Simon is on Vacation

September 11th, 2017

As of tomorrow 12th September Simon will be California bound. It is business as usual while Simon is away, eye tests can be scheduled for Simon’s return at the 29th of September.

Re-establishing Stones Corner as a Suburb

August 15th, 2017

Simon as always is very passionate about Stones Corner and its potential. Local member for Greenslopes, Joe Kelly, was recently spotted on the streets of Stones Corner and all of a sudden Simon gets himself on the camera!!

To have Stones Corner re-established as an official suburb, please help out by following the instructions via the link below.

https://www.facebook.com/joekellygreenslopes/?ref=bookmarks

First Exam Out of the Way

August 11th, 2017

Simon’s new found status as post-grad student is well and truly in full swing and here is a selfie of him returning to QUT for his first exam. He assures us this photo has him in a positive mood after a coffee and a sharp pencil in his pocket. 3 hours later however he had been put through the wringer – with results likely to arrive soon. No rest for the wicked however with the next exam looming in mid November.

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Light up your day

August 11th, 2017

We think Marianne is giving our resident colorful patient Tim a run for his money. She recently collected two stunning OGI frames that may have well been custom-made for her. Some people just light up our lives don’t they??

Nutritional Eye Disease

August 11th, 2017

Simon recently attended a lecture at the QLD Eye Hospital and was astounded by a case report on a 10 year old Brisbane boy who has lost a significant amount of vision as a result of poor nutrition.

“Nutritional Optic Neuropathy” is the condition and is caused by a lack of nutrients in the diet.  In this case the boy ate vegemite sandwiches for breakfast and dinner, with hot chips for lunch – and this was literally his entire diet.  This condition is irreversible.

One of the more staggering examples of this condition is known as the “Optic Neuropathy Epidemic of Cuba”.  During the 1991-1993 US Embargo on Cuba, whereby there was unprecedented economic downturn, Cuban’s diets were changed dramatically.  Up to 50,000 people have been since identified with Nutritional Optic Neuropathy as a result of this embargo.

27 Contact Lenses stuck in Woman’s Eye !!!!!

August 11th, 2017

Simon is regularly helping patients navigate through their contact lens wear and this includes looking  for torn/lost contact lenses in peoples eyes.

It is often easy to deal with, occasionally he has found 2 lenses in an eye, but not 27!!!!!!

Please follow the link below, can you believe it ????  Amazingly Simon can believe it.

https://au.be.yahoo.com/lifestyle/health-and-wellbeing/a/36403036/surgeon-discovers-27-contact-lenses-in-womans-eye/

One-Eyed Goat

August 11th, 2017

A video of a one-eyed goat has been viewed around the world after it went viral on the internet. The unusual looking creature was born in India with a condition called cyclopia.  It has been described as a ‘blessing’ by it’s owner, who believes the goat will bring him good luck.

One eyed goat

Silkworm Cocoon Implants

August 11th, 2017

Patient Lucia Giaccio recently brought in an article that aired on ABC last December and wanted us to share it with you all.

Silkworm cocoons could be the answer to preventing millions of people from going blind around the world.  Researchers at Brisbane’s Queensland Eye Institute are breaking down the insects’ silk cocoons to make fibroid cells which are implanted into the eye.

Researchers are using the silk as a support for the cells, so they can attach and grow and then be transplanted into the eye.

If successful, it could help people diagnosed with Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), which is predicted to affect 196 million people worldwide by 2020.

Lady Cilento Alignment Program

April 27th, 2017

Simon recently spent a day at the Eye Clinic at Lady Cilento Hospital as part of a Government Initiative.  In an attempt to reduce the unfortunately long wait for children to be seen at LCH, suitably trained Optometrists can now assist by having stable situations returned to their care for ongoing routine review.  At present, children have been kept under review for too long and as a result, new patients are waiting unreasonable periods of time for an appointment.

If the program is seen to be successful, it would be feasible that waiting lists in other facilities be addressed in a similar manner.

New Myopia Control Contacts

April 27th, 2017

Simon has recently received approval to prescribe a new “myopia control” contact lens.  As the name indicates, the lens is aimed at slowing down the progress of short sightedness in young (pre & early teen) people.

Simon will endeavor to discuss this option directly with suitable patients in the coming months.  If your child wears glasses for distance tasks (blackboard etc) please contact us for more information.