October 6, 2020
My wonderful staff
A few years ago in another blog, I stated that I was very lucky to have such wonderful staff working at my practice. As I previously stated, my staff are involved in all aspects of patient care, including inserting and removing contact lenses and teaching patients how to do the same, spectacle frame and lens selection for dispensing of glasses, and performing tests on patients such as digital retinal imaging, optical coherence tomography, corneal topography and visual fields.
What can I do if my spectacles keep fogging up whenever I wear my face mask?
The State Government recently introduced the mandatory requirement in Victoria that all people now need to wear face masks when outside and in public. While the measure is absolutely necessary to help stop the spread of COVID-19, one of the downsides is that many spectacle wearers now have to deal with the annoying issue of their glasses fogging up whenever they are wearing their face mask.
May 13, 2020
Our overseas externship student, Holly MacPhee
Earlier this year we had the pleasure of hosting Holly MacPhee, a final year optometry student from the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of Waterloo in Canada, for an 8 week student residency at our practice. Holly is from Prince Edward Island – yes, the setting for Anne of Green Gables – in Canada
March 26, 2020
UPDATE ON COVID-19 & Essential Appointments
On March 22, 2020, the Victorian government announced the implement of a shutdown of all non-essential activity across the state to combat the spread of COVID-19.
At this time, Richard Lindsay and Associates will remain open in order to provide essential services to those where is it absolutely necessary. This includes patients with ocular emergencies, as well other patients – such as paediatric aphakic babies and children, and keratoconus and corneal graft patients – who are completely dependent on contact lenses for normal visual functioning. We would ask that if it is not essential for you to attend the practice, please do not schedule appointments at this time, and reschedule any upcoming appointments for a few months from now
March 18, 2020
The health and safety of our patients, staff and of the greater community has always been of the upmost importance for us at Richard Lindsay and Associates. We are closely monitoring the current COVID-19 situation and following the guidelines released by both the Department of Health and Human Services, and Optometry Australia to help prevent the spread of the virus.
The precautions we are taking:
1. In the coming weeks we will be splitting into two teams to ensure that if members of one team have to go into self-isolation due to coming into contact with COVID-19, the other team will still be able to provide ongoing eye care to all our patients.
2. We have always taken great care in ensuring our consulting and testing areas are cleaned before and after every patient examination. In recent weeks we have started ensuring that we are extra diligent with cleaning and disinfecting these areas for patient and staff safety.
3. All staff are regularly using hand sanitiser and washing their hands thoroughly throughout the day, and we encourage patients to do the same at the front desk or when they are inserting or removing their own contact lenses.
4. We may ask you some questions when you are calling to make an appointment regarding your current situation – including if you have been overseas recently or if you have had any flu-like symptoms over the past 14 days. These questions are just to ensure we can manage our appointment books and bring awareness to our staff.
November 25, 2019
Important visitors from Vietnam
Recently we were very honoured to have a delegation of some important people from Vietnam visit our practice. The delegation included representatives from the Ministry of Health and the Health Strategy and Policy Institute in Vietnam.
October 21, 2019
ICCLC Conference in Noosa
On the weekend of the October 10 we (Andrew & Jillian) left Richard behind to hold the fort whilst we attended the 17th International Cornea and Contact Lens Congress in Noosa, Queensland. The ICCLC conference brought together many eye care practitioners from all over Australia, as well as international visitors and lecturers from USA, New Zealand, and the South Pacific region. These are the best minds in the fields of contact lenses and corneal disease!!
October 1, 2019
Our latest toy – the SMap 3D topographer
Recently our practice purchased a SMap 3D topographer. Up until now we have only been able to measure the curvature of the cornea, however this new exciting instrument provides us with a three-dimensional image of the entire front surface of the eye, including the cornea and the surrounding white portion of the eye (the sclera).
August 16, 2019
Now you can recycle your contact lenses!
Did you know that since 2017 patients have been able to recycle their used contact lenses (free of charge) and at the same time raise money for Optometry Giving Sight. Under this scheme all brands of used contact lenses, plus all used contact lens blister packs and contact lens cases, can be recycled and used to create items such as park benches and garden beds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 19, 2016
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.
November 21, 2016
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.
September 26, 2016
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’.
May 11, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 8, 2013
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.