Albert Einstein said “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death”. Fortunately for those working in eye health, there is every opportunity to do just that. Over the past 10 years the profession has experienced a proliferation of educational opportunities – in print, online, and face-to-face. Today you can access more than 750 CPD activities with a total of 2,750 CPD points available. In this issue we talk to the leading providers of continuing professional development and some of the eye health practitioners taking advantage of their offerings.
In the lead up to Macular Degeneration Awareness Week we focus on this leading cause of blindness in Australians over the age of 50. Optometrist Dr. Laura Downie writes about her TRIP project, which aims to improve the quality of primary optometric care provided to patients with early stages of age-related macular degeneration. Our feature about commercial fisherman Dennis Sutton demonstrates the sight-saving potential for a continuous pathway of patient care. Dennis’ sight was saved when he called Macular Disease Foundation Australia to report the “mountain” he was seeing on the sea’s horizon. CEO Julie Heraghty’s determined response set off a chain of care resulting in Dennis receiving his first anti-VEGF injection that very afternoon.
Our guest editor for the Ophthalmology Insights column is Professor Mark Gillies who has reviewed the latest research from the clinical, observational and laboratory study units of the Macula Research Group at the Save Sight Institute. Dr. Jeff Friedrich and Dr. Simon Chen present the first of this month’s CPD articles, covering off important studies into current anti-VEGF treatments for age-related macular degeneration.
Our second CPD article, written by Dr. Nicole Carnt, looks at the effective management of mild and moderate keratitis in practice. We are excited to be publishing this article, the first of two CPD articles Dr. Carnt will write this year in conjunction with Specsavers.
Contact lenses are a focus this issue with Jessica Chi, the current Victorian and National President of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia writing about the forthcoming 15th International Cornea and Contact Lens Congress on the Gold Coast. Plus, J&JVC’s Giovanna E. Olivares writes our eye care article on advances in toric contact lens design.
Getting down to business, consultant Michael Jacobs gives his two cents worth, writing from experience on
how independents can ensure their success by targeting a select audience. We put forward some solid reasons for why optical accessories can help build your bottom line while strengthening customer loyalty, and entrepreneur Rachael Pickworth writes about quality feedback which can make the difference to personal and professional development.
In fashion we look at brands making an effort to design and manufacture frames to suit an Asian person’s face shape. We present the latest fashion news and Niloca’s Colin Redmond reports from New York City on the emerging trends from Vision East Expo.