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Optometry Connection - November 2021

Learning Objectives

  • Better understand how to commence undertaking myopia management with their patients
  • Develop an awareness of the clinical presentation and implications of lipaemia retinalis, the underlying mechanism behind this condition & how it needs to be managed
  • Develop an evidence-based approach to the therapeutic management of both sterile and infectious corneal infiltrative events in contact lens wear
  • Gain an understanding of most recent contact lens prescribing trends in Australia and the rest of the world
  • Better understand the need to practice evidence-based myopia management effectively
  • Better understand the advantages of school-based eye care programs over traditional screening models in relation to reducing the impact of uncorrected vision conditions experienced by many Australian schoolchildren
  • Better understand the international optometric landscape and how this extends to the scope of optometric practice in Australia now and into the future
  • Become more familiar with the therapeutic medication prescribing patterns of both Australian & New Zealand optometrists
  • Better understand the role of topical ciclosporin as an appropriate long-term therapy to potentially break the vicious, ever-compounding inflammatory cascade of Dry Eye Disease for patients that experience persistent and ongoing symptoms of this condition
  • Familiarise themselves with the current PBS Listing of topical ophthalmic medications
  • Better understand the many therapeutic benefits of amniotic membranes, including their role in the management of Primary Immune Deficiency Disease
  • Better understand the management and treatment of herpes zoster ophthalmicus
  • Better understand the demands that the current digital age places on the visual system and the solutions available to combat Digital Eye Strain and meet patients’ visual requirements
  • Understand the concept of "dioptric sensitivity" and how this parameter varies significantly depending on the test used and the refraction component being examined, but could be more frequently considered in order to offer patients more accurate optical corrections
  • Better understand the issues around and steps to take in cases of "missed diagnosis" in optometric practice
  • Familiarise themselves with the Vision 2020 Adult Referral Pathway for Blindness and Low Vision Services
  • Better understand the key considerations in the assessment of eyelid lesions and manage patients accordingly
  • Better understand how Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the way practitioners approach eye disease detection, diagnosis, and management around the world, via the provision of increasingly accessible support in their decision making
  • Better understand the risks involved with make-up and cosmetic procedures, both systemically and to the ocular surface

Max CPD hours awarded: 8

Session Information

Optometry Connection - November 2021
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Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation Optometry Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.