Dr Nathan Efron, Dr Philip B Morgan and Dr Craig A Woods report the results of their 14th annual survey of contact lens prescribing practices obtained from participating members of the OAA.
Nutritionist Clare Barrett considers the most common eye health issues and their relation to the current understanding of nutrition management.
Dr Peter Keller makes a case against those who might overstate the study’s conclusions, while Dr Jeffrey Anshel contends that the new formulation has produced a statistically-significant reduction in progression to advanced AMD.
Dr Laura Downie cuts through the competing claims to explain what AREDS2 means for the practising optometrist.
Dr Michael Loughnan discusses how the use of anti-viral drugs at the time of cataract surgery reduces the risk of HSK.
In the Low Vision Primer, Dr Alan Johnston offers a simple step-by-step explanation of how optometry helps people with low vision. He shows that low vision care is logical and straightforward, describes how optical powers can be determined to meet magnification objectives, and lists prescription options available from suppliers.
For some time, low vision specific technology has been used to facilitate access to print and electronic information. The newer phenomenon is that an increasing number of technological products available to the wider population are now integrating features that help those with low vision.
Anti-VEGF pharmaceutical agents have revolutionised the treatment of wet AMD. They are having a significant impact on controlling disease progression and improving visual acuity for many patients. How effective the treatment is in improving functional vision and quality of life is less apparent.
The advent of techniques such as gene therapy, stem cell implantation and visual prostheses or `bionic eyes' has the potential to restore vision in people who have had profound vision loss for many years.
Your tool kit for examining low vision patients will contain more than your standard consulting room set-up. It will include a current knowledge of service providers and support groups, common sense and a willingness to make a difference.
There is great variation in the lighting needs of people with vision impairment; their preferences and performance should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Vision-impaired people often require two to three times the amount of light a sighted person needs.