Buying into the independent optometry dream

As the current economic climate prompts optometrists to reconsider practice valuations, exit plans and buyer interest, RHIANNON BOWMAN reflects on where opportunities lie for the next generation of independent practice owners. Read more

Telling it like it is: kids and contact lenses

A multitude of studies both on self-esteem and myopia control show kids as young as eight can manage contact lenses safely and competently. Insight speaks with eyecare practitioners and academics about treating this younger age group. Read more

Is cannabis a treatment for glaucoma?

Medicinal cannabis is often presented as an alternative treatment for glaucoma. Although there is evidence that cannabis lowers intraocular pressure, its role as a viable glaucoma therapy is limited by a short duration of action, psychotropic effects, and possible tachyphylaxis.

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No boundaries: Purchasing in a pandemic

Opening a greenfield practice during a pandemic in Australia’s hardest-hit city has thrown up its challenges, especially when it comes to purchasing big ticket items. But DR JAYSON STONE found a way thanks to the efforts of a major supplier.

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Demystifying lens coatings and treatments

The breadth of choice in lens coatings and treatments plays to the patient’s advantage, whether they are motivated by function, fashion – or both. Insight talks shop with lens manufacturers and dispensers about market trends and retail dynamics. Read more

Finding a niche with preservative-free eye drops

In the space of 23 years AFT Pharmaceuticals has gone from a home-based business to a multinational company. Its eyecare business is also experiencing remarkable growth, and more therapies are in the pipeline, including one for glaucoma.

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A one-stop-shop for patient attraction and retention

Staff across Ocula’s independent optometry network grew tired of their intricate appointment booking system. It’s now been streamlined thanks to a new relationship with a health service platform that’s also driving the business’s digital marketing to patients. Read more

Counting down: the new CPD standard for optometrists

On 1 December, the registration standard for optometrists’ CPD will change from a points-based two-year cycle to a time-based annual cycle. Insight examines the challenges this presents, how optometrists are responding and whether COVID-19 has helped or hindered the impending change-over. Read more

An evolution from function to lifestyle and fashion

Transitions Optical was one of the world’s first lens brands marketed directly to consumers. Insight details its transformation from a company with a niche product aimed at functional and clinical needs, to a lens portfolio that fulfils the protection and fashion requirements of a broader market. Read more