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Sight Village

Come and see us at Sight Villiage, at the moment we have not booked the Central event in Birmingham but we will definitely be at the Leeds and London events.

Do stop by and say hello. Full details can be found – here

SIGHT VILLAGE 2022 DATES:
Central (Cranmore Park) 28th & 29th June
North East (Leeds) 21st September
South East (London) 8th November

Moorfields Eye to Eye Walk

This was the fourth year we have entered a KC team to this event. It was very kind of Moorfields to add an extra mile to the previous 14 but we managed it with smiles on our faces. The first time we entered in 2018 there was ice floating on the Regents Canal. This year while crossing the millennium bridge we spotted a resident in her bikini sunbathing on a balcony. The weather was glorious.  As you can see we had a coffee stop at a converted phone box near Borough Market.
 
The route wound through the iconic sights of the city both old and new then headed off to Limehouse in the east end. Following the Regent Canal back to City Road. There was a detour around Victoria Park. 
 
It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and we hope more of our members will join us next year
Look out for the date.
 

For more information contact me on 079 2717 8716.

David Gable (Chairman)

 

2022 Team
2020 KC Team
2019 KC Team
2o18 KC Team

Genetic Research

Members will remember the talk given by Professor Alison Hardcastle at our AGM in 2019, updating us on her work as part of the Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS). The talk was summarised in our Summer 2019 newsletter.

The authors from UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Hospitaland many other institutions from around the world, have recently published a very significant paper outlining the results of their research to date.

The paper can be read here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s42003-021-01784-0#MOESM9

AGM and Speaker Meeting

Notice of Annual General Meeting
Saturday 19th March at 11am

We are very excited to be hosting our first live event for two years. Our AGM and speaker meeting is going to be held at the Moorfields Education Hub 1st Floor 15 Ebenezer Street (the hub is opposite the main hospital).  Cross City Road and go up Provost Street to the next corner and the Hub is facing you on the left. 

Our guest speaker will be Marcello Leucci, he is the Principal Optometrist who leads the Keratoconus Monitoring Service at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. Marcello will bring us up to date with the latest thinking on the treatment of Keratoconus as well as explaining how the KC service operates at Moorfields. He is well placed to answer our questions and no doubt will be just as interested in hearing from us, as we will be listening to him. We provide a free sandwich lunch which is always a good opportunity to meet other members and share stories. If you are coming please register by sending an email to anne@kcgroup.org.uk so we can cater for numbers. For more information phone Anne on 020-8993 4759.

It is intended that the AGM will be a formality and should last no longer that 10 minutes. Should there be any significant matters to discuss, we shall adjourn until after Marcello’s presentation to allow him to start on time at 11:10. The following papers will be presented at the AGM:

Agenda
Minutes of last years Meeting
Accounts
Chairmans Report

2021 Photo Contest Winners

We would like to thank our friends at the National Keratoconus Foundation in America and Keratoconus Australia for organising this competition. Congratulations to our own Ashley Winter for his winning entry.

You can see all the winning entries here: 2021 PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS

Featured image:

“Visual aids are beneficial for my patients in everyday life to see a more defined world.“ Chiara (Italy)

KeraClub 2021

Keratoconus – Now and Beyond: This year, the 6th annual community event for people with keratoconus ‘KeraClub 2021’ was organised as a webinar. The Save Sight Institute and Keratoconus Australia co-hosted the webinar for people with keratoconus, their families, friends, and carers. The speakers were Professor Stephanie Watson, Associate Professor Mark Roth OAM, Mr Larry Kornhauser OAM, Ms Chloe Davies, and Dr Himal Kandel. The event was moderated by Ms Michelle Pritchard. The talks were followed by a panel discussion.

Talk by Howard Maile

At our previous Zoom coffee morning, we were treated to an excellent talk by Howard Mailes, a PhD candidate at UCL. He was talking about his research into using artificial intelligence to assist with the initial diagnosis of Keratoconus, and detecting progression.

Here is a recording of that talk.

The talk is also available on our Youtube channel

We hope you will find it interesting.

Bausch & Lomb – Recall

VOLUNTARY RECALL OF CERTAIN LOTS OF CONTACT LENS SOLUTIONS, EYE WASH AND EYE LUBRICANTS

 
No Known Safety Concerns Related to this Recall – This information has been coped from the Bausch & Lomb website. More information can be found on the Which Website. Also comments from our members about alternative products on our Discussion Forum. If in doubt, contact your optometrist.

Verify whether your product lot number is impacted


View a full list of products impacted in your country

Bausch + Lomb is conducting a voluntary recall of certain lots of Biotrue® contact lens solution, ReNu® MPS Multi-purpose solution sensitive eyes, ReNu® MultiPlus contact lens solution, Boston® cleaner, Boston® conditioning solution, Boston® Simplus Multi-Action contact lens solution, Sensitive Eyes® contact lens solution, EasySept® contact lens solution, Ophtaxia® eye wash solution, Sensitive Eyes® eye lubricant solution and associated private label brands that were manufactured at its facility in Milan, Italy. These lots are being recalled from consumers, pharmacies, eye care professionals, retailers, distributors and wholesalers.
 
This voluntary recall is being conducted in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia/CIS, Hong Kong and China, although the certain lots of Ophtaxia® eye wash solution are only applicable to France and Hong Kong, and Sensitive Eyes® eye lubricant solution to Hungary, Bulgaria and South Africa. Additionally, the only product being recalled in China is Boston® Simplus Multi-action contact lens solution.
 
This voluntary recall follows a notification received by Bausch + Lomb from one of its third-party suppliers in Milan, Italy, which sterilizes some components (bottles, plugs and caps) of these products prior to manufacturing in our facility in Milan, Italy, of a compliance issue with its sterilization process. Bausch + Lomb is one of many companies impacted by this situation.

The health and safety of everyone who uses our products is our utmost priority. While there is a low risk of infection with these products, Bausch + Lomb has chosen to voluntarily recall these certain lots  of products because we cannot confirm the supplier’s conformance to process compliance requirements for some of the components of these products. No serious adverse events have been reported to date in association with this issue.
 
No other Bausch + Lomb products or lots are affected by this recall.

Retailers, pharmacies, eye care professionals, distributors or wholesalers who have purchased products directly from Bausch + Lomb, please click here for more information. If the products were not purchased directly from Bausch + Lomb, customers are asked to contact their re-seller to return the product and discuss exchange or refund options.
 

Consumers who may have these affected products in their possession should take the following steps:

  1. Insert your product lot number below to verify if your product is impacted.
  2. If the product is impacted, stop using the product.
  3. Follow the instructions to register your product. 
  4. After following all instructions, discard the impacted product.

How to find my lot number
See below an example of the bottle and carton labels, which contain the lot number and expiration to easily identify the product. 

There is also a pdf listing all the products affected here.

In summary, the affected products are:

Biotrue® multi-purpose solution (60mL, 240mL, 300mL)
Biotrue® multi-purpose solution flight pack (60mL, 2 X 60mL)
Biotrue® multi-purpose solution (2 X 300mL, 4 X 300 mL)

ReNu® MPS multi-purpose solution sensitive eyes (60mL, 120mL, 240mL)
ReNu® MPS multi-purpose solution sensitive eyes flight pack (60mL, 2 X 60mL)
ReNu® MPS multi-purpose solution sensitive eyes (3 X 360mL, 4 X 240mL)
ReNu® MultiPlus multi-purpose solution fresh lens comfort (60mL, 240mL, 3 X 360mL, 4 X 240mL)

EasySept® contact lens solution (120mL, 360mL, 3 X 360mL)

Sensitive Eyes® contact lens solution plus Saline (500mL)FSCA Ref: CAC-2021-005

Boston® Multi Action Solution Special Flight Pack SIMPLUS (2 X 60mL)
Boston® SIMPLUS Multiaction Solution (120mL, 4 X 120mL)
Boston®/Boston® ADVANCE Cleaner (30mL & 4 X 30mL)
Boston®/Boston® ADVANCE Conditioning Solution (120mL & 4 X 120mL)
Boston® ADVANCE Cleaner Conditioning Solution Multipack (1 X 120mL + 1 X 30mL)
Boston® ADVANCE Cleaner Conditioning Solution Starter Kit ADVANCE FORMULA (1 X 30 mL + 1 X 10 mL)

Boots Pharmaceuticals Contact Lens Solution (240mL)
Boots Pharmaceuticals All in One Solution (60mL, 240mL, 360mL, 2x360ml)
Boots Pharmaceuticals Advanced Conditioning Solution (120mL)

Specsavers easyvision ultrapurpose MPS (60mL, 3 x 240mL)

Boots Pharmaceuticals Enhanced All in One Solution (360mL)
Boots Pharmaceuticals Advanced Cleaning Solution (30mL)
Boots Pharmaceuticals Advanced Cleaning and Conditioning Solutions (3 x 120ml + 3 x 30mL, 1 x 60ml + 1 x 15mL