Read on Respiratory droplet spread up to five metres after patient cough highlights importance of masks

Respiratory droplet spread up to five metres after patient cough highlights importance of masks

A video of a simulated patient having an eye examination shows that respiratory droplets can spread up to five metres after a patient coughs including onto the slitlamp, breath shield and the practitioner including their hair, hands, shoes and clothes.

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Read on Calling all optometrists providing telehealth

Calling all optometrists providing telehealth

To support potential future advocacy for Medicare coverage of tele-optometry for patients who can’t access face-to-face care, Optometry Australia is working to gather data on patient satisfaction with tele-optometry.

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Read on Review indicates coronaviruses unlikely to bind to ocular surface to initiate infection

Review indicates coronaviruses unlikely to bind to ocular surface to initiate infection

A review of evidence, published in July’s Clinical and Experimental Optometry, indicates the eye is an unlikely site for SARS‐CoV‐2 infection, suggesting coronaviruses are not likely to bind to ocular surface cells to initiate infection.

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Read on Latest update (1 July 2020): New infection control video; new MBS indexation schedule; staff award rate changes

Latest update (1 July 2020): New infection control video; new MBS indexation schedule; staff award rate changes

Infection control remains a critical and ongoing requirement for safe optometry practise across Australia and particularly in Victorian hotspots where stage three restrictions have now been re introduced, Optometry Australia has reminded optometrists.

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