By Rebecca Li
Young Optometrists NSW
The inaugural Specialty Contact Lens Workshop run by the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia (CCLSA) NSW division welcomed a fantastic turnout on 13 September at UNSW. The event provided an intensive program designed to inform, educate and inspire optometrists regarding the theory and practicalities involved in speciality contact lens fittings.
The Rupert Myers lecture theatre was packed with enthusiastic optometrists ready to be taught by a star-studded line-up of contact lens experts.
The program included presentations by Alan Saks and Paul Rose regarding the fitting of small and large diameter rigid lenses, live fittings, interactive seminars and smaller workshops with actual patients.
Ophthalmologist Dr Colin Chan spoke about corneal and post-surgical changes in keratoconus. He reminded the audience that although keratoconus has variable expression, optometrists should be encouraging their keratoconic patients to ensure their children are screened early and regularly.
CCLSA NSW president Margaret Lam (right) presented case studies with ophthalmologist Dr Doug Parker to highlight how shared care of complex patients can provide impressive visual outcomes.
Young Optometrists (YO) executive Saleem Ha complimented Margaret Lam, the Brien Holden Vision Institute and UNSW for hosting the event that allowed the sharing of contact lens expertise with a new generation of optometrists who had various degrees of confidence and comfort with such lenses.
The chair of YO Carina Trinh congratulated the 10 lucky winners of the YO competition for CooperVision-sponsored tickets to the workshop. It was great to see young optometrists eager to attend the event. ‘The CCLSA represents an amazing support network for practitioners wanting to develop in this area of expertise,’ she said.
The event highlighted the importance of practitioners embracing the domain of contact lenses and harnessing its potential to build patient loyalty.
The event also demonstrated the life-changing impacts that speciality contact lenses can have on patients who are suffering from reduced vision due to an irregular ocular surface.