Richard 'obtained' his BScOptom degree from the University of Melbourne in 1984 and a MBA from the same institution in 1991. He was Head of Contact Lens Clinics at the Victorian College of Optometry from 1989 to 1998 and a Senior Fellow in the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of Melbourne from 1992 to 2007. Richard has also previously been a Visiting Lecturer in the School of Optometry at the University of New South Wales.
Richard worked as a Volunteer Optometrist in the Village Polyclinic at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and he was the Optometry Coordinator for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Village Polyclinic.
Richard is renowned internationally as an expert in the field of contact lenses. He has presented over 100 lectures at conferences and scientific meetings both in Australia and overseas, and he has published over 30 papers related to contact lens practice in scientific and clinical journals. He has also written chapters for many contact lens textbooks. Richard is a Diplomate of the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry and he is a Past-President and a Founding Fellow of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia.
Favourite Football Team: St Kilda
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Favourite food: Risotto
What did I do in 2017?
In May, I was an invited speaker at the Southern Regional Congress (SRC) in Melbourne where I presented a lecture entitled “Making the best use of silicone hydrogels in contact lens practice”.
In June, I spent a week in Cambodia doing volunteer work for Sight For All teaching contact lens fitting at the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital (KSFH) in Phnom Penh. I was mainly working with an extremely talented young ophthalmologist (Dr Kheng Sok) and I spent the time teaching Kheng and her associates about various types of contact lens fitting, including keratoconic and post-graft fitting, as well as contact lens management of infantile aphakia.
In September, 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.
In November, I arranged for his colleague from Cambodia, Dr Kheng Sok, to spend a week at the practice. Kheng’s visit to Australia had been arranged by Sight For All and during her time here she was mainly based in Sydney where she was doing a Paediatric Fellowship. I could not let Kheng come all this way without her seeing Melbourne so I arranged for her to come down and visit in mid-November.
I was also busy this year writing papers and book chapters. As previously mentioned, I was a co-author with Andrew and others on the “Bilateral blebs secondary to spontaneous scleral perforations” case report that was published in the Journal of Glaucoma and I was a co-author with Andrew and Jillian on the paper entitled “Find something new with a change in view: Axial versus Tangential maps” that was published in Optometry Australia’s Pharma magazine.
I, along with Bruce Herbert and Regina Leung, published a case report in Clinical and Experimental Optometry (CXO) entitled “An oblique bitoric rigid contact lens fitting for the management of lens subluxation in Marfan syndrome”. This paper featured an interesting case where a patient had to be prescribed an oblique bitoric rigid contact lens to achieve optimal vision. This type of lens is rarely used and this was in fact only the second time in over 30 years of clinical practice that I have been required to fit this type of lens.
I published an invited paper in Contact Lens Spectrum entitled “A new angle on soft toric lenses” in which he outlined a novel method of ensuring that patients who were wearing soft toric lenses were given the appropriate correction.
I contributed three chapters – “Soft toric lens design and fitting”, Rigid toric lens design and fitting” and “Keratoconus” – to the new (third) edition of Professor Nathan Efron’s world renowned contact lens textbook “Contact Lens Practice”. My co-author on the Keratoconus chapter was Dr Laura Downie from the University of Melbourne, one of the leading contact lens academics in Australia.
I am an Associate Editor for the journal Clinical and Experimental Optometry – a role I have performed for almost 10 years – and in July myself and my good friend and colleague Nathan Efron put together a special issue of the journal which was entirely devoted to contact lenses. There were many interesting papers in this special issue covering areas such as contact lens infection, dry eye and contact lenses, speciality contact lens fitting and novel uses of contact lenses (such as drug delivery, magnifiers for low vision patients, visual augmentation and biosensing). This special issue can be found at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cxo.2017.100.issue-5/issuetoc
As I have done for many years now, I also presented some lectures to the optometry students at the University of Melbourne. This year I lectured to the students on topics such as “contact lens aftercare”, “paediatric contact lens fitting” and “contact lens fitting after post-refractive surgery”.