Welcome September. We’re through the coolest months and hopefully, as the warmer weather approaches, the relentless wrath of COVID-19 will ease up and provide us all with some much deserved respite.
With spring and summer on the doorstep, your patients will be spending more time outdoors, which is why in this issue, we’ve focused on sunglass technology and the need to protect the eyes and periocular skin from damaging UV rays. Two of our education articles look at the impact of sun on the eyes from different perspectives. Drs Shanel Sharma and Alina Zeldovich discuss the need to protect eyes from UV rays from a very young age and provide compelling messages for you to communicate to patients (sun block, a rash vest and a hat are just the beginning). Prof Lawrie Hirst writes on his preferred surgical approach to managing one consequence of sun damage – pterygia. P.E.R.F.E.C.T. for Pterygium is an Australian surgical technique he says has shown positive patient outcomes, with reduced disease recurrence and improved cosmesis.
Articles published in mivision often describe the importance of collaboration within the medical profession, but sometimes it takes lived experience to really appreciate the commentary. This year my husband has had his life turned upside down – the exact cause of which, we’re still not sure. What started as chronic migraines developed into diplopia, ophthalmoplegia and ptosis. Over several months, he’s been examined, treated and he’s had an orbitotomy.
The medical team has included an optometrist, GP, neurologist, ophthalmologist, orthoptists, oculoplastic surgeon, and an ear, nose and throat surgeon. As we headed off to print with this issue, he was preparing for a neurosurgeon to perform a craniotomy. In his words, thanks to a strong network of medical professionals and their collaborative, patient-centred approach, it’s been a “relatively smooth and fast sleigh ride through an adventure I didn’t ever want – or anticipate – having to take”. I have a feeling that when this is all over, we’ll have quite a story for mivision readers.
When it comes to healthcare we are extremely fortunate, in Australia and New Zealand, to have access to some of the world’s most educated and skilled practitioners who are passionate about achieving maximal outcomes for their patients. It is a health system that needs to be more appreciated, valued, and protected.
I’d like to take a moment to thank the many businesses and individuals that support mivision. This month, in spite of the current climate, we’ve produced our biggest issue in the magazine’s history and it’s packed full of valuable information to enhance the delivery of eye care.