1. In Search of the Ultimate CL

    Alan Saks | 30 June 2018

    Breathing in the fresh ocean air of Little Bay, on Western Australia's Coral Coast, inspired thoughts of gas permeable contact lens materials…  As a child I used to help my Dad polish and adjust polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)... Read More

  2. Singapore and Robots

    Alan Saks | 31 May 2018

    When a conference in Singapore looked to the future of optometry, delegates agreed there’s a long way to go before we’re replaced by androids.  I recently completed a lightning fast trip to Singapore to present and... Read More

  3. Focussing on the Right Things

    Alan Saks | 30 April 2018

    The pressures placed on optometry are escalating. To avoid stress, control what you can, focus on the positives and consider your options for practice. As optometrists, we like to remain positive, to concentrate on the many wonderful opportunities our... Read More

  4. Progress Comes With Debate

    Alan Saks | 02 April 2018

    Leaders are often viewed with scepticism and criticised for their work… but how would we advance without them? In monitoring optometry related social media posts and those on the AUSOPTOM list, I note there’s often quite a bit of debate... Read More

  5. Moving Forward and Staying Balanced

    Alan Saks | 28 February 2018

    Optometrists are increasingly reliant on diagnostic instruments… but the powerful human brain still has its place. Optical coherence tomographers, superwidefield laser scanning ophthalmoscopes, corneal topographers and automated perimeters have opened... Read More

  6. Planning For Future Trends

    Alan Saks | 01 February 2018

    In 1965, Alvin Toffler coined the phrase ‘future shock’. Now half a century later, I dare say we are firmly in the grip of it. I discovered a first edition hardback copy of Toffler’s legendary 1970 book, Future Shock1 at my parent’s... Read More

  7. Evidence Backs Anecdotes

    Alan Saks | 29 November 2017

    One thing I’ve long espoused is the fact that wherever possible we should be fitting daily disposable lenses to enhance outcomes and reduce possible complications. It’s been a while since I covered interesting abstracts and journal articles in... Read More

  8. Life, The Universe and Contact Lenses

    Alan Saks | 27 October 2017

    Understanding where each patient is coming from, and helping them meet their goals, is critical to success. One thing is certain; people are constantly on the move, particularly in Australia and New Zealand. Having worked with me for many years in practice,... Read More

  9. What’s the Best Way to Learn, Doc?

    Alan Saks | 03 October 2017

    We’re learning all the time, in a multitude of ways, yet many effective modes of learning remain unrecognised. I’m penning this missive on the road, touring the amazing Australian Outback after I presented on the digital realm, keratoconus and... Read More

  10. Oh, My Eye! And What Lies Within

    Alan Saks | 29 August 2017

    There have recently been some rather interesting reports of ‘lost’ soft contact lenses found in the eye. These cases raise some important issues. In one case, reported in the British Medical Journal (July 2017) an ophthalmological team preparing a ... Read More

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