Our children’s vision counts

WSD2017-Eyezone Blog

This day marks World Sight Day, and organizations from all corners of the optical industry around the world gather to make their voices count. World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of global awareness on blindness and vision impairment co-ordinated by IAPB under the VISION 2020 Global Initiative.

Based on a new global data report published by IAPB Vision Atlas, 253 million people are visually impaired while 89% of these people live in low- and middle-income countries. Moreover, localised and restricted environment in marginalized communities, such as ill-planned infrastructure and technological barriers, confers eye health challenges to children. According to a case study conducted in South Africa, almost half of all children in Africa’s schools for the blind merely need a pair of spectacles. In a randomized clinical myopia trial in Taiwan and China, 40 to 80 minutes of additional outdoor time during the day in primary school children reduced myopia incidence by 23% to 50%.

For this reason, Eyezone Institute of Opticianry and Eyezone Magazine are joining hands with Our Children’s Vision, a global campaign with a shared goal to screen 50 million children worldwide for vision impairments by 2020, in order to spread awareness of eye care issues and encourage individuals and establishments to support the provision of effective eye care services to children whose lives were impacted by blindness and visual impairment.

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Featured: Eyezone Magazine meets the future with Zeiss

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It’s one of those awe-inspiring moments when Eyezone Magazine’s team finally bears witness to the unfolding of a promising future in optics. This dream is already reflected in “The Future of Optics” Convention where the Global Zeiss Vision Care community has met up in Berlin to try to offer the best vision possible – from the lens to virtualization, as well as, to digitized selling and all the science behind it. #Zeissfuture is the hallmark of the convention, held in September of 2017.  Read more

Making vision count on World Sight Day 2017

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World Sight Day (WSD), held every second Thursday of October, is an annual day of awareness focusing global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Running in its fifth year of the WHO Global Action Plan, The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) encourages participants to continue with its rolling theme on Universal Eye Health, WHO’s Global Action Plan of 2014-19. The plan supports the provision of effective and accessible eye care services for effectively controlling visual impairment including blindness.  Read more

Genes may be responsible for sight loss

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In a conference held in Edinburgh titled “Eye Development and Degeneration 2017”, scientists said that they have identified chemical changes in the eye that can lead to blindness. Their findings aid understanding of a genetic condition that causes sight loss for one in 3,000 people in the UK.  Read more

100% Optical is back with a bang

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Drawing in over 8,000 UK and international visitors, one of the most talked about events, 100% Optical, is again on its way to give manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers a perfect platform to launch new products and increase brand awareness within the optical market. Running on its fifth year in 2018, the show’s growing exhibitor line-up includes some of the market leaders returning to the show, plus the famed catwalk flashing the hottest frame fashion styles and latest product innovations for 2018. Read more

July is dry eye awareness month

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Recent strides toward understanding dry eye are leading to better and longer-lasting therapies for the millions of people in the U.S. who are affected by the condition.

Current therapies for dry eye provide symptomatic relief: steroids control inflammation, antibiotics counter infection, and artificial tears replenish moisture. But such approaches give only short-term relief for some people and require frequent reapplication. They also fail to address the underlying causes of dry eye. Read more

New interactive course for optometrists to launch in Kuwait

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Eyezone Institute of Opticianry, in collaboration with Brien Holden Vision Institute, is initiating a specialized refraction standardisation training in Kuwait. The ‘Refraction Standardisation Course’ is designed to refresh optometrists’ skills and knowledge in conducting refraction and prescribing spectacles. This three-month training program involves face-to-face workshop (theoretical and practical), supervised practice, theory and competency exams, as well as, practical sessions led by Eyezone Institute faculty, side by side guest trainers from Brien Holden Vision Institute. Classes will open on July 15, 2017. For registration or inquiry, visit Eyezone Institute’s website or call 22204300.

 

Götti introduces new sales rep to the Middle East

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Götti Switzerland introduces its new sales team member for the Middle East, Mr. Tarek Saoub. As sales representative for Gotti’s eyewear collections in the region, Mr. Saoub will showcase the new Götti Dimension Collection, the hyperprecise 3D printed glasses made in Switzerland. He will also launch Götti’s Perspective Collection, the reinvented, minimalist, and progressive rimless glasses. Gotti’s pure and linear design are fit for those who strive toward the style principle of reduction as its glasses embody authenticity in everyday life. Read more

Here comes the sun, keep your eyes safe

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July is UV Safety Month

UV radiation can damage your eyes as well as your skin. Studies suggest that overexposure to UV radiation can cause eye cataracts, eye damage, and suppression of the immune system, in general. May they be your family, friends, or colleagues – everyone is equally at risk for eye damage due to overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.

The sun’s UV rays can burn the cornea of your eyes, which can result in cataracts that may ultimately cause blindness. Even short periods of exposure can lead to serious damage. Read more

Eyes see you: How your eyes can read your neighbor’s mind

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Twenty years ago, a team of scientists at the University of Cambridge developed a test of ‘cognitive empathy’ called the ‘Reading the Mind in the Eyes’ Test (or the Eyes Test, for short). This revealed that people can rapidly interpret what another person is thinking or feeling from looking at their eyes alone. It also showed that some of us are better at this than others, and that women on average score better on this test than men. Read more