Entries by Team Focus

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 […]

UTS Clinicians Evening

One of our very experienced orthoptists Ana was invited to speak to final year orthoptic students at the University of Technology’s  clinicians evening that was held on Wednesday 7th November at the Discipline of Orthoptics. Ana has been a hard working orthoptist for 35 years. She graduated in 1983 and commenced work as an ophthalmic […]

Australian tech could end need for daily eye drops

Australian tech could end need for daily eye drops A clinical-stage Australian biotechnology company, PolyActiva, has recruited patients into its Phase I clinical trial for a new ocular implant that could improve the daily lives of millions of glaucoma patients. PolyActiva has used its proprietary polymer prodrug technology to develop ocular implants that, when placed […]