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mivision Issue 42, Dec 2009

Hasn’t 2009 flown by? Here we are again with another Christmas upon us…a time of joy, giving and reflection.

While most of us will be sharing dinner and presents with family and friends, there are many for whom Christmas is seen in an entirely different light…such as the thousands of blind and vision impaired children around Australia.

Layla is one such child. This angelic fiveyear- old has a condition that has robbed her of most of her sight, but she, like all kids, is looking forward to Christmas.

She is also the poster girl for Vision Australia’s Christmas Appeal aimed at raising urgently funds for its Child’s Play program to help children like Layla who are blind or have low vision reach their full potential. You will be touched by Layla’s story.

In the category of the ‘shame file’, the first national survey of indigenous eye health in more than 30 years has been released by Professor Hugh Taylor who describes the results as “a national disgrace”.

This survey makes some startling findings, including the fact that indigenous Australians suffer significantly higher rates of blindness and other eye related health problems than non-indigenous Australians. This is despite the fact that indigenous children begin their lives with better eyesight than their counterparts. This problem needs to be reversed.

In the world of sales, marketing and business practices there are no better coaches than John Lees, the author of 11 books on business development.

In this issue, Mr. Lees lends his expertise in an article entitled “Don’t give to get – give to get better at giving”. The premise is simple, giving…”is in fact a realistic way of taking care of yourself… in business and in all other pursuits,” says Mr. Lees. This is a must read.

And in another major coup, mivision was the only Australian representative invited by iconic eyewear brand Oakley to preview its latest Elite collection at its California headquarters. Read our exclusive report.

This issue of mivision is jam packed with articles to read while you’re lazing around the pool on those long hot days of summer.

As we head into the holiday season, we’d like to thank all our contributors, readers and advertisers for making mivision possible and for helping us continue our pursuit of excellence.

mivision is the culmination of the eye care professions and associated industries contributions and is proof that the team approach to eyecare works.

From the mivision team, we wish you a very merry Christmas, happy holidays and a healthy and prosperous New Year!

Enjoy this issue.
The mivision team.

Contents – December 2009 mivision

News – mivision presents all the news both locally and from around the world.

mistory – The first national survey of indigenous eye health in more than 30 years has been released by Professor Hugh Taylor write Norm Lipson

mifeature – Sophie Koh is she a qualified and dedicated optometrist who has worked with remote communities but she’s a rising recording star.Yoan Massie interviews Sophie Koh

mifeature – We feature the encouraging story of Layla, a remarkable girl who has low vision.By Yoan Massie

mifeature – 2010 will be an important milestone for all those involved in giving sight, whether on the ground in a remote community or making a financial contribution to the cause. Writes Jo Humphries

miophthalmology – The World Glaucoma Association brought together over 75 national and supra-national glaucoma societies for the biennial World Glaucoma Congress.

micolumn – The month of December in Australia not only brings the calendar year to a conclusion but brings expectations, memories and events to look forward to, writes Geoff Lawson

mioptometry – OAR Optometry Association Reports: The latest optometry report with happenings and events from Australia and New Zealand’s optometry divisions.

milenses – Ordering RXable sunglasses . RX Lens options that the optometrists can choose. By Martin Kocbek and Grant Hannaford.

miequipment – Eco-Friendly Green Machines. Going green can represent saving money as well as the environment. By Mark Cushway and John Sailer

mieyecare – Patients’ Hero. As an eye and vision care specialist, you have the opportunity to be the patients’ hero by providing them with the best vision solutions throughout their lives. Br Dr Joe Barr.

mibusiness – Dont Give to Get. John Lees popular column this month gives us realistic advice on how to ‘take care of yourself’… in business and in all other pursuits.

mibusiness – Andre Karney discusses recent changes to Self-Managed Superannuation Funds, to enable, in certain circumstances, borrowing to acquire an asset.

miproducts – mivision brings you a complete summary of the latest December 2009 products.

mievent -Specsavers Asia-Pacific HQ Opens in Melbourne

mievent – HOYA Lens Australia launched HOYA NuPolar at a gala event on the 20th October.

mifashion news – The latest fashion news reported by Laura Binnie

mifashion – Slimo 2009 – Parisienne Flair. Silmo provides a unique business platform, a chance to discover new brands, to exhibit new trends and innovations. Writes Jacque Katsieris

mifashion – Exclusive Oakley Elite Launch. mivision received an exclusive invitation to Oakley’s Californian Headquarters to preview its latest Elite collection. Writes Sharon Smith.

midispenser – Matching Frames & Sunglasses to a Face. An excerpt from the ODMA Optical Retail Guide.

mifashion – The Obvious Companion Sale. Yoan Massie reports on the rise of Overspecs, Sunclips and Rx-able clip-ins.

mifashion – The Obvious Companion Sale. Yoan Massie reports on the rise of Overspecs, Sunclips and Rx-able clip-ins.