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Homemieditorialmivision Issue 113, June 2016

mivision Issue 113, June 2016

There is nothing more certain than change, particularly when it comes to optimising vision and eye health. Continuous research and development provides plenty of topics to grab our attention at mivision and for you to embrace in the real world of clinical practice. This issue many of our contributors have looked at the positive benefits to eye health being brought about by change.

Our guest editor of ophthalmology,Dr. Kerrie Meades writes on the state-of-the-art technology behind corneal inlays which, she says, are a sound solution for early presbyopes.

In education, Nicola Peaper from Rodenstock focuses on customising high-tech multifocal lenses to meet the diverse demands of patients for intermediate and near vision. Jennie Diec and Dr. Percy Lazon de la Jara, of Brien Holden Vision Institute, analyse the factors behind contact lens discomfort and dryness, describing the benefits of prescribing daily disposable lenses, which are now available in a broad range of prescriptions.

As we head towards the end of the financial year it’s a great time to take a moment to reflect on your practice performance over the past 12 months and make plans for further improvements in the year ahead.

This is the time when it’s most important to work ‘on’ your practice as opposed to ‘in’ it

To help you along the way, this issue we speak with two industry leaders – Steven Johnston from ProVision and Simon Lewis from Eyecare Plus – to gain their perspectives on key areas for attention. As Simon says, this is the time when it’s most important to work ‘on’ your practice as opposed to ‘in’ it, to analyse its strengths and weaknesses, and consider any opportunities and threats.With this in mind, it’s time to plan for the new year, take into consideration your strategy, budget and staff and the way each of these can be workedon to reflect the current environment. As Steven says, “good businesses not only recognise changes, they embrace them and respond to them in a constructive way”.

Optometrist Jim Papas turns his attention to lens technology, this issue describing the options available to manage the vision of people with myopia. And our regular contributor Alan Saks writes about the new technology behind the Acuvue Oasys1 Day Lens, the performance of which he says, has “blown him away”.

In her ‘mipatients’ column, Jessica Chi writes on managing ocular prosthetics; while Michael Jacobs offers his ‘twocents’ on maintaining long-term patient relationships with effective communication.

Paediatric eye health is the focus of our lead story with ophthalmologists discussing the associated challenges and rewards. Dr. Harry Leung describes the humbling experience of working with young people, in particular, a little boy (whose name is also Harry) whose sudden onset squint turned out to be a persistent brain tumour. As we went to print, Dr. Leung had just performed what everyone hopes would be his final surgery on young Harry to correct the squint as best as he can, the tumour having finally been removed after three gruelling operations.

Thank you to the many contributors from across the eye health sector who make mivision the sensational read it is every issue. With contributing authors from across the spectrum of patient care, it is an excellent allegory for how the eye care professions are working together for the good of the patient.

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