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A new health study is to be launched in a bid to help millions who suffer from ‘dry eye’.

One in four of us will suffer from the debilitating condition with symptoms ranging from sore eyes through to short-term blurred vision.

Now experts based in Birmingham and Nottingham are looking for people to take part in the study, wearing a special contact lens for under 2 weeks, which could lead to longer term relief.

Sensitive cilia – eyelashes in health and disease

By Rachna Murthy and Jonathan Roos

This article was originally published in Eye News ( and The PMFA Journal ( in October 2020 and has been reproduced with the permission of the publisher.
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In health our eyelashes protect the eyes, but in disease they can disfigure, impair quality of life and threaten vision. In this review the authors discuss aspects of lashes that are relevant to all professionals working near the eyes and how to keep you and your patients safe. Read the full article and post your thoughts/comments/questions in The Forum!

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Lutein is a non-provitamin A dietary carotenoid found in dark green leafy vegetables, corn, eggs, and avocados. Among the carotenoids, lutein and its isomer, zeaxanthin, are the only 2 that cross the blood–retina barrier to form macular pigment in the retina. Lutein also preferentially accumulates in the human brain across multiple life stages. A variety of scientific evidence supports a role for lutein in visual as well as cognitive function across the lifespan. The purpose of this review is to summarize the latest science on lutein’s role in the eye and the brain across different ages. Curr Dev Nutr 2019;3:nzz066. Read the full article and post your thoughts/comments/questions in The Forum!


Up to 38 per cent of the general population suffers from a degree of dry eye, according to the latest figures from the American Academy of Ophthalmology presented in Chicago in 2012. There is a dry eye epidemic in people aged between 15 and 25 years due to the extensive use of amartphones, video games, tablets, etc. More than 50 per cent of the presbyopic population is affected. This means that, overall, more than 50 per cent of opticans’ customers would greatly benefit from an effective treatment to alleviate their symptoms and improve their quality of life. Read the full article and post your thoughts/comments/questions in The Forum!

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A Sales Director, Business Development Manager with experience covering sales, marketing and sales management most recently within the medical technology (radiology) market but also medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, financial services, research biometrics and direct marketing. Development of website content and structure, and creation of marketing plans for a technology with many uses. Experience of delivering success, direct sales, developing sales plans, customer facing and as a manager of sales teams across different industries and disciplines. A manager with a structured approach to developing individuals, and the team to achieve stretching goals with the ability to analyse situations and make effective decisions.

The optical market has changed significantly over the last 5 years, now with even stronger competition from large optical chains and the internet, this will continue to increasingly adversely affect your practice. The good news is it doesn’t have too – we can help.


New role sought - May Hall

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TAP certified trainer with long and in-depth optical experience, hardworking and conscientious individual with excellent management and organisational skills. Highly motivated and determined to succeed, with outstanding communication - training, presentation, verbal and written – and using my initiative individually and in team settings.

It has long been a conundrum facing a contact lens prescriber, when assessing a patient with low cylinder corrections, whether to select a best sphere or a toric lens initially. This small scale in practice clinical trial may offer an insight into the positive and negative outcomes of the selection process and therefore enable the ECP to make a more rational decision. It may also point to areas where progress can be made to enable a daily disposable toric soft contact lens to become the lens of first choice. Read the full clinical trials poster and post your thoughts/comments/questions in The Forum.

The recent crisis has brought into sharp focus (excuse the pun) the inadequacy of the current optical business model, i.e. No patients = No revenue. But that’s the same for the all bricks and mortar retail during lockdown, I hear you all cry. That is, of course, true for most retailers, and it’s certainly true for the optical businesses that are heavily focussed on spectacles to generate their revenue. Read the full article and post your thoughts/comments/questions in The Forum!