AONA NSW Annual Conference 2015

FOCUS team presides, presents and attends the Annual Australian Ophthalmic Nurses Association (AONA) Conference this Saturday 27th June 2015, at the Sofitel Hotel in Sydney.

FOCUS Nurse Jenny Keller, President of the Australian Ophthalmic Nurses Association (AONA), is opening the National AONA NSW Conference, she writes;

Being part of the committee means volunteering many hours of service to the members, starting with the Annual Planning Day, over 200 hours are spent discussing, planning and documenting. In addition many hours are put into our regular meetings, administrative documents for the clinical events, preparation of financial documents. Finally we also prepare the program and general logistics around the annual conference. The events put on by AONA represent an excellent opportunity for industry professionals to update their skills…

As part of the continuing professional development of our staff, all FOCUS nursing and clinical staff are attending the events education day and FOCUS Surgeon Dr Con Petsoglou and Orthoptist Ana Alexandratos are also presenting at the conference. 

Dr Con Petsoglou is presenting “Disappearing Eye Drops: Sound of one hand Clapping!”

Presentation abstract:

In recent months there has been an increasing incidence of ophthalmic medications which have been withdrawn from sale, temporarily unavailable or unable to be manufactured. This includes Zovirax ointment, Chloramphenicol drops, Dexamethasone injections, PHMB, Retinoic acid, Voltaren single dose units and many other preparations with significant impact on the provision of eye care. Of particular concern, is that many of these medications have no other alternative leaving patients medically stranded! This lecture explores reasons for this current critical situation and potential solutions which includes lobbying of the TGA, health departments and government by all eye health professionals.

Ana Alexandratos is presenting “The Toric Lens Debate – Part 2″

Presentation abstract:

Toric Implants have been in use in Australia since 2006. Many Companies invest heavily in research and development to morph these lenses into the sophisticated and refined IOL’s we use today. We have seen their use steadily climb to approximately 60% in private practice. This talk focuses on understanding corneal astigmatism, how to measure it, and how a Toric implant corrects this astigmatism. Also to be discussed is how we would go about choosing these lenses for our patients and the various formulas currently used.

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