The rich conference offering of the past seven weeks – which also included a plethora of ophthalmological events – has provided eye care professionals with opportunities to hear the latest approaches to managing and treating ocular diseases, and vision impairment from the best local and international experts.
With educational conferences maintaining such a high standard, whatever the concerns about future sustainability, there’s no doubt the profession is lucky to have so many options. So, too, is the community. After all, it is the patient who really reaps the benefits of research and development and our ongoing continued professional development. We hope.
The profession’s ability to provide the best of care to patients with glaucoma has been under debate for sometime now. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency believes optometrists who have undertaken therapeutic training have gained the necessary skills to independently manage patients with glaucoma. Ophthalmologists beg to differ – in fact such is their difference of opinion that they’re collectively, through the Australian Society of Ophthalmologists and Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, taking the matter to court.
It’s disappointing to see two professional groups so divided. Let’s hope, for the sake of the patients and both parties, that an agreement can be found sooner rather than later.
One group of people reaping the benefits of research and development is those who aspire to be naval pilots, despite having less than perfect vision. Whereas once these otherwise talented individuals would have been turned away, today they are able to pursue their dreams thanks to advances in laser surgery. In this issue, Prof. Gerard Sutton writes our main story on this topic. Impressively, according to one study, 96 per cent of pilots in active service for the US armed forces reported their visual acuity improved after LASIK surgery.
For your own continued professional development, we have two CPD articles. One, from Dr. Paul Gifford, who writes on the benefits – or otherwise – of new spectacle lenses, designed to protect against HEV emissions from sunlight and backlit computer displays and in our second article. Dr. Nicole Carnt reviews, in detail, the recent BCLA conference in the United Kingdom.
Of course we’ve got plenty of fashion news, including the latest from Australia’s own the innovative brand Colab, as well as tips on de-cluttering to boost business and a fantastic pictorial of the social highlights at this year’s ODMA.
Enjoy this issue.