Keeping your eyes healthy this holiday

Seasons greetings! As the weather gets colder everyone gets busy. Your eyes have to last you a lifetime, so taking care of them is incredibly important. Your lifestyle can cause significant strain on your eye health and can have a harmful effect on your sight, especially as you grow older. Here are some Tips to take good care of your eye health…
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100% Optical is back with a bang

100% Optical 2018, Excel, UK

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

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

Prominent retinal specialist to feature at Optrafair

Eyezone Blog-Prominent retinal specialist to feature at Optrafair
Professor Usha Chakravarthy, Queen’s University, Belfast

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, 6 March 2017 — Eminent ophthalmologist, Professor Usha Chakravarthy, Queen’s University, Belfast, will feature on the main stage at Optrafair on Sunday, 2nd April at 11:45 am. Professor Chakravarthy is at the forefront of pioneering research including the NICOLA study, a long-term study looking at the effects of aging on the eyes which will help shape major government healthcare policies in the future.

“My lecture will explore how multimodal imaging can increase the optometrist’s diagnostic confidence and improve patient care through early disease identification” explains Professor Chakravarthy. “I will discuss the interpretation of retinal pathology using the latest fundus and OCT imaging techniques and how patients can be managed post-treatment in the community care setting.”

New optical business directory hits the web

Eyezone Blog-Optiguide launchKuwait: EYEZONE Magazine, the first optical magazine in the Middle East, has launched a comprehensive online directory called Eyezone Optiguide. It covers a whole gamut of data relevant in building optical business transactions such as a company’s basic info plus its overview, contact details, route maps, brand and product features, images, and videos, in addition to a plethora of upcoming optical shows and latest industry news. The directory has gone live on January 26, 2017 and can be accessed at

Aside from housing company basic portfolios and brand presentations, Eyezone Optiguide also publishes a chunkful of recent happenings within the optical market and are available in a straightforward, easy to use platform and search capabilities. The site serves as a helpful resource for companies in search for their ideal clients.

The listing is categorized as follows: frames and sunglasses, kids’ eyewear, ophthalmic lenses, clear and colored contact lenses, equipment, accessories, and decor. Moreover, the site offers an All In One Map for quick location-based lookup and a Help Center detailing the how-tos of the site. Eyezone Optiguide is also accessible on mobile devices and is surely promising to become a gold mine of optical business essentials worldwide.


Stronger together for our children

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In observance of World Sight Day 2016, Our Children’s Vision, in collaboration with Eyezone Institute of Opticianry, joined hands to raise awareness of vision impairment worldwide. Following IAPB‘s lead of the call to action, #StrongerTogether, Our Children’s Vision demonstrates that their partners have a common goal and are committed to working together to achieve it. The feature video includes great comments from some of the global leaders in optical education, research, and health initiatives: Peter Ackland, Maureen Cavanagh, Susan Cooper, Clive Miller, Howard Purcell, Kovin Naidoo, Amanda Davis, Kim Schuy, and Jayanth Bhuvaraghan.

The message was passed across various social media platforms of Our Children’s Vision and Eyezone Institute. Check out some highlights of the campaign posts.


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Nobel Prize: Optical Legacies

eyezone-blog-nobel-prizeOct 3, 2016: Announcement of winners of the Nobel Prize 2016 kicked off in the following categories: Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Peace, and Economic Science. Yoshinori Ohsumi, a Japanese cell biologist, bagged the Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine for his discovery of mechanisms for autophagy. While the announcements continue and as we await awardees in other categories, let’s take a glimpse of the optical industry’s major contributors to scientific development.

Allvar Gullstrand (1862-1930)

Gullstrand, a Swedish ophthalmologist, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1911 for his study and research on “the eye as a light-refracting apparatus”. He contributed to knowledge of the structure and function of the cornea, as well as, to research studies on astigmatism. He also improved corrective lenses for use after surgery for cataracts and devised the Gullstrand slit lamp, a valuable diagnostic tool that facilitates detailed study of the eye. These investigations led to a new concept called “optical images”. Gullstrand was entirely self-taught in most of his geometric and physiological optic works. His major writings on physiological optics, along with his other works, received awards in various medical institutions.

Ragnar Granit (1900-1991), Haldan Keffer Hartline (1903-1983),

and George Wald (1906-1997)

In 1967, Granit, Hartline, and Wald jointly received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their contribution to the study of primary physiological and chemical visual processes in the eye. Hartline studied the inhibitory interaction in and the receptor properties of the Limulus retina. Wald discovered that Vitamin A is an important component of a light-sensitive substance in the retina, called rhodopsin, which is responsible for visual impressions in the brain. On the other hand, between the 1930s to 1950s, Granit studied the electrical impulses from the retina’s cells and demonstrated the different types of cones which are sensitive to light of three different wavelengths.

David H. Hubel (1926–2013)

In 1981, Hubel, a Canadian neurophysiologist, along with the Swedish neurophysiologist, Dr. Torsten Wiesel (1924), won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their contribution to the study of visual perception and sensory deprivation “by measuring the electrical impulses of cells in the visual cortex”. They discovered that “vision does not develop normally if the brain fails to make connections with the eye during a critical window early in life”. The discovery played a major role in the development of systems in treating cataracts of infants in order to prevent vision impairment in its early stages. The study also lead to the development of treatment of strabismus.

(Source: Agencies)

Senior citizens receive free eye care in Taguig, Philippines

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TAGUIG CITY, June 15 (PIA) – The city government of Taguig provides eye care for 30,000 senior citizens with their free eye check-up and free prescription glasses.

Mayor Lani Cayetano said, “Oplan Linaw 2016” is an intervention by the city government to address one of the problems associated with old age.

“We know the problem and we are doing something about it. Vision problems can affect the quality of life of an individual, more so with the elderly. We are more than happy to provide our senior citizens with prescription glasses that they need to enjoy the simple pleasures of life,” Cayetano said.

The beneficiaries are identified through the database of Taguig City’s Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA).

Dr. Isaias Ramos, chief of Taguig City Health Office said that the process is simple – after the free eye check-up, they will just wait for three to four weeks before getting their prescription glasses.

Likewise, Ramonita Jordan, OSCA officer-in-charge said her office has been receiving positive comments on the city government’s Oplan Linaw.

“Everybody is grateful. The program is just exceptional in terms of magnitude and impact on the lives of senior citizens,” Jordan said.

Taguig City government makes sure that senior citizens have access to different programs of the city intended for their well-being. (Philippine Information Agency-PIA)


Eyezone Institute conducts training at AOU

Eyezone Institute conducts training at AOU

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Eyezone Institute of Opticianry conducted a training session and lecture yesterday, April 26, 2016, at Arab Open University (AOU) Kuwait. The session was headed by Executive Director, Dr. Nezar Damati OD MDA CIPT, and Assistant Training Director, Dr. Moayad Al-Deek, MSc BSc Optom. Eyezone Institute of Opticianry will deliver Sales Courses in collaboration with AOU under its Continuing Education and Community Service Unit.


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ECPs flock JOPAL 2016

A slew of eye care practitioners and guests gathered at the Jordanian Palestinian Optometry Conference (JOPAL), held last March 23-25, 2016 at Amman, Jordan.

Head of the JOPAL Scientific Program Committee and Executive Director at Eyezone Institute of Opticianry, Dr. Nezar Damati, OD MBA CIPT, together with Eyezone Institute’s Assistant Training Director, Dr. Moayad Al-Deek MSc. BSc. Optometry, share the success of the Second Jordanian Palestinian Optometry Conference (JOPAL 2016) organized by The General Association of Optics, in association with the Palestinian Council of Optometry and Optics, which are both members of the Eastern Mediterranean Council of Optometry (EMCO) and World Council of Optometry (WCO).

JOPAL 2016 organizers and speakers.

The event’s theme “Eye care management for better ocular health and vision” aims to underscore the key value of advancing management of and catering to every eye health professional. The event was held from March 23-25 at Le Meridien Hotel, Amman, Jordan. Delegates had nonstop access to relevant learning, as well as, discourse on various imperative topics on scientific and technological advancements in optometry brought about by local and international speakers.

UPDATED as of April 17, 2016