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Almost all contact lens wearers may be taking risks: US report

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Almost all of the 41 million estimated contact lens wearers in the United States may be engaging in at least one type of risky behavior that could increase their chances of eye infections, according to a new report released by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Vision Monday reports.
Additionally, nearly one-third of contact lens wearers who participated in a national survey in the US reported going to an eye-care practitioner for painful or red eyes related to contact lens use and 99 per cent of survey respondents reported engaging in one risky behavior.
Of those participants, 82.3 per cent reported keeping their contact lens cases for longer than recommended; 55.1 per cent reported “topping off” solution in the case – adding new solution to the existing solution; and 50.2 per cent reported wearing their lenses while sleeping. In previous studies, each of those behaviors has been known to increase the risk of eye infections by five times or more.  ...read more

Churchill Fellowship will be used to study inherited retinal diseases

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


A recently-awarded Churchill Fellowship will be used to explore how young Australians with inherited retinal diseases (IRDs) could receive cutting-edge gene-based and cell therapy treatments.
The fellowship has been awarded to the managing director of the Lions Eye Institute in Western Australia, Professor David Mackey.
Professor Mackey, one of the world’s leading genetic ophthalmologists, said while each of the IRDs are relatively rare, collectively they are a serious burden, particularly in working-age adults. ...read more

Seeing the world through mEYE World Photographic Competition

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Macular Disease Foundation Australia is running a photographic competition for consumers and health-care professionals to increase awareness of macular disease, Australia’s leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss. Co-sponsored by Nikon Lenswear, the mEYE World Photographic Competition encourages entrants to submit a photograph that captures the importance of sight in their daily lives for the chance to win a share of the $13,000 prize pool.
The mEYE World Photographic Competition provides an opportunity for eye-care practitioners to help raise awareness of macular disease in their communities. Macular Disease Foundation Australia has undertaken an extensive campaign to promote the photographic competition and has supported eye-care practitioners in sharing the initiative with their patients. ...read more

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