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Age should not limit your aspirations

As a 26-year-old optical dispenser launching a business, I had a lot of people comment on how young I am. But after the excellent reception Core Optique has received since its launch in July, I can confidently say age doesn’t limit success; what matters are experience, passion and enthusiasm. Read more »
Eye treatment can make a dramatic difference in people's lives

Report
Restoring the sight of isolated communities

Orthoptists are integral to improving the eye health of remote communities. MELISSA KAUK details youth with a mission’s ongoing work towards improving eye health throughout Papua New Guinea. Read more »

Frames
Jumping from assistant to dispenser

A formal qualification can take an optical assistant to the next level of their career. CHEDY KALACH explains how a Certificate IV can be a valuable asset to both an individual and a practice. Read more »

Management
Making the tough decisions about driving

Informing a patient they are no longer able to drive is a difficult task, particularly if they are unreceptive to the news. KAREN CROUCH explains practitioner obligations in such situations. Read more »

Report
Taking optical dispensing to the next level

The third edition of the Specsavers Dispensing Conference recently completed a tour of Australia. LEWIS WILLIAMS was at the Sydney event, and reports on the many revealing presentations. Read more »

Research
Gene therapy and implants combine in groundbreaking bionic eye design

An ambitious bionic eye project promises to help age-related macular degeneration patients see again using an innovative combination of smartglasses, gene therapy and brain implants. Read more »
Dr Koji Nishida from Osaka University presented the team’s findings

Research
World first corneal transplant performed with IPS cells

Donor tissue might no longer be necessary for corneal disease patients following the world’s first successful transplant created from induced pulripotent (iPS) cells. Read more »

Research
Protein found in eye protects against diabetic retinopathy

A protein in the eye has been identified as being capable, in high enough levels, of preventing diabetic retinopathy. The discovery paves the way for a new treatment that has the potential to reverse the condition’s progress. Read more »

Equipment
Glaucoma patients are now easier to find

Annie Gibbins' Key Points:
  • Widespread use of OCT is one factor that Glaucoma Australia believes is having a tangible impact in the glaucoma arena.
  • Patients referred to GA are becoming younger on average, demonstrating the clear impact OCT is having.
  • While there may be an increase in false positives, the benefit of early detection will hopefully outweigh the negatives.
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Equipment
We can learn more about this powerful tool

Nitin Verma’s Key Points:
  • We have no problem with the use of OCT in routine clinical practice by all eye care professionals, and in fact would encourage it.
  • Used appropriately, OCT will undoubtedly improve outcomes for the screening, detection and management of eye conditions.
  • Until a study conclusively shows that over-diagnosis is an issue, we would rather deal with over-diagnosis than risk missing pathology.
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Equipment
More evidence needed before recommendation

Luke Arundel’s Key Points:
  • OCT should be applied in the practice following an evidence-based approach to diagnosis and management.
  • There is limited data and evidence regarding the use of OCT in a standardised way across the general optometric patient population.
  • There is no evidence to support a recommendation for the broad application of OCT as part of a standard eye examination.
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Feature
The Great OCT Debate: Is routine screening worth it?

Should optometrists move down the path of population-based screening programs, or does a more judicious, targeted approach ensure the best level of eyecare? Read more »

Company
An invaluable tool in a holistic eyecare model

Peter Larsen’s Key Points:
  • Specsavers' national OCT rollout shows that the organisation is committed to the technology.
  • This is a world-first approach to identify Australia's undiagnosed cases of glaucoma, and the data is remarkable so far.
  • OCT is only part of the glaucoma referral pathway for Specsavers’ patients, with many other factors considered.
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Target your screening for the greatest impact

Dr Angelica Ly's Key Points:
  • OCT is an excellent tool, but can be associated with a higher rate of false positives and an increased tendency to refer.
  • The cost, complexity, time and expertise-intensive nature of OCT indicate it would be best applied in a highly targeted manner.
  • This is the clinical model successfully used by the Centre for Eye Health.
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Frames
Safilo goes back to basics to support optometry practices

To battle the sector’s biggest players, Safilo is positioning its eyewear collection as the feather in independent optometry’s cap. COLEBY NICHOLSON and MYLES HUME look at how the company is using its extensive international expertise to support the local market in Australia and New Zealand. Read more »

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