With everyone now well and truly settled into 2022, and with the teething troubles of the new year hopefully behind us, I welcome you to this issue of mivision.
Having worked as a writer at mivision for the past four years, I was excited to be guest editor of this issue. As always, it is full of insightful articles from leaders in the field, on topics from managing mild dry eye patients and busting myopia myths, to the ins-and-outs of buying a new practice.
Our lead news story is of particular importance, and we thank Professor Adrian Fung for so promptly jumping to clear the air around what he describes to be a “dangerously misleading” study suggesting 31% of patients with macular degeneration can safely stop eye injections. He notes that management of neovascular age-related macular degeneration remains a life-long process and, until a cure is found, should continue.
Last year I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr Negar Hamzianpour to put together what has become one of my favourite articles to write. With many of us united in our love for animals – quite likely with pet dogs – we care about their health, which, when it comes to eye health, doesn’t differ too much from our own. Dr Hamzianpour provides an insight into the similarities and differences between veterinary and ‘human’ ophthalmology, to highlight the importance of collaboration between the fields. The hope is, that by facilitating greater communication, patient outcomes will improve for every species – humans included.
With O-Show just around the corner, this issue also takes you behind-the scenes-of the frames, lenses and equipment you can expect to see showcased at the boutique trade fair happening in Sydney next month. It is shaping up to be an exciting educational experience, and the chance to socialise and reconnect, after a long period of the opposite bares notable mention.
I would finally like to use this opportunity to acknowledge how big Melanie’s shoes are to fill, and that my experience as editor, albeit very short, most definitely reminded me of just how much work goes in to ensuring mivision is delivered, without a hitch, to our readers every month. This, of course, is thanks to everyone at mivision – a team of which I am very proud to be a part of.
Thank you for the opportunity, and I hope you enjoy!