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Exhibition: In Touch Tour – Stone Works

An exhibition dedicated to stone sculptures. The installation is specifically designed for access by touch.Works shown are by invited artist members from Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. The pieces show individual perspectives and reflections on the development of form with this material.Artists Lynn Cowan and Teresa Hunyadi will guide visitors into the exhibition and provide a point […]

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smartspeakers Surge

  Smartspeaker ownership is growing rapidly. Already up 3% in 2018 to date, ownership of voice-activated speakers now stands at 8% of the adult UK population  – with voice searches more generally also rising rapidly. In 2016, 1 in every 5 Google searches on Android were voice searches, with market analyst ComScore predicting that half of […]

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Anger as opticians in Ayrshire told not to refer patients for second cataracts op to ease waiting times

Patients in Ayrshire are being refused cataract surgery on a second eye under new restrictions designed to cut waiting times. Opticians are said to be frustrated over the move, which was described as a “false economy” by sight loss campaigners. It is understood that the new rules have been implemented to ease pressure on ophthalmology, […]

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New glaucoma treatment trialed in Manchester

The patients at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital are the first in the UK to trial the eyeWatch surgical implant. The eyeWatch is a new fully adjustable surgical implant that drains excess eye fluid that is caused by glaucoma. It is the first ever glaucoma device that enables post-operative flow adjustment in the clinic. The eyeWatch, […]

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DVLA asks drivers to look again in new EYE 735T campaign

DVLA launched a national eyesight awareness campaign on Monday 23 July 2018. Drivers will be encouraged to take the ‘number plate test’ – a quick and easy way to check they meet the minimum eyesight requirements for driving. By law, all drivers must meet the minimum eyesight standards at all times when driving – this […]

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Research project growing eye parts from skin cells could lead to cure for blindness

Doctors are growing eye parts from skin cells in pioneering research that is seeking a cure for rare genetic causes of blindness. Experts at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology have been able to transform a skin sample the size of a lentil into an “eye cup”, akin to the eye’s early development in the womb. […]

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New figures show attainment gap remains for vision impaired pupils

Royal Blind has welcomed new figures which show an improvement in the number of vision impaired pupils who progress to positive destinations after school. However, the charity, which runs the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh, has highlighted they still face an attainment gap compared to fully sighted pupils.   The Scottish Government’s new figures on […]

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heading level 1 Former BrewDog worker wins eyesight payout after losing job

A former worker with Scottish beer firm BrewDog has been awarded £12,000 after losing his job due to eyesight problems. James Ross had taken the craft brewer to an employment tribunal. He had reported deteriorating eyesight and the company decided he could not continue in his packaging job. BrewDog said it had offered him an […]

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New Law Will Ensure UK’S Public Websites Are ACcessible

September sees the introduction of UK laws on making public sector websites and mobile apps accessible, in line with a recent EU Directive. Campaigners hope that the changes will increase the number of accessible websites in the UK but are also concerned about the number of exemptions that have been allowed. From next month public […]

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