We Love Lasers – CPD evening

On Tuesday the 25th of August, Focus Laser Eye Centre hosted a 6pt CPD evening for optometrists with the theme We Love Lasers. With 5 talks presented by our leading Laser Surgeons, the evening was very rewarding.

Nigel Whittle of MTH Clinic says:

I’d like to thank you for a great educational experience tonight.

The venue, the practice, was transformed into an environment where I think we all felt comfortable and relaxed. That being, it provided a platform for easy understanding and information absorption from expert and dedicated surgeon specialists.

The topics covered were done so in a professional yet down-to-earth manner. I love lasers more now too!!

The catering was exceptional….. I suspect you had a hand in that yourself, so thanks there also.

Please pass on my sincere thanks to Dr’s Margaret and Richard and their associates.

 

Lessons Learned With Electronic Health Records ( EHR )

By Dr Richard Smith, MBBS, BSc, DO, FRCS, FRACS, FRANZCO
Published in Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today Europe’s (CRST) – June edition.

Transitioning to electronic health records involves a learning curve but can lead to increased efficiency and cost containment.

AT A GLANCE

  • The elimination of paper charts can yield savings in time, space, and money and increase access to patient data.
  • An Electronic Health Records ( EHR ) system can help provide a practice with a more modern style of patient consulting and facilitate patient education.
  • For some practices, adopting Electronic Health Records ( EHRs ) is one step toward a larger goal of transitioning to a paperless environment in which other processes, such as accounting and staff management, can be digitised as well.
fasting before cataract eye surgery

Why is fasting before cataract eye surgery important ?

Sometimes, even though patients know they will have intravenous sedation, they still do not understand why fasting before cataract eye surgery is necessary. On occasion a patient arrives for cataract surgery having eaten breakfast and unfortunately in these cases surgery has to be postponed, which can be very inconvenient for patients and doctors alike.

So why do you need to fast?

Fasting before cataract eye surgery reduces the risk of stomach contents/acid going the wrong way down into your lungs while you are asleep. Stomach acid can cause lung damage.

What is the correct way for fasting before cataract surgery?

  • NO solid food is to be eaten for at least 6 hours prior to your admission time.
  • NO fluids (except water, black tea or black coffee) are to be taken for at least 2 hours before your admission time.

Your regular medications may be taken at their usual time with a sip of water.

This is prepared by Anaesthetist
Dr Joanne Silverton 

eye conditions, cataract simulation

Cataracts – Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatments

What are cataracts ?

Cataracts are a clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye. This in turn affects vision. Cataracts form for many reasons but the most common is age.  It is normal for people over the age of 65 to have some mild form of cataracts. Causes of Cataract development include age, steroid use, trauma, radiation, or as a result of other eye conditions such as glaucoma.  Cataracts can occur in one or both eyes, sometimes years apart, but it cannot spread from one eye to another.

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state of the art, Best laser eye technology

State of the art – Medical best practice and architecture meet

IT’S HARD TO believe that beneath the welcoming, streamlined elegance and efficiency of the award-winning FOCUS Eye Centre in Kingsford, Sydney, is a century-old cottage. More remarkable is that the renovation work was completed to a strict six-month timetable on the very day promised by its architect Georgina Wilson.

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How to choose an ophthalmologist, Best laser eye technology

How to choose an Ophthalmologist that’s right for you

When it comes to eye surgery, there are a couple of key decisions that need to be made.

The first is to commit to the treatment and the next is to choose a particular Ophthalmologist to proceed. For some people finding the right specialist often comes before deciding to go ahead with treatment.

Making a choice is very much a personal process, but there’s a number of things to know — and questions to ask – that can help you make an informed decision with which you can be confident and comfortable and that’s right for you.

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New Agents for Treating Dry Eye Syndrome

Authors: Simon E. Skalicky, Con Petsoglou, Avinash Gurbaxani, Clare L. Fraser, Peter McCluskey

Published article – abstract

Dry eye syndrome (DES) is characterized by an inadequate volume and/or quality of tears resulting in chronic ocular surface irritation and inflammation. Affecting up to 30 % of adults, DES has a considerable impact on visual function and quality of life. DES may complicate allergic ocular disease and allergy medication may exacerbate DES. The pathophysiology of DES involves osmotic, mechanical and inflammatory insults to the tear film, epithelium and subepithelial nerve plexus. Various immune-related molecular targets have been the focus of research aimed at developing new therapeutic agents for treating DES. This article provides an overview of established, new and future agents for treating DES.

LINK: New Agents for Treating Dry Eye Sydnrome