Glaucoma Awareness Week

Glaucoma Awareness Week 2018

Glaucoma Awareness Week 2018

Glaucoma Awareness Week campaign aims to find 150,000 Aussies who are unaware they have glaucoma.

Despite being the world’s leading cause of irreversible blindness, more than 10 million Aussies do not automatically think to have a simple eye exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist which can save their sight. This means they are potentially suffering preventable but irreversible blindness.

More than 300,000 Australians have glaucoma, yet only 50% have been diagnosed, typically because they lack noticeable symptoms and haven’t had a simple eye exam.

Anyone may develop glaucoma, but the incidence increases with age.  About 1 in 10,000 babies are born with glaucoma, by age 40, about 1 in 200 have glaucoma, rising to 1 in 8 at age 80. Overall the incidence in Australia is about 2.3% of the population.

During World Glaucoma Week, 11 – 17 March 2018, Glaucoma Australia is encouraging relatives of those with glaucoma to have a comprehensive eye exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist from age 40 and every 2 years ongoing.

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Orthoptics Awareness Week 2018

This week we celebrate Orthoptics Awareness Week!

Discover the Depth of Orthoptics

Who are Orthoptists and what do they do?

Orthoptists are eye health professionals who care for patients with eye disorders. Through a unique set of skills, orthoptists play a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis and management of eye diseases in both adults and children. The tests performed by the orthoptist play a crucial role in aiding the Ophthalmologist to diagnose and treat several eye conditions.

How does orthoptics differ from other eye health professions?

With speciality university training, orthoptists possess a unique and versatile set of skills in eye health; depending on the setting, orthoptists may be responsible for a variety of eye health practices.

As an example, an orthoptist may be primarily responsible for the pre- and post-operative care of patients with cataracts. This involves undertaking a number of investigations to determine the patient’s potential vision, surgical requirements including the optical lens to be inserted in the eye during surgery and the prescribing of glasses.

To perform these investigations, orthoptists are highly trained in using specialised technology to detect and measure the progression of eye disease – these include instruments such as ultrasonography machines, (A-scans, B-scans and pachymmeters), topogrophers (Ocular Coherence Tomographer (OCT), Orbscans) and retinal cameras.

Orthoptists may also prescribe management programs for those with conditions such as refractive error (need for glasses), double vision, neurological disorders and ocular motility disorders, as well as aiding in the rehabilitation of impaired vision.

In contrast, an optometrist is a primary care practitioner who examines eyes, gives advice on visual problems, and prescribes and fits glasses or contact lenses. If eye disease is detected, an optometrist will generally refer patients to a specialist for further management.

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has undertaken additional specialist training in the diagnosis and management of disorders of the eye and visual system. Ophthalmologists can prescribe medication and perform surgical procedures in the management of eye disease. Often, an orthoptist and ophthalmologist will work collaboratively together in investigating and managing diseases of the eye.

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Latest technology at FOCUS Eye Centre

In 2018 we continue to offer our patients the latest technology in eye care.

For patients with a cataract, based on your assessment, we may be able to offer you the latest generation of multifocal intraocular implants, which aim to give patients functional distance, intermediate and near vision and may reduce your need for spectacle correction.
For patients interested in laser eye surgery, you may be a candidate for SMILE, LASIK or PRK refractive surgery allowing you to say goodbye to your glasses or contact lenses.
We routinely screen all patients for glaucoma and macular degeneration using the latest imaging technology and offer treatment options where suitable, such as minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS).
Our dedicated clinical team continues to attend annual conferences and training to stay up to date and well versed in the latest technology in ophthalmology.

We welcome you to our centre for an assessment or please feel free to contact our friendly staff with any inquiries.

Had your eyesight tested recently?

Is it time for your yearly FOCUS eye test? Even if you have never had any vision problems, regular eye exams by an optometrist or ophthalmologist are important for early diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions and diseases.

Regular eye exams might help prevent vision loss from eye disease, your optometrist or ophthalmologist can diagnose many eye diseases that do not have any noticeable symptoms. After your first visit to your eye doctor, he or she will determine how often you should have your eyes checked.

People with healthy eyes are generally recommended to visit their eye doctor every 1-2 years depending on their age or their risk factors for eye disease. People with existing eye conditions may be advised to have more frequent eye examinations. 

The links below provide more information on common eye conditions…

What is ReLEx SMILE @ FOCUS ?

ReLEx SMILE @ FOCUS – Laser vision correction beyond LASIK

A step towards flapless, minimally invasive laser correction.

ReLEx combines state-of-the-art femtosecond technology with high-precision lenticule extraction aiming at providing minimally invasive refractive correction in a single system: the ZEISS VisuMax. A refractive lenticule is created in the intact cornea and removed via a small incision. No ablation. No flap.

 Learn more from our technology provider – Zeiss

FOCUS Eye Centre is now offering the ground breaking ReLEX SMILE procedure at our Kingsford practice.
Take the step beyond LASIK –  Contact us today

FOCUS at Schwind Laser Users Meeting in Singapore

FOCUS was excited to attend and present at the Schwind Laser Users Meeting in Singapore. The meeting was for users of the Schwind excimer laser and was attended by over 200 international delegates from Europe, Asia, Middle East and Canada.

Held at the grand Hyatt Singapore, speakers presented papers on treatments being carried out using the Amaris laser and patient outcomes. Results of laser treatments combined with corneal crosslinking were discussed. Using the Schwind  and corneal crosslinking some patients with thin or irregular corneas or conditions like keratoconus, who may have not been suitable for laser treatment in the past, are now candidates and can achieve improved vision and corneal stability.

FOCUS Director & Surgeon, Dr Smith spoke about how FOCUS Laser Eye Centre has linked the Schwind Amaris with the Ziess Visumax Femtosecond Laser so that we can offer the best technology for our patients.

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FOCUS on ski goggles

3 possible solutions for skiers who need to wear glasses…

With the ski season fast approaching many keen skiers with vision problems will struggle with goggles, and let’s face it going without just won’t work. You’ll struggle with ski maps and signs, you’re skiing will suffer because you won’t be able to see bumps and patches in the snow, switching between goggles and glasses is a hassle and you risk damaging your glasses…

FOCUS has some solutions for those heading out to the slopes.

  1. An impractical solution – Wearing oversized ski goggles that fit over glasses
    Wearing goggles over glasses tends to be uncomfortable and impractical. From your glasses steaming up to icy winds gushing into them due to gaps the glasses create, along with safety issues caused by wearing glass lenses on the slopes, wearing goggles over glasses can be a real hindrance and in some instances dangerous.
  2. An expensive solution – Buying prescription goggles
    You can buy customised ski goggles with prescription lenses. But these tend to add a hefty price on top of the already bloated price of your ski goggles!
  3. An invaluable solution – Finally taking care of the problem for good with laser eye surgery…
    At Focus Laser Eye Centre, our Day Surgery will correct your vision and have you on the slopes in time for this season… So what are you waiting for call our friendly staff and book an assessment today!

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.

Safest Laser Eye Surgery – How to choose ?

Focus Laser Eye Surgery achieves NSQHS accreditation – May 2015

For day surgeries, meeting NSQHS standards is critical, it provides an independent guarantee patients are getting THE best care & safest laser eye surgery available.

Most people think it’s the type of procedure you have, that determines the safest laser eye surgery possible. However, the best evidence of the safest laser eye surgery are the results of the Day Surgery or practice you attend. A quality Day Surgery will provide consistently high standards across the range of procedures it offers.

The best way to minimise risk when deciding on Laser Eye Surgery is to choose a Day Surgery that has been consistently compliant with the NSQHS standards.

Focus Laser Eye Centre regularly monitors outcomes and performance as part of its Quality Assurance Program, providing care consistent with the NSQHS standards. FOCUS has maintained compliance to these standards since they were first introduced in 2012.

The most recent audit of FOCUS Laser Eye Centre was on 11th May 2015, where all Core Action Items were Satisfactorily Met. Additionally, FOCUS achieved a “Met with Merit” against having an organisation-wide used and monitored risk register.

All Australian health practices, FOCUS included, are subject to mandatory audit for compliance with all 10 National Safety and Quality in Healthcare Standards (NSQHS) and ISO Standards.