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mivision Issue 109, Feb 2016

Australia’s first bionic eye was implanted in three patients with retinitis pigmentosa back in 2012. This year the team behind the technology, Bionic Vision Technologies, will implant a further three patients with the latest evolution of the eye, which they claim has the potential to disrupt the existing market. In our first edition of mivision for 2016, we talk to Dr. Lauren Ayton who has been with the project since its inception, to find out more about BVT’s project. We also take a look at other bionic eyes from around the world, including the direct to brain bionic implant, soon to move into clinical trials, developed by Monash Vision
and the Argus II, developed in America by Second Sight.

From high technology we move back to the basics of taking care of essential eye services, with a story written by well-known optometrist Tony Hanks. Late last year he and his wife Vicki visited Vietnam to attend the start of the second academic year of this country’s first school of optometry, established by Brien Holden Vision Institute and supported by Optometry Giving Sight. Tony’s account of the work underway at the school makes for a really interesting read.

In a fascinating Ophthalmology Insights column, Dr. Simon Chen talks about multifocal IOLs, the risks associated with implanting this state-of-the-art technology following cataract surgery and the opportunities that exist to maximise patient vision.

Also this issue, Dr. Anton van Heerden writes an overview of key findings in ophthalmology presented at the 46th annual RANZCO scientific congress, held in beautiful Wellington New Zealand.

In education, Dr. Laura Downie writes about early stage macular degeneration, the modifiable risk factors that optometrists are well placed to advise their patients about, and quantitative clinical diet and smoking tools, recently launched to assist in the process of patient education.

Our second education article, authoured by Michael Yapp and Dr. Barbara Zangerl, focuses on the optometrists’ role in managing glaucoma, highlighting current guidelines and the collaborative care model now well established in Australia.In her first column for mivision, optometrist Jessica Chi writes about contact lenses, highlighting with a case study, the value of assessing the individual client’s needs before prescribing a lens, rather than taking the easier, one type fits all approach.

Also on lenses, optometrist Jim Papas reviews the latest spectacle lenses designed for professionals. As we know, there are plenty to choose from, depending on whether the wearer is primarily engaged in close up work, using laptops, desktops or working in a paper-based environment. Plus, of course, there’s a need to take into account the impact of emitted blue light. Plenty to think about and discuss with your patients here! On the topic of professional eyewear, this issue we review a selection of the best frames currently on the market to suit your clientele. We also talk to Jaimee Kearns, the talented designer behind Leona Edmiston eyewear, and we review the latest fashion eyewear from around the globe. It’s the perfect edition of mivision to get your year kick-started.

Mark Cushway