With a steady stream of new evidence, masks have become a hot topic in eyecare during COVID-19. But the issue has been confusing and contentious. MYLES HUME examines the mask debate and the risks airborne transmission and asymptomatic patients may pose.
More presbyopic patients are seeking a safe, effective and affordable surgical solution to break free from their spectacles. Ophthalmologist DR ANTON VAN HEERDEN discusses his early experience with a laser blended vision procedure in his new Melbourne clinic. Read more
The nation’s first comprehensive look at the impact of reduced optometry services due to the COVID-19 lockdown has been provided in new Specsavers data. Australia and New Zealand optometry director Dr BENJAMIN ASHBY delves into the statistics and outlines a plan to manage the patient backlog.
Ranging from rulers through to tower-based systems, Grant Hannaford examines the various measuring techniques and systems used in practice and how they stack up. Read more
From chemical burns to puncture wounds, most eye injuries can be prevented with the right safety eyewear. RHIANNON BOWMAN reviews current eye injury trends and the role of optometrists and employers to minimise the risks. Read more
In the final instalment of Insight’s five-part dry eye series, optometrist Ms Marilyn Stern reveals how low overheads and no refraction equipment set Perth’s first dedicated dry eye clinic apart. So too does its patient demographic, with several teens counted among them. Read more
In Part 4 of Insight’s dry eye series, Melcare Biomedical CEO Anthony Moloney reveals how his company’s Australian-made product has proven to significantly reduce the severity of dry eye symptoms when compared with a conventional ocular lubricant – and hints there may be further therapies on the horizon. Read more
In Part 3 of Insight’s dry eye series, academic and author Dr Maria Markoulli shares her interest in the impact of ocular and systemic disease on the tear film and how eyecare professionals can better use this to diagnose and manage these conditions. Read more
A new clinic led by upskilled orthoptists is helping a leading Melbourne hospital reduce cataract wait times and streamline follow up appointments. JULIE TAYLOR reflects on its successes and future plans. Read more