UV protection "essential" in sunny weather

By Emily TaitPeople heading away to catch the summer sun have been advised to take a pair of sunglasses which offer good UV protection in order to safeguard their vision.Dr Luisa Dillner, writing in the Guardian, compiled a checklist of things which people need to take away on holiday in order to... Read more

Contact lenses "should be removed before sleeping"

By Alexa KaczkaPeople hoping to boost their appearance and ensure their body is as healthy as possible have been given beauty tips by one expert, who claims that looking after the eyes can be the key.Dr Iain Anderson, chairman of the Eyecare Trust, told the Daily Mail that all contact lenses should... Read more

Drug research could lead to AMD therapy

By Adrian GalbrethNew drug research may pave the way for more effective treatments of age-related macular degeneration - the leading cause of blindness in the western world.Those are the claims being made by researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine, who say that a protein known as... Read more

Eye drops "a holiday essential" for contact lens wearers

By Alexa KaczkaPeople who wear contact lenses have been advised to pack eye drops when heading away in the coming weeks, in order to ensure maximum comfort when travelling.Writing un the Daily Mail, Andrena McElvanney, an ophthalmologist at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals, said that many... Read more

New gene therapy "may treat eye diseases"

By Adrian GalbrethA new type of eye therapy which may treat a number of eye diseases has been described as "promising" by experts.Specialists at the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Boston believe that the "easy accessibility of the eye" and the... Read more

Claudia Winkleman "can barely see without contact lenses"

By Emily TaitTV presenter Claudia Winkleman struggles to see clearly without the use of her trusty contact lenses, according to reports.The Daily Mail claims that the 38-year-old host of shows such as Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two can hardly see the autocue when not wearing her contact lenses... Read more

Contact lenses help rugby player to hit top form

By Alexa KaczkaA top rugby player has thanked the optician who provided him with contact lenses during his career at Exeter Chiefs.Lock Chris Bentley has paid tribute to optician Surhid Chatterjee for supplying him with contact lenses and said that the products have helped him to focus on the big... Read more

Sunglasses "essential" for UV protection

By Alexa KaczkaPeople hoping to protect their eyesight from the sun's harmful UV rays should invest in a pair of approved sunglasses, one source has noted.According to the Omaha World Herald, the only way of truly preventing exposure when out in the sun is to wear a pair of sunglasses which... Read more

Hospital admission figures lead to contact lens warning

New figures revealing the number of people admitted to hospital with eye infections and injuries have led to a warning about the use of contact lenses.The report, published in the Pediatrics journal and written by the American Optometric Association (AOA), shows that 23 per cent of child hospital... Read more

New Acuvue contact lenses receive AOA accreditation

By Martin BurnsJohnson & Johnson"s new 1-Day Acuvue Trueye contact lenses have received the Seal of Acceptance for Ultraviolet Absorbing Contact Lenses from the American Optometric Association"s (AOA"s) Commission on Ophthalmic Standards.The announcement comes after the AOA determined that the... Read more

New contact lens solution is inspired by nature

By Martin BurnsBausch + Lomb has launched a new brand of contact lens solution aimed at people who are conscious about their impact on the environment. Biotrue is a new solution which uses hyaluronan, a substance which resembles tears and was initially used for ocular surgery, and is not currently... Read more

UK contact lens market grows in size and value

By Alexa KaczkaThe size of the country"s contact lens market continued to grow in the second quarter of 2010, according to the latest figures.Figures issued by market research company GfK and seen by Optician Online show that the overall value of the contact lens market has also grown throughout the... Read more

Contact lens wearers offered comfort tips

By Alexa KaczkaAlthough the majority of contact lens wearers have no trouble with the products, some people suffer from discomfort when wearing them for the first time, and this group has been offered tips on how to alleviate the problem.Ted Sherman, writing for Helium.com, advised contact lens... Read more

Expert: Wearing wide-eyed contact lenses is risky

By Emily TaitThe new trend for wearing wide-eyed contact lenses has been criticised by experts all over the world since Lady Gaga popularised them in the Bad Romance video, and now another specialist has added weight to the argument against them.Optometrist Dr Nelly Kim told the Vancouver Sun that... Read more

Bausch + Lomb teams with actress for new campaign

By Martin BurnsContact lens manufacturer Bausch + Lomb has teamed with award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden for a new campaign designed to encourage parents and children to make vision care a priority.The 50-year-old actress said that she "knows the value" of clear focus when it comes to her... Read more

Study: Daily disposable contact lenses increasing in popularity

By Martin BurnsThere has been an increase in the popularity of daily disposable contact lenses in China, it has been claimed.According to Euromonitor International"s Contact Lenses in China report, the products are rapidly gaining in popularity as people seek a daily solution to their vision... Read more

Allergan gains approval for macular oedema treatment

By Adrian GalbrethAllergan has announced that the European Medicines Agency has granted marketing authorisation for its Ozurdex drug.The medication is the first licensed treatment in Europe for macular oedema in patients with retinal vein occlusion, which is the second most common retinal vascular... Read more

Contact lenses "must be professionally fitted"

By Alexa KaczkaIt is essential that any contact lenses people buy have been prescribed and fitted by a professional, one industry body has advised.The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the world"s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons, warned that the best way of avoiding injury... Read more

Contact lenses help Robert Pattinson prepare for Twilight

By Emily TaitColoured contact lenses play a key role in helping Robert Pattinson to get into the mood to play his Twilight character Edward Cullen, the actor has revealed.The 24-year-old star, who has become a global heartthrob thanks to his roles in Twilight, New Moon and the latest movie Eclipse,... Read more

BCLA seeks clinical workshop proposals

By Martin BurnsThe British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) is seeking proposals for presentations at its 2011 Clinical Conference.It will be hosting clinical workshops at the event, which is set to take place in Manchester between May 26th and 29th next year.Presenters will receive a voucher which... Read more