World Glaucoma Week (6 –12 March) presents an opportunity for optometrists and ophthalmologists to have a conversation with their patients about this insidious disease, and the need for people at risk of glaucoma – especially those with a first degree relative with the disease – to have a regular eye test. To mark the annual awareness week, glaucoma experts Dr. Andrew White and Dr. Simon Skalicky were guest editors of our ophthalmology insights column this issue. Together they have reviewed the latest research, drawing attention to some of the basic assumptions about glaucoma, which have been challenged.
According to Lions Eye Institute, 300,000 people in Australia currently have glaucoma, and by 2025 that number is expected to rise to 400,000.1 That begs the question – do we have enough optometrists to manage the disease (in collaboration with ophthalmologists). For this reason, and others, we spoke to the profession’s leaders to get their opinions for our lead story. It’s a hot – and highly sensitive – topic. The views of these people will shape the future of eye health in this country and with it, the future of existing and budding optometrists.
As we move into the year we’re helping you kick start your personal campaign to earn CPD points with three new articles covering off a broad range of topics. Dr Nina Tahhan and Professor Kovin Naidoo write on the growing problem of presbyopia in developing nations, barriers to accessing vision correction and potential solutions. Margaret Lam writes about the advantages of ultra-wide-field retinal imaging, suggesting that in time, this new imaging tool will become accepted and established as part of a new standard of eye care, improving an optometrist’s ability to detect and diagnose sight threatening conditions.
Finally, turning to lenses, Nicola Peaper explores the potential to provide improved clarity and performance from standard non-individualised lens designs, by using the innovative calculation methods and freeform technology.
The death of legendary musician, songwriter and actor David Bowie came as a shock to us all.
This issue we introduce our new business columnist, Karen James. Karen is a social entrepreneur who has risen through the ranks of the global corporate world. Via a personal story about a friend with an unusual eye disease, Karen challenges optometrists to disrupt their thinking about current models of patient care.
The death of legendary musician, songwriter and actor David Bowie came as a shock to us all. At mivision we wanted to pay tribute to this extraordinary talent who touched the lives of so many generations… and what better way to do so than to explore Bowie’s seemingly different coloured eyes.
Also this issue, we profile Gabi Hollows, the extraordinary founding director of The Fred Hollows Foundation who continues to work to end avoidable blindness. Incidentally, The Foundation is currently campaigning to have Fred’s face feature on the Australian $5 note. You can read about it in on
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We profile Australian based lens laboratories in our lens section and, in fashion, talk with leading Australian eyewear designers who are carving out niche markets both locally and overseas.
And seriously, how busy are you really? We’ll leave that to the Last Word.
Enjoy this issue.