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Regional Seminar (VIC) Getting started in specialty contact lenses and real-world applications

Date: 5/08/2024 (AEST)

Venue: Shepparton - Carrington Hotel, 505 Wyndham St, Shepparton VIC 3630

Provider: Optometry Vic/SA

Contact: Chynnae Jewell, [E], [P] 0396529101

Activity Outline

Regional Series (VIC) Speaker: Alissa Maillet

This session will overview contemporary specialty lens fitting options for visual correction of regular and irregular corneas and myopia control. We will describe and contrast limbal, semi-scleral, mini-scleral, hybrid, and reverse geometry lens designs. Product information and manufacturer and supplier details will be presented as well as fitting tools and assessment procedures, including the use of corneal topography, scleral profiling and anterior optical coherence tomography (OCT), with case studies incorporated to illustrate the real-world application and patient impact.   

Learning Objectives

  • Describe multiple specialty lens design options for visual correction and myopia control
  • Personalise lens selection based on patient conditions and requirements
  • Recount the fitting strategy and procedures for a chosen lens type
  • Explore and interpret corneal topography and scleral profiling
  • Assess the accuracy and effectiveness of contact lens correction on patient lifestyle and quality of life

Max CPD hours awarded: 2

Session Information

Regional Seminar (VIC) Getting started in specialty contact lenses and real-world applications
Duration of CPD Session/Module
Duration of CPD Session/Module inclusive of Assessment Component

Meet your speaker:

Alissa Maillet


Alissa Maillet is a Lecturer in Optometry and Vision Science at Deakin University. Alissa graduated with a BSc from University of Waterloo, Canada in 2002 with Honours studies in the field of Biotechnology. She migrated to Australia in 2005 to study optometry at University of Melbourne, successfully gaining Bachelor of Optometry qualification with therapeutic endorsement in 2008. Alissa worked as clinical optometrist, specialising in contact lens fitting, until 2015 when she commenced work at Deakin University. Alissa has completed a graduate certificate in Higher Education Learning & Teaching, a Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy, and is currently undertaking PhD studies. Alissa maintains clinical contact as a locum optometrist in the Geelong area and is one of the lead optometrists at the Deakin Collaborative Eye Care Clinic. Her research and teaching interests include dry eye disease, contact lenses, ocular therapeutics, and myopia management.

Registrations close 29 July, 2024.

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.