November 30, 2015
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.
November 26, 2015
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.
September 2, 2015
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.
July 24, 2015
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).
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.
May 25, 2015
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.
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).
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.
March 30, 2015
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.
March 4, 2015
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.
January 27, 2015
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.