Saturday, November 17, 2012

Illinois College of Optometry Choir Opens AOA in Chicago

 I previously showed us singing during the rehearsal for the AOA meeting this past June in Chicago. This is the actual AOA recording of the opening ceremony. Unfortunately the choir is but a white spec in the middle of the screen, but the sound is pretty good!

Fish-eating babies have reduced risk of asthma

Fish-eating babies have reduced risk of asthma

....Babies who first ate fish between the ages of six months and one year had a lower risk of developing asthma-like symptoms later on than babies who ate fish before six months or after their first birthdays, according to a Dutch study.....

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Migraines & Children

Migraines and Children

 ....A recent study conducted by researchers found that children who develop episodic migraines were 30 percent more likely to perform poorly in school compared to kids who don’t suffer from migraines at all.....

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FDA Issues Important Alert for Substandard, Foreign-Made Eyeglass and Sunglass Lenses

FDA Issues Imporant Alert for Substandard, Foreign-Made Eyeglass and Sunglass Lenses
In response to AOA’s ongoing agency outreach and efforts to improve patient safety, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued an updated alert authorizing significant enforcement action against several foreign makers of substandard and hazardous eyeglass and sunglass lenses. On Oct. 23, the FDA issued an official update to Import Alert 86-07 providing renewed authority for federal officials to detain without physical examination substandard eyeglass and sunglass lenses manufactured in and shipped from foreign countries, primarily lenses produced in China.  Under current law, eyeglasses and sunglasses imported into the United States must comply with strict impact resistance requirements. A certificate must accompany all imported eyeglasses and sunglasses showing that the lens manufacturer has conducted the required impact resistance tests.  The FDA alert asserts that certificates from manufacturers may not be valid and that some foreign lenses may not meet federal standards. The FDA notes that tests conducted by one U.S. distributor showed a 40 to 70 percent rate of breakage, which differed significantly from the manufacturer’s certificate.  After noticing a number of certificate irregularities, inspectors recently collected a sample of children’s sunglasses from a foreign manufacturer. The company’s certificate indicated that no lenses broke during testing. However, independent testing of the sample found that nearly every lens broke completely.  More recently, inspectors collected a sample of adult prescription lenses and found that 37 percent broke completely. Overall, lenses, readers, and sunglasses must meet acceptable quality level (AQL) of 6.5 when tested via the drop ball test. Manufacturers must attest to meeting these U.S. standards through a certificate.   
Firms named in the FDA alert include Pilot Optics Corp., Ltd.; Sunfree Enterprise Co., Ltd.; Glory International Trading, Inc.; Guangzhou Universal Optical Products Co., Ltd.; Yh Optics Int., Ltd.; Danyang San-Sino Optical Co., Ltd.; Wenzhou Ouhua Foreign Trade Corp.; and a handful of others.  Until further notice, all shipments from companies named in Import Alert 86-07 will be detained automatically by the FDA. Even though the alert mentions specific companies, the FDA assures that “surveillance of impact-resistant lenses in eyeglasses and sunglasses from all countries is warranted.”  For its part, the AOA will continue working with FDA and other federal officials to better ensure patient safety. For the complete list of firms targeted, read the full FDA alert.  To learn more about this important issue or to report a problem or concern, contact the AOA Washington office via email....
Comments: This type of foreign marketing and distribution of sunglasses is reprehensible. Lyons Family Eye Care only has the very best. The very best frames. The very best lenses. The very best docs! Go to your family optometrist for primary and specialized eye care. Be safe. Be sure. Your family optometrist, the place for all your eye and vision care needs! DM