Entries by Team Focus

New Mandatory Sunglass Standard

From 1 July 2019, sunglass and fashion spectacle suppliers must comply with mandatory requirements set out in the Consumer Goods (Sunglasses and Fashion Spectacles) Safety Standard 2017. The mandatory standard is based on sections of the voluntary Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1067.1:2016 eye and face protection – sunglasses and fashion spectacles (available from SAI Global). The mandatory standard for sunglasses and fashion spectacles applies to […]

May is Macula Month!

Macula Month – 1 to 31 May 2019 Macula Month is an initiative of Macular Disease Foundation Australia and runs for the month of May. It is an annual campaign designed to raise awareness of macular disease, which includes age-related macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease, along with other less common diseases of the macula. […]

Advanced Optical Biometry

On Saturday 13th April 2019 a small group of the Focus Eye Centre clinical team attended an Advanced Optical Biometry course, organised by Carl Zeiss and held at the University of Technology’s Discipline of Orthoptics. The program for the day covered requirements and tips for successful cataract surgery. The course was based on the IOL […]

World Glaucoma Week 2019

World Glaucoma Week 2019 (10 – 16 March) During World Glaucoma Week (10 – 16 March) Glaucoma Australia will launch a new risk awareness campaign targeting people who are at greater risk of developing glaucoma to encourage them to get their eyes tested. Glaucoma is the leading cause of avoidable blindness worldwide, affecting over 300,000 […]

10 Laser Eye Surgery Myths

10 Laser Eye Surgery Myths 1. It cannot correct long-sightedness 2. It cannot correct astigmatism 3. It cannot correct the need for reading glasses as you get older – Presbyopia 4. It hurts – it’s pain free! 5. If you blink or move during the procedure it can go wrong 6. It doesn’t last very […]

Tissue created from stem cells used to improve vision successfully

Researchers have claimed a breakthrough following the successful use of stem cells to repair eye tissue and improve vision among patients with limbal stem cell deficiency. As part of the project, organ donor stem cells were used to create tissue, which was then transplanted to patients as part of a randomised clinical trial. Led by […]

‘Breakthrough device’ gets expedited review from FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has designated an AI diagnostic system that autonomously detects diabetic retinopathy (DR) as a ‘breakthrough device’, paving the way for an expedited review. The Breakthrough Device Program is reserved for technologies that provide more effective treatment or diagnosis of life-threatening or irreversibly debilitating diseases. Should it receive clearance […]

Am I a Candidate for Refractive or Laser Eye Surgery?

Refractive or laser eye surgery is not right for everyone. The qualifications of a good candidate for refractive or laser eye surgery generally include: At least 18 years of age Stable eyeglass and contact lens prescription for at least 2 to 3 years Stable vision over at least the past year No history or findings […]

Colour changing CL to aid drug delivery into eye

Chinese scientists have engineered drug-delivering contact lenses that change colour to report exactly how much medicine has been released to the eye. The research was conducted by a team from China Pharmaceutical University and the State Key Laboratory of Bioelectronics at Southeast University. They believe their work will help eye doctors accurately treat eye diseases […]