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    Recent study shows intraocular lenses not the best treatment option for aphakic babies

    About four years ago I published a blog discussing the relative merits of contact lenses or intraocular lenses for unilateral aphakic babies.  This blog was based on a paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Ophthalmology which compared the visual outcomes of unilateral aphakic babies optically corrected with contact lenses versus intraocular lenses (IOLs) following unilateral cataract surgery during early infancy.  The study also looked at the efficacy and safety of primary IOL implantation for infantile unilateral aphakia.

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    Optometry Giving Sight and World Sight Day

    World Sight Day was on October 11 this year.  The World Sight Day Challenge is a major, international fundraising campaign.  It’s coordinated by Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) as a way to bring the global optometric community together and help end avoidable blindness and vision impairment.  

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    25 September 2018, Category: Practice News

    BCLA meeting in Singapore

    Recently I attended the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) Asia conference which this year was held in Singapore.  It was an excellent meeting with over 180 delegates from all over the world in attendance and various topics were covered including myopia control, orthokeratology, presbyopic contact lens fitting and dry eye.

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    SnowVision meeting in New Zealand

    Recently I attended the biannual SnowVision conference in Queenstown where I was an invited speaker.  As always, it was an excellent meeting with about 100 delegates treated to lectures on topics including myopia control, orthokeratology, macular degeneration, dry eye and glaucoma.  There was both an early morning lecture session (first lecture at 6.30 am!) and a late afternoon session so that there was plenty time for recreational activities (i.e. skiing!) between talks.

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    Corneal collagen cross-linking now covered under Medicare

    I am pleased to report that many Australians with keratoconus will now benefit from a Medicare rebate for corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) to help stop or slow down progression of their condition.  The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Item for CXL came into effect on May 1 this year and the rebate amount for the procedure is $1200.  

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    Southern Regional Congress in Melbourne: What I learnt

    In late May, Andrew, Jillian and I attended the Southern Regional Congress (SRC) in Melbourne.  This is the biggest optometric conference in Australia and it is held each year in Melbourne.  This year there were over 850 delegates and – as in previous years – they were treated to some excellent lectures from both local and overseas speakers.  The conference has a strong clinical aspect with many presentations outlining what is considered best practice for the consulting room, however there were also some very good talks which provided delegates with all the latest developments in ophthalmic research.

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    7 May 2018, Category: Eyecare

    Update on cataracts

    Cataracts are a clouding or opacification of the lens inside the eye.  They are generally a result of ageing and long-term exposure to ultraviolet light.  Cataracts may also be caused by trauma to the eye and in rare cases they can be present at birth.  Note that cataracts simply represent a change in or alteration to the lens material – they are not a growth.

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    Launch of Cataract Kids Australia

    About a month ago I had the pleasure of speaking at the launch of Cataract Kids Australia.  The event brought together children affected by congenital and infantile cataract, and their families, eye care providers, researchers and other interested parties.

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    2 March 2018, Category: Practice News

    Recent trip to Las Vegas

    I recently attended the Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS) which is held every year in Las Vegas.  This is one of the biggest contact lens conferences in the world and – as the name implies – there is an emphasis throughout the meeting on the contact lens management of conditions such as keratoconus, post-graft, high myopia, astigmatism and paediatric aphakia.  This year there were over 1000 contact lens specialists from all around the world travel in attendance.

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    Recent study shows increased risk of melanoma for people with pterygia

    Just recently there was a paper published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology by researchers from the Lions Eye Institute (LEI) in Perth which showed that the presence of a pterygium indicates a significantly increased risk of developing a cutaneous melanoma.  

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    12 December 2017, Category: Practice News

    Visitor from Cambodia

    Recently we had the good fortune to have Dr Kheng Sok from Cambodia spend a week at our practice.  You will recall from a previous blog that earlier this year I spent a week in Cambodia doing volunteer work for Sight For All teaching contact lens fitting to Kheng and her colleagues at the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh.  

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    20 November 2017, Category: Eyecare

    Children and soft contact lenses

    A couple of months ago, my friend and colleague Mark Bullimore published an excellent paper in Optometry and Vision Science in which he critically analysed how safe it was to fit children with soft contact lenses.  Since about the turn of the century there has been less reluctance shown to fit children with contact lenses.  

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    5 October 2017, Category: Eyecare

    Multifocal sunglasses

    We are now approaching the warmer time of the year, and – as we all know –   overexposure to UV radiation can cause eye damage, such as swelling of the cornea and the conjunctiva (the ‘white’ of your eye), cataract development and other kinds of problems including pterygium (tissue growth which can encroach on your cornea) and skin cancer around the eyes.  

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    16th International Cornea & Contact Lens Conference

    Recently I attended the 16th International Cornea & Contact Lens Conference (ICCLC) in Sydney.  This is the biennial conference of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia (CCLSA) and it is without a doubt the biggest contact lens conference held in Australia.  This year there were over 320 optometrists in attendance.

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    14 August 2017, Category: Eyecare

    Our specialist colleagues

    A little while back, one of our corneal transplant patients unfortunately suffered a rupture to their corneal graft due to an accidental poke in the eye from his two year old boy.  Naturally this occurred on a Sunday night.  Our patient was immediately taken to the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH) where the ophthalmologist on duty advised him that the corneal graft would need to be resutured.  

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    Jillian Campbell a speaker at recent Cairns conference

    My associate Jillian Campbell was an invited speaker at North Queensland Vision (NQV) in Cairns late last month.  The conference was organized by Optometry Queensland/Northern Territory and there were about 100 optometrists in attendance.  

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    27 June 2017, Category: Practice News

    Trip to Cambodia

    I have just returned from Cambodia, where I was doing volunteer work for Sight For All teaching contact lens fitting at the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital (KSFH) in Phnom Penh.  As with my previous work in Vietnam, my trip to Cambodia would not have been possible without the brilliant work of Sight For All, which has as one of its missions the aim of instilling knowledge and skills to eye health professionals throughout the world.

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    30 May 2017, Category: Eyecare

    SRC 2017

    I was an invited speaker at the recent Southern Regional Congress (SRC) in Melbourne.  This is the biggest optometric conference in Australia and it is held each year in Melbourne.  This year there were over 800 delegates and as is the norm they were treated to some excellent lectures from both local and overseas speakers.

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    Age-related macular degeneration

    In late May – May 21 to May 27 – there will be Macular Degeneration Awareness Week which is organized by the Macular Disease Foundation Australia (who do a tremendous job in promoting awareness and educating the public about this serious group of eye diseases).  Hence, it seems only appropriate that I write about this important topic and for this I have called on the services of a guest blogger, namely my wife Professor Erica Fletcher.  

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    Rigid contact lenses – what’s in a name?

    Rigid contact lenses are available in many forms.  The classification of rigid lenses is usually based on differences in total diameter, although the terminology can vary.  I favour the rigid lens nomenclature whereby corneal lenses have a diameter of 7.0 to 12.0 mm, corneal-scleral lenses have a diameter of 12.0 to 15.0 mm, mini-scleral lenses have a diameter of 15.0 to 18.0 mm and scleral lenses have a diameter of 18.0 to 25.0 mm.  

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    7 March 2017, Category: Eyecare

    Contact lenses and the internet

    A few years ago, internet purchase of disposable contact lenses was identified as a major risk factor for contact lens-related infection in an Australian study published in a major ophthalmic journal.  

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    14 February 2017, Category: Eyecare

    Contact lens conference in Las Vegas

    My colleague Andrew Huhtanen recently attended the Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS) in Las Vegas.  This is now probably the biggest contact lens meeting in the world and – as the name implies – there is an emphasis throughout the meeting on the contact lens management of conditions such as keratoconus, post-graft, high myopia, astigmatism and paediatric aphakia.

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    16 January 2017, Category: Eyecare

    Off to school

    It is an exciting time when a child heads off to school for the first time.  Like thousands of other children, our youngest girl Hanna is commencing school this year and in a couple of weeks my wife and I will be walking her to school where she will meet her new Prep teacher and all her classmates.  

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    19 December 2016, Category: Practice News

    The right staff

    I am a big fan of Sir Richard Branson.  One of his well-known quotes is “you can’t do a good business with a bad person.  Find the right people to work with and you can’t go wrong.”  I love this quote and it is certainly one of my favourites.  I also like the way Branson treats his employees.

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    21 November 2016, Category: Practice News

    A wonderful life

    A short while ago I attended a service to celebrate the life of Dr David Cockburn OAM who passed away recently at the age of 91.  Many of David’s colleagues and friends were in attendance at this event, as well as some of his old patients from his optometry practice.  

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    14 October 2016, Category: Eyecare

    BCLA - Digital eye strain

    Last month I attended the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) Asia conference which was held in Hong Kong (in conjunction with the Hong Kong Cornea and Contact Lens Society).  It was an excellent meeting with over 200 delegates from all over the world in attendance and various topics were covered including myopia control, orthokeratology, scleral lenses, dry eye and paediatric contact lens fitting.  One of the best and most interesting seminars at the conference was a presentation given by Peter Kollbaum from the USA on the topic of ‘digital eye strain’.  

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    26 September 2016, Category: Practice News

    Provision conference in Cairns

    Last week my staff and I attended the the Provision National Conference in Cairns.  Over 400 optometrists from all around Australia were at the conference and the theme of the meeting was ‘relevance’.

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    Daily disposables – the way of the future

    Disposable soft contact lenses were launched onto the Australian contact lens market in 1989.  Interestingly, for a few years before the introduction of disposable lenses several companies had operated frequent replacement schemes, with the interval between lens replacements generally being three or six months.  These frequent replacement programs were not that successful and it was only with the introduction of disposable lenses – and the subsequent shorter interval between lens replacements – that the concept of ‘frequent lens replacement’ was truly embraced by contact lens patients.  

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    26 July 2016, Category: Eyecare

    The great outdoors and myopia

     

    Last month there was an excellent article in Contact Lens Spectrum by David Berntsen in which the author summarized the recent studies that have demonstrated the protective effect of outdoor time against the onset of myopia.  

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    Hydrogen Peroxide – the Forgotten Cleaning System

    Hydrogen peroxide was introduced as a contact lens maintenance system in the mid 1980s.  At this time, it was seen as a major breakthrough in contact lens cleaning and disinfection, as previously patients had been required to use heat disinfection (which usually led to signification contact lens degradation and deposition) or chemical systems that incorporated preservatives such as thiomersal or chlorhexidine (which often led to adverse reactions from the eyes).

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    Clinical Teaching of Optometry Students

    When I was an optometry student at the University of Melbourne, one of my great memories is the outstanding clinical teaching I received when I started to see patients for the first time.  

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    Welcome to our new optometrist, Jillian!

     

    It is a pleasure to introduce Jillian Campbell, who commenced working with us a couple of months ago.  Jillian is originally from North Queensland and she did her optometry training at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.

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    Annual Cornea Society and Eye Bank Meeting

    My colleague Andew Huhtanen and I recently attended the 33rd Annual Cornea Society and Eye Bank Meeting which was held here in Melbourne.  Once again, the top corneal specialists from here and New Zealand were in attendance.

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    New registry for corneal collagen cross-linking

    Our experience over the last 10 years with the corneal collagen cross-linking treatment (CXL) of keratoconus shows that this procedure is both safe and effective in halting the progression of the keratoconus.  We also know that the earlier this procedure is offered, the more likely it is to retard keratoconus progression.

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    30 November 2015, Category: Practice News

    Back to Hanoi

    After my trip to Vietnam last year where I spent time teaching contact lens fitting in the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology (VNIO) Eye Hospital, I was back in Hanoi recently as an Invited Speaker at the 2nd Congress of the ASEAN Ophthalmology Society.  

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    26 November 2015, Category: Practice News

    Say hello to Utah

    We have recently signed up to sponsor a Seeing Eye Dog with Seeing Eye Dogs Australia. Our sponsor puppy is a 6 month old Black Labrador named UTAH. Our monthly donation goes towards her training, her food, vet visits and all costs involved in her training to become a Seeing Eye Dog.

     

     

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    2 September 2015, Category: Practice News

    Lord Mayor’s Commendation

    I was fortunate enough to recently be awarded a Lord Mayor’s Commendation for 2015.  These awards began in 2005 and they acknowledge and celebrate the long-term commitment of independent small business proprietors in the City of Melbourne. 

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    The ‘patching’ you do without a patch!

    Amblyopia (or ‘lazy eye’) is a common visual disorder that affects about 4% of people.  The most common causes are strabismus (where the child has a large squint or ‘turned eye’) and anisometropia (where there is a large difference in the refractive error between the two eyes).  

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    Good friend and optometric colleague awarded AC in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

    My good friend and colleague Professor Nathan Efron AC has been honoured with the Queen’s Birthday Honours most senior recognition – a Companion in the Order of Australia.  Nathan was awarded for his eminent service to medicine in the field of clinical optometry – particularly as an academic, researcher and author – and also for his research in to the treatment of juvenile diabetes.

     

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    I have just returned from the 15th International Cornea & Contact Lens Congress which was held last weekend on the Gold Coast.  This is the biggest contact lens meeting in Australia and it is put on every two years by the Cornea & Contact Lens Society of Australia.

     

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    Presbyopia is a condition where the eye gradually loses the ability to focus at a normal reading distance.  It is usually first noticed between the ages of 40 and 50 years when people find that they can no longer focus comfortably on objects closer than at arm’s length.  Presbyopia is not a disease and it affects everyone.  Presbyopia is usually corrected by reading glasses (which will make near objects clear but distant objects blurry) or multifocal glasses (which incorporate progressive lenses that provide clear vision at both distance and near).

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    There was good news recently in the contact lens market with Alcon releasing their Air Optix Colors contact lenses.  These excellent lenses involve a unique 3-in-1 colour technology that can enhance any eye colour for a wonderful cosmetic result.

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    Annual Cornea Society and Eye Bank Meeting in Perth

    At the start of March, I was asked to present at the 32nd Annual Cornea Society and Eye Bank Meeting in Perth.  This conference is held every year in Australia or New Zealand and is attended by the top corneal specialists and researchers from here and across the Tasman.  This is always a great meeting with the focus being on new developments in corneal surgery, the latest in corneal research and current controversies in clinical practice.  I was a co-presenter of a lecture entitled ‘Keratoconus and cataract surgery’ with my colleague – and one of Melbourne’s leading corneal specialists – Dr Ben Connell.

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    Southern Regional Congress in Melbourne

    Like I do every year, last week I attended the Southern Regional Congress (SRC) in Melbourne.  This is the biggest optometric conference in Australia and it is held each year in Melbourne.  This year there were over 825 delegates and as is the norm they were treated to some excellent lectures from both local and overseas speakers.  The commitment of the optometrists in attending the conference at the Melbourne Convention Centre has to be admired given that the temperature outside on each day of the conference was over 35 degrees.

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    Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS) in Las Vegas

    I have just been to the Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS) in Las Vegas.  The GSLS is one of the biggest annual contact lens meetings and this year there were over 800 attendees from all around the world.

     

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    16 December 2014, Category: Eyecare
    Water and Contact Lens Wear
     

    Recently – in both Australia and the UK – there has been an increased incidence of corneal infections associated with the use of water on contact lenses.  These infections are caused by Acanthamoeba, a parasite commonly found in tap and other sources of water.Recently – in both Australia and the UK – there has been an increased incidence of corneal infections associated with the use of water on contact lenses.  These infections are caused by Acanthamoeba, a parasite commonly found in tap and other sources of water. 

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    28 October 2014, Category: Eyecare
    I have just returned from doing some volunteer work in Hanoi, where I was teaching contact lens fitting at the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology. This is the major eye hospital in Hanoi and it generally serves about 2000 patients a day.

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    9 October 2014, Category: Practice News
    Last weekend I travelled down to Hobart with three of my wonderful staff (Carly, Lynne and Marnie) for the Provision National Conference. Over 400 optometrists from all around Australia were at this meeting and they were treated to a magnificent lecture program featuring a number of brilliant and entertaining speakers.

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    19 September 2014, Category: Eyecare
    Myopia control is an exciting area with recent studies providing good evidence that it may be possible to minimize or even stop the progression of myopia (short sightedness). Presently there are various modalities of myopia control which have been clinically shown to reduce the rate of myopia progression and these include orthokeratology (Ortho K)

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    13 August 2014, Category: Eyecare
    Dry eye is a common problem for both soft and rigid contact lens wearers. A recent study estimated that over 10% of patients have symptomatic and treatable dry eye. Contact lens discomfort is often associated with – or due to – a dry eye condition.

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    In a very exciting development in contact lens practice, the first silicone hydrogel colour contact lenses have recently been launched in the USA.

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    Four of my optometric colleagues were awarded the OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours – Ms Jane Duffy, Mr Peter Lewis, Mr Peter Stewart and Mrs Susan Walton.

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    Our most recent newsletter – which has just been posted on our website – features a summary of a paper that was published earlier this year in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Ophthalmology. The paper showed there was no significant difference between the visual acuity of children who underwent primary intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and those who were fitted with contact lenses.

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    1 May 2014, Category: Practice News
    I am very fortunate to have wonderful staff working with me in my practice. Whether it be putting a contact lens on a six week old baby's eye, teaching an eight year old boy how to insert and remove his contact lenses, or designing and dispensing glasses for a patient with a very high spectacle prescription, all the staff are very skilled and heavily involved in the management of all our patients.

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    10 April 2014, Category: Practice News
    My practice has been a member of ProVision for over 10 years and during that period we have received wonderful support and advice that has been instrumental in helping to grow our practice. ProVision is the largest independent optical group in Australia and they assist their member optometrists to meet their professional objectives and grow their business via a unique format that enables them to retain their independence and ownership.

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    I am currently in New Zealand as on the weekend just gone I was an invited speaker at the New Zealand Cornea and Contact Lens Conference in Auckland. This meeting is held yearly and the list of delegates always comprises the top contact lens practitioners and corneal surgeons from all over New Zealand.

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    In early March I attended the Southern Regional Congress (SRC) in Melbourne. This is the biggest optometric conference in Australia and it is held each year in Melbourne. This year there were over 900 delegates and they were treated to some excellent lectures from both local and overseas speakers.

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    25 February 2014, Category: Practice News
    Our new optometrist – Andrew Huhtanen – commenced working at the practice (alongside Regina and myself) in early February. Andrew is from Canada and he did his training there, graduating from the University of Waterloo (this is just out of Toronto) about 6 years ago. He came over to Australia approximately 12 months ago and prior to joining our practice he was working up in Canberra.

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    I recently attended the Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS) which is held every year in Las Vegas. This is one of the biggest contact lens conferences in the world and – as the name implies – there is an emphasis throughout the meeting on the contact lens management of conditions such as keratoconus, post-graft, high myopia, astigmatism and paediatric aphakia. Each year over 400 contact lens specialists from all around the world travel to Las Vegas to attend the GSLS.

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    20 January 2014, Category: Eyecare
    An issue we face at this practice is non-compliance in contact lens wear. All contact lens wearing patients exhibit some degree of non-compliance with regard to contact lens wear and maintenance, even though most patients consider themselves to be complying with guidelines for lens wear and care that have been outlined to them by their contact lens specialist.

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    8 December 2013, Category: Practice News
    My aim is to keep you updated with what’s new in our practice, what’s new in optometry, and to share general hints and tips about eyecare and contact lens care. We will be posting links to every update on our facebook page, and would love to hear your comments and questions. There will be a new post about every two weeks, so make sure to check back for the latest.

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