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PersonalEyes Takes Holistic Approach

Over 210 optometrists attended the ninth annual PersonalEyes conference on 17 March in Sydney.

In a departure from previous years, prior to the event optometrists were invited to complete a survey indicating areas of interest and topics they wanted to hear about. Results indicated a strong interest in a holistic approach to patient care and the program was arranged accordingly.

Guest speakers Professor Fiona Stapleton presented on dry eye definition, assessment, and management, while Andrew McKinnon, CEO of O NSW/ACT, presented on the acceptable interpretation of Medicare item numbers, ethical relationships between practitioner and patient, and how misunderstandings can lead to serious consequences. He outlined the role of Optometry Australia in assisting members.

The ophthalmology program provided an update on diverse topics, touching on optometry’s role in educating patients, referring to general practitioners and working with ophthalmologists to optimise patient care. Topics included diabetic retinopathy, ocular manifestations of systemic diseases and systemic risk factors for glaucoma.

Among positive feedback expressed from optometrists, Yi Wang said, “The conference was very informative and provided a great update on what is currently happening in both optometry and ophthalmology.”

PersonalEYES presented three new directors joining the current managing director, Dr Kerrie Meades: Dr Angela Jennings, A/Prof Chandra Bala and A/Prof Andrew White.

In 2020, PersonalEyes and the PEACE Conference will celebrate its 10 year anniversary.