The Australian Save Sight registries

When people ask me how on Earth I decided to be an eye doctor I have to admit my father was one. I had never intended to do what he did and I thought I had ignored all his advice. When he told me that ‘observational’ (a.k.a. ‘Phase 4’ or ‘post-marketing’) studies were needed to show that treatments identified by randomised clinical trials (RCTs) actually worked in routine clinical practice, I thought he was just trying to boost his publication list. It turns out that I was wrong about that too. 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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Addressing blink inefficiency

Although blink efficiency is an essential part of the lacrimal functional unit, it has too frequently not received enough attention from clinicians who are focused on remediating other tear dysfunctions. [1] Read more

Dry eye treatment in Australia

Dry eye remains a very common presentation to primary eyecare practitioners in Australia. Many experienced practitioners feel that the incidence of dry eye is increasing significantly. This is a complex and multifactorial disease which begs the question: Are we doing enough for our patients and how could we do better? Read more

Keeping pace with coronavirus and beyond

One thing we have all become accustomed to since the outbreak of the coronavirus is that the pace of change has been constant, and it has been relentless. The landscape we were looking at last week – let alone two or three months ago – is almost unrecognisable from that of today. Read more