One hundred and thirty optometrists from all over Sydney met in Sydney during January to attend a ‘Spectacular Sunday’ CPD event, hosted by Northern Sydney Cataract, Retina, Vitreous, Oculoplastics.
The event began with a retina focussed session over breakfast, sponsored by Bayer. Dr. Andrew Kaines gave the audience an update on the latest treatment and future advances in age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Vicky Lu, who will join Northern Sydney Cataract, Retina, Vitreous, Oculoplastics in March, spoke about the surgical management of retinal detachment, and Dr. Kwon Kang presented on retinal vein occlusion and epiretinal membrane surgery.
Following the morning session, the optometry audience was treated to a lunch session, overlooking the stunning Sydney Harbour and hosted Dr. Jay Yohendran.
The session included presentations by Dr. Dov Hersh on interesting oculoplastic surgery cases (with surgical videos); Dr. Vicky Lu talked on uveitis, and Dr. Andrew Kaines, who gave some pearls on treating patients with retinitis pigmentosa.
Dr. Jay Yohendran presented an audit of his cataract surgery outcomes over 2017, and discussed various cataract surgery cases, with practical examples. Dr. Dov Hersh discussed the benefits of using the Akahoshi Karate Prechop Technique when performing cataract surgery, and the disappointing results of the recent study from the European Registry of Quality Outcomes for Cataract and Refractive Surgery. The conclusions from this study of about 8,000 cases were that the visual and refractive outcomes were no different when comparing manual and laser-assisted cataract surgery. However, the risks with the laser-assisted technique were higher.
The lunch session was sponsored by Inservio, Stiltec and BOQ Specialist. Bob Parker from Inservio presented on the importance of IT Security in optometry clinics and practical tips to keep patient data safe from hackers. Steven Mann from Stiltec discussed the benefits of nutritional supplements and ocular health, with particular reference to Lacritec for dry eyes, and Macutec for age-related macular degeneration.
The event concluded with a peer-to-peer session, with rapid fire presentations from a number of Sydney-based optometrists on a wide variety of topics. The following optometrists presented: Bryan Rowe, Penny Zantos, Lai Huynh, Noreen Halim, Behzad Ghafourian, Amy Hong, Mary Deligianni, Greeshma Patel, and Daniel Cornelius.
Speaking of the Spectacular Sunday CPD event, Dr. Yohendran said he was particularly pleased with the relaxed and interactive format. “The attendees were also introduced to Dr. Vicky Lu, who has recently returned to Sydney from the UK, where she has been working as a vitreo-retinal surgeon. She joins the team at Northbridge, and adds to the strong retinal service there, with three other overseas fellowship-trained retinal specialists”, he said.