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.

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.

Thanks to Maria

April 27th, 2017

We want to send a special thank-you out to the lovely Maria who helped out in the practice recently.  For someone to step in to what was a very busy situation, without much training, was remarkable.

Thanks heaps Maria.

Back to University for Simon

April 27th, 2017

Simon is one week into an 18 month journey towards a “Graduate Certificate of Ocular Therapeutics”  In summary, this has been a couple of years in the making and will enable Simon to prescribe a wide range of Ocular Medications.  With this will come utilization of different techniques and eventually different diagnostic equipment. By all reports the content is comprehensive and Simon has found the lifestyle change quite a challenge.

Supporting Local Businesses

April 27th, 2017

Local Barista Adam picked up his new specs recently and with a smile like that, do you figure he likes them???  B.T.W,  great coffee at “The Woodman’s Axe” here in Stones Corner.

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