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  1. The highlight of the recent Slugfest event was a tour of Expert Optical Laboratories in Naperville, IL, where over 100 lab owners and managers saw first-hand Satisloh’s new on-block manufacturing (OBM™) technology (lab tour shown at right). Installed in just six weeks, the new OBM equipment reduces the average lab’s approximately 50 process steps to just six, leaving the lens on the block through coating, surfacing, and edging. Read More: http://www.totallyoptical.com/slugfest2010
  2. Essex Junction, VT, USA (July 10, 2009) – Revision Eyewear, leading suppliers of ballistic protective eyewear to law enforcement and military worldwide, marks its debut in light changing lens technology with the Photochromic Hellfly Ballistic Sunglass. Featuring Revision Eyewear’s rapid light changing technology, the Photochromic Hellfly Sunglasses automatically darken to a sunglass tint when exposed to sunlight and return to their clear state in the absence of UV rays, giving law officers a tactical edge in rapidly changing environments. “Revision’s photochromic lens technology eliminates the need to switch lenses when transitioning between the indoors and outside, allowing the end user to focus on his mission, not his eyewear,” commented Jonathan Blanshay, CEO of Revision Eyewear. In tests, Revision’s Photochromic Hellfly lenses took only 45 seconds to change from their darkest state to 60% clear, while competitor’s lenses took over 2 minutes to do the same. “For tactical operators, faster photochromic lenses mean enhanced visual performance when it’s most needed, in dynamic environments.” True to the entire Hellfly Sunglass line, the new photochromic lenses meet military specifications for ballistic protection (MIL-PRF-31013 clause and provide flawless optics. Revision’s Photochromic Hellfly Ballistic Sunglasses retail for $149.99 and offer weightless comfort, superior ballistics and wrap-around protection for everyday on and off-duty use. ABOUT REVISION Revision Eyewear develops purpose-built eyewear for military, law enforcement and tactical clients worldwide. Revision products deliver the highest standards of protection, optical clarity, durability, compatibility and comfort. Major clients include all services within the U.S. Military, the Canadian Department of National Defence, the Belgian Ministry of Defence, the Swiss Department of Defence, and the Netherlands Armed Forces. Privately owned and ISO 9001:2008 certified, Revision’s operational facility is located in Essex Junction, Vermont, USA, with additional offices in the U.K., Germany and Canada. For more information, visit www.revisioneyewear.com, write info@revisioneyewear.com, or call +1 603.436.1748.
  3. Over a million LASIK procedures are performed each year in the United States to restore people's vision and reduce or eliminate their need for eyeglasses. For most people, the procedure is safe and effective. But in some cases, LASIK can cause vision problems that can't be corrected with regular eyeglasses or soft contact lenses. VISION PROBLEMS AFTER LASIK Estimates of vision loss after LASIK surgery vary, but according to the Eye Surgery Education Council (ESEC), approximately 0.8% to 3.0% of LASIK patients may see less clearly after LASIK – even with the aid of eyeglasses – compared to how well they could see with glasses prior to surgery. In many cases, vision problems after LASIK can be corrected with a follow-up laser procedure. But sometimes a second surgery isn't possible, leaving the person with sub-standard vision after LASIK, even when wearing eyeglasses. These vision problems can include blurred vision, ghost images, halos around lights, and loss of contrast. CONTACT LENSES AFTER LASIK Vision problems after LASIK can often be reduced or eliminated with rigid gas permeable (RGP or GP) contact lenses. But GP lenses can be less comfortable than soft contact lenses, and are difficult to wear on a part-time basis. Soft contact lenses may be more comfortable, but they usually won't provide the same clarity of vision after LASIK that GP lenses can provide. A NEW SOLUTION: SynergEyes® PS Contact Lenses To solve the clarity vs. comfort dilemma, SynergEyes, Inc. (Carlsbad, CA) recently launched a "hybrid" contact lens designed for people who need further vision correction after LASIK and other refractive surgery. SynergEyes PS ("post-surgical") lenses combine two materials – a rigid gas permeable center and a soft lens outer skirt. The hybrid design provides the crisp, clear vision of a GP lens and wearing comfort that rivals that of a soft contact lens. Because vision correction surgery permanently alters the shape of the eye, the SynergEyes PS lens is specifically designed to provide optimum vision correction on surgically-altered corneas, according to the company. *** Visit www.LasikSurgeryNews.com for the rest of this story. ***
  4. Norwalk, CT (February 28, 2008) – BizBash, the leading trade magazine for the event industry, named International Vision Expo East as one of the top 100 Annual Events in New York in its latest issue. International Vision Expo East, co-owned by Reed Exhibitions and the Vision Council of America, came in eighth in the Trade Show and Conventions category. International Vision Expo East was chosen out of the over 130,000 events held annually in New York by consensus opinions from experts, as well as the BizBash editorial team. The events featured in the magazine are described as the “trade shows, conferences, dinner and award shows that make New York happen.” “We are thrilled to be selected as one of the top 100 events in New York City,” said Tom Loughran, event director at Reed Exhibitions. “Everything from our outstanding continuing education program to our exciting show floor makes the show a success and it’s great to be recognized.” In its listing, BizBash notes that International Vision Expo brings thousands of eyecare professionals to New York City each year and occupies almost 250,000 square feet of exhibit space. “International Vision Expo continues to make significant investments in the event to ensure that both attendees and exhibitors have an unparalleled show experience. We are committed to maintaining that level of excellence and have some exciting new technology previewing at this years show,” noted Deborah Malakoff, vice president of trade shows at the Vision Council of America. International Vision Expo East will be held April 10-13 this year at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. To learn more about the show or to register, visit www.visionexpoeast.com.
  5. "20/20" AFTER LASIK MAY NOT MEAN PERFECT VISION Most people who have LASIK are very pleased with their new vision without glasses. But in some cases, a person may feel their eyesight isn’t as distinct after surgery as it was with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Even if they can see letters on the “20/20” line on the eye chart, their vision might not be as “sharp” as they remember. In many cases, a second LASIK procedure (called an enhancement) can be performed to improve visual clarity and satisfaction. But enhancement surgeries tend to have a higher risk of complications than first-time LASIK procedures, and sometimes an enhancement is not recommended, such as when the patient’s cornea is too thin for additional surgery. THE PROBLEM: HIGHER ORDER ABERRATIONS When a person is dissatisfied with their vision after LASIK, it is usually due in part to subtle optical imperfections called higher-order aberrations, or HOAs. These imperfections can cause or contribute to blur, glare, loss of contrast, and night vision problems (including starbursts and halos around street lights and vehicle headlights). Research suggests that prior to vision correction surgery, up to 20 percent of a person’s vision problem can be due to HOAs. After LASIK surgery, this percentage can be much higher. And nearly all of us — whether we’ve had vision correction surgery or not — have some degree of higher-order aberrations. At least one study suggests that 96 percent of nearsighted individuals have significant levels of HOAs. Unfortunately, unlike refractive errors (nearsightedness and farsightedness, with or without astigmatism) higher-order aberrations cannot be addressed with conventional eyeglasses. People who feel the need for corrective lenses for night driving after LASIK often find regular eyeglasses provide little or no help in sharpening their eyesight. THE TECHNOLOGY: WAVEFRONT ANALYSIS Until recently, the prescription for eyeglasses, contact lenses and refractive surgery such as LASIK, was determined by a traditional refraction. This process, performed by a machine (automated refractor) or done manually by your eye doctor (by dialing different lenses in front of your eyes and asking, “Which lens is better — lens 1 or lens 2?”) is not able to identify the HOAs that affect vision. To address this shortcoming of traditional vision correction, optical technology called wavefront analysis was adapted for measuring eyes prior to LASIK surgery. In wavefront analysis, a special automated instrument called an aberrometer is used to detect and measure higher order aberrations as well as traditional refractive errors. Wavefront analysis provides a very precise mapping of the surface of your eye that details both the traditional refractive error and HOAs. These highly-detailed measurements are then used to program the excimer laser in wavefront-guided LASIK to provide better outcomes than standard LASIK. But as precise as wavefront-guide LASIK is, every person’s cornea responds to laser energy uniquely and heals differently. And the laser treatment itself induces some HOAs while it corrects others. So in many cases, significant HOAs remain after LASIK surgery — even after the more precise, wavefront-guided procedure. THE SOLUTION: iZon HIGH RESOLUTION LENSES Ophthonix, Inc. (Vista, CA) saw an opportunity to use the advances of wavefront technology to create a new generation of eyeglass lenses capable of addressing HOAs as well as refractive errors. The wavefront-guided lenses created with this technology — called iZon® High Resolution Lenses — are capable of producing sharper vision than conventional eyeglass lenses. According to the company, iZon Lens provides wearers with the benefit of “High-Definition Vision.” Though iZon Lenses are available for anyone who needs corrective lenses, they are especially good “problem-solver” lenses for individuals who’ve had LASIK or other vision correction surgery and still have issues with their eyesight. * * * READ THE REST OF THIS STORY AT www.LasikSurgeryNews.com * * *
  6. PINELLAS PARK, Fla., Dec. 4, 2007 – Transitions Optical, Inc. announced today that Brett Craig will assume the responsibility of President, effective January 1, 2008. In this role, Craig, who is currently acting as Chief Operating Officer, will drive Transitions’ business strategies, including strengthening partnerships with Transitions’ customers, to meet ongoing growth objectives. “Obviously the role of president is one of great responsibility and great opportunity,” said Rick Elias, current President, Transitions, who will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer. “Throughout the past months as acting COO, Brett has built solid relationships with employees and partners alike, making his move to this role a natural one. As CEO, I will focus my efforts on aligning with key customers globally toward mutual, strategic growth.” Craig was named Chief Operating Officer in June 2006. He joined Transitions in July 1999 as Managing Director, Asia Pacific, and then moved to Managing Director, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), where he played a key role in positioning the EMEA businesses for continued growth. He holds a bachelor of science in economics from the University of Wisconsin and a master of business administration from the Cox School of Business – Southern Methodist University. “I look forward to the challenges that will come with my new role as President of Transitions, as well as the opportunities and successes that lie ahead for our company and our partners,” said Craig. “I intend to support the products and programs that we have in place, while exploring new areas of innovation that will expand the application of our technology and the advancement of healthy sight.” About Transitions Transitions Optical, headquartered in Pinellas Park, was the first to successfully commercialize a plastic photochromic lens in 1990. As the leading provider of photochromics to optical manufacturers, Transitions Optical offers the most advanced photochromic technology in the widest selection of lens designs and materials. Transitions Optical’s core product line, Transitions® lenses, are the #1- recommended photochromic lenses worldwide. As higher-performing everyday lenses, Transitions lenses change from clear indoors to sunglass dark outdoors in proportion to the intensity of UV light. Transitions Optical also offers several special-purpose lenses that change from a tinted state indoors to a darker state outdoors when activated by UV light. These lenses are marketed as Activated by Transitions™. Transitions Optical has manufacturing operations in Pinellas Park; Tuam, Ireland; Laguna, Philippines; Sumare, Brazil and Chonburi, Thailand. Sales offices are located in Cambridge, Canada and nine other countries. For more information about the company and Transitions lenses, the first to earn the American Optometric Association’s Seal of Acceptance for Ultraviolet Absorbers/Blockers, visit Transitions.com or contact Transitions Optical Customer Service at (800) 848-1506 (United States) or (877) 254-2590 (Canada). CONTACT: Susan English or Courtney Myers Euro RSCG Worldwide PR (412) 456-4300 or Mary O’Hara Transitions Optical, Inc. (727) 545-0400 ext. 7431
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    U/V Protection

    U/V PROTECTION You are probably aware of the danger posed by UV radiation to your skin, but may not realize that exposure to UV radiation can harm your eyes and affect your vision as well. The Full Story: The principal danger posed by the sun is in the form of ultraviolet radiation, or for short, UV radiation. UV radiation is a component of solar energy, but it can also be given off by artificial sources like welding machines, tanning beds and lasers. You are probably aware of the danger posed by UV radiation to your skin, but may not realize that exposure to UV radiation can harm your eyes and affect your vision as well. There are three types of UV radiation. One type, called UV-C, is absorbed by the ozone layer and does not present any threat. That's not true of the other two types, UV-A and UV-B. More and more scientific evidence is showing that exposure to both UV-A and UV-B can have adverse long- and short-term effects on your eyes and vision. If you are exposed, unprotected, to excessive amounts of UV radiation over a short period of time, you are likely to experience an effect called photokeratitis. Like a "sunburn of the eye" it may be painful and you may have symptoms including red eyes, a foreign body sensation or gritty feeling in the eyes, extreme sensitivity to light and excessive tearing. Fortunately, this is usually temporary and rarely causes permanent damage to the eyes. Long-term exposure to UV radiation can be more serious. A number of scientific studies and research growing out of the U.S. space program have shown that exposure to small amounts of UV radiation over a period of many years may increase your chance of developing a cataract, and may cause damage to the retina, the nerve-rich lining of your eye that is used for seeing. The damage to the retina is usually not reversible. The effects of UV radiation are cumulative. This means the longer your eyes are exposed to UV radiation, the greater the risk of developing such conditions as cataracts or macular degeneration in later life. Researchers have not yet specifically determined how much exposure to UV radiation will cause how much damage, but a good recommendation is to wear quality sunglasses that offer good protection and a hat or cap with a wide brim whenever you are working outdoors, participating in outdoor sports, taking a walk, running errands or doing anything in the sun. To provide protection for your eyes, your sunglasses should: -block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation; -screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light; -be perfectly matched in color and free of distortion and imperfection; and -have lenses that are gray, green or brown. Polycarbonate lenses are a must for your sunglasses if you participate in potentially eye hazardous work or sports. These lenses provide the most impact resistance. If you spend a lot of time outdoors in bright sunlight, wrap-around frames can provide additional protection from the harmful UV radiation. Don't forget protection for children and teenagers. They typically spend more time in the sun than adults. Be sure to see your doctor of optometry regularly for a thorough eye examination. It is a good way to monitor your eye health, maintain good vision, and keep track of your UV radiation protection needs as well as new advances in that protection.
  8. SALT LAKE CITY – Specialty Lens Corporation (SLC), a subsidiary of Essilor of America, announces the latest addition to the iRx Polaroid line, iRx RPM. This revolutionary new lens design allows drivers a total view of the dashboard and the road day or night. iRx RPM is a variable focus lens designed specifically for drivers. iRx RPM features a wide far zone and a generous intermediate zone, maximizing visual perception and performance while driving. iRx RPM offers 13 polarized color options to reduce glare and improve comfort on the road. iRx RPM also offers a unique lens color containing a Melanin lens additive which reduces glare and increases acuity for night driving. iRx RPM lenses are available in one base curve and two adds covering an Rx range of –2.00 to +2.00 and an add range of +1.00D to +3.50D. For more information about iRx RPM lenses contact SLC at (888) iRX-LENS. Specialty Lens Corporation is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is one of the leading manufacturers of polarized lenses providing the optical industry with the most comprehensive polarized lens offerings in the U.S. Its innovative lens technology and comprehensive product portfolio have propelled SLC into the forefront of the optical lens arena. More information about the SLC lens portfolio can be found at www.specialtylens.com. iRx RPM is a trademark of Specialty Lens Corporation. Polaroid Eyewear is a subsidiary of Polaroid Corporation and an established world leader in optics and lens technology. Polaroid was the inventor of the first polarizing sunglass lens. “Polaroid®” is a registered trademark of Polaroid Corporation, Waltham, MA 02451. Publish Date: 01/19/2006
  9. San Clemente, CA. January 26TH 2006 – C&E Vision has released its free web based financial simulation model, providing the Independent Eyecare Professional (IEP) with the ability to quickly and simply benchmark significant aspects of their revenue and operating costs of their practice. The Independent Eyecare Professional Benchmark Analysis model also provides the IEP the opportunity to test the potential impact on bottom line profit effects of many “what if” decisions the IEP might make regarding their service and product mix. Simply stated, it is a way for the IEP to analyze and compare the financial performance of his or her practice with a “typical” practice of similar size and revenue characteristics. Steve Wagner, a Principal of the C&E Vision Services Buying Group, states: “although all practices are different and the model results are estimates, the analysis will provide the IEP with an interesting and beneficial understanding of what changes will most affect his or her bottom line. We believe a simple one-time session will provide the IEP with informative insights. There are two web versions of the IEP Benchmark analysis. The guest version (www.cevision.com/iep/) has limited input options, while the C&E Vision Services RewardsPlus member edition provides a comprehensive input matrix for numerous variables, including the relative percentage of the IEP professional services, the pricing of these services and related direct costs. For example, within the model’s revenue input matrix, a C&E member can test changes in exam fees and create a simulated practice that focuses more on contact lens exams and high end frames. The combination of input variables creates a limitless view of practice characteristics and possibilities. Steve Wagner states, “With the C&E advanced members edition, professionals can create a view of what their dream practice might look like. It’s possible that fewer patients sometimes results in more profit, it all depends upon the nature of the practice.” “It’s amazing how just two input variables can turn out a realistic profit and loss statement”, comments Dennis Leung, OD of Los Angeles County California. He goes on to state “it’s so simple to play with the program to get a feel of the economics of my practice. I wish I had this model 20 years ago.” Steve Wagner said, “I developed the model as a thank you to C&E’s loyal buying group members and it is my hope that it might assist all independent practicing professionals.” Prior to becoming a principal of C&E Vision, Mr. Wagner was a CPA and financial advisory services consulting partner with a large international accounting firm. # # Background: C & E Vision located in San Clemente California, is one of the oldest and largest buying groups in the United States with over 5,000 members. C&E was established in 1982, at a time when the proliferation of large retail optical chains began to change the competitive landscape, as a resource for independent eye care practitioners to pool and enhance their purchasing power with major optical suppliers throughout the nation. C&E offers its members the maximum discounts from over 170 of the eyecare industry’s leading product and service vendors. C & E Vision offers its members the ease of on-line consolidated statement billing for all of their optical products and services purchases. C&E provides eyecare industry societies and associations with affinity programs to financially support both the organization and their member’s annual dues. C&E is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and education through its continuing education programs and sponsorships. Nearly 1,400 professionals attend C&E’s Ocular Symposiums each year. Publish Date: 01/26/2006
  10. ROCHESTER, N.Y. and SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. − Bausch & Lomb (NYSE:BOL) and PTC Therapeutics, Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company, today announced an exclusive option agreement for Bausch & Lomb to license selected PTC compounds as development candidates for therapeutic use in ophthalmology. PTC’s anti-angiogenesis program was developed through PTC’s proprietary GEMS technology – Gene Expression Modulation by Small Molecules. “Our research collaboration with PTC Therapeutics provides Bausch & Lomb with access to a broad range of compounds from PTC’s anti-angiogenesis program that are potential candidates for development,” said Praveen Tyle, Ph.D., Bausch & Lomb Chief Scientific Officer and senior vice president − Global Research & Development. “PTC has identified a number of promising small-molecule compounds that show anti-angiogenic activity, that is, compounds that demonstrate high potency for blocking the abnormal growth of blood vessels. The goal of our collaboration is to apply our research expertise to develop these compounds as unique therapies for diseases of ocular neovascularization including macular degeneration.” “Our collaboration with Bausch & Lomb is well-aligned with our strategy of efficiently expanding the use of our compounds with partners that have outstanding expertise in specific therapeutic areas,” stated Stuart Peltz, Ph.D., president and CEO of PTC Therapeutics. “We are delighted to be collaborating with Bausch & Lomb and look forward to the opportunity to identify new therapies to treat ophthalmologic diseases.” Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.
  11. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. PRNewswire/ -- VISTAKON®, a division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., today announced that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has granted an additional indication for ACUVUE® OASYS™ Brand Contact Lenses with HYDRACLEAR™ PLUS, approving the daily-wear contact lens for up to 6 consecutive nights/7 days of extended wear. ACUVUE OASYS is a breakthrough for contact lens wearers when their eyes feel tired and dry in challenging environments, such as long hours of computer use, frequent ground or air travel, or everyday exposure to heated or air conditioned surroundings. It is the first daily-wear contact lens made from senofilcon A, a new silicone hydrogel material that is 50 percent smoother than currently available silicone hydrogel lenses. In addition to its smooth feel, the new lens also features an improved formulation of the unique HYDRACLEAR™ technology that combines high performance base materials with a moisture-rich wetting agent. ACUVUE OASYS block greater than 96 percent of UVA rays and 99 percent of UVB rays, meeting the highest UV-blocking standards for contact lenses. # * "Contact lens wearers can now occasionally nap or sleep in ACUVUE OASYS and still get the same excellent health and comfort benefits they receive when it's worn as a daily lens," said Pat Cummings, OD, vice president of Professional Affairs, VISTAKON. "We strongly advise all contact lens wearers to follow their doctor's instructions for lens wearing schedule, replacement frequency, and care regimen, and to discuss the benefits and risks of extended wear lenses with their eye care professional before changing their wearing schedule." Problems with discomfort due to dryness affect approximately 67 percent of the more than 36 million contact lens wearers in the United States, with about four in ten (42 percent) wearers reporting that they use rewetting drops at least once a day to keep their eyes from feeling dry. And, while 3 million people a year become new contact lens wearers, studies suggest that during the same period approximately 2.7 million people stop wearing contact lenses, with one in four (24 percent) citing dry, challenging environments or wearing conditions as reasons for discontinuing contact lens wear. In a clinical study with more than 190 contact lens wearers, patients wearing ACUVUE OASYS reported consistently clear, crisp vision and noted that their eyes remained fresh and moist, even in challenging environments. Three in four (75 percent) study participants also noted that they did not need rewetting drops while wearing ACUVUE OASYS. ACUVUE OASYS with HYDRACLEAR PLUS is the third entry in the ULTRA COMFORT SERIES™ family of products, following the introduction of ACUVUE® ADVANCE™ Brand Contact Lenses with HYDRACLEAR™ and ACUVUE® ADVANCE™ Brand Contact Lenses for ASTIGMATISM. The ULTRA COMFORT SERIES offers exceptional comfort to wearers of all ages by providing all-day moisture, smooth fit, a soft and flexible feel, and maximum ultraviolet protection. ACUVUE OASYS with HYDRACLEAR PLUS is available in the offices of eye care professionals throughout the United States. ACUVUE OASYS Brand Contact Lenses with HYDRACLEAR PLUS are indicated for daily-wear vision correction and may also be worn for up to 6 consecutive nights/7 days of extended wear as recommended by their eye care professional. Contact lenses should not be worn for longer periods than recommended by an eye care professional. As with all contact lenses, eye problems, including corneal ulcers, can develop. Some wearers may also experience mild irritation, itching or discomfort. Lenses should not be worn if the wearer has an eye infection or experiences eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems. For more complete information patients should talk to their eye care professional, or call 1-800-843-2020 or visit http://www.acuvue.com . Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc. The VISTAKON division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. specializes in disposable contact lenses which it markets under such brand names as ACUVUE®, ACUVUE® ADVANCE™ with HYDRACLEAR™, ACUVUE® ADVANCE™ for ASTIGMATISM, ACUVUE® OASYS™ with HYDRACLEAR™ PLUS, ACUVUE® and ACUVUE® 2; 1-DAY ACUVUE®; ACUVUE® BIFOCAL; ACUVUE® TORIC, and ACUVUE® 2 COLOURS™. ACUVUE®, ACUVUE® ADVANCE™, HYDRACLEAR™, ACUVUE® OASYS™, ACUVUE® 2 COLOURS™, ULTRA COMFORT SERIES™ and VISTAKON® are trademarks of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. # Helps protect against transmission of harmful UV radiation to the cornea and into the eye. * WARNING: UV-absorbing contact lenses are NOT substitutes for protective UV-absorbing eyewear such as UV-absorbing goggles or sunglasses because they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area. You should continue to use UV-absorbing eyewear as directed. NOTE: Long term exposure to UV radiation is one of the risk factors associated with cataracts. Exposure is based on a number of factors such as environmental conditions (altitude, geography, cloud cover) and personal factors (extent and nature of outdoor activities). UV- Blocking contact lenses help provide protection against harmful UV radiation. However, clinical studies have not been done to demonstrate that wearing UV- Blocking contact lenses reduces the risk of developing cataracts or other eye disorders. Consult your eye care practitioner for more information. Publish Date: 12/23/2005
  12. SACRAMENTO, Calif.-- Summer is officially here and families are heading out to take advantage of rising temperatures. While most Moms and Dads slather their kids with SPF30 before hitting the water, few stop to think about protecting the area that's often most damaged by UV rays -- a child's eyes. According to a survey released today by VSP (Vision Service Plan), parents are almost three times more likely to have their child use sunscreen than wear sunglasses when playing outside on a sunny day, leaving kids at high risk for vision-damage. According to VSP's survey, only 4 percent of parents always make sure to hand their child sunglasses at the beach or before they go outdoors -- which is especially troubling, because according to the American Optometric Association, prolonged sun exposure can lead to macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in the U.S.). UV rays can also lead to the early development of cataracts. Since children's eyes are most susceptible to sun damage, parents should protect their kids' vision, as well as their skin, when taking part in sunshine-filled activities. "This time of year provides for hours of fun, but we must also be cautious during these long days in the sunshine," said VSP Board Chair Dr. Bruce Mebine, O.D. "I applaud parents who are consistent about using sunscreen, but unfortunately, that's simply not enough to keep a child safe. While anyone who spends time in the sun is at risk for damage, those who spend extensive hours outdoors, especially around bodies of water, have an increased risk of damaging their eyes through UV exposure. This obviously applies to children at play as well as adults." Parents can lead by example when it comes to protective eyewear. VSP's survey reports that two out of three adults wear sunglasses on a sunny day. Moms and Dads can begin their child's vision regimen early by passing along these same positive eyecare habits and making sure that the whole family sees a vision professional to prevent future problems. "Protecting your child's eyesight this summer is as essential as it is easy," said Mebine. "When you're tossing the towel, swim trunks and sunscreen into the beach bag, remember to pack the sunglasses, and you're ready for a day at the pool." About VSP VSP provides eyecare benefit plans that range from comprehensive eye examinations and materials to complete medical and surgical eyecare. With over 40 million members, one in eight people in the United States relies on VSP for eyecare health coverage. VSP's Sight for Students program has helped more than 250,000 low-income/uninsured children receive free eyecare services since its inception in 1997. VSP, a company with over $2 billion in annual gross revenue, has been recognized by Fortune Magazine for the sixth consecutive year as one of best places to work in America. For more information, visit www.vsp.com.
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  14. Ray-Ban, the world’s best-known eyewear brand and global leader in the sector, will be presenting the new sun collection for Spring/Summer 2006 at SILMO, the Salon International de l’Optique et de la Lunetterie, to be held in Paris from 21 to 24 October 2005. All models in the Ray-Ban collection are the product of meticulous, original styling that translates the best of the latest trends into an ever-contemporary look for millions of Ray-Ban wearers around the world. The sun collection for Spring/Summer 2006 stands out in particular for its fashion-inspired models, like the new mask fronts for the AVIATOR family (RB 3267, RB 4077, RB 3291 and RB 3268), as well as for the original colour options that exploit the lustre of metal (gold, polished and satin-finish steel, copper and lead). There are 24 new models in the Ray-Ban sun collection for Spring/Summer 2006, twelve in plastic, six in metal and six combinations. All models are identified by the Ray-Ban signature engraved or silkscreen-printed on the arms and stamped on the lenses. RB 3267 (metal) This classic sun model has been given a makeover in a more modern style. Square shapes and a wrap-around design meld perfectly into ice-cool, assertive eyewear. RB 3267 ensures maximum eye protection in a model with broad lenses and super-slim arms bearing an elegantly engraved Ray-Ban logo. The frame is available in six colours that include both classics and new tone-on-tone options. The attractive, wide-ranging palette includes classics like 001/71 (green lenses and gold frame) as well as innovative options such as 004/13, which combines graded purple-tinted lenses with steel-coloured arms and contrast black tips. RB 4077 (injection-moulded plastic) The distinguishing feature of RB 4077 is its sophisticated, innovative design, which features an Aviator-style mask front made entirely in injected-moulded plastic. Soft lines and oversize shapes come together in a model that will impress discriminating eyewear users with its retro look. The broad front is set off by slim, linear arms decorated with a metal logo near the hinge. There are six colour options in the palette with classic black (601-S/71) alongside new graded tints, such as 642/71 in tobacco. RB 3291 (metal) The distinctive Aviator styling of the metal profile underlines the personality of this model. Assertive, modern design and broad, wrap-around styling produce a unisex model that adapts perfectly to the requirements of everyday wear. Flat, lightweight arms ensure maximum comfort. The logo is printed on the arms and inside the nose pads. RB 3291 is available in five colours, including the elegantly distinctive 004/71 with its steel frame and very dark lenses. RB 3268 (metal) Sophisticated design is the key feature of this metal mask front and its assertive, face-hugging styling. The all-metal heel flows smoothly into the new-look arms, which are also in metal and feature an engraved Ray-Ban logo and extra-long, soft plastic tips. RB 3268 is perfect for both male and female wearers and comes in six different colour options, with classic metal shades to the fore. Option 041/13 combines a polished steel frame with graded pink-tinted lenses to produce a supremely sophisticated model. RB 4073 (acetate) This acetate model stands out for its distinctive retro styling and broad, square-look styling. The self-assured design will appeal to even the most discriminating eyewear users attuned to the latest fashion trends. The chunky, regular arms feature a metal insert bearing the Ray-Ban logo. Intense, dark shades stand out among the seven colour options. RB 4073 is also available with polarised lenses that ensure complete protection and maximum visibility even in the most extreme light conditions. Publish Date: 12/07/2005
  15. The moment he pulled the trigger on his nail gun, Matt knew something was wrong. An experienced carpenter, he recoiled as the nail “pinged” his safety glasses. Now, sensing blood trickling down his forehead, he replayed what just happened: Power nailing a trim board in place, the nail must have hit a knot and kicked back, ricocheting from his safety glasses to the wall, and bouncing again, hitting him in the forehead. Removing his glasses, he saw the dent in the right lens, dead center. Matt knew one thing for sure: Without his eye protection, he would have been headed to the emergency room, instead of looking for a band-aid. The numbers are startling: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as many as 2,000 workers suffer on-the-job eye injuries every day, with as many as 100,000 eye injuries serious enough to require treatment in U.S. hospital emergency rooms every year. “It’s especially tragic because in most cases, it’s preventable”, said Eric Deniger, president of The Working Person’s Store, (http://WorkingPerson.com) the Lakeville, Ind. work-wear specialty retailer. “That’s why we’ve decided to do something about it.” The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission states that power tools are involved in about 10,000 eye injuries per year. “Working with Radians we want to help prevent these kinds of injuries.” Deniger continued. “Now through the end of the year, we’re giving every trades union member a free pair of DeWALT branded safety glasses. All they have to do is stop in our store and ask.” Leo Hill, a spokesperson for Radians, a leading supplier of safety eyewear, said, “Thousands of serious eye injuries are preventable; that’s why Radians, through partnerships like the one we have with DeWALT is focused on reducing this number by delivering innovative eyewear at affordable prices.” “Matt’s near tragedy with the nail gun happened right here, installing our baseboards. We know first hand the importance of eye protection, especially for people working with power tools”, said Lenore Tracey, co-owner of Glance Optique, Ltd. a South Bend, Indiana custom eyewear boutique. “When we heard about the program, we wanted to get involved. We’ve gone to our suppliers and negotiated significant discounts on frames and lenses for those who need prescription safety eyewear.” Trades union members can call or visit Glance Optique in South Bend for details on how they can take advantage of the discount program. Prevent Blindness America, the nation’s oldest eye health and safety organization, also endorses the program since preventing workplace injuries is an extremely important issue for the group. The non-profit organization provides free information online at www.preventblindness.org or through its toll-free number at 1-800-331-2020 on how to protect the eyes at the workplace and offers the Wise Owl Program for employers. The public awareness campaign with free or discounted safety eyewear is jointly sponsored by the Working Person’s Store, Radians and Glance Optique. The program runs now through December 31, 2005. About the Working Person’s Store Since 1995, The Working Person’s Store has been dedicated to serving working people with a broad selection of footwear and work apparel at its flagship store in Lakeville, Indiana, its Industrial Shoe Mobile division and its award winning website at http://www.WorkingPerson.com. About Prevent Blindness America Since 1908, Prevent Blindness America has been the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization with the sole mission of preventing blindness and preserving sight. Details on a wide range of programs are available at http://www.PreventBlindness.org. About Radians Radians delivers a comprehensive line of quality protective gear including eyewear, hearing protection, head gear and accessories. All Radians glasses are produced in ISO Certified facilities. They meet or exceed ANSI Z87.1 + standards. For details visit http://www.Radians.com. About Glance Optique Located in South Bend, Indiana Glance Optique, Ltd. is the setting where functionality and fashion come together in perfect harmony. Glance Optique utilizes cutting edge technologies in crafting distinctive eyewear, made to the most exacting standards. Eric Deniger, President The Working Person's Store 305 South Michigan Street Lakeville, IN 46536 Ph: 574-784-3240 http://Workingperson.com eric@workingperson.com Leo Hill Radians 7580 Bartlett Corp Drive Bartlett, TN 38133 Ph: 901-388-7776 http://www.Radians.com lhill@radians.com Sarah Hecker Prevent Blindness America 211 West Wacker Drive – Suite 1700 Chicago, IL 60606 312-363-6035 http://www.PreventBlindness.org info@preventblindness.org Lenore Tracey Glance Optique, Ltd. 1639 N. Ironwood Dr. South Bend, IN 46635 574-271-1000 glanceeyewear@aol.com Publish Date: 11/29/2005