A taskforce overseeing a review into optometric Medicare items has backed 11 of 14 recommendations by an optometry committee. However, a proposal for more frequent eye exams for middle-aged Australians has been rescinded and concerns have been raised over high computerised perimetry usage. Read more
Novartis has announced positive findings from its the Phase 3 trial assessing the efficacy and safety of Beovu (brolucizumab) to treat diabetic macular edema (DME). Read more
Nova Eye Medical is seeking a modification to the existing minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) Medicare item number that only came into effect in May, stating the current wording has the unintended consequence of excluding microcatheter technology. Read more
The Australian Society of Ophthalmologists (ASO) has criticised major public hospitals in New South Wales for operating at 20% capacity or less, contributing to a wait time blow out for ophthalmic patients who now spend 330 days on average before receiving an operation. Read more
Safilo is celebrating the 65th anniversary of its proprietary eyewear label Carrera with a relaunch of its most iconic designs. Read more
Retina Australia has awarded a total of $160,000 in study grants to some of the biggest names in Australian retinal research. Read more
Independent optometry practices have been scrambling to contact thousands of patients in recent weeks after health funds sent letters to policy holders, with many wrongly interpreting them as notification they could no longer access care from their usual optometrist or use optical rebates.
George & Matilda Eyecare (G&M) has relaunched its practice acquisition program and has closed out 2020 by welcoming two additional practices. Read more
Melbourne glaucoma researcher Dr Jennifer Fan Gaskin is one of 60 women selected for Science & Technology Australia’s Superstars of STEM program, which aims to challenge gender assumptions about scientists and increase female visibility in their relevant field. Read more
CooperVision’s MiSight 1 day contact lens has been ranked in Popular Science’s top 100 innovations of 2020, alongside a fast, ultra-cheap coronavirus test, and joining past winners such as the portable defibrillator and the first spacecraft to visit Pluto.