See Concept Tue, 10 May 2022 18:33:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 See Concept 32 32 The Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE:COO) Receives Consensus “Buy” Recommendation From Brokerages Tue, 10 May 2022 18:33:29 +0000

The Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE:COO – Get Rating) has been given an average rating of “Buy” by the twelve analysts who cover the company, Marketbeat reports. Four investment analysts rated the stock with a hold recommendation and seven gave the company a buy recommendation. The 12-month average price target among analysts who have reported on the stock in the past year is $469.00.

A number of analysts have commented on the stock. Piper Sandler raised her price target on Cooper Companies shares from $490.00 to $500.00 in a Friday, March 4 research note. Needham & Company LLC assumed coverage for Cooper Companies stock in a Friday, April 8 research note. They issued a “holding” rating for the company. Stephens raised his price target on Cooper Companies shares from $430.00 to $500.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a Monday, March 7 research note. Finally, took over coverage of Cooper company stocks in a Thursday, March 31 research note. They issued a “holding” rating for the company.

COO traded $8.37 during trading hours on Tuesday, hitting $319.98. 9,108 shares of the company were traded, against an average volume of 318,847. Cooper Companies has a 1-year low of $310.53 and a 1-year high of $463.59. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $397.50 and its two-hundred-day moving average is $401.73. The stock has a market capitalization of $15.78 billion, a price/earnings ratio of 16.92, a PEG ratio of 2.18 and a beta of 0.90. The company has a quick ratio of 0.67, a current ratio of 1.02 and a debt ratio of 0.34.

Cooper Companies (NYSE:COO – Get Rating) last announced its results on Thursday, March 3. The medical device company reported EPS of $3.24 for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $3.10 by $0.14. Cooper Companies had a net margin of 31.00% and a return on equity of 9.89%. The company posted revenue of $787.20 million in the quarter, compared to $739.30 million expected by analysts. In the same quarter a year earlier, the company posted earnings per share of $3.17. The company’s revenue increased 15.7% year over year. On average, equity research analysts expect Cooper Companies to post EPS of 14.09 for the current year.

In a similar vein, SVP Agostino Ricupati sold 5,607 shares of Cooper Companies in a trade that took place on Friday, March 18. The shares were sold at an average price of $421.51, for a total transaction of $2,363,406.57. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, accessible via this link. Additionally, director Robert S. Weiss sold 13,039 shares of Cooper Companies in a trade that took place on Tuesday, March 29. The stock was sold at an average price of $415.24, for a total transaction of $5,414,314.36. The disclosure of this sale can be found here. In the past 90 days, insiders have sold 19,646 shares of the company worth $8,195,614. 1.70% of the shares are currently held by insiders.

A number of large investors have been buying and selling stocks recently. Tealwood Asset Management Inc. bought a new position in Cooper Companies during Q3 for a value of approximately $1,390,000. Van ECK Associates Corp increased its holdings in Cooper Companies by 13.3% during the fourth quarter. Van ECK Associates Corp now owns 8,946 shares of the medical device company worth $3,748,000 after acquiring 1,048 additional shares in the last quarter. CIBC Asset Management Inc. increased its holdings in Cooper Companies by 2.1% during the 4th quarter. CIBC Asset Management Inc. now owns 11,208 shares of the medical device company worth $4,695,000 after acquiring 231 additional shares in the last quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC increased its holdings in Cooper Companies by 0.7% during the fourth quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC now owns 6,504 shares of the medical device company worth $2,725,000 after acquiring 48 additional shares in the last quarter. Finally, First Trust Advisors LP increased its holdings in Cooper Companies by 2.4% during the 4th quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 92,478 shares of the medical device company worth $38,743,000 after acquiring 2,176 additional shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 98.38% of the company’s shares.

Company Profile Cooper Companies (Get a rating)

The Cooper Companies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and markets contact lens wearers. The Company operates in two segments, CooperVision and CooperSurgical. The CooperVision segment offers spherical lenses, including lenses that correct presbyopia and farsightedness; and toric and multifocal lenses including lenses correcting vision problems, such as astigmatism, presbyopia, myopia, dry eye and eye strain in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific.

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Patuatuli: A treasure trove of affordable, quality eyewear in Old Dhaka Mon, 09 May 2022 20:02:50 +0000

Want a new frame every day? Glasses like power glasses help us see the world clearly, while sunglasses help make a fashion statement, providing protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Quality eyewear isn’t hard to find at physical outlets or online, although affordability is a major concern, especially if you like to match eyewear to the outfit of the day. If you are looking for affordable eyewear that does not compromise on quality, Patuatuli, home to the largest wholesale eyewear markets in Bangladesh, can offer you just that.

Why go to Patuatuli?

There is no shortage of eyewear stores in Dhaka, with online stores also catering to your demand and convenience. Why choose a wholesale market located in a bustling mall in Dhaka? Let us introduce you to this case: glasses that usually cost between 1000 and 1500 Tk are available between 400 and 500 Tk in Patuatuli!

“All eyewear is imported from China, only a few are imported from India. We have a large collection, you name it and we can provide it to you,” said Md Osman Goni, owner of Eye Fashion on the ground floor. floor of Nurul Haque Tower, Patuatuli.

While selling primarily to wholesalers, retail consumers can also shop for their favorite eyewear, with the added benefit of haggling! It will cost you even less if you buy in large quantities, as it is a great option if you have friends or family members who are very dependent on glasses or are looking for new glasses.

Types of glasses

Want to try trendy cat eye glasses or oversized square metal glasses? What about round or wayfarer glasses? All of these and more are available in the markets of Patuatuli. While electric glasses remain the most sought after item, blue light blocking glasses, which reduce the amount of blue light reaching the eye, are also in demand as screen time consumption has increased for most people.

Electric glasses are sold mainly in metal frames and other variations. There are different types of lenses used in eyeglasses such as bifocals, photosun and others. White lenses are the most in demand while blue lenses are very popular among young people.

Prices start from 150 Tk up to 1500 Tk and more. All of these prices include the frames and the correct assembled motorized lenses.

If you’ve been wanting to get round aviator or hipster sunglasses but are always putting them off because of their expensive tags, the sunglasses collections at Patuatuli Markets will intrigue you. You will find your favorite sunglasses in many variations that perfectly match your sense of style.

Prices vary from 150 Tk to 2000 Tk and more.

“The glasses you see here, if you want to buy them elsewhere, will cost you at least twice the price, so you are basically the source of the glasses market in Bangladesh,” added Md Osman Goni.

Accessories for your glasses

Boxes and a cleaning cloth are provided with your newly purchased glasses. With wholesale prices starting at 50 Tk per pack for the cloths and 80 Tk for the boxes, you can also have them in large quantities if you ever need spares! A very handy tool for your glasses is the lens cleaner, which should be used once or twice a month to clean your glasses, priced around 40-80 Tk.

You can also have your eyes examined by a doctor, as there are offices near the shops. It offers a convenient option to have both ophthalmologists and eyewear stores nearby.

How to get to Patuatuli Eyewear Market

A short distance from Bahadur Shah Park and just beyond Jagannath University on Chittaranjan Avenue there is a pedestrian bridge and on the right side is Patuatuli. There are quite a few markets out there under one domain. New markets have also been built in buildings like Nurul Haque Tower, Sheikh Jamal Tower, etc.

Shops are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., six days a week, with Friday being the public holiday. So shop around the eyewear markets in Patuatuli and dive into the experience of finding the right eyewear for you.

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How Mixed Reality Glasses Can Help Struggling Readers Mon, 09 May 2022 10:00:00 +0000

Imagine that you are a struggling reader. You dread reading… in any class. You feel like a failure and you’re starting to hate school. One day your science teacher brings a Microsoft HoloLens headset. You put on the mixed reality glasses and pick up the scientific paper the professor wants you to read. You start reading reluctantly.

After just a few sentences, you’re lost because you don’t know what “light energy” means. Because your eyes have rested on that sentence, an animation jumps off the page through the glasses demonstrating an example of the concept with a voice-over explanation. Moments later, you read the word “photosynthesis” and another animation appears with an audio explanation. Suddenly, reading in science class takes on a whole new emotion…you feel successful and are even interested in learning more about science.

Characteristics of struggling readers

Some students have trouble reading, and it’s a complicated situation. First of all, they fight against anxiety. High anxiety is often present in struggling readers, and they tend to have reading anxiety alongside general anxiety. Second, low-ability readers have a hard time motivating themselves. Essentially, struggling readers have low self-concept in reading, which is linked to lower motivation. Third, struggling readers have low scores. Given high anxiety and low motivation, struggling readers only succeed at low reading levels. For these readers in difficulty, current teaching methods are insufficient… and they fall behind.

Scientific reading in mixed reality

At East Carolina University, we wanted to create something unusual, so we created a science reading experience for 5and grade students using Microsoft HoloLens. HoloLens is mixed reality technology: it merges the real and virtual worlds to produce something entirely new. Young readers wore the mixed reality glasses and then viewed a page of science text in the real world. But we programmed HoloLens to provide additional content in the virtual world that could only be seen and heard through the glasses. Because abstract concepts can be intimidating for young learners, we focused on providing additional information for difficult science concepts. When students’ eyes rested on a particularly difficult word or phrase, the glasses delivered audio-visual information to supplement the reading.

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The problem with Mike Myers Sun, 08 May 2022 19:30:00 +0000

People stopped looking for Mike Myers a while ago. That’s not unusual for most “Saturday Night Live” alumni, even those who enjoy some notoriety after their tenure at Studio 8H ended inside 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The David Spades, Dana Carveys and Will Fortes of the world will always be with us, making cameo appearances or appearing on sitcoms.

But Myers ranks among the greats – one of the guys who didn’t just make movies, but set the bar for what an “SNL” movie should be for a while. “Wayne’s World” and the “Austin Powers” films – “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery”, “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and “Austin Powers in Goldmember” – have made Myers one of the most popular in the United States. 1990s.

In the Aughts, he insinuated himself into the hearts of millennials and Gen Z by becoming the voice of Shrek, joined by “SNL” all-star star Eddie Murphy.

Comedy fans always wondered what Murphy was up to, mostly since his legacy was kept alive by the heirs to his mantle — Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, among others. Myers, on the other hand, may have been a little easier to forget because he was so tied to a time on the show where his character and his catchphrases defined him. He was great at getting lost in wigs, latex prosthetics and funny voices. As his featherweight Netflix limited series “The Pentaverate” proves, he still is.

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If you’re not bowled over by the eight rubbery faces Myers runs through his six episodes, maybe it’s because they’re only slightly removed from the versions of his characters you’ve laughed with before but whose humor seems obsolete in 2022.

Myers’ return to the classic comfort of rubber masks and chewing gum feels less like a question of “Where did he go?” that “Does he know what year we are in?

Even the show’s setting, inside a 60s-style mod lair that houses the support structure of a five-man secret society that is quietly shaping society for the greater good, has an contiguity of Dr Evil. Good for anyone whose love for all things shagadelic hasn’t waned.

Several profiles over the years mention periods of four or five years where he lets ideas bake, which sometimes produces charming pieces like his 2013 documentary “Supermench: The Legend of Shep Gordon” and in others results in “The Love Guru”, an abominable heap best left in 2008.

For anyone paying attention to events in the global “SNL” graduate universe, Myers’ return to the classic comfort of rubber masks and chewing gum sounds less like a question of “Where did he go?” that “Does he realize what year it is?”

Mike Myers as Ken Scarborough, Lydia West as Reilly Clayton and Mike Meyers as Anthony Landsdowne in “The Pentaverate” (Netflix)Not all ‘SNL’ actors go for greatness, but those with some career longevity display a willingness to move beyond the physical slapstick that allowed them to grab the limelight and Lorne’s favor. Michael. Some former “SNL” performers found success staying in their wheelhouse, namely Seth Meyers, who turned his successful run on “Weekend Update” into making the “Late Night” brand more politically incisive.

Others remain such an outsized presence in popular culture that we don’t need to explain why. We just have to drop their names: Tina Fey. Amy Poehler. Kristen Wigg. Maya Rodolphe.

There’s Will Ferrell and Andy Samberg, guys who can still wear a movie, in Ferrell’s case, or a Samberg sitcom.

Artists like Bill Hader and Adam Sandler stretched out in drama long before we stopped associating them with their late-night awkwardness. Wiig did the same, as did Rudolph and Fey. Their work in independent films has allowed us to see their range to inoculate them from being locked into comedies forever, even if comedy is where their hearts may be as performers and producers.

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Hader, in fact, provides today’s version of the ideal model of via “Barry,” a dark-as-night comedy that also allows him to be dark, vulnerable, and downright creepy. Even as Stefon, Hader was very much about himself.

Murphy did, and it gave him a string of hit family movies starting with the remake of “The Nutty Professor.” Long before that, he had also proven that he could act in “48 hours” action movies. Thereafter, he went on to garner Oscar nominations with his work in “Dreamgirls” and a Golden Globe nod for “Dolemite Is My Name.”

I cite these examples to make it clear that while these folks established themselves as actionable comedic forces, Myers never fully escaped the closet of prosthetics and parody he built for himself. It may be on purpose.

His major example of playing straight, “54”, became a cult classic but bombed when first released. That, along with his low-key cameo in “Inglourious Basterds,” proves he’s capable of more than dick jokes. (Myers’ other memorable dramatic role was his unscripted appearance on the Hurricane Katrina fundraising telethon alongside Kanye West when the latter said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”)

The PentaverateMike Myers as Ken Scarborough, Richard McCabe as Exalted Pikeman Higgins in “The ‘Pentaverate'” (Zoe Midford/Netflix)“The Pentaverate” is an extension of a joke Myers drops in his 1993 vehicle “So I Married an Ax Murderer”, one of those movies that was more beloved in his afterlife than in cinemas. It’s also one of the few times we see Myers’ natural face, playing an ordinary, likeable guy who isn’t masked by fake jowls, contact lenses, and mops of synthetic hair. Of course, he also plays a number of these guys. But it came the same year as “Wayne’s World 2,” neither of which did well.

Four years later came the first “Austin Powers”. . . and since then, the masks have changed but not the humor.

Granted, there’s a straightforward sweetness to “The Pentaverate” that defies criticism, which is likely why Netflix hasn’t made it available for reviewers to review. People who love Myers’ work are sure to love it, as will those who share his deep penchant for British sketch humor, Monty Python in particular. The roles he wrote for Jennifer Saunders (“Absolutely Fabulous”) and Keegan-Michael Key honor their legacy in a way their fans should appreciate.

Regardless, it’s a very strange decision for an artist who has been out of the spotlight for so long to return with a comeback engine fueled by nostalgia for the great moments of his career. His role in David O. Russell’s next period piece could change direction yet, but for now, it’s like he’s aware that people tend to like a concept of him as opposed to who. It is. To his audience, Myers is a jovial fairy-tale ogre, or a swinging spy, or a random Canadian with a Scottish brogue. But it also provides an answer to why we haven’t been following Myers this whole time. Maybe it’s because we’ve never really seen it before.

“The Pentaverate” is currently streaming on Netflix. Watch a trailer below, via YouTube.

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Mercy Manor needs household furniture, hygiene items Sun, 08 May 2022 17:24:05 +0000

The pandemic presents additional challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a unique challenge for an organization that prioritizes peer interaction, peer support and participation in 12-step programs. “We had to operate with essential virus mitigation standards that required awareness, such as adhering to social distancing, limiting attendance in public places, and wearing masks,” says Hudson-Banner. “Health and Safety compelled Mercy Manor to advance virus mitigation procedures in the best way possible to simultaneously maintain a strong social model environment. “

She says there was also a significant challenge with the inability to have the organization’s annual fundraiser. Additionally, funders have also been challenged due to the pandemic, which has reduced their ability to support Mercy Manor as they have in the past. In some cases, their funds have been redirected to the pandemic.

Here’s what they need:

  • large kitchen trash bags
  • Paper products such as toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, tissues
  • Liquid hand soap, liquid dishwashing detergent, automatic dishwashing detergent
  • Furniture varnish
  • Laundry
  • Lysol, Pine-Sol or equivalent,
  • Glass cleaner, Comet, Soft Scrub
  • Personal hygiene products: soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body lotion, petroleum jelly, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hair spray.
  • Alarm clocks, clock radios, umbrellas, postage stamps for personal correspondence, batteries of all sizes for personal CD players or cameras or radios, etc. ;

Women going to independent living apartments:

  • Floor lamps and table lamps, light bulbs, mops, brooms, scouring buckets, trash cans for the kitchen or bathroom
  • Furniture including kitchen tables, dining room furniture, beds, dressers, coffee tables, office chairs, sofas, washers and dryers, etc.
  • Kitchen or bathroom mats, bath mats, shower curtains
  • Coffee makers, toaster ovens, pots, pans, dishes, glasses, cutlery, televisions, DVD players, etc.
  • Kroger, Meijer Gift cards for food for new residents

Drop off your donations at 23 Grosvenor Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45417. You are asked to call ahead to schedule a drop-off time. The number to call is 937-268-0282.

Mercy Manor is a service provider for the Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health Services (ADAMHS Board).

Other ways to help:

  • An annual charity golf tournament is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, July 29 at Meadowbrook Golf Club, 6001 Salem Ave., Clayton. Golf fees are $100 per person and sponsorships are available.
  • A Founders Day Luncheon will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at the Presidential Banquet Center.
  • Speakers are available for group presentations or additional information. Call Barbara Hudson-Banner at 937-268-0282 or 937-554-2239. Website: Mercy Manor|homeless women|addiction|abuse.


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Reviews | This Mother’s Day, Here’s What Moms Really Need Sat, 07 May 2022 16:00:36 +0000

What would help me the most is…

Erica Gallegos, also co-executive director of the Child Care for Every Family Network, said there is now bipartisan support for increased funding for child care, and even some of the more conservative lawmakers she speaks to understand the need to elevate the child care provider. salary (more than 94% of educators are women). One of the biggest issues in child care is staff retention, because pay is often so low, and the District of Columbia, for example, passed a law to send a one-time payment of $10,000 to $14,000 to child care workers.

Incremental changes won’t solve all child care problems – every expert I’ve spoken to agrees that only long-term federal investment will – because providing high-quality care and retaining experienced caregivers is expensive. And while so many inequalities remain for parents overall, the pandemic has been particularly difficult for mothers without a college degree and for black and Hispanic mothers, according to economic research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

But without being Pollyannaish about it, women like Ms. Paluso and Ms. Gallegos give me hope for the future, and they in turn are inspired by the parents and child care providers they work with to organize in the field. “They understand what the problem is, and it’s not them,” Ms Gallegos said. No one has ever bothered before to build a strong child care system because we just relied on mothers to do this work for free. Now they build it themselves.

And that’s ultimately what gives me hope, even against the backdrop of bad news: A generation ago, the rollback of legal gender discrimination didn’t just happen out of nowhere. Things have not always evolved in a straight line. Things happen because coalitions of activists have fought for years. For example, Marylin Bender’s 1973 article on women deprived of credit mentions work done by chapters of the National Organization for Women, the Center for Women Policy Studies, and women’s groups in Dallas, Minneapolis, and St. Paul and Baltimore.

Roe’s decision came after years of mass movement. As historian Leslie Reagan notes in his book “When Abortion Was a Crime”, “The startling transformation of law and public policy regarding abortion and women’s rights was rooted in the decline of abortion under criminal law and is built on generations of women demanding abortions – and getting them.

In the early 1970s, before Roe became law, an underground network in Chicago called the Jane Collective was helping women get illegal abortions. Martha Scott, who was a stay-at-home mom of four young children at the time, told WBEZ she was brought in to volunteer with Jane because “I just thought if you really care about something, you should act accordingly.” Last week we saw so many people, including mothers and their children, take to the streets to continue demanding the right to control their own bodies.

The onus shouldn’t be on those most affected to fix what’s broken, but I know that America’s mothers will continue to show up and fight. And on this Mother’s Day, I am grateful for the generations of mothers who have fought before us, doing the sometimes painfully slow work of advocacy, and for those who are fighting now too.

North Point Eye Care: complete services for the whole family! Fri, 06 May 2022 22:00:04 +0000

Dr. Thuy Le’s enthusiasm for optometry started at an early age in a very unique way. As a child, she was watching television when an advert appeared asking for donations for children with eye disease.

That’s when something clicked for the young optometrist.

Now she works at North Point Eye Care – an Alpharetta practice offering full optometric services, specializing in the correction of eye diseases and injuries as well as Ortho-K solutions for children suffering from eye strain from tablets.

Knowing her empathy for the children she saw in those TV commercials, it’s no wonder she enjoys working especially with children. Myopia management – ​​or a treatment to slow myopia – in young people is one of Dr. Le’s passions.

Ortho-K solutions – often compared to orthodontic appliances, except for the eyes – aim to improve adolescent vision aim to improve adolescent vision through the use of fitted contact lenses. This is a specialty that most practices do not offer.

Another specialty area of ​​North Point Eye Care is the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and injuries, with testing and care for cataracts, glaucoma and other common eye conditions.

North Point Eye Care staff provide preoperative and postoperative care for eye diseases as well as prompt response and treatment for eye emergencies such as corneal scratches and foreign body removal.

From treating eye diseases to helping young people improve their vision, much of the practice’s business relies on word of mouth.

That, and hard-to-find designer frames from places like Italy and France. North Point Eye Care offers a wide range of premium eye care products including eyeglasses, specialty eyewear, frames and contact lenses.

And you won’t have to wait long to browse these products. Dr. Le respects and values ​​his patients time – rarely making you wait more than 5 minutes to be seen by staff.

That’s because Dr. Le’s clients – like you – are busy. “Many of my patients are business men or women. Professionals with time-sensitive schedules. I would never make them wait long to see me.

North Point Eye Care patients benefit from a wide range of optometric services and eye care products in a comfortable and friendly environment, aiming to make it a positive experience.

The team of eye care professionals are dedicated to helping all patients understand their benefits, schedule appointments, and fulfill their eye doctor’s orders. Opticians will also guide you in choosing the perfect pair of glasses.

For more information or to make an appointment, visit NorthPointEyeCare.comE-mail or call 770-410-1540.

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FTSE 100 drops as recession fears hit markets Fri, 06 May 2022 17:04:09 +0000

ggood morning.

There are warning signs that the UK property boom may finally be coming to an end.

The average house price rose 1.1% in April to £286,079, according to Halifax. This is a new record and the 10th consecutive month of growth.

However, growth slipped to 10.8% on an annual basis, from 11.1% the previous month.

Halifax warned that rising interest rates and runaway inflation would soon dampen demand, and predicted slower growth by the end of the year.

5 things to start your day

1) Rising unemployment and soaring inflation: Britain’s gloomiest economic forecast for a decade Britain’s economy will be hampered by higher borrowing costs by the Bank and cuts in fiscal support by Chancellor Rishi Sunak

2) Landlords clash with developers to tackle ‘generational rent’ Developers warn planned reforms will spell the end of High Street

3) Britain faces recession and 10% inflation as interest rates rise Grim predictions on growth and unemployment as Bank raises rates to 1%

4) Nadine Dorries will continue the competition crackdown on big tech Culture Secretary launches Digital Markets Unit with power to impose multi-billion pound fines

5) Climate change crisis will ‘eclipse’ cost of living, says Mark Carney Former Bank of England governor says governments must seize the moment and move away from fossil fuels

What happened overnight

Asian stocks fell to their lowest level in seven weeks and the dollar held firm as investors around the world avoided riskier assets on fears that rising US interest rates and China’s strengthening of its zero-Covid policy does not harm growth harshly.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan lost 2.7% and fell to its lowest level since March 16, the day Chinese Vice Premier Liu He pushed shares higher in pledging to support markets and the economy.

The Japanese Nikkei bucked the trend, rising 0.6% as it returned from a three-day vacation. Chinese blue chips lost 2%, the Hong Kong benchmark lost 3.4% and the Chinese yuan fell to an 18-month low in both onshore and offshore markets.

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As eye surgeons, we tend to rightly focus on surgery.

However, it remains essential to keep abreast of developments in all areas of eye care, such as myopia management, so that we can provide our patients with the best care, as well as offer advocacy, support and education in our communities.

Myopia epidemic

Myopia needs your attention. While the eyes of the world are on a pandemic, a silent epidemic is taking hold. It is estimated that the myopia epidemic will affect half of the world’s population by 2050. Too often, myopia is seen as a simple refractive error that can be easily corrected with glasses or contact lenses. But for some patients, myopia is a disease that causes physical changes to the structure of the eye, which can increase the risk of retinal complications, cataracts and glaucoma. Myopia can increase the risk of myopic macular degeneration up to 845 times, retinal detachment 2.4-24 times, and primary open-angle glaucoma 2-2.5 times. Additionally, even low amounts of myopia are associated with an increased risk of developing a posterior subscapular cataract.

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Today, there are many safe and effective options for slowing the progression of myopia, including orthokeratology (ortho-K) contact lenses, various types of soft multifocal contact lenses, eyeglasses, and topical pharmaceutical agents. such as atropine. Although I do not fit contact lenses or prescribe medication to slow the progression of myopia, I remain informed of all developments in this field so that I can advise my patients with myopia – who in many cases are parents or potential parents of children with myopia. myopia – and refer them to eye care providers who specialize in the management of myopia. I recommend that all my fellow eye surgeons look for signs of axial lengthening and ask about eye rubbing and “pillow diving” so that at-risk patients can be referred as soon as possible to reduce the risks of developing anterior and/or posterior chamber visual disturbances later in life.

Myopia Management Options

I am a proponent of all options that can help slow the progression of myopia. Depending on a patient’s lifestyle and preferences, one of these options, or a combination of interventions, will meet their needs. For example, ortho-K lenses are attractive to patients who do not want to wear glasses or contact lenses during the day. Ortho-K lenses are worn overnight to flatten the central cornea and temporarily reduce a specific amount of myopia while the patient sleeps. These dual-benefit lenses provide clear vision without the need for daytime vision correction, and they also reduce the progression of myopia in children. Ortho-K lenses slow the growth of axial length compared to single vision gas permeable contact lenses, single vision soft contact lenses and single vision glasses. Studies supporting the safety and effectiveness of this treatment are available, and as the incidence of myopia increases and it is realized that, if left untreated, myopia can lead to from serious sight-threatening illnesses, Ortho-K is gaining the global seriousness that previously eluded it. in its evolution.

Microbial keratitis has long been a concern with ortho-K lenses because they are worn overnight. These concerns are worth heeding, but the incidence is low, especially with good care and careful handwashing techniques. According to a recent study, the risk of microbial keratitis appears similar to rates associated with daily soft contact lens wear. It should also be noted that unlike extended wear contact lenses, ortho-K lenses are not worn during the day, exposing the eye to normal oxygenation. When ortho-K lenses are handled correctly, the benefits outweigh the risks.

Unlike ortho-K lenses, soft multifocal contact lenses are worn during the day. Soft multifocal contact lenses, like Ortho-K, are theorized to slow the progression of myopia by creating myopic defocus in the periphery, which sends a “signal” to slow eye growth. Soft multifocal contact lenses have been shown to slow the progression of myopia in children by almost 50%, which is similar to ortho-K lenses.

Myopia control experts suggest that myopia management glasses may be appropriate for patients – or their parents – who are not yet ready to commit to contact lenses. Although soft multifocal contact lenses and ortho-K have been shown to have better myopia control efficacy than progressive addition glasses and bifocal glasses, innovative spectacle lens technology for control of myopia, such as those based on a peripheral defocus theory, that the peripheral retina receives from myopic glasses defocus as a signal to slow or stop eye growth is worth exploring (keeping in mind keep in mind that glasses specific to the management of myopia are not yet approved by the FDA).

Atropine drops are another viable option that has been shown to be effective in slowing the progression of myopia. The suggested dose is usually 0.05% to 0.025% to minimize the risk of potential side effects, including photophobia. The efficacy of atropine is well documented in the literature, as are concerns about treatment regression upon discontinuation of the drops.

Each of these myopia management options has particular advantages for certain patients. However, combination therapy also has its place in the management of myopia. For example, spectacle lenses can be an important adjunctive therapy for soft contact lens wearers, as well as when atropine is prescribed as first-line therapy. Additionally, recent studies show an additive effect when combining low-dose atropine with ortho-K.

Co-management opportunities

As the incidence of myopia continues to grow, and the research and development of effective solutions reflects this growing need, myopia management represents an ideal intersection in which ophthalmology and optometry can work together. For example, the measurement of axial length is essential to optimize the best treatments for the management of myopia. With that in mind, if an optometrist is getting into ortho-K treatment, this is a great opportunity to work with an ophthalmologist who has biometrics technology.

Taking a holistic approach to eye care, when it comes to managing myopia, means staying informed about treatment strategies for progressive refractive errors and discussing these issues with our patients so they can be aware of the dangers of friction. eyes, “pillow diving” and other behaviors that put pressure on the eyes. It also involves bringing information about the myopia epidemic and myopia management to the community through interaction with local media sources and events such as eye health fairs. Working together to slow myopia around the world is a great opportunity for ophthalmologists and optometrists to improve global eye health.

]]> Could these Vuity eye drops make bifocals a thing of the past? Thu, 05 May 2022 14:58:47 +0000

When people reach their 40s and beyond, their near vision begins to deteriorate. For many people, increasing the font size on a phone or maximizing the brightness on a computer is the only way to be able to read text.

This condition is known as presbyopia and affects approximately 128 million people in the United States and over one billion people worldwide.

In late 2021, the United States Food and Drug Administration approved a new eye drop drug to treat presbyopia. As an optometrist, I was initially skeptical. Before the release of these eye drops—called Vuity— people would need glasses, contacts or eye surgery to relieve presbyopia. But after learning how these eye drops worked, I realized that for many people they could offer an easier and safer way to see clearly again.

How the eyes focus

Many parts of the human eye interact with incoming light to produce a clear image.

The first thing the light hits is the cornea, the transparent outer layer that initially bends the light. Then light passes through the iris and pupil, which can shrink or grow to let more or less light into the inside of the eye. It then moves through the lens, which further bends the light and focuses it precisely on the center of the retina. Finally, the light signal is transferred to the optic nerve at the back of the eye, for the brain to interpret as an image.

To produce a clear image, your eyes must adjust to the distance of an object. Your eyes go through three main steps to focus on objects close to your face: your eyes point to the object you want to look at, your lenses change shape, and your pupils constrict.

Once you have aimed your gaze at what interests you, a small muscle in the eye contracts, which changes the shape of the lens to make it thicker. The thicker the lens, the more the light deforms as it passes through. At the same time, your pupils constrict to block some of the incoming light from other objects in the distance. When light bounces off an object and enters your eye, the rays of light in the center provide a clear image. Blocking light scatter by constricting the pupil helps sharpen the image of nearby objects.

You can simulate this process using a camera on your cell phone. First, point the camera at something in the distance. Next, move your thumb into the image, holding it about 6 inches away. Your thumb will start out blurry, but as the camera lens changes shape, your thumb will come into focus.

Presbyopia stiffens the lens of the eye, and when a person cannot bend their lens as easily, they are unable to focus incoming light on the correct part of the retina and images appear blurry.

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What is presbyopia?

Presbyopia is the inability of the eyes to focus on near objects, resulting in blurry images. It begins when people are in their 40s and progresses until it plateaus around age 60.

Researchers know that age is the primary driver of presbyopia, but there is ongoing debate about the mechanical causes at its root.

One theory suggests that as lenses age, they become heavier and cannot change shape as easily. Another theory suggests that the muscle that pulls the lens weakens with age. I suspect presbyopia is probably due to a combination of the two. Whatever the cause, the result is that when looking at nearby objects, people’s eyes are no longer able to bend incoming light enough to direct it to the center of the retina. Instead, light is focused to a location behind the retina, resulting in blurred vision.

How do eye drops work

Remember that there are two main things the eye does to focus on near objects: the lens changes shape and the pupil gets smaller. Since presbyopia limits the ability of the lens to change shape, these eye drops compensate by narrowing the pupil. Constricting the pupil reduces the amount of light scatter. This causes light entering the eye to be better focused on the retina, creating a wider range of distances where objects are in focus and allowing people to see both near and far objects clearly.

After you put the drops in your eyes, it takes about 15 minutes for the active ingredient, pilocarpine, to start working. Pilocarpine is a drug that was first discovered in the late 1800s and can treat conditions such as glaucoma and ocular hypertension. The effect on the pupils lasts about six hours.

Smaller pupils mean less light enters the eye. Although this is not a problem during the day when there is plenty of sunlight, it can cause difficulty seeing in low light conditions. Besides these disadvantages, the most common side effects of the drops are headaches and red eyes.

Presbyopia in the future

Vuity is currently approved for once-daily use in each eye. One bottle will cost around $80, requires a prescription, and will last almost a month if used daily. For some people, it could be a great alternative or complement to glasses or surgery.

While Vuity may be the first FDA-approved eye drops to treat presbyopia, researchers are investigating a number of other approaches. Some are developing eye drops containing nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to help constrict the pupil, such as Vuity. Other teams are investigating drops that soften and reduce the weight of the lens to promote easier focusing. Finally, some early research has shown that pulsed electrical stimulation of eye muscles can help strengthen them and improve people’s ability to bend their lenses.

The future of presbyopia treatment is exciting as researchers work on many potential ways to overcome this universal condition of old age. For now, Vuity, while not a magic bullet for everyone with presbyopia, is an innovative option and may be worth discussing with your eye doctor.

Robert Bittner is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences