When I reviewed the articles in this issue of mivision, I couldn’t help but be impressed by the research effort going into ocular health, both here in Australia and overseas.
Our lead news story takes a look at the Kimberley Eye Hub where Associate Professor Angus Turner and colleagues are transforming the provision of remote eye care. It also touches on a project there, which aims to determine whether an Australian developed artificial intelligence platform is as effective in a real world environment as it has been in research.
Our features explore advances in the detection of Alzheimer’s disease via the retina, as well as diverse Australian contributions to the recent Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) conference. Projects discussed ranged from understanding Toxoplasma gondii (a parasite that is particularly attracted to the retina and the brain) to oculomotor dysfunctions in mild traumatic brain injury, and a novel drug to manage abnormalities in the oil-secreting meibomian glands.
In this issue, we bring news of an Australian first surgery – the use of donor corneal tissue to treat patients with keratoconus. Known as corneal allogenic intrastromal ring segment (CAIRS) surgery, it has been described by Queensland’s Dr David Gunn as “the next progression of intracorneal ring segment surgery”.
Continuing the keratoconus theme, Dr Uday Bhatt describes other advances in clinical keratoconus management that make early patient referral and ongoing co-management so important.
Elsewhere in the issue, Dr Ben LaHood takes a look at laser vision correction technologies in use today and on the horizon, and Dr Nathan Kerr explains how 3D visualisation is transforming surgery for practitioners and patients alike.
No doubt optometrists around Australia are eagerly awaiting next month when ODMA and Optometry Victoria/South Australia open the doors to O=MEGA21 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The sold out trade show will be overflowing with the latest ophthalmic equipment and the conference rooms will be bursting with the highest calibre eye health professionals, ready to share the latest research, techniques and ideas for vision care.
So much going on… so much to impress. Enjoy.