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Kids' vision screening plans provoke outrage

The organisers of National Eye Week, which ends this weekend (28 Sept), have condemned as 'appalling' new government proposals to check children's eyesight just once during their school career.

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Asthmatics at risk of cataract

Asthmatics using steroid-based inhalers are at greater risk of developing cataracts, according to a study by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

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B&L wins victory for PureVision in Europe

Bausch & Lomb has won the latest round in its worldwide legal battle with Ciba Vision's parent company Novartis for the right to sell silicone hydrogel contact lenses.

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VAO spreads the message

A 22-strong team of runners sported silly specs and Vision Aid Overseas T-shirts on Sunday September 14 to raise money for the charity. All took part in the Flora Light Women's challenge, a 5km run staged simultaneously in Birmingham and London. The team,

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De Rigo set to bounce back

Italian eyewear manufacturer De Rigo, famous for making Police sunglasses, saw its turnover fall fractionally in the first six months of 2003.

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Software fund invests in Relcon's potential

Relcon Software, the practice management system provider to the likes of Black & Lizars and Conlons Opticians, has been acquired by software investment fund Continuum Systems.

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College enters debate about kids' screening

The College of Optometrists has entered the children's screening debate with an attack on a new edition of a hitherto respected publication devoted to protecting children's health, claiming that it suggests relaxing regular vision screening in schools.<b

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CooperVision grows by 27%

Announcing its second quarter results the Cooper Companies reported that CooperVision's worldwide contact lens business had grown by 27 per cent.

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Pentax in the pink

Pentax Vision Europe's tints are now available on its Super Atoric, Impact and Keep Clear lens ranges.

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Buckley is new BCLApresident

Ophthalmologist Roger Buckley is the new president of the British Contact Lens Association. He received his chain of office from outgoing president Graeme Young at the Association's Clinical Conference and Exhibition in Brighton last weekend.

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Toric launch

Contact lens company mark'ennovy Personalised Care has launched the first toric contact lens in the market specifically designed for PC users.

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Winn on fast track to Hull

Professor Barry Winn, who has been instrumental in establishing Bradford University's new fast-track' optometry course, is to leave the department to join Hull University.