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Leo shines a light on colour blindness

A competition to raise awareness of colour blindness was won by a 10-year-old Leo Evans, who designed a light sculpture of Aston Villa footballer Tyrone Mings.

The Shining a Light on Colour Blindness competition was launched by non-profit organisation Colour Blind Awareness and supported by the Aston Villa Foundation.

Young football fans were asked to draw a colourful picture of their favourite footballer with the winning entry turned into a light sculpture and displayed at Aston University.

Professor Anthony Hilton, pro-vicechancellor and executive dean of the College of Health and Life Sciences at Aston University, unveiled the sculpture with the competition winner.

Professor Hilton said: ‘We are delighted for Leo. His winning drawing of Tyrone Mings looks fantastic as a light sculpture and we are proud to host it in our Vision Sciences building for our students, staff and visitors to enjoy,

while raising awareness about colour blindness.’

Leo was met and congratulated by the head of the Aston Villa Foundation, Guy Rippon, and foundation manager, Ross Alexander.

Commenting on his winning drawing, Leo said: ‘I am very proud that my picture won the competition and that Tyrone Mings liked it. I now better understand what being colour blind means and I hope my picture has helped someone else.’

Gillian Sibeth of Duncan and Todd lenses and other products, as well as develop training opportunities.

Sibeth has 25 years of experience in the optical sector, most recently at a practice in Edinburgh where she was a dispensing optician specialising in artisan eyewear.

‘This is a fantastic opportunity to join a forward-thinking group so I am looking forward to working with the Duncan and Todd team across Scotland and helping to drive sales growth,’ Sibeth said.

New displays at ABDO College’s lens library The Association of British

Dispensing Opticians College has updated its Optimum Rx Lens Specialists Library with new lens samples showcasing coatings and specialist tints.

The new library was opened by Optimum Rx Lens’ Rayna Greenfield and ABDO College technician Mark Turner.

Dr Robert Cubbidge, principal at ABDO College, said: ‘ABDO College values the support that Optimum have given us in supporting the education of the dispensing opticians of the future. They have provided lens samples and technical information about

Rayna Greenfield and Mark Turner their lenses so that our students can broaden their product knowledge and find the best lens solutions for their patients.’

CooperVision’s Plastic Bank achieves landmark CooperVision’s Plastic Bank initiative reached a milestone after preventing more than 100 million plastic bottles from polluting the oceans.

Doug Bairner, country manager of UK and Ireland at CooperVision, commented: ‘We’re extremely proud of the contribution eye care professionals and contact lens wearers have made to this important initiative in the UK and Ireland.

‘It really goes to show that small actions can make a massive difference when we all work together with a common purpose. We’re excited to see what more we can achieve together over the years to come.’

Wayne Coleman

Wayne Coleman The Optical Suppliers’ Association announced the death of optical instrument veteran, Wayne Coleman, aged 70.

Coleman worked in the optical instrument business for almost 40 years, including for Birmingham Optical Group and Hanson Instruments.

Former colleague Chris Tyler said: ‘Wayne had countless friends in optics and mentored many who went on to have impressive careers. He was a cheeky chappie who always had a smile on his face, and he will be sorely missed.’ Wayne leaves his wife Andrea and children, Ann-Marie, Kristen, Amy and Laura, along with six grandchildren.

BCLA registration opens Early bird registration has opened for the British Contact Lens Association’s clinical conference and exhibition at Manchester Central on June 9-11.

The event was designed to showcase world class clinically relevant research, while nurturing new researchers, clinicians and young academics to present at this level.

Keynote speakers included Frank Schaeffel and Dr Gregory Sawyer, while the BCLA Medal Address will be presented by Professor Eric Papas, and Dr Sonia Trave-Huarte will deliver the Irving Fatt Memorial Lecture.

Luke Stevens-Burt, BCLA chief executive, said: ‘This meeting will deliver the latest innovation and clinical insight, with world class speakers on all areas of contact lenses and ocular surface health presenting lectures, holding live demonstrations and staging a number of practical hands-on workshops showcasing the latest techniques.’

20 January 2023 OPTICIAN 5

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