Chief executive falls short on vision

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Sam Tsang

It seems to me that our chief executive has a hard time understanding the concept of a vision. I think of it as the guiding principle for a society's collective goals and actions.

Friday, 18 January, 2013, 1:50am

Sight for sore eyes may be key to learning problems

Correction of visual problems opens the door to a new world. Photo: Corbis

Louise Chow Yuen-man realised her son Nicholas was having trouble with his studies two years ago when she found it took him a long time just to read a short passage.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:45pm 1 comment

A truck driver's blind spot

Illustration: Angela Ho

A cross-border truck driver's life is tough and often unhealthy. Most will grab the tastiest fast food they can and then sit for 12 hours straight, only taking short breaks to stretch or visit the toilet.

Although at risk of developing a range of health problems, few long-haul truck drivers have the time, money or inclination to have regular check-ups.

11 Sep 2012 - 9:31am

Eye scanner that can detect stroke risk developed by Chinese University

The retinal image analysis system. Photo: Thomas Yau

A computer program that scans images of patients' eyes may offer a cheap and speedy way to identify people at risk of a stroke.

Developed by Chinese University researchers, the system automatically checks blood vessels from retinal images to identify potential stroke victims.

7 Sep 2012 - 3:10am

Consumer Council warns contact-lens wearers over using eye drops

Consumer Council warns contact-lens wearers over using eye drops

People using contact lenses should remove them when applying eye drops containing preservatives, which can otherwise cause irritation, the Consumer Council has warned.

The watchdog also said yesterday that eye drops containing steroids should never be used without a prescription, as they can seriously damage the eye when misused.

16 Aug 2012 - 3:48am


There's a tidal wave of myopia sweeping across Hong Kong and other East Asian countries, and the lack of time spent outdoors is thought to be a major cause.

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

The WOW factor

Unexpected harmony

1 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Self-adjusting specs are proving a real eye-opener

If you've lost your glasses in an emergency, then these could be just what you need to see your way out of the situation.

The Emergensee spectacles can be adjusted by the wearer to suit their personal requirements and have already proved their worth after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

5 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Research sheds light on how we see in the dark

Researchers in Hong Kong have found a protein in the visual systems of animals and insects that could give a better understanding of human ailments such as night blindness.

The protein, called INAD, operates like a switch and regulates the reception of the brightness and dimness of light by modulating the sensitivity of photoreceptors in the eye.

28 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Future looks bright for the short-sighted

Short-sighted schoolchildren, of whom there are many in Hong Kong, can look forward to a brighter, clearer future.

Polytechnic University researchers have come up with a contact lens that can halve the speed at which short-sightedness, or myopia, gets worse.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am


Death toll on roads is the lowest in 55 years

16 May 2011 - 12:00am

Keeping an eye on serious illnesses and common problems

Optometrist Rita Sum's job goes beyond prescribing glasses and contact lenses - she serves as the first line of defence against various illnesses.

18 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Blind fashion

Wearing colourful contact lenses has become a trend among young people as they make their eyes bigger and more beautiful. You can find them in small stores everywhere, especially in Mong Kok. You also can buy them on the Net, and they are very cheap.

But with no labels on the packets, do you know where these lenses come from? Wearing them could adversely affect your eyes.

12 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Video games blamed for rise in myopia among children

If you reckon you're seeing more and more young children wearing glasses, there's nothing wrong with your eyes.

Even the under-six crowd is growing more short-sighted, and the blame is being put on the playing of video games on computers, mobile phones and portable game devices.

23 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Turning a blind eye no cure for pollution woes

The mainland's environmental protection laws are constantly being broken. Untold numbers of people across the nation are suffering from industrial pollution. Authorities are quick to respond whenever the media brings cases to light. But when the reporters go away, they can just as rapidly turn a blind eye and be deaf to pleas for help.

29 Dec 2009 - 12:00am