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mivision Issue 99, Mar 2015

Who would have thought, when they went into optometry, they might find themselves caught up in forensic investigations.

This issue we also spoke to Julie Heraghty, CEO of Macular Disease Foundation Australia, who is making an enormous impact on the global stage, to raise awareness and reduce the incidence of macular diseases. Ms. Heraghty, who has a background in teaching, psychology and politics, says she draws on all of these past professional experiences to take key messages to the world.

Diagnostic specialist Will Robertson writes for us about a recent trip he took as a volunteer with Cambodia Vision. Over six days the team he was with treated almost 3,000 people who still live with the consequences of Pol Pot’s horrendous Khmer Rouge regime.

World Glaucoma Week runs 8–14 March. In recognition of this, our Ophthalmology Insights column this issue is totally focused on the ‘sneak thief of sight’. It’s a bumper article with Assoc/Professor Jamie Craig writing on the hereditary nature of glaucoma, Dr. Andrew White writing on the latest research findings into the disease and Dr. Simon Skalicky writing about issues that impact a glaucoma patient’s quality of life.

Our education article this issue looks at the clinical applications of ultra-widefield imaging. There’s no doubt that today’s highly sophisticated multimodal UWF imaging technology, which includes colour and fundus autofluorescence, delivers unprecedented advances in the detection, monitoring and treatment of disease.

This issue we introduce two new business writers to mivision. The first is columnist Michael Jacobs, business advisor and former CEO of Eyecare Plus, who gives us his ‘two cents’ on how to make your independent optometry practice more successful. Business coach and founder of the MAD Leaders program Rachael Pickworth discusses about the skills required for effective leadership.

In fashion, we profile the wonderfully modern, bold and beautiful Fleye eyewear, talking with founder and designer Annette Estø about the signature design features for which the company has quickly become internationally recognised.

Additionally we review those eyewear distributors with contemporary frame and lens packages which provide independent practices with the opportunity to maximise profits while also meeting customer demands quickly and efficiently.

We also bring you the latest news from Australia and overseas plus our Last Word, where this month, we unpack the power of OK!

Mark Cushway