Bausch + Lomb promotes high definition contact lenses

By Martin BurnsA new promotion by Bausch + Lomb for its high definition contact lenses has been rolled out in India. The contact lens manufacturer is aiming to increase awareness of its new range of lenses in Mumbai and Delhi thanks to a new Outdoor Media Integrated campaign, afaqs.com reported. ... Read more

Contact lenses help Natalie Portman transform for Black Swan

By Emily TaitContact lenses have played a major part in helping actress Natalie Portman to transform for her new film role.The Hollywood star appears in the new Darren Aronofsky film Black Swan, in which her character attempts to play two different characters in a version of Swan Lake - the innocent... Read more

Opticianry "will become more popular"

By Alexa KaczkaThe popularity of a career as an optician is only likely to increase in the coming years, one sector expert has predicted.Mike Szczerbiak, an opticianry teacher and programme director at Durham Technical Community College in North Carolina, told the Durham News that there were... Read more

Hybrid lenses benefit keratoconus patients

By Adrian GalbrethHope has been offered to patients suffering from the eye condition keratoconus in the form of hybrid contact lenses.The ClearKone hybrid contact lens has been developed by SynergEyes and helps to correct blurred and distorted vision, a common symptom of keratoconus, which affects... Read more

Non-prescription coloured contacts "not a good idea"

By Alexa KaczkaIt is not advisable for people to purchase coloured contact lenses without a prescription, one source has warnedAccording to popular-hobbies.info, coloured contact lenses should only be bought from a registered supplier after first being prescribed by an optician or other eye... Read more

Laser eye surgery is in sight this Christmas

By Alexa KaczkaThe benefits of laser eye surgery have been extolled by one organisation, which has launched a special festive offer to encourage consultations about the procedure.Optical Express is inviting people to have consultations about their suitability for the many different forms of laser... Read more

Nurses "failed to spot eye condition"

By Alexa KaczkaConcerns have been raised about the suitability of nurses to examine patients with eye conditions after a woman was left almost blind in one eye.Worcestershire woman Claire Holmes, 24, visited the minor injuries unit at Kidderminster hospital twice in 2008 with corneal ulcer but each... Read more

Laser eye surgery "a great way to improve vision"

By Alexa KaczkaPeople hoping to improve their vision will find that laser eye surgery is an effective option, one source has stated.A writer on the Seer Press website noted that laser eye surgery is the way to gain 20/20 vision and can help to eliminate the need for other forms of vision correction,... Read more