December 12, 2017
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.
November 20, 2017
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.
October 5, 2017
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.
September 15, 2017
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.
August 14, 2017
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.
July 11, 2017
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.
June 27, 2017
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.
May 30, 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.
May 3, 2017
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.
March 27, 2017
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.
March 7, 2017
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.
February 14, 2017
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.
January 16, 2017
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.