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Posted: 7 months 3 days ago

The Sight for Life Foundation invites optometrists to an ophthalmic awareness and education evening on 20 July 2018.

The event will focus on new technologies and treatments in cataract, glaucoma, and oculoplastic surgery.

The event attracts FIVE CPD points for optometrists.

See our event website for more information and registration.



Posted: 7 months 3 weeks ago

New breakthrough technology halves the need for traditional full thickness corneal transplantation. Almost half of corneal blindness is due to a disease within the inner layer of the cornea, the endothelium. The breakthrough recognised that the endothelium can restore itself, which was previously not understood.

Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK), that Gerrit Mellis was on the cutting edge of developing, has been a major corneal surgical advance because it has meant that almost half of cases that previously required transplantation of the entire cornea can now  be undertaken by replacing only the diseased layer – the endothelium.

It was a particular pleasure to welcome Dr Mike Striko again among the principal teachers to our recent DMEK course held on Sunday 25 February 2018. It was the second occasion Mike has joined us, having been here last year. This year we also welcomed Dr Jod Mehta, recently appointed Head of the Singapore National Eye Centre, as our other international guest lecturer. Both Mike and Jod are in demand of teachers of this DMEK course internationally.

Our international guests were joined by our Australian teacher colleagues: Dr John Males, Dr Andrew Pell and Dr Greg Moloney. This is the third year of this course that was initiated in our research and training laboratory by Dr Moloney.



Posted: 2 years 4 months ago

Successful surgery depends today not only on the surgeon's skills and the quality of instrumentation, but also upon the partnership and understanding of the nurses assisting the surgeon. In a good working relationship the nurse is not only watching the surgery, but also successfully anticipating and providing the instruments the surgeon needs.

It has often been said that successful surgery is a patient appropriately anaesthetised and a surgeon and nurse without stress. A partnership leads to quicker outcomes meeting all these requirements. The training of young eye surgeons is enhanced if training objectives include facilitating this cooperative partnership.

On Saturday 9 July a Phacoemulsification Cataract workshop was held in the Sight Foundation Training Laboratory. The empahsis of the training was developing this partnership and session provided the opportunity for registrars and nurses to practice working together as a team. The nurses prepare the microscope and set up all the equipment.

The session was sponsored by Bausch & Lomb and an adviser from Avant Insurance delivered a presentation on medico-legal aspects and implications related to similar procedures.