December 16, 2014
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.
October 28, 2014
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.
October 9, 2014
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.
September 19, 2014
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)
August 13, 2014
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.
June 30, 2014
In a very exciting development in contact lens practice, the first silicone hydrogel colour contact lenses have recently been launched in the USA.
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.
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.
May 1, 2014
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.
April 10, 2014
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.
March 26, 2014
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.
March 11, 2014
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.
February 25, 2014
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.
February 11, 2014
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.
January 20, 2014
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.