Idaho House panel endorses banning contact lens price floors

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A company that sells contact lenses online has cleared its first hurdle in persuading the Idaho Legislature to ban manufacturers from cutting off retailers that don’t sell their product at a set minimum price.

The Idaho House and Welfare Committee unanimously voted Thursday to send the bill to the House floor for a full vote.

Online retailer 1-800 Contacts says consumers are paying more under a new pricing policy by the nation’s top contact lens makers.

Johnson Johnson, the country’s largest lens maker, countered that the pricing


Eyeball-shaping contact lenses safe for nearsighted children: study

Custom-made contact lenses that slow the progression of myopia — the vision problem known as nearsightedness — by encouraging the eyeballs of growing children to assume a normal shape can be highly effective, according to researchers in China.

The myopic eyeball is not round like the eyeballs of people with normal vision, and the technique, called orthokeratology or “Ortho-K” could be compared to using orthodontic devices that encourage straightening of kids’ crooked teeth.

Ortho-K contact lenses are worn overnight so they are constantly at work to stunt the axial length


See here now: Telescopic contact lenses and wink-control glasses

An estimated 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide. Age-related macular degeneration alone is the leading cause of blindness among older adults in the Western world. But this week at the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California, Eric Tremblay from EPFL in Switzerland unveils a new prototype of his telescopic contact lens–the first of its kind–giving hope for better, stronger vision.

The optics specialist also debuts complementary smart glasses that recognize winks and ignore blinks, allowing wearers of the contact lenses to switch between normal and magnified vision.

“We think these lenses hold a lot of promise for low vision and


These incredible next-generation contact lenses can zoom in and out

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Vision is another area of health that technology may help fix in the near future, as researchers are figuring out ways of making tiny contact lenses even more useful. In fact, France24 reports that researchers from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland have developed contact lenses that can zoom in


Dissolving Contact Lenses Could Make Eye Drops Disappear

It turns out it's hard to get medication on the eyes and keep it there.i

It turns out it’s hard to get medication on the eyes and keep it there.

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