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mivision Issue 70, July 2012

There’s no doubt that constant improvement is one of the keys to fulfillment in both our professional and personal lives. It’s a thread that we’ve seen come through in several articles this month, including our main story which focuses on the practice of refraction.

As optometrists expand their scope of practice into areas traditionally maintained by ophthalmologists in Australia and New Zealand are looking for ways to expand their own services – to build on their existing talents, increase their sense of professional achievement and their potential to earn revenue. One way to do this would be to, dare we say, offer refraction services – something opticians in some other countries are already doing. But will ODs here be allowed to go there? In our lead story, we spoke to leaders from across the eye care sector to gather their somewhat disparate views.

Melbourne optometrist and musician Sophie Koh is a young woman who chases – and catches – her dreams. She is about to launch her third album, the result of a collaboration with LA based producer Brad Wood and pop legend Ben Lee. Not that this has taken her away from working in eye care as a teacher, volunteer and practicing optom. We talk to her about her journey so far.

Our CPD articles this month give you an opportunity to further develop your own professional skills with topics that focus on contact lens wear. Optometrist Jenny Saunders writes extensively on tear film stability while Dr. Emma Gillies writes on strategies to help ensure patient comfort. Together these articles will earn you four CPD points.

As he does so well, business consultant John Lees provides tips for business improvement and reinforces the valuable lesson that everything worth doing well involves an ongoing, positive struggle. He says if your place of work is ‘at peace” and “displays few, if any, signs of an enjoyable, enduring struggle for all teams” look out – you’re “moving towards a position of great commercial danger!”

Our fashion feature focus is on some high achievers of our time, and how they express their individuality through their eyewear – there are some fantastic looks out there and it just goes to show that age is no excuse for conservatism – in fact, as the great Dame Edna, who we also feature in this issue, has proven over a long and illustrious career – it’s an excuse to be quite the opposite!

This month, of course, is ‘JulEYE’ – the annual community awareness campaign led by the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) Eye Foundation. Please join this leading not-for-profit organisation in encouraging all Australians to have their eyes tested in the coming weeks.

Enjoy this issue.

Mark Cushway,

Editor

Contents:

minews: all the latest news from July 2012. Read here…

mifeature: Oh, Our…Sophie Koh: I’ve got a rhythm living in my head…” sings Sophie Koh in her song Lo-Fi. In many ways it sums up her life perfectly. Music is in her veins and flows into everything she does. Read More…

mifeature: Creating Cult Eyewear: It’s a status that most designers would covet – the ability to turn their brand, their style into something that defines an era, or a generation. Read More…

mifeature: Farewell Possums: Our Unofficial Optical Ambassador Retires: Australian comedic legend, Barry Humphries, announced earlier this year that he would retire his character Dame Edna Everage. Read More…

mioptometry: Optometry Report July 2012, comment from Australia and New Zealand. Read More…

miview: The Mixing Pot of Humanity: As London adds the final touches to its Olympic Village, Geoff Lawson soaks up the vibe of this bustling metropolis, a mixing pot of the world’s humanity…Read More…

mieyecare: (CPD ARTICLE): The HCV Epidemic Are Your Patients Exposed? Patients want to enjoy Healthy, Comfortable Vision (HCV), yet often they won’t tell you about any discomforts they are experiencing. Read More…

mieyecare: (CPD ARTICLE) When Patients Cry ‘Dry Eye’: Strategies to Stabilise the Tear Film in Contact Lens Wear: If Aesop rewrote the fable about the boy who cried wolf, it could be about a contact lens wearer complaining of dry eye. Read More…

miopthalmology: Cataract Surgery: A Patient Perspective: When the practice manager of Brisbane’s Eye Health Centre was diagnosed with cataracts, she suddenly found herself under the knife of her own boss. Read More…

History of Spectacles Lenses: Part 2: In this issue, we take a look at the evolution of materials used in the manufacture of lenses. Read More…

mifashion: Some say a new pair of specs is better than a facelift. Optical lenses can highlight the colour and brightness of the eyes. Read More…

mifashion: All in the Family Morel Eyewear: Long icy winters have had a massive influence on industry in the towns of Clairvaux-le-Lacs, Morbier and Morez in the mountainous Jura region of western France. Read More…

mifashionnews: All the latest fashion news from July 2012. Read here…

miproducts: All the latest products from July 2012. Read here…

mibusiness: In Business, the Concept of ‘Peace’ is Very Dangerous! The (dictionary) definition of ‘winning’ is progress through struggle. So, hoping for a peaceful existence in the business world is like athletes striving. Read More…

milastword: The Despicable Customer.

miclassifieds: Looking for a new opportunity or a career advancement? Looking to hire staff, buy or sell equipment or a practice? mivision has a wide variety of professional opportunities being offered right here, on our website..Check it out..

midiary: Want to know what events are coming up? Plan your year with mivision’s diary dates.…Check it out..

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