Blind adventurer is back from South Pole

A sightless man who became the first to reach the South Pole by foot has returned home.Mark Pollock, of Hollywood, Co Down, was met at Dublin Airport by his girlfriend Simone George, the Irish Times reports.He called it "an irony to return home to snow".Mr Pollock"s team, which included team-mates... Read more

Eye care help for people in El Salvador

People in El Salvador are being given help for eye care as part of an eye health programme.John Medeiros has gone to Perquin in El Salvador as part of the Olentangy Rotary Club"s participation in the We Care Eye Care scheme, Columbus Local News reports on snponline.com.The programme collects glasses... Read more

Celebrity chefs "planning eye-healthy desserts"

In honour of Valentine"s Day, celebrity chefs from across the US have contributed recipes for desserts for two that use eye-healthy ingredients.The free recipes, which can be viewed on the eyecareAmerica website and downloaded onto recipe cards, have been prepared as part of a national campaign to... Read more

"Efforts underway" to prevent age-related vision decline

Clinical and research efforts are currently in place to determine ways of preventing or slowing vision decline related to age, according to an Australian doctor.According to the American Academy of Opthalmology, Ruth Hogg of Melbourne said that as people age, they can experience a number of vision... Read more

Australian golfer "protects contact lenses" with sunglasses

Australian golfer Anna Rawson ensures that her eyes are protected from the sun and wind on the fairway by wearing sunglasses, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.Ms Rawson, who is based in Los Angeles, said that it is important to protect her eyes from the wind while playing golf, particularly as she... Read more

Bausch & Lomb "planning Indian expansion"

Bausch & Lomb is set to make its products more widely available in India in the coming years, according to the Business Standard.The contact lens maker - which already offers products in some 5,500 outlets across the country - plans to increase its distribution to a further 1,500 retailers within... Read more

Government dismisses sight fears over low-energy bulbs

Concerns that people with sight troubles will suffer from low-energy bulbs have been dismissed by the government.Eye health organisations had said that the new bulbs do not produce enough light and could pose problems fro those who struggle with their vision.But Lord Hunt, energy innovation... Read more

Wear goggles over contact lenses to cope with volcanic ash

Victims of volcanic eruptions have been advised to cope with ash by wearing goggles over their contact lenses.The Guardian picked up an Associated Press report as preparations are made for a possible eruption from Mount Redoubt in Alaska.Glass and rock can be contained in Alaskan volcano ash, which... Read more

The lowdown on laser eye surgery

Everyone would prefer to have perfect vision rather than to be short or far-sighted or astigmatic. If you do have imperfect vision but are fortunate enough to have problems that are correctable, a number of options are available to you. You might wear spectacles, or contact lenses. However, for many... Read more

Rules for eye make-up

A make-up artist has offered help for bringing eyes to their best advantage.Speaking to Scottish newspaper the Daily Record, Monica Woodhouse, No7 make-up specialist from Boots in Princes Street, Edinburgh, stressed the importance of using concealer properly in the eye area.For this delicate spot,... Read more

Optician to train nurses in Ethiopia

A Cumbrian optician will be joining a team to train people in Ethiopia in optometry.David Dickson will join the Vision Aid Overseas group and train nurses in carrying out eye tests in the country, the News & Star reports.He has already been to Ethiopia in 2007 and last year visited Zambia."The... Read more

Glaucoma day fills out

Attendants of an event designed to give training about glaucoma packed the site to capacity, it has been reported.Optician reported on its website, Optician Online, that its first such education day had filled the house at the Institute of Optometry.Proposed guidelines from the National Institute of... Read more

Designer eyewear maker may raise stock

A shareholder for a designer eyewear maker is in talks on how to increase the company"s strength.Only 3T, Safilo"s main shareholders, is discussing the potential for growth with various other organisations.The organisation has almost 40 per cent of Safilo.Reuters reports an article in Il Sole 24... Read more

Low energy bulbs "bad for those with sight trouble"

A call is being made to end a promise to stop selling traditional light bulbs by campaigners who say low-energy ones can pose trouble for people with vision problems.Members of Royal National College for the Blind (RNCB) and the Royal College of Opthalmologists have warned that the low-energy bulbs... Read more

Contact lenses turn man into werewolf

Actor Russell Tovey has spoken of the role contact lenses play in his transformation for his new television role.The 27-year-old plays Jewish werewolf George Sands in BBC3 drama Being Human, which begins this Sunday after a pilot last year.He told the Northern Echo about the process of... Read more

Stem cell trial to try to cure blindness

A new treatment which is hoped to restore sight to sufferers of corneal blindness is to be trialled in Scotland.The two-year process, which will take place in Glasgow and Edinburgh, makes use of stem cells taken from dead adults.It is set to begin this month and to begin with about 20... Read more

German contact lens firm hits 2008 targets

A German contact lens firm has pronounced itself satisfied with its performance in 2008, having met its goals for sales and profit for the year.Fielmann, which makes contact lenses and glasses, now plans further growth in 2009, Reuters reports.Chief financial officer Georg Zeiss said: "We are... Read more

Supermodel gives eye makeup tips to Michelle Obama

The new First Lady has been offered expert advice on how to make up her eyes to their best advantage. Supermodel Iman told Access Hollywood that Michelle Obama would suit "a dark emerald green or dark cobalt blue" which she said would work on the First Lady"s eyelids and would not be too much for... Read more

CIBA Vision ups investments in Malaysia plant

Contact lens firm CIBA Vision is to up investment in a Malaysian plant to increase its capacity, it has been reported.The site in the Port of Tanjung Pelepas Free Trade Zone in Johor is where CIBA"s 020PTIX and AIR OPTIX breathable, silicone hydrogel contact lenses are manufactured.According to... Read more

Prince William wears glasses as part of pilot training

Prince William is wearing glasses under his helmet and night vision goggles to correct his sight as he trains to be an RAF pilot, it has been reported.Generally, only people with perfect sight can become pilots under RAF rules.But the prince, said to be short-sighted, can still become a pilot... Read more