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Acuvue Bifocal discontinued 2014

Johnson & Johnson - Acuvue BifocalThe contact lenses Acuvue Bifocal will be discontinued 2014 and no longer be manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. We will continue to sell the lenses during 2013, after which we recommend to see your optician to get new samples fitted, to ensure individual suitability. It is not possible to determine suitable samples without a physical consultation, but you may ask your optician for multifocal contact lens samples.

Opticians’ re-branded lenses and how to identify the originals

Have you heard of “Easyvision” before? This is a contact lens in disguise. Highstreet opticians sometimes relabel lenses, for their convenience but at your expense. To create an entirely new packaging does not come for free, so why pay for the overheads when you can actually buy the same lens cheaper in its original packaging online?

How to find your original contact lenses

  1. Find the material on your box or lens container (Omafilcon, Comfilcon, Nelfilcon for example).
  2. Insert the material name into our search field on top of this page and hit enter.
  3. If several lenses appear, verify which lens that is yours by checking BC (base curve) and DIA (diameter) comparing with your current lenses.
  4. You can also check our quick overview of the most common privately labelled lenses.

Why do opticians rebrand contact lenses?

Highstreet opticians such as Specsavers, Boots, Dollond & Aitchison and Vision express are commonly taking original contact lenses, putting them into their own packaging. This is confusing for you as a customer, but clever by the optician as their product appears unique despite the content being identical. They can then charge more, which does not benefit you as a customer. Vision Direct sells original branded lenses and can therefore offer lower prices.

What contact lenses are Pentatonix using?

We wonder what very blue contact lenses Pentatonix used in their remixed version of Daft Punk – Get lucky below.

Our best guess would be Blue artist or Pacific blue. Check our site for other blue lenses (or turquoise lenses) alternatively chat with us directly for contact lenses advice.

Improved Vision for the Blind Using Dead Men’s Eyes

Recent research reported in Stem Cells Translational Medicine shows that cells removed from dead men’s (or indeed women’s) eyes may hold the answer to the blind regaining at least partial sight.

When scientists at the University College London (UCL) removed specific eye cells from dead human donors and injected them into blind rats, the rats showed marked improvement in their vision.

Whilst this remarkable approach offers hope for blind people, the research team from the Institute of Ophthalmology at UCL don’t believe that it could restore complete vision, sufficient to read a book. But trials in humans are expected to start in the next three years to assess effectiveness.

The use of donated corneas is already common to improve eyesight in appropriate patients, but the UCL team focused their investigations on Muller glia cells which are found at the back of the human eye. These cells possess adult stem cell characteristics and can change into more specialised cells.

By careful coaxing in the laboratory, the Muller glia cells from the dead donors were transformed into rod cells, which are photo receptive cells found in the retina.

These were then injected into the eyes of totally blind rats. By scanning the rodents’ brains, it was found that the treatment resulted in 50% improvement in electrical signals between the brain and eyes.

Professor Astrid Limb from the UCL team believes that this procedure could make a real difference to blind people. Even if they couldn’t read or watch TV, they would be able to visualise objects in a room and even make a cup of tea, improving the quality of their life significantly.

The cells may also have uses in degenerative eye diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa or macular degeneration.

Muller glia cells are much easier to source compared to stem cells taken from human embryos, which are already in use in human trials, and without the associated ethical debate. In addition Muller glia cells take only a week to prepare as opposed to several months for the embryonic stem cells.

However the UCL researchers point out that Muller glia cells have antigens which could trigger the recipient’s body to reject the donated cells – rather like the rejection of a transplanted organ.

Now work needs to begin to prepare the cells to a clinical standard suitable for human trials.

Dr Paul Colville-Nash of the Medical Research Council believes that these results support further investigation into the use of Muller glia cells in treating eyesight disorders. Without knowing which approach will give positive results in humans, Colville-Nash emphasises that all avenues open to researchers should be progressed in the quest to cure loss of sight.

Fight for Sight – Fundraising Leads to World’s First Choroideremia Trial

Without funds raised by the Tommy Salisbury Choroideremia Fund through Fight for Sight, AOP’s chosen Charity of the Year and staunch collaborator with Visiondirect.co.uk, the world’s first gene-replacement clinical trial for Choroideremia would not have been possible.

Choroideremia is a rare inherited retinal condition which is caused by defects in the Choroideremia gene (CHM). It affects one in 50,000 people worldwide and can lead to progressive loss of vision. It mainly affects males including 13-year-old Tommy Salisbury from Welling, Kent, who was diagnosed with the condition aged five.

Following Tommy’s diagnosis his family established the Tommy Salisbury Choroideremia Fund in 2005 through Fight for Sight. Led by his mother Emma and grandmother Dot Grindley, the family has tirelessly raised over £360k to date which directly supported research into Choroideremia led by Professor Miguel Seabra at Imperial College London.

Professor Seabra’s research played a key role in identifying the function of the protein causing Choroideremia which enabled this clinical trial led by Professor Robert MacLaren.

Dolores Conroy, Director of Research at Fight for Sight said: “We’re delighted, to have supported Professor Seabra’s work through the Tommy Salisbury Choroideremia Fund, which has allowed Professor MacLaren and his team to produce some incredible findings. We’re looking forward to seeing more positive results from the trial in the next stages.”

Professor MacLaren said “This clinical trial marks a major step in developing gene therapy treatments for retinal diseases. It would not have been possible without the scientific funding provided by Fight for Sight through the Tommy Salisbury Choroideremia Fund. In my opinion, this is the single most significant factor that has enabled us to lead the world in starting the first clinical trial for this disease. We shouldn’t underestimate the power that individuals can have in influencing the course of research through their fundraising activities.

For further information visit http://www.fightforsight.org.uk/


Fight For Sight at the Affordable Art Fair

VisionDirect.co.uk’s chosen charity Fight For Sight are thrilled to have been chosen as the charity beneficiary for this year’s Battersea Affordable Art Fair.

The prestigious art fair will return to London in March and will welcome both art connoisseurs and novices alike to discover affordable works by thousands of artists under one roof. The fair held at Battersea Evolution will launch with a charity preview night on Wednesday 12 March from 5.30 – 9.30pm with thefair running till Sunday 16 March.

There will be over 100 galleries participating from across the UK and further afield showing art work, including original artist-made prints, sculpture and photography, for visitors to browse, buy and admire. Prices range from £40 – £4,000.

Will Ramsay, who founded the Affordable Art Fair in 1999, said: “Fight for Sight is a wonderful charity who we’re thrilled to have as our partner for the Battersea fair. In the world of visual art – full of great colours and great sights – it feels especially poignant to offer our help to a charity who do such wonderful work for those who are visually impaired, and we hope to make a big contribution to helping them at the fair.”

If you have an eye for art and looking for a piece that is traditional or contemporary the fair has it all. Tickets for the charity preview night cost £25 and can be purchased by calling Fight for Sight on 0207 264 3909 or email events@fightforsight.org.uk.

For further information please visit www.fightforsight.org.uk or www.affordableartfair.com


Mission Eye Care Foundation

Mission Eye Care Foundation?

(def) ecf-leaflet (FRONT)Eye Care Foundation (ECF) is a Dutch eye care charity organisation which is active in several developing countries such as Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Tanzania. ECF aims to prevent and cure avoidable blindness and visual impairment, informs the general public about issues related to eye care and the distressing conditions many people with eye disorders have to live with.

In order to achieve its goals, ECF have ophthalmologists and dedicated local staff support ophthalmic research and treatment at disposal. This enables Dutch ophthalmologists to perform eye surgery and treat people in need during so-called “eye-camps”. Dutch ophthalmologists are mostly occupied with training local medical personnel on-site. ECF focuses on developing local eye care, e.g. supporting the building of hospitals, donating equipment and education at all levels.

Visiondirect.co.uk actively supports ECF and encourages to donate to the organisation for a world with healthier eyes.

Miraflow discontinued – here is an alternative

The contact lens cleaner Miraflow has been discontinued. A replacement alternative for Miraflow is Contopharma i-Clean*. The solution cleans the surface of the contact lens and removes heavy deposits and buildups. i-Clean should be rinsed off with an appropriate contact lens solution prior to inserting the contacts to your eyes. It is recommended to additionally store the contact lenses either 1-2 hours or overnight prior to insertion. For more information, download the manual from Contopharma. You can also buy i-Clean directly online.

*Please note: Suitable only for RGP and soft hydrogel lenses – in other words, i-Clean should not be used with silicone hydrogel lenses.