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Homemieditorialmivision Issue 103, Jul 2015

mivision Issue 103, Jul 2015

No-one could deny that the patient pathway – the process by which a patient has a medical issue assessed and treated – is critical to their medical outcome. For our lead story this issue we spoke to ophthalmologist Dr. Arthur Karagiannis about the professional relationships he has established with optometrists in the Victorian town of Mildura, where he regularly visits to manage his patients. Dr. Karagiannis, and optometrist Stephen Jones of Mildura agree that the opportunity to practise eye health together benefits all parties and especially their patients.

This issue we talk with leading optometrist Alan Saks who provides his insight into the world of optometry. As an independent practitioner and an active member of the optometry profession, Alan has some strong views on how practices can do well in the face of heavy competition and a tight economy. His thoughts are practical, realistic and formed from extensive experience. Definitely worth a read!

Also worth a read is Ophthalmology Insights, this issue edited by Associate Professor John Grigg who presents recent research into paediatric ophthalmology.

In education we cover off two diverse topics this month – the first on soft contact lens comfort and the second on limbal stem cell dysfunction (LSCD).

we talk with leading optometrist Alan Saks who provides his insight into the world of optometry

Dr. Nicole Carnt writes about the causes and clinical complications associated with LSCD then goes into current treatment regiments. She also discusses contact lens wear as a risk factor for LSCD.

Dr. Robin Chalmers presents research into soft contact lens comfort, how levels of comfort can be predicted, assessed and managed. While this is a complex topic, a sound understanding of the issues are vital to successful fitting.

This issue optometrist Margaret Lam provides a useful checklist for the diagnosis and management of dry eye, leading into her online CPD article accessible via mivision’s Clinical Learning Centre. We review Super Sunday and present the highlights from a presentation by Swiss ophthalmologist Professor Stephan Michels who recently shared his experience on the use of anti- VEGF inhibitor aflibercept in treating central vein occlusion, diabetic macular edema and neovascular age related macular degeneration. Optometrist and CCLSA President Jessica Chi writes on the recently held and very successful International Cornea and Contact Lens Congress in the Gold Coast.

With a focus on business Michael Jacobs writes on the choices independent optometrists can make when it comes to joining with others for the benefit of their practice. Entrepreneur and MAD Leader Rachael Pickworth delivers her thoughts on what people want from their work and how you can become a more successful manager.

Our fashion feature this issue looks at bold and bright eyewear to fill your windows and lift your customers’ spirits as we head into spring (bring it on). Plus, we profile the extraordinary designer Zac Posen, whose fashion, accessories and eyewear is worn by the likes of Uma Thurman, First Lady Michelle Obama and Gwyneth Paltrow. You’ll also find all the latest fashion news from Australia and the globe.