Tuesday, 17th July 2018
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B+L employees in major new lifestyle study

An exciting new study investigating possible links between nutrition, eye health and cognitive functions is currently being carried out in co-operation with Bausch + Lomb Waterford. A total of 70 employees were selected for the study by the Nutrition Research Centre of Ireland, based at Waterford Institute of Technology's Carriganore campus. The project is led by Professor John Nolan and Dr Marina Green.

Mark Hennessy, site leader at Bausch + Lomb, which currently employs 1,300 people mainly engaged in the manufacture of contact lenses, said it was appropriate that the six-month study was being conducted in Bausch + Lomb which has a proud history of improving eyesight and developing leading eye health products since it's establishment in 1853.

"We are delighted that Professor Nolan and his team chose us for this important piece of research which has the potential to make a huge difference to the lives of people in the future," said Mark Hennessy.

Visiting Bausch + Lomb on Wednesday, June 27, Professor Nolan said that the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland at the School of Health Sciences at WIT has evolved with the capacity to conduct clinical studies examining the link between nutrition and human function.

"Importantly, we can now measure wellness that is directly connected to lifestyle choices and nutrition," he said. "Our earlier work has demonstrated how optimising key nutrients of the eye improves visual performance across populations. This has now led into an exciting programme studying how nutrition can play a role in brain function."

Dr Marina Green said: "Our work represents a perfect fit with the Bausch + Lomb 'Wellness Programme' designed to improve and maintain employees' health, as by participating in this study volunteers learn about their overall health status and how this relates to their lifestyle and nutritional behaviour."

The study began at the beginning of May and will conclude in October.

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