IAPB Launches new ‘Eye Health Leaders’ Award

22 July 2013

The ‘Eye Health Leaders’ awards 2013 will recognise and celebrate eye health professionals with the vision and potential to lead the eye health sector in the future. The awards will recognise tomorrow’s leaders who will be pivotal in our efforts to achieve universal eye health coverage. 4 out of 5 visually impaired people are avoidably so. Research shows that every

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Disabled benefits claimants test: Atos reports found ‘unacceptably poor’

22 July 2013

DWP to get additional providers to administer work capability assessments after review finds assessors’ reports wanting. The Department for Work and Pensions is to bring in additional providers alongside Atos Healthcare to administer the work capability assessment (WCA) for disabled benefits claimants, after a government review admitted that reports by Atos assessors were of unacceptably poor quality. The announcement by

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Pioneering adult stem cell trial approved by Japan

22 July 2013

The first trial of stem cells produced from a patient’s own body has been approved by the Japanese government. Stem cells can become any other part of the body – from nerve to bone to skin – and are touted as the future of medicine. Researchers in Japan will use the cells to attempt to treat a form of blindness

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Optician: Google Glass could have eye exam role

19 July 2013

Wearable computers have been shown to have practical applications for the role of an optometrist conducting an eye examination. Practitioners at Ferris State University in Michigan (MCO) have used the Google Glass augmented reality device during a sight test and embarked on a project to consider additional ways that the technology can be used in a testing room environment. The

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Royal British Legion extends eyecare scheme

19 July 2013

The Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) is extending its eyecare voucher offering to qualifying members of staff in its sign manufacturing and wood fabrication factories. The vouchers, provided by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, will also be offered, free of charge, to all ex-military personnel associated with the charity’s work in Aylesford, Kent. Geri Pediani, head of HR at RBLI, said: “It

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WHO highlights pharmaceutical issues for ageing conditions

18 July 2013

Pharmaceutical innovation must align with patient needs Joint news release WHO/Geneva & WHO/EURO For the first time, EU countries have more people over 65 years of age than under 15 years of age. Echoing the trend seen in Europe, much of the rest of the world, including low-and middle-income countries, is moving in a similar direction. A new WHO report

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Weekly Update for VISION 2020 UK subscribers 17/07/2013

17 July 2013

Welcome to the Weekly Update for VISION 2020 UK subscribers 17.07.2013 News RNIB: Regional variations in cataract surgery leave thousands at risk of sight loss For the full story please go to: http://tinyurl.com/my87mz2 Fight for Sight gives a £1.3 million research funding boost to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease For the full story please go to: http://tinyurl.com/p8zmzf6 The

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Deal boosts blind’s access to texts

17 July 2013

Global copyright agreement will increase availability of scientific texts in accessible formats. An international treaty approved on 27 June is a major victory for people with visual impairments. The 186 member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization came to a historic agreement to remove copyright obstacles that have hampered the global availability of textbooks and other published works in

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Optical Confederation: National driving and vision campaigns to encourage regular sight tests during August

16 July 2013

Next month two concurrent campaigns, one led by road safety charity Brake and another by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), will aim to raise public awareness about drivers’ legal responsibilities to ensure they are driving with good vision. The two organisations will provide a range of materials and information that optometrists and opticians will be able to use

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AbilityNet: The neglect of the visually impaired in local council web design

16 July 2013

Building in awareness is the only way to ensure web accessibility continues to go, writes Robin Christopherson of charity, AbilityNet, which promotes the inclusion of disabled people on the web. For most web developers it seems any consideration of accessibility is still a peripheral issue despite worthy initiatives like Global Accessibility Awareness Day (9th May), which this year celebrated its

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