December 17, 2018
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.
November 8, 2018
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.
September 25, 2018
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.
August 14, 2018
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.
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.
June 8, 2018
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.
May 7, 2018
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.
March 27, 2018
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.
March 2, 2018
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.
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.