Welcome to the October issue of mivision.
Diabetes is increasing at an enormous rate around the world. Our lifestyles and diets continue to add to the alarming statistics as the number of people overweight and obese continues to rise.
Almost one million Australians have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and all these people are at risk of diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of vision loss in people aged 20 to 65 and the most common cause of preventable blindness.
Eye care professions have a vital role to play in not just the care and treatment of the disease, but also the public awareness campaign being taken by Diabetes Australia.
In this issue, mivision, through Diabetes Australia, urges all eye care professionals in Australia and New Zealand to promote awareness of Diabetes as we head up to World Diabetes Day on the 14 November.
We also tell the story of world famous Aussie novelist Colleen McCullough and how a Sydney ophthalmologist, using a revolutionary technique, saved the sight she was losing due to diabetic retinopathy.
The ever moving optometric landscape in Australia is about to change once again with the announcement that the Optometrists’ Co-operative (OPT) is about to be launched. We tell you how OPT plans to take on the big boys of the industry as Specsavers continues its Aussie thrust whilst moving into New Zealand.
And while on the subject of independents, mivision meets two amazing women from the south coast of N.S.W. who have found the right work-life balance. They have successfully combined full-time motherhood with the running of a highly profitable optometry business. Life for them couldn’t be better.
We also bring you an incredible news item on Sarah Palin, Alaska’s first female governor and the Republican candidate for U.S. Vice President…and how she inadvertently started a spectacles fashion frenzy.
mivision, with a team of contributors who cut through the clutter to just present the facts, continues to remain true to it’s motto of being ‘created by the industry for the industry’.
By remaining independent we are able to bring all facets of the industry together. In fact, every issue we draw on the collective knowledge and experience of up to 25 experts from the ophthalmic industry, to keep you up to date with the latest developments in technology, innovations, business and fashion, from here and overseas, in order to help you bring about ‘better patient outcomes’.
Our senior writer, Norm Lipson, without doubt one of the most respected journalists in Australia – having worked in the media for over 40 years including stints as a foreign correspondent for News Ltd. in London, New York and the Middle East; as a journalist with both Channel 7 and Channel 10 and a radio producer for 2GB – adds his journalistic flair to complete each issue.
Finally, Toma Publishing Pty Ltd., (publishers of mivision) has announced the Institute for Eye Research (IER) as a new regular contributor on contact lens research and developments in its publication’s mivision Australia and New Zealand edition, mivision Singapore edition and the soon to be launched mivision Malaysia edition.
These are exciting times.
Enjoy this issue.
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