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August 6, 2009 | Ben Bolch
Jason Schmidt hit Craig Counsell on the lower leg with a 71-mph curveball, and the Dodgers' pitcher was done. Schmidt wasn't forced from the Dodgers' 4-1 loss to Milwaukee in the fourth inning Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium because he was ejected or had exacerbated tensions between the teams. The veteran right-hander had merely lost control of a pitch -- and an inning -- that sent the Dodgers to their third defeat in their last four series.
December 14, 2008 | Cristy Lytal, Lytal is a freelance writer.
If the eyes are the windows into the soul, then Kevin Carter has the power to draw the blinds. As a special effects contact lens painter, he can create everything from cataract-ridden eyes to the supernatural peepers of the living dead. Raised in Medford, Ore., and Sonoma, Calif., Carter got hooked on horror films early on. "I loved the 'Friday the 13th' movies and Freddy Krueger in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' and stuff like that," he recalls.
June 28, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Staar Surgical Co., a Monrovia-based maker of implantable contact lenses, said it had received a letter from the Food and Drug Administration warning the company that its clinical study procedures did not comply with federal rules.
May 18, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Bausch & Lomb Inc. said it began discussions with U.S. health regulators within days of receiving reports in February of an unusual incidence of severe fungal infections among contact lens wearers in Singapore. The Food and Drug Administration said in a preliminary report that the eye-care company failed to properly notify the agency within the mandatory 30 days about 35 cases of potentially blinding Fusarium keratitis infections among people using lens cleaners in Singapore.
May 5, 2006 | From Reuters
Bausch & Lomb Inc., under pressure since authorities said its contact lens care products might be linked to a spate of serious eye infections in Asia and the United States, said a handful of cases of the infection had also been confirmed in Europe. But the company, whose shares fell 6.3% to hit an almost three-year low, denied analysts' suggestions that a large debt buyback announced Wednesday could leave it strapped for cash.
January 1, 2006 | Kathleen Doheny, Healthy Traveler
OH, those little annoyances of traveling: Your contact lenses turn gritty halfway through your trip. Your ankles swell after sitting too long on a plane. Your toothbrush gets grimy after days on the road. You want a workout but there's no gym at your hotel. You think you have to buck up and deal with it but, no, there are solutions out there ? some low-tech and high-tech products that go easy on a post-holiday budget. Eye care: If your rewetting drops aren't helping to soothe your tired, dry eyes, try Tranquileyes, an adjustable eye mask that blocks light completely with its wraparound style.
February 3, 2005 | From Reuters
Staar Surgical Co., a maker of lenses and devices used in ophthalmology, said the Food and Drug Administration might take further action against it. The FDA last year warned Staar it might suspend operations at its Monrovia plant because of flaws in the company's surgically implanted contact lens. Staar shares fell 25 cents to $6.15 on Nasdaq.
October 29, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Federal health officials are warning people not to use decorative contact lenses as part of Halloween costumes. Decorative lenses sold without a prescription are illegal and can cause serious eye injury and even blindness, the Food and Drug Administration said, citing injury reports it has received. The lenses, which come in various colors and designs, have been widely sold without prescription, the agency said.
January 7, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Staar Surgical Co., a Monrovia maker of implanted contact lenses, was cited by the Food and Drug Administration for failure to ensure that complaints about the devices were properly investigated. The shares fell 18%. The company didn't adequately investigate complaints that it received about blurred and cloudy vision linked to its products, the agency said in a letter to the company dated Dec. 22 and posted on the FDA's website.
October 22, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. health officials warned Americans not to wear colored contact lenses being sold simply for decoration and without a prescription or a professional fitting, saying the lenses present serious risks of permanent eye injury. The Food and Drug Administration said noncorrective, decorative contact lenses are being sold directly to consumers at flea markets, convenience stores and beach shops, adding that marketing may increase around Halloween.
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