AAO issues warning over decorative contact lenses

By Emily TaitThe American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has warned of the hazards of decorative circle contact lenses following reports of a rapid rise in the number of young people buying the products.According to the organisation, people who seek to emulate the "doe-eyed" look sported by Lady... Read more

Expert hails "breakthrough" contact lens

By Martin BurnsA new type of contact lens has been hailed by experts in the US after being rolled out in the country.The 1 Day Acuvue TruEye, the first silicone hydrogel daily disposable contact lens in the US, offers wearers "exceptional comfort" which is similar to not wearing a lens at all,... Read more

Bausch + Lomb recalls ReNu Multi-Purpose Solution

By Martin BurnsContact lens manufacturer Bausch + Lomb is recalling its ReNu Multi-Purpose Solution and ReNu MultiPlus multi-purpose solution in Europe and the Middle East as a precautionary measure, the company has announced.The first recall includes a single lot (AA120) of 120ML ReNu MultiPlus... Read more

Scientists receive award for eye disease research

By Adrian GalbrethResearchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have been honoured with an award for developing an eye disease-detecting technology.The ORNL scientists were given a total of eight awards in the annual R&D 100 Awards by R&D Magazine.Their Telemedical Retinal Image... Read more

Importance of kids" eye tests highlighted to head teachers

By Alexa KaczkaThe importance of children"s eye tests has been highlighted to head teachers across the UK.Some 23,000 letters were sent out to primary school head teachers by the Optical Confederation as part of its Children"s Eye Care campaign, Optometry Today reports.This campaign, led by... Read more

Mobile phone software "can conduct eye test"

By Adrian GalbrethA mobile phone application has been developed that can test a person"s eyes and produce an accurate contact lens prescription.The software, called the Near-Eye Tool for Refractive Assessment (Netra), was developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.A small,... Read more

Woman undergoes revolutionary eye surgery

By Adrian GalbrethA woman from Belfast has become the first person in the UK and Ireland to undergo a revolutionary eye surgery operation.Mary McCall"s eye was fitted with a device which aims to stop glaucoma and has been dubbed the "millimetre miracle", the Ballymena Times reports.Called the... Read more

Lady Gaga sparks coloured contact lens trend

By Emily TaitLady Gaga has sparked many new fashion trends over the past few years, but the latest is for coloured contact lenses.In the video for the song Bad Romance, one shot shows Gaga sat in a bathtub flashing large amine-style eyes at the camera.It is speculated that this image was most likely... Read more

Drivers urged to get eyes tested

By Alexa KaczkaOpticians in Mold, North Wales, launched a campaign last week to encourage drivers to have their eyesight checked.Keith Martin, the director of an optician store on Mold High Street, explained that, by law, motorists have to be able to read a number plate from a distance of 20.5... Read more

Bausch + Lomb confirms Asia-Pacific appointment

By Martin BurnsLeading contact lens manufacturer Bausch + Lomb has announced the appointment of Rodney Unsworth as the new president for its Asia-Pacific division.Set to take up the position at the start of July, Mr Unsworth held a similar role at Schering-Plough for five years until its merger with... Read more

Bausch + Lomb promotes disposable lenses for children

By Martin BurnsA leading contact lens manufacturer is involved in a new scheme to showcase the benefits of daily disposable lenses for younger people.Bausch + Lomb is offering boxes of its 90 SofLens daily disposable lenses to youngsters at a discounted rate in the US after research by the Ohio... Read more

Charity offers eye protection tips

By Alexa KaczkaA charity has offered tips on how to protect the eyes, recommending that people take every precaution possible.Action for Blind People has advised the public to wear sunglasses whenever they are outdoors and exposed to the sun, particularly at the moment when the weather is... Read more

Robert Pattinson sheds light on Twilight contact lenses

By Emily TaitThe star of the hit Twilight film franchise has shed some light on the contact lenses he wears during each film.Robert Pattinson, who plays the role of Edward Cullen in the hit movies based on novels by Stephanie Meyer, said that putting in the contact lenses helps to get him into the... Read more

Ciba Vision "aiming to improve eye health"

By Martin BurnsCiba Vision will continue on its journey to improve the eye health of the world"s population, the company has claimed.It comes after the launch of a new study by researchers at the Centre for Contact Lens Research at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in Canada, sponsored... Read more

Daily disposable contacts use "rises 6%"

By Martin BurnsThe number of people wearing daily disposable contact lenses has risen by six per cent, according to the latest figures.Optician Online reports that new data from the Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers (ACLM) shows, overall, the UK contact lens market was worth almost £199... Read more

Eye Health Alliance supports continuation of free eye tests for elderly

The Eye Health Alliance has welcomed a commitment in the coalition programme for government that pledges to continue offering free eye tests to the elderly. It claims that regular eye examinations are "vital" to help people to guard against ocular diseases such as glaucoma and macular... Read more

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary unveils comfortable contact lenses

By Martin BurnsVistakon, the Florida-based contact lens subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has unveiled a new type of contact lens which it claims are more comfortable for the user to wear.The company claims that the new lens, called the 1-Day Acuvue TruEye, uses different material that will not... Read more

World Cup fever leads to contact lenses surge

By Emily TaitThe World Cup fever gripping the nation has led to a boost in the number of people buying contact lenses with England flags emblazoned on them, one source has claimed.According to the Derby Telegraph, suppliers across the city have reported an upsurge in the number of people buying... Read more

New contact lens solution "on the way"

By Alexa KaczkaA new contact lens solution is likely to be on the market in the near future after Abbott confirmed the launch of its latest product.RevitaLens is a multi-purpose solution for cleaning and storing lenses and gained approval from European regulators last month, with Abbott now... Read more

Contact lens pioneers to be honoured

By Martin BurnsTwo pioneering figures in the world of contact lenses are to be honoured at an upcoming ceremony.Optometry Today reports that a green plaque for George Nissel, founder of the first independent contact lens laboratory in the UK, will be unveiled in Westminster by his daughter.The... Read more