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mivision Issue 71, Aug 2012

Most of us know what we should be doing in terms of diet, exercise and lifestyle. Plenty of fruit, veggies and whole foods, limited amounts of processed and high-sugar foods, regular exercise and – of course – no smoking.

Sounds simple enough, but it’s a sure bet that most of your patients fall short of the perfect balance. “What’s it to do with me?” we hear you ask, “I’m an eye health professional, not a GP.”

Well, there’s a growing body of evidence that proves preventative nutrition is vital for ocular health. For some common eye problems, the right balance of dietary supplements can even be as effective as surgery.

Despite this, many eye health practitioners are reluctant to discuss diet and nutrition supplements with their patients. This month we run a special feature which summarises the latest research in this exciting area of ocular health, and provides a rundown on what is available in the burgeoning supplement market. As well as this, be sure to grab your Vitamin and Nutrition for the Eyes wall sheet – free with this issue of mivision.

We’ve met two remarkable men recently who we profile in this edition – both ophthalmologists, they’re proving their creative credentials while maintaining their day jobs. Dr. Brad Bowling’s writing flair caught the eye of the legendary Dr. Jack Kanski leading to an ongoing collaboration on a number of publications. Meanwhile, Dr. Wayne Birchall has turned his steady surgeon’s hand to painting, drawing inspiration from his cataract patients.

Speaking of creativity, flip forward to our fashion feature on next season’s summer sunglass collections. In an effort to try and bust out of the gloom of the financial stress gripping most of us, frame manufacturers are creating frames with a touch of brighter, bolder colour. And while vintage maintains its dominance, we’re seeing some innovative combinations of materials – with some of our favourite designers mixing metals with leathers and acetates.

As you know, mivision is committed to helping you, as an optical retail owner, build your business. In this edition, one of our regular contributors, Jim Papas, an optometrist who has won multiple awards for customer service and retail innovation, provides strategies to help you win the online contact lens war. We think you’ll find his advice more than useful.

We also have the latest eye care news from Australia and abroad, a rundown on what’s happening with your eye health professional association, new products to check out and, of course, we provide you with the chance to boost your CPD points. You can earn a total of four CPD points this issue. Read Dr. Con Moshegov’s article on phakic IOLs for the treatment of high myopia, and Dr. Jim Kokkinakis’ essay on new treatments for dry eye disease – then answer the questions at our online distance learning centre. Too easy!

Enjoy this issue.

Mark Cushway

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

mistory: A Feast for the Eyes: The Latest and Greatest in Nutrition: the old adage “you are what you eat” highlights the importance of a healthy, balanced diet for maintaining systemic health. Read More…

mistory: Strengthening Optometry Education in Developing Nations: Optometry teachers in developing nations – home to 90 per cent of the world’s visually impaired – are being empowered to enhance the quality of eye care education.Read More…

mifeature: The Art of Eye Surgery: While the connection may not be immediately apparent to some, for New Zealand ophthalmologist Wayne Birchall, it is different. Read More…

mifeature: Working With Kanski: the world’s best known ophthalmologist, Dr. Jack Kanski, first asked Dr. Brad Bowling to co-author a textbook, he politely declined. Read More…

mioptometry: All the latest Optometry Reports from August 2012. Read More…

miview: What a Respectable Age: Seniors discounts, respect from teenagers, and cricket – a game of unity in a war torn country – it can’t be all bad, writes Geoff Lawson. Read More…

mieyecare: (CPD ARTICLE) Dry Eye Disease & Lipiflow: Dry eye disease is one of the most common topics that patients discuss when visiting eye care professionals. Read More…

mieyecare: (CPD ARTICLE) Treating of High Myopia: Phakic IOLs: Phakic Intraocular lenses (IOLs) serve as an excellent alternative for vision correction in these people.Read More…

mifashion: The ‘face’ of Eschenbach is Germany’s soccer legend, Jurgen Klopp. Read More…

mifashion: A Touch of Colour: Flaring colours, big bold shapes, industrial details and combinations of metals with acetates lead the way in designer eyewear for next season’s summer sunglass collections. Read More…

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

mibusiness: The Online Contact Lens Battlefield: Like many industries, the business of optometry has been disrupted a lot by new technologies. Read More…

mibusiness: Understanding ‘the law of cause and effect’ will lead to success for your customers and your practice. Read More…

miproducts: All the latest products from August 2012. Read Here…

thelastword: Communication Let Me Down: We talk to people all day, every day – to our family, colleagues, friends, suppliers and specialists. Read More…

midiary: All the important dates for coming events this year.

miclassifieds: Looking for a job? Looking for eqipment? Or even looking for a new practice? Read Further…

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