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ECO WA CPD Evening with Dr Lourens Van Zyl sponsored by ZEISS on Tuesday 27th August 2024 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Summary:  We will be discussing using the smile laser for complex and high refractive errors not suitable for LASIK surgery and going through cases where we performed what is known as therapeutic laser surgery. In these cases patients have irregular cornea is which we corrected with the Excimer laser and then also correct their vision. There will also be a discussion on new keratoconus treatment CAIRS and how it is performed with femtosecond laser. Participants will also have the opportunity to perform laser surgery on pigs eyes.

Open Soon to ECO WA Members – Places Limited to 12    Registration Not Open Yet. 

Location:  Crystal Eye & Laser Centre, 9 Perilya Road, Cragie.

CPD: 2 Hours Interactive Therapeutic applied for.  In Person CPD Only

Therapeutic management involves the following stages:

▪ patient assessment.  This will be covered in the talk. Each procedure and condition that will be discussed during the lectures will include how we assess patients preoperatively and post operatively. It is essential for the optometrists to understand what we do as specialists to provide patients with not only options but the best possible treatment for their condition.

▪ differential diagnosis of conditions of the eye. This will be well covered in the talk. We will discuss each condition at length and also discuss how we narrow down to find a diagnosis. It is essential for the optometrist to understand that other conditions should be considered when we manage anterior segment eye conditions.

▪ development of a management plan. All this will be extensively  covered in the lectures. We will discuss all the special investigations and how we use this to find the best solution to manage the patient’s condition. We will discuss at length the use of highly specialised topography machines in assessing the management of myopia and using spherical aberrations to manage presbyopia.

▪ appropriate choice of medicines (this may involve writing a prescription, ceasing medicines, dose adjustment and advising on over-the-counter medicine. The prescribing of appropriate preoperative as well as post-operative ophthalmic medicines will be discussed in managing certain corneal conditions that require surgical intervention. We will touch on the appropriate use of steroid drops and how to taper these in complex inflammatory conditions especially following laser corrective procedures.

▪ advice to the patient about the appropriate use of the medication ▪ development of a treatment plan. The appropriate use of medicine and how we counsel patients in regards to the correct use of their medication will be discussed at length. The role of clinical optometrists as well as administrative staff in making sure that patients are compliant will be discussed.

▪ monitoring outcome. The post operative outcome and monitoring of will form part of the discussion around the collaborative care that is required amongst ophthalmologists, GPs, and optometrists. We will discuss how we continue to monitor outcomes in especially presbyopia laser vision correction surgery is and how it is essential to ensure that both the patient’s optometrist and GP are part of this regime. We will also touch base on special investigations performed to ensure patients get optimal results. As most surgical patients in our practice receive at least a 1 year post-operative course we will go through each of the stages and what we expect and do during each separate stage during their post-operative journey.

▪ administration. The administrative staff will be able to provide some input during our discussion in regards to what is needed from their side to ensure that a patient journey and there outcome is optimal. We will also allow questioning to the admin staff in regards to their role in the practice and in the management of a patient.

▪ supply (if required) and completing any necessary documentation

▪ understanding and engaging in collaborative care models with other health professionals. As mentioned in the “monitoring outcome” section the importance of collaborative care amongst other players will be discussed as it is regarded as essential in anterior segment pathology. We will discuss our referral to other players and how we ensure optimal patient outcomes by incorporating other role players when needed.

CPD: 2 Interactive Therapeutic 

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Doctor Louren Van Zyl

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Doctor Lourens Van Zyl
MBChB, DipOphth, FCOphth, FRANZCO, FRCSI, FEBO, GradDip(RefCatSurg), MMed(RefCatSurg)

Dr van Zyl is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and completed his Ophthalmology training in Adelaide, South Australia. He holds further fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa and The European Board of Ophthalmology.

Dr van Zyl’s special interest is in Laser Eye Surgery and advanced Vision Correction surgery including cataracts with the implantation of patient specific customised lenses. He has post graduate fellowships in Advanced Corneal and Anterior segment surgery and Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Following his post graduate fellowships Dr van Zyl completed a 1 year post graduate diploma followed by a 3-year Master’s degree in Cataract and Laser Eye Surgery through the University of Sydney. Nowadays he spends most of his time behind a laser machine or on the golf course.

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