Spectacles off for Passports

August 8th, 2018

From July 1, under new Australian Government rules, people that wear glasses will need to remove them in new passport photos.

Manus Island debacle – 1 minute of your time.

November 24th, 2017

I have just hopped off the phone to the Prime Ministers office in Canberra and have registered my concerns in relation to the handling of the situation at the Manus Island Detention Centre. I had a recent email from a very wise lady whom I have known all my life, with her concerns around the deterioration of human rights on Manus Island.

If  you have an interest in this situation and feel as though you would like to register your unease, it is literally a one minute phone call and the phone is answered directly by someone in the PM’s office. Call (02) 6277 7700 during office hours. No conversation is involved, they will just take your first name and the State you are calling from.

Why has it disappeared from mainstream media all of a sudden when it is a serious human rights issue?

Pterygium and Melanoma

November 24th, 2017

MiVision Nov 2017, Issue 129

New Study Shows Pterygium is Red Flag for Melanoma

A person with a pterygium on the eye is 24 per cent more likely to develop a malignant melanoma of the skin, according to a Western Australian (WA) study.

Researchers from the Lions Eye Institute (LEI) examined almost 20,000 WA patient records of hospital-treated pterygium from 1979 to 2014 and found a strong link between the eye condition and melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer.

“… the increased risk of developing melanoma, to recommend lifestyle changes and to promote regular skin checks because early detection of melanoma can save lives.”

Sunscreen in Eyes – USA and the Gabba

November 24th, 2017

Insight Oct 2017


While experts encouraged the use of special NASA-approved glasses for the viewing the recent US solar eclipse, some viewers chose to take the health warnings about protecting their eyes to the next level, by rubbing sunscreen onto their eyeballs in an effort to shield them from the harmful UV rays. (Un)surprisingly, it didn’t work and many have now been referred to ophthalmologists.

Late Breaking News -  On a similar note, Simon recently received an early morning phone call from an un-named brother in law who was at the Gabba for Day one of the Test Match, with, wait for it, Sunscreen in his eye!!!!!  Best treatment in this case was seen as being 30 minutes of irrigation at the first aid tent followed by 6 hours of beer. No word back so assuming this treatment worked well.

Eye Scanning for Alzheimer’s

November 24th, 2017

Insight Oct 2017

Eye Scan Could Detect Alzheimer’s Decades Earlier

A non-invasive eye scan could allow doctors to detect the key signs of Alzheimer’s disease decades earlier than currently possible.

The high-definition eye scanner, which was developed especially for the research, showed patients with the disease had more than twice as much of a telltale brain protein in their retinas as non-sufferers. The breakthrough will hopefully offer people a window for early treatment, when drugs and lifestyle changes are more likely to work, as researchers believe the build up of these proteins begins years before symptoms develop.

According to the researchers from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center who made the breakthrough, one of the major advantages of analysing the retina is repeatability, as it allowed them to monitor patients and the progression of their disease.

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.


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.


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.