While the eye care profession is generally a forward thinking one, willing to embrace new technologies and developments, it is a fascinating exercise to look back over our shoulders, to see just how far we’ve come.
Professor Barry Cole has done just that, publishing an intriguing book A History of Australian Optometry after a two-and-a-half year labour of love. While his work has unearthed some quirky facts (who knew being both an optician AND a parasol maker would be such a good fit), it also reveals that ethics and standards were always high on the agenda.
In this issue we head to Goondiwindi, near the Queensland/New South Wales border, to profile rural optometrist, Steven Smith. Steven bought into an optometry practice in the agriculture and mining town more than 20 years ago, and hasn’t looked back. It’s a different kind of working experience, with Steven managing everything from the routine refractions to “frightening” eye diseases such as birdshot retinopathy and retinoblastoma. Of course, in a small town, co-management of patients – with visiting ophthalmologists as well as local GPs – is essential.
We also take a detailed look at managing seasonal dry eye. Latest research from the United States indicates there are patterns associated with the disease, that suggest different mechanisms may underlie dry eye in winter vs. spring. Of course, this also suggests that there may be different approaches to treatment. If dry eye is of interest, you may also want to flick over to page 51, for the first of our CPD articles, which looks at just this topic.
Latest research from the United States indicates there are patterns associated with the disease, that suggest different mechanisms may underlie dry eye in winter vs. spring
Our second CPD offering this month focuses on contact lenses, with an article from regular mivision contributor Alan Saks on the revolution in contact lens design. He’s been an integral part of the CL scene since ‘way back when’ so his perspective is an interesting one.
This month’s guest editor for our ‘miophthalmology insights’ column is Dr. Rick Wolfe, one of Australia’s most experienced cataract and refractive surgeons. The excitement he feels about being part of a “new paradigm in IOL surgery” is obvious. His challenge: to aim for excellent refractive results in all patients through astigmatism elimination.
This issue contains our usual line-up of thought-provoking columnists. Alan Saks reluctantly joins the presbyopia club in ‘mizone’; Jessica Chi has a very personal perspective on ocular trauma in ‘mipatient’; Michael Jacobs has his two cents on patient communication and business guru Mark Overton looks
at what’s in a name.
Jim Papas reviews digital anti fatigue lenses. With Australians spending an average of 10+ hours engaging with their digital devices every day, you know this is going to be an essential part of your practice.
In fashion news, we profile Vogue Eyewear and its accessible sun and optical offerings, plus don’t miss our feature on the options for Asian fit. When compared with a typical Caucasian face, the Asian face has a flatter profile and the nose of the bridge is less pronounced. Both of these factors can have a substantial impact on frame fit, but there are collections that take this into account.
Enjoy this issue.