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Don"t scrimp on children"s eye care, says Trust

The Eyecare Trust estimates that half of parents who have children under the age of eight have never taken them for a sight test.

It states even in the present economic climate parents should book their children in for an appointment with an optician - and reminds them eye tests for the... Read more


Free NHS eye tests highlighted

According to the Eyecare Trust - which has partnered with Boots to promote National Eye Week - many people do not realise they can get their sight tested without having to pay for it.

As good eye health is also linked to overall body health, they should take advantage of this, they... Read more


Melatonin could help eye complaint

A common eye disease that causes inflammation could be helped with melatonin therapy, scientists have suggested.

Current research led by Dr Ruth Rosenstein the University of Buenos Aires and the National Research Council looked into the prospect of melatonin therapy as a treatment for... Read more


Celebrity policeman has "bluest eyes"

The late film star Paul Newman was famous around the globe for his clear, steel-blue eyes and good looks.

Now, a former policeman, who has found small-screen fame by taking part in a reality endurance programme, has been hailed as having the bluest eyes in the world.

Brian Paddick,... Read more


"Everyone" should be aware of glaucoma risk

All people, including contact lens wearers, should be aware of the risk of glaucoma, it has been noted.

In an article for the online pages of the Times, Dr Thomas Stuttaford explains they also need an awareness of the tests required... Read more


MD patients "make compensations"

People losing their vision due to macular degeneration can make up for it by using another part of their retina, according to research.

Moreover, the brain reshuffles its neural connections so it can decode the information the eye is sending to it.

The Georgia Tech study revealed... Read more


Pluripotent cells "give hope" to those with vision loss

Pluripotent stem cells could be grown to give people back their eyesight, according to scientists from the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University.

This type of stem cell has the ability to become a mature one of any type and the researchers have demonstrated they can... Read more


Contact lens "can correct" astigmatism

People whose eyesight is affected by astigmatism have been advised their vision can be corrected with contact lenses.

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Vision Care - which makes the Acuvue brand of lenses - said it has developed a range... Read more


More people taking sight tests, says NHS

New figures from the General Ophthalmic Services show more people are getting their eyes tested on the NHS.

In excess of 11 million people had their vision examined on the NHS in the year 2007-8, which is an increase of 1.4 million people over five years.

The Activity Statistics... Read more


Bleach warning for contact lens users

The correct way to clean contact lenses has been highlighted by an incident in the US, after a man was arrested for soaking his wife"s lenses in bleach.

Craig Hasselbach has been accused of purposefully putting the harsh chemical... Read more

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