Woman "thrilled" as private insurer pays for blindness treatment

By Martin BurnsA woman who battled with her private insurer to pay for treatment to cure her sight-threatening condition has described herself as "thrilled and delighted" that it has agreed to fund her.Mary Latimer, 71, of Chorleywood, suffers from age-related macular degeneration, reports the... Read more

New multifocal contact lenses "are a great option"

By Adrian GalbrethNew multifocal contact lenses from Johnson & Johnson have been described as "a great option" by one supplier.Katie Mendez, office manager for Greenville EyeCare Associates, said that the Acuvue Oasys for Presbyopia product provides "both comfort and vision improvements".The contact... Read more

Blind people gain access to benefit

By Martin BurnsPeople suffering severe visual impairment are now able to claim more in benefits after a bill amendment was passed in the House of Commons. The change to the Welfare Reform Bill was put forward by John Robertson MP of Labour.He told the house: "There is no good reason for... Read more

Eyecare awards winners announced

By Alexa KaczkaManufacturers of eye products such as contact lenses, glasses and sunglasses have been given awards at a Russian conference.Moscow-based exhibition organisation Expocentre announced the winners of the National Optical Award Grand Prix MSOO, which were first held last year and awarded... Read more

Charity glasses appeal could hit 2,000

By Alexa KaczkaA charity mission seeking donations of spectacles for people in Africa hopes to find over 2,000 pairs.The Royal Bolton Hospital has already received almost 1,500 pairs for the mission, the Bolton News reports.Sylvia Smith, the hospital worker who has been organising the drive,... Read more

Eye makeup suggestions given for mothers

By Emily TaitPeople who want to spoil their mothers on Sunday by giving cosmetics have been advised how to choose the best eye makeup products.The Glasgow Daily Record suggested buying mothers eyeshadow in plum and metallic shades.It recommended Marks & Spencer"s Autograph range and singled out the... Read more

Koreans warned to prepare against dry eyes

People in Korea have been warned about the dryness of the country"s spring and told to protect their eyes.The Korea Times told readers about the winds and yellow dust that can cause irritation at this time of year.People can also find these conditions affect their wearing of contact lenses.The... Read more

Basketball player loses contact lens

An American high school basketball player lost a contact lens in a fall during a game, it has been reported.News website boston.com reported how in the Division 2 girls" sectional finals, senior guard Kelsey Roberson suffered a fall which caused a contact lens to fall out of her eye.However, she... Read more

Sportsman exposes eye gouging

A New Zealander and Old Etonian who played sports for England has spoken of how eye gouging would take place during rugby games.John Daniell"s book Rugby Mercenary describes how the practice would be carried out when playing la fourchette, French rugby."It"s even worse if, like me, you wear contact... Read more

Bausch & Lomb starts presbyopia and contact lens education programme

Bausch & Lomb has launched an education initiative in the US to inform people about presbyopia and how multifocal contact lenses may treat it.According to Keir Meisner, director of US marketing for lenses with the company, three-fifths of people with presbyopia do not realise that they can wear... Read more

Get a retro eye make-up look

Advice has been given for women who want to recreate the 1960s look with their eye make-up.FemaleFirst "s Jessica Watson reported that this style is back in fashion and explained how to go about achieving it.First, eyeshadow in a bronze hue should be applied over the eye"s outer edge to the socket,... Read more

Sienna Miller "didn"t recognise herself" in coloured contact lenses

Sienna Miller has told of how dramatically her appearance was altered when she wore coloured contact lenses for a new film.In an interview with Total Film magazine, picked up by the Coventry Telegraph, she spoke of how she was costumed for her role as villainess the Baroness in the forthcoming film... Read more

Preparation underway for Bausch & Lomb job cuts in India

Indian employees with contact lens company Bausch & Lomb are getting ready for redundancies after it was reported that there would be cuts in Ireland.Bausch & Lomb is to shut down its plant in Bhiwadi in India, which makes contact lenses and solutions, reports the Democrat and Chronicle.It said that... Read more

How to get Beth Ditto"s eyes

Women have been told by a newspaper how to apply eye makeup to look the way Beth Ditto did at Paris Fashion Week.Sarah Vine explained in the Times how to recreate the appearance sported by the Gossip singer, who also appeared in a tight, dark coloured Herve Leger bandage dress.Ms Vine suggested a... Read more

Hygiene advice for contact lenses and eye make-up

Advice for maintaining hygiene when wearing contact lenses and make-up has been given by the University of Virginia Health System. Reported by HealthDay on US News, the tips included keeping make-up brushes clean and always washing one"s hands before inserting or removing contact lenses.People were... Read more

Thai contact lens wearers told to take care

Thai people who wear contact lenses have been advised to be careful due to the way the contact lenses are sold in the country.Speaking to the Bangkok Post, ophthalmologist Tisha Prabriputaloong explained that in Thailand, contact lenses are easy to buy in shops from staff who are not opticians.As a... Read more

Prime Minister"s conference speech "delayed over lost contact lens"

A lost contact lens has been given as the reason for the delay in a speech by the Prime Minister last week.The Times reported that Gordon Brown lost a contact lens down a sink while preparing for an address to Scottish Labour on Friday.An unnamed source told the newspaper that a member of staff at... Read more

Contact lens firm pleased with results

Contact lens business the Cooper Companies has said it is pleased with its performance so far in 2009.The eye care products firm increased its revenue from the CooperVision contact lens section by four per cent.This brought it to $211.2 million.Its first-quarter profit figures were above those that... Read more

Contact lens company to cut workforce

Staff at contact lens company Bausch & Lomb are to suffer job losses, it has been reported.The Irish Times gave an account of how 195 workers are to be made redundant at the plant in the Irish city of Waterford.Bausch & Lomb hopes that this can be done through voluntary redundancies.In a statement,... Read more

Blind artists put work on show

Work by blind and visually-impaired artists has gone on show in the US.Throughout this month, the exhibition Creative Vision: An Exhibition on Vision and Perception is being displayed in the Horton Gallery of California"s San Joaquin Delta College, reports Recordnet.com.Among the artists whose work... Read more