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Current events in the Ophthalmic Industry

7th September 2012

Research published in the Biochemical Journal has identified a compound that could interrupt the chain of events that cause damage in diabetic retinopathy.  The US researchers have indicated that the findings is significant as it may lead to a novel approach that targets two mechanisms at the root of the disease: inflammation and the weakening of blood barrier that protects the retina.   

18th June 2012

A study completed in Optometry and Vision Science on ready-made spectacles revealed nearly half failed to reach appropriate quality assurance levels.  48% of the near-vision ready mades failed to offer international standard optical quality. 

14th May 2012

The race for augmented reality eyewear continues with Google releasing details of Project Glass - minimalist reality eyewear with microphone and partially transparent video screen the places information over the view of the wearers right eye. 

Information and integrated features will appear for the user's convenience - from messages with diary appointments, Google mapping services. Apple, Sony and Microsoft are also in the race. 

Adapted from Mivision Issue 68 

11th May 2012

New research has indicated that Glaucoma should be characterised as an neurological disorder that causes nerve cells in the brain to degenerate and die - similar to what occurs in Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.

For many years, the prevailing theory was vision damage in patients was caused by abnormally high IOP (intraocular pressure). The new research paradigm focuses on the damage that occurs in retinal ganglion cells which connect the eye to the brain through the optic nerve. Extract from Mivision Issue 68 


2nd May 2012

Bionic eye research in Australia is progressing well - they hope to have a sample implanted and in use by 2013.  Great news for people with ARM and retinitis pigmentosa.  

27th May 2009

Eating too much red meat increase the risk of blindness a recent study has found.  The results have indicated that a meat eater is 10 times more likely to get age related macula degeneration.

Luxottica has predicted a 10% contraction in the global eyewear market.

Queensland Optometrists have obtained the therapeutic ok. 

25th May 2009

Safilo one of the world's biggest makers of spectacles and sunglasses is reportedly laying off workers and cutting production.  Also shifting much of their manufacturing from Italy and Solvenia to China (still keeping the made in Italy label). 

The first round result of the court case of Luxottica vs Specsavers goes to Luxottica with the company being awarded damages of $10.

31st March 2009

A team of researches in the United States and Switzerland have made a major breakthrough in the development of treatments for some forms of blindness and vision disorders by finding how a series of chemicals reactions allow human vision.  


Bionic eye is also now in sight.  An Englishman who was fitted with the Bionic eye 7 months ago after losing his sight 30 years previously can now see flashes of light and the white line on the road.

13th January 2009

Myopia treatment strategies conference indicated that recent studies showed that peripheral (side) vision dominates the regulation of eye growth rather than central vision.  The reason this is important involves the myopic or short sighted eye being of increased length when compared with the eyes with normal vision.  

Therefore new strategies are emerging with manipulation of the peripheral vision the focus.

14th November 2008

Luxottica owners of OPSM, Laumban & Pank, Budget Eyewear and Sunglass Hut brands is suing Specsavers.  Over an alleged leak of sensitive documents by two former Luxottica exployees, who are now employed by Specsavers. 

6th July 2008

Only one in five children have eyes tested: Only 19 percent of children had their eyes tested in the 06/07 financial year, according to Medicare claiming.  While this rate has risen over the previous few years they are still too low and that further research shows that one in four school aged children has an undetected vision problem.

"Many parents don't realise that that undiagnosed vision problems can result in learning or behavioural difficulties for children as they struggle to read, see the board or focus on the computer screen at school." Ms Loh (OAA professional services manager)

Some of the common symptoms of vision problems in children include; frequent blinking, excessive eye movements, books being held too close to read, confusion of similar words, squinting or frowning to see objects in the distance, complaints of headaches or sore eyes and tilting of the head excessively to one side, up or down.

Extract from Insight No. 343 June 2008

Gene Therapy can improve vision for a type of hereditary blindness: results from the world first clinical trial show no side effects after treatment.  Treatment involves inserting healthy copies of the missing or damaged gene into the cells of the retina to help them function normally.

Although the patients have not achieved normal vision, the preliminary results of the study suggest that further studies may reveal an innovative treatment for this and other retinal diseases.  This study was conducted on Leber's congenital amaurosis. Children's hospitalof Philadelphia, have used the gene therapy to safely restore vision in three youths with this rare form of congenital blindness.

 Extract from Insight No. 343 June 2008

Transition Generation 6 has just been released.  It is being advertised to be darker in warmer temperatures, which is good news for Australians', along with being faster to go dark and also faster to clear.

This article was published on Sunday 06 July, 2008.
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