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Homemieditorialmivision Issue 119, December 2016

mivision Issue 119, December 2016

It has been an incredible year.

Both professions of optometry and ophthalmology have experienced change in terms of the uptake of new devices and treatments during the year. Although there have been sometimes heated discussions over respective scopes of practice, one thing is absolutely apparent: all members of the profession are fully committed to achieving improved outcomes for patients. Our lead story highlights this commitment with comments from some experts in the field who have reflected on the year that was and the year we have to look forward to in 2017.

The profession’s deepening knowledge of the science behind eye health is of course leading to better outcomes that will greatly reduce low vision and blindness in years to come. In this month’s ophthalmology column, Associate Professor John Grigg turns our attention to younger generations, writing on the topic of the ‘genomic medicine revolution’, which is providing answers for many families with inherited eye disease.

Our education article will keep you intellectually engaged over the break, written by Dr. Max Conway, who discusses pigmented ocular lesions.

It has been a huge thrill for me to have established mivision more than a decade ago with my business partner and friend Todd Tai

If you’re looking for new areas to improve your business our feature on low vision will help you open up this far too often neglected area of eye care. We look at how you can sustainably differentiate and grow your business while taking absolute care of your patients’ needs, if and when they significantly lose sight.

It has been an eventful year here at mivision as we continue to expand our offering for optometrists and ophthalmologists in Australia and New Zealand.

We would like to thank you – our readers, contributors, and advertisers – for your continued support and loyalty. I am constantly blown away by the support and encouragement we receive from you.

I will be stepping back next year to focus on my health. It has been a difficult decision, but one that with hospital admissions increasing and heading towards a double lung transplant, I’ve needed to make.

The timing, as it turns out, couldn’t have been better. I’ll be leaving you in the extremely capable hands of our new editor – Alan Saks – who will take over at the end of the year.

Alan requires no introduction, having built an international reputation as a leading optometrist, written his own column – In Contact – for over 30 years and contributed to mivision for more than two years.

Whether it was providence or divine intervention, the timing of me stopping work and Alan moving to Australia, couldn’t have been better. Alan will fit in well to the mivision culture. We’re very excited about the editorial direction being headed by Alan and welcome him to our team.

It has been a huge thrill for me to have established mivision more than a decade ago with my business partner and friend Todd Tai. I am enormously proud of the business we have built together and am indebted to our team for not only picking up the slack when I’ve been sick but always making working together an incredibly enjoyable experience. Nikki, Mel, Michelle, Leigh, Simon and Todd… I am grateful to you all for so much.

We wish you all the best for a restful, enjoyable Christmas.

Hope you enjoy this issue.