Optometry’s latest move for expanded scope

In a new push for expanded scope-of-practice, Optometry Australia is calling for change in six areas – including oral medications and intravitreal injections – so the nation’s under-utilised optometric workforce can get to work tackling urgent eye health issues. Insight unpacks the organisation’s key proposals.

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Rewriting eye disease: Are we ready for gene therapies?

In 2020, ophthalmology became the first medical field in Australia to secure approval for a gene therapy. The one-off treatment can restore vision in people once resigned to a lifetime of blindness and is expected to pave the way for many more. MYLES HUME analyses the opportunities and challenges posed by ocular gene therapies. Read more

 Second national eye health survey announced

A second National Eye Health Survey has been announced – this time with an added ear health component – and will examine close to 5,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Aboriginal Australians over two years. Read more

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New study lends weight to pandemic and myopia link

A Hong Kong study highlighting a significant decrease in the time schoolchildren have been able to spend outdoors and a sharp increase in screen time is the latest to join mounting evidence that a rise in childhood myopia may be linked to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

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