Victory for Scottish campaigner

By Martin BurnsFrom August, children in Inverness will be offered specialist pre-school eye tests, the Inverness Courier has reported.The announcement by NHS Highland marks a change in screening policy for the service and a success for a long campaign by the Inverness Courier.It published the story... Read more

William Gallas in eye injury nightmare

By Emily TaitArsenal defender William Gallas" eye is so swollen he cannot even put in his contact lenses, leaving him doubtful for Arsenal"s encounter with Chelsea on Sunday.Gallas had to leave the pitch at half time in Arsenal"s Champions" League victory over Standard Liege on Tuesday after a clash... Read more

Goggles to help those with poor eyesight

By Emily TaitOakley has developed a pair of goggles that can be worn over the top of glasses.People need their eyes to be protected while skiing and contact lenses are not always suitable as they can dry up in exceptionally cold conditions.So Oakley has developed some goggles which can cover almost... Read more

"Burn and learn" the story for early days of laser surgery

By Adrian GalbrethTwenty years have passed since the first laser eye surgery and its history has been perused in an article in the Times newspaper.According to the newspaper, the first laser surgery took place in November 1989 and since then the treatment has developed so much that 100,000 Brits are... Read more

Contact lens headquarters earns green award

By Adrian GalbrethBausch & Lomb"s world headquarters in Rochester, New York, has been awarded the Energy Star rating for energy efficiency from the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).A rigorous, externally certified engineering evaluation that included electricity consumption, fuel... Read more

Web-based optometry training expands into Europe

Bausch & Lomb"s Academy of Vision Care website will expand into Europe, it has been revealed.The academy"s web-based learning resource, which aims to provide practitioners with training and professional development through online videos, pods casts and print, was re-launched in November.A new My... Read more

Sports star will return to wearing a visor

By Emily TaitAmerican football player Roy Williams will return to wearing a visor with his helmet on Sunday, according to a report from the Dallas Morning News.The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver wore the visor to protect his contact lenses but ditched it after a freak incident, it was... Read more

New sports eyewear released

By Emily TaitSports eyewear giant Oakley has announced the introduction of a new premium collection called "Elite".The new glasses blend old craftsmanship with world-class design innovation that pushes the limits of technology, Oakley claims.Company president Colin Baden said: "Oakley earned... Read more

Partnership to improve eye health care

By Adrian GalbrethThe American Optometric Association (AOA) has joined up with Digital Healthcare (DH) to help optometrists provide better care for patients with diabetes and other chronic diseases, and promote public health in America.They recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which... Read more

Researchers shed light on causes of blindness

By Adrian GalbrethYale School of Medicine researchers could have found the key to stopping eye disorders caused by a wide range of diseases, the November journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science reported.Many forms of blindness are caused by the death of retinal cells known as... Read more

Darren Bent wears night vision goggles

By Emily TaitDarren Bent recently "tweeted" a picture of himself wearing a pair of night vision goggles.The England and Sunderland striker, who is the third highest scorer in the Barclays Premier League this season, with eight goals, posted a picture of himself on the social networking site with the... Read more

Save your eyesight – stop smoking

By Martin BurnsAMD (age-related muscular degeneration) Alliance International is strongly urging smokers to participate in tomorrow"s (November 19th"s) Great American Smokeout to protect their vision from the effects of macular degeneration.The leading cause of blindness among people over the age of... Read more

Americans lack knowledge of age-related vision problems

By Adrian GalbrethDespite the prevalence of age-related vision problems, Americans lack significant knowledge of such conditions, according to a survey.The American Optometric Association"s (AOA"s) American Eye-Q survey found that there is a concerning lack of public knowledge and misunderstanding... Read more

Fox "should have brought some mascara" to the jungle

By Emily TaitSam Fox, star of the current series of ITV"s I"m a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, should have chosen mascara as her luxury item to take into the jungle, an expert has said.The show"s celebrities in the Australian outback are only allowed to take one luxury item each and makeup is top... Read more

Former baseball player dons coloured contact lenses

By Emily TaitSammy Sosa, the former slugger for the Chicago Cubs baseball team, has been spotted wearing coloured contact lenses.The retired Dominican, who set records for the number of home runs he hit, has recently come under fire in the American press for trying to change his image in such a... Read more

New board member at Bausch & Lomb

By Adrian GalbrethContact lens manufacturer Bausch & Lomb has announced that Fred Hassan has been elected to its board of directors.Mr Hassan has had senior roles at a number of pharmaceutical companies. He was chief executive officer (CEO) at Schering-Plough from 2003 until its acquisition by... Read more

Contact lenses could allow super-human vision

By Adrian GalbrethA contact lens with built-in circuits that allow the wearer to see graphics on top of the world around them have been developed.The flexible, biologically-safe contact lens complete with electronic circuit and lights has been created by engineers at the University of... Read more

Eye charity event to welcome Miss Cheshire

By Alexa KaczkaMiss Cheshire is to attend a Wacky Welly Walk to help raise the profile of eye charity Vision Support.Catriona Cameron was made patron of the charity in May 2009 after she was diagnosed with Irlen Syndrome.Having had the condition since she was born, it means she sees the printed page... Read more

Eye surgeon to broadcast own surgery

By Adrian GalbrethWorld-renowned surgeon Dr Con Moshegov will undergo laser eye surgery in a live broadcast to persuade more people to have the surgery.The Australian eye surgeon will talk the audience through the operation from the patient"s chair as it happens."I have no reservations... Read more

Laser eye surgery "does not lead to cornea problems"

By Martin BurnsCorneal degeneration in eyes that have been treated by laser surgery is comparable to that of untreated eyes, a study has found.Sanjay V Patel and William M Bourne from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, US, used 29 eyes (16 patients) who had received the treatment and 42 eyes... Read more