World Sight Day

Posted October 9, 2017

World Sight Day 2017 World sight day is an annual day of awareness to bring attention to blindness and vision impairment on a global scale. It is held on the second Thursday in October which this year will be Thursday 12th October 2017. It was established by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2000 & […]

On Radio with Wendy Harmer

Posted July 11, 2017

Dr Caroline Catt interviewed on ABC Radio with Wendy Harmer Incase you missed it – here is the link to Dr Caroline Catt’s interview this morning with Wendy Harmer on ABC Radio Sydney. Dr Catt was interviewed by Wendy Harmer & managed to answer some listener’s questions on a segment called The Waiting Room on […]

JulEYE 2017

Posted July 4, 2017

JulEYE is off and running! JulEYE is a community awareness campaign run by The Eye Surgeons Foundation. It’s aim is to raise awareness about eye disease & of the large proportion (75%!) of vision impairment in Australia that is preventable. JulEYE is a month-long national eye health awareness campaign that takes place in July each […]

Shining the spotlight on Batten disease

Posted April 3, 2017

Juvenile Batten Disease Batten disease (Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosesis) is a rare and fatal neurological disorder that begins in childhood. Progressive vision loss in previously healthy children is often the first symptom, followed by personality changes, behavioural problems and slow learning. Seizures and psychosis can appear at any time during the course of the disease, but commonly appear within 2-4 years of […]

Glaucoma in Children

Posted March 15, 2017

World Glaucoma Week: Infantile Glaucoma March 12-18 this year is World Glaucoma Week. Dr Caroline Catt was interviewed about infantile glaucoma this week as part of the RANZCO coverage of world glaucoma week. Dr Caroline Catt talks about knowing the signs of childhood and infantile glaucoma, and the importance of early detection and treatment of […]

What is an Orthoptist?

Posted February 28, 2017

What is an Orthoptist? Orthoptists are university trained allied health professionals who “specialise in disorders of eye movement and diagnostic prcedures related to disorders of the eye and visual system”. Orthoptic treatments of certain conditions can relieve visual symptoms and enhance visual performance. Through a unique set of skills, orthoptists play a crucial role in […]

Dr Frank Martin and Dr Michael Jones attend conferences

Posted February 14, 2017

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) held it’s 2017 Asia Pacific conference in Brisbane on the 5-8 February 2017, attended by Dr Frank Martin and Dr Michael Jones. ARVO Asia is the largest conference for eye and vision research in the Asia-Pacific region. The four-day meeting takes place every two years, and […]

Virtual Reality and The Eyes

Posted February 10, 2017

Virtual reality – what is it, and what are the effects of virtual reality on the eyes and the visual system? Some may say virtual reality is the way of the future. Virtual reality is a fairly new technology where you view the virtual world as if you were inside the virtual space, with 360 degree […]

Astigmatism – Back to Basics

Posted February 2, 2017

Astigmatism We have been talking about refractive errors this week. Having discussed myopia and hyperopia, we move on to another type of refractive error: Astigmatism. Astigmatism is a term that a lot of people are familiar with, yet are uncertain as to what it actually means. What is Astigmatism and how is it caused? Astigmatism differs from Myopia […]

Hyperopia – Back to Basics

Posted January 31, 2017

Hyperopia Today, we continue on with our back to basics series, discussing refractive errors. To recap, a refractive error means that the eye does not bend or refract light properly to see images clearly or in focus. Having discussed myopia yesterday, or ‘short sightedness’, today we take a look at Hyperopia which is also known as ‘far sightedness’ and ‘long […]

Myopia – Back to Basics

Posted January 30, 2017

Myopia We are looking at refractive errors this week as we continue on with our back to basics series for 2017. As discussed yesterday in our refraction overview, a refractive error means that the eye does not bend or refract light properly to see images clearly or in focus. Today we are looking at Myopia, […]

Refractive Errors

Posted January 29, 2017

Refraction of the Eye and Refractive Errors What is Refraction? Refraction is a term used in optical physics and describes “the bending of light rays at the interface between two different transparent media”. It is the phenomenon which makes image formation possible by the eye as well as by cameras and other systems of lenses. Light […]

Glaucoma Infographic

Posted January 27, 2017

Take a look at our handy Glaucoma infographic for all your basic information on Glaucoma in Australia.

Glaucoma – Back to Basics

Posted January 22, 2017

Glaucoma The Facts: Glaucoma has been described as an ‘invisible disease’. It is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide 1 in 8 Australians over 80 years of age will develop Glaucoma There is a strong hereditary link – first degree relatives of glaucoma patients have a “ten-fold increased risk of developing the disease” (Glaucoma.org) 50% of the […]

Assessing Strabismus – Back To Basics:

Posted January 19, 2017

The assessment of strabismus and measurement of strabismus is important because it helps both the medical and surgical management of strabismus. I think my child may have an eye turn. How will you be able to test my child’s vision? If you suspect your child may have an eye turn, they need to have a […]

Paediatric Strabismus – Back To Basics:

Posted January 17, 2017

Is treatment available for paediatric strabismus? Yes, treatment is available for children with strabismus. The type of treatment depends on the type of strabismus, and whether any other eye conditions are present. It is important to understand that eye turning in children (paediatric strabismus) is never normal, except in the first three months of life. […]

Adult Strabismus – Back To Basics:

Posted January 17, 2017

Is treatment available for adult strabismus? Yes, treatment options are available for adult strabismus, and these treatments have a high success rate. Adult strabismus is a complex field of ophthalmology, where the cause of the strabismus and the type of strabismus dictate the treatments that will be successful. Often surgery is recommended, and sometimes eye […]

Strabismus – Back To Basics:

Posted January 16, 2017

What is Strabismus? Strabismus is the medical term for misalignment of the eyes, a wandering eye, and what is often called a squint, lazy eye, cross eyed, or wall eyed. It occurs when the eyes do not align when looking at an object. Strabismus has many causes, classifications and types, and can occur in both […]

Retinal Vascular Disorders

Posted January 13, 2017

Back to Basics – Retinal Disorders Retinal Vascular Disorders What are Retinal Vascular Disorders? Retinal vascular disorders refers to a range of eye diseases that affect the blood vessels in the eye. These conditions are linked back to pre-existing vascular diseases such as hypertension (high blood pressue) and arthrosclerosis (thickening of the artery walls). The most common […]

Back to Basics-Retinal Detachment

Posted January 11, 2017

Retinal Disorders Retinal Detachment We have been looking at the retina this week as part of our back to basics series. As discussed, the retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the inside of our eye and sends visual messages through the optic nerve to our brains. When discussing retinal detachments, it is necessary to […]