There are very few of us who wouldn’t like to see a better world; who wouldn’t want to make it a better place. In October mivision senior writer Melanie Kell travelled to Cambodia with a team of 75 Cambodia Vision volunteers providing free eye care to over 3,000 people from the province of Kratie. She writes about her experience, witnessing the incredible work undertaken by ophthalmologists, optometrists, dispensers, GPs, an optical mechanic and others who do what they can do to give sight to people in need.
Whether in a developing country or a developed nation like Australia, low vision significantly impacts a person’s quality of life. Dr. Alan Johnston writes about low vision, the rehabilitation care that is currently available and the importance of technologies that can maximise a person’s remaining vision. Our final education article for 2015 is written on glaucoma management by Dr. Colin Clements and Clinical Associate Professor Ivan Goldberg. This insightful article discusses the major challenges associated with identifying those in the community with glaucoma who remain undiagnosed, issues of treatment compliance and difficulties associated with monitoring and managing disease progression.
Save Sight Institute’s Associate Professor Robyn Jamieson has written our ophthalmology insights column this month. With a focus on work undertaken at Save Sight Institute Sydney, she describes research into blinding genetic eye diseases and writes that recent advances in technology are leading to breakthroughs in genetic diagnosis and treatment.
This issue, we run the first of a regular ‘patient care’ column by Sydney optometrist Margaret Lam. Margaret writes with passion about myopia control, demonstrating her commitment to her patients with a fascinating case study. Our regular columnist Alan Saks is back on terra firma, having been to New Orleans and the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) conference.Alan presents highlights from the AAO and his predictions for the future of CPD. Well worth a read. Speaking of predictions, mivision approached leaders in eye care for their thoughts about what to expect in 2016. You’ll find them all in our feature; a diversity of opinions covering off legislation, technology, patient care and fashion.
Children, we know, are the future and this issue optometrist Jim Papas writes about the role optometrists play in early detection, diagnosis and treatment of children’s visual problems that can impede development. Jim discusses the lens features you need to be most conscious of when prescribing spectacles for your younger customers, while our main fashion feature highlights some of the best frames out there to attract kids (while also meeting the approval of their parents). Also in fashion, we’ve profiled the award-winning French eyewear company Julbo, which produces a sensational collection for your more sporting customers.
It’s been a rapid-fire year here at mivision and as it draws to a conclusion, we would like to thank you – our readers, contributors and advertisers – for your continued support and loyalty. We wish you all the best for a restful, enjoyable Christmas and look forward to bringing you the first issue of mivision for 2016 in February.