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FDA fears some still using recalled lens solution

New cases of potentially deadly infection linked to product reported to CDC

CHICAGO - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday it was concerned that consumers were still using a contact lens solution made by Advanced Medical Optics that was recalled earlier this year.

Regulators said several new cases of the potentially deadly infection known as acanthamoeba keratitis, linked to the product, had been reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Complete MoisturePlus Multipurpose Contact Lens Solution was recalled in May because of links to the infection, which is caused by a parasite.

The CDC earlier this year identified more than 20 cases of the infection in people who used the solution.

The FDA reiterated its warning that people who wear soft contact lenses should stop using the solution and throw away any partially used bottles.

A spokeswoman for Advanced Medical Optics was not available for comment.

Separately, Advanced Medical said on Wednesday it withdrew its $4.23 billion takeover bid for Bausch & Lomb, which has been beset by recall problems of its own.

BILL targeting Oklahoma optometry procedures clears Legislature

Oklahoma City,OK USA
By The Associated Press
A battle between optometrists and ophthalmologists over the kinds of eye surgery that can be performed in Oklahoma played out in the state Legislature on Wednesday. The House and Senate both approved a bill that would allow optometrists to perform non-laser eye surgeries authorized by the Oklahoma Board of Examiners in Optometry.

Retina, laser in-situ keratomileusis, or LASIK, and cosmetic lid surgery would still be prohibited under the bill.

Passage came despite opposition from ophthalmologists who say only medical doctors should be allowed to perform such procedures.

Ophthalmologists are physicians who are authorized to perform ocular surgery. Optometrists, who attend optometry school but are not medical doctors, are allowed in Oklahoma to perform certain laser eye surgeries.

David Cockrell, president of the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners in Optometry, said the measure was requested because of a recent attorney general's opinion that stated optometrists were not allowed to perform non-laser surgeries. The opinion also said the board didn't have the authority to authorize those procedures.

"We didn't bring this legislation forward in any attempt to expand the scope of practice," Cockrell said. "Because the procedures we already do are termed surgical procedures, we needed put that language in statute so that we can bill for those procedures and receive payment."

Rep. Dale Wells, who supported the bill, said another component of the issue is one of access. He said Oklahoma has 101 licensed ophthalmologists practicing in 18 of the state's 77 counties. By contrast, there are 600 registered optometrists in 72 counties, he said.

Failure to pass the bill "will gut the ability of these people to provide great eye care to the people of Oklahoma."

Ophthalmologists, however, argue that Oklahoma is already the only state in the nation to allow optometrists to perform laser surgery, a policy they oppose.

"It should be of concern to Oklahomans that only in Oklahoma, health care providers who are not trained surgeons are allowed to use lasers to perform delicate eye surgery," said Dr. Cynthia Bradford, secretary for state affairs for the American Academy of Ophthalmologists. "This is an unprecedented policy. It is not in the best interest of patient eye care."

Rep. Odilia Dank, who opposed the bill, agreed.

"Non-laser surgery is surgery with a knife," said Dank, R-Oklahoma City. "The slightest error can do huge damage."

The bill, which passed the House 85-9 and the Senate 40-6, now heads to the governor for consideration.

MOM was partly right: Dim lighting can strain eyes Chicago Sun Times - Chicago,IL USA

... concur that you need adequate lighting for close work," says Kelly Frantz, a pediatric optometrist and professor at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago ... pediatric optometry

COMPUTERS put children's eyesight at risk InSourced - UK

... eyewear to work comfortably and safely at the computer at home or in school, says a study at the University of California at Berkeley School of Optometry. ... Children's eyesight

SECRETARY Cortes Announces Disciplinary Action Taken By State

Yahoo News (press release) - USA
... between November 2003 and March 2004: Chiropractic; Dentistry; Medicine; Nursing Home Administrators; Occupational Therapy; Optometry; Osteopathic Medicine ... Disciplinary action

COACHES ready to hand out scholarships

Kansas.com - KS, USA
... is because of players such as Bret Wise, an Idaho transfer who graduates from WSU this spring and is giving up his final year of basketball for optometry school ... Optometry school

BIG man on a growing campus

Oregonian - Portland, OR USA
... In the past two years, Pacific students and faculty have won seven Fulbright awards, and the school is home to one of the 17 American colleges of optometry. ... optometry school

SOCIAL-NETWORKING Web sites growing in popularity

Kansas City Star (subscription) - Kansas City,MO,USA
... Four other members sat at the nearby bar. Kathy Ong, 30, moved from San Francisco to Athens, in East Texas, six months ago to start an optometry practice. ... social networking

Visual Retention Therapy Can Improve Reading Comprehension

Results of a research study involving sixth-graders with below average reading skills revealed that visual attention therapy significantly improved reading comprehension and test scores by up to two grade levels. This research, reported in the November/December 2003 Journal of Learning Disabilities, confirms prior studies indicating correctable visual problems may strongly contribute to learning disabilities.

Sleep Disorder Could be Caused by Eye Disease

SAN FRANCISCO (USA)-A study appearing in the February issue of Ophthalmology--the clinical journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Eye M.D. Association, shows that inner retinal and optic nerve disease may be a significant risk factor for sleep disorders.

Consumer Group Calls on Schwarzenegger to Solidify Consumer's Rights

-- The Board of Optometry's Policy for Public Disclosure of Complaints. This policy is utilized to determine what information regarding complaints, investigations and disciplinary actions against optometrist may be publicly disclosed.

CO-FOUNDER Of IU's Optometry School Dies

INDYchannel.com, IN
... He was 85. Allen co-founded the Indiana University School of Optometry and received several patents for various inventions. "I used ...
co-founder of school

OFFICIALS Work to Bring an Optometry School to the Mountains WKYT, KY

new optometry school

OPTOMETRY looks up with locums

Warrnambool Standard, Australia
By JULIE McNAMARA. THE introduction of a new locum service is expected to ease the burden on optometrists in Western Victoria.
new optometry locum service

BUSINESS LICENSES

Richmond Times Dispatch, VA ... Richmond 23237. Advanced Family Eye Care Optometry; licensee Joshua F. Shows, 11307 Polo Place, Suite D, Midlothian 23113. Alvina's ...
New practice

PIONEERING Optometrist Dies

WISH, IN
He was 85. Allen co-founded the Indiana University School of Optometry and received several patents for various inventions. Allen's
co founder of U of I Optometry

LONGTIME optometrist, optician dead at age 92

Chicago Daily Southtown, IL
... He graduated from Calumet High School and at age 20 was valedictorian at the Northern Illinois School of Optometry. He was awarded ...
Optometrist, Optician

EXPANDED vision

Democrat and Chronicle, NY
... links should provide rewards for B&L, the university and the community, said Michael DePaolis, Rochester optometrist and editor of Primary Care Optometry News. ...
expanded vision

LONG time since glasses were just brown or black

Westford Eagle, MA
... Friedman, 56, a native New Yorker, attended Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ and received his degree in optometry from the New England College of ...
Friedman

FLEXIBLE spending account-holders face last-minute rush to use

Sacramento Bee, CA
... Their goal is to spend as much as they can," said Alma Lopez, an optician and office manager at Bradshaw Optometry in Sacramento. ...
flexible spending accounts

REFOCUS Group Receives FDA Approval to Conduct Phase II Clinical

Yahoo News (press release)
... (OTC: RFCG.OB - News ... percent of the population over age 40, is the inability of the eye ... Current standards of care are predominantly bifocals or reading glasses.
new trials

EXPANDED vision

Democrat and Chronicle, NY
... The UR Eye Institute’s expansion and its industry links should ... said Michael DePaolis, Rochester optometrist and editor of Primary Care Optometry News. ...
UR expansion

REFRACTIVE Surgery Stock Growth Headlines Upbeat 2003 for Vision

Business Wire (press release)
... Publications include the OptiStock News weekly e ... index, research, and profiles of public vision care ... in cataract surgery and intraocular lenses, corrective eye ...
refractive surgery companies advance

CIRILLO ready to swap gloom for SoCal sun

San Diego Union Tribune, CA
Cirillo recently underwent Lasik eye surgery and has been following a boxer's training regimen to improve his footwork and agility.
Boxer gets lasik

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