How Artificial Intelligence is improving Lives

Posted March 7, 2019

Artificial Intelligence is helping visually impaired people all over the world There are more than 350,000 vision impaired people in Australia. Exciting news is emerging that advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) are beginning to make everyday activities for these people more accessible. What is Artificial Intelligence?! Artificial intelligence is sometimes called ‘machine intelligence’. That is, […]

Recognition for Dr Craig Donaldson

Posted February 7, 2019

Dr Craig Donaldson awarded AM One of our very own Ophthalmologists Dr Craig Donaldson was one of four eye health professionals recognised for their contributions to the sector, featuring among the 1,127 recipients on the 2019 Australia Day Honours List. Dr Donaldson was awarded Member of the Order (AM) in the Order of Australia Honours […]

World Sight Day 2018

Posted October 11, 2018

World Sight Day 2018 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. It was established by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2000 & together with the International Agency for the Prevention of […]

Be My Eyes

Posted September 20, 2018

Be My Eyes – conception to a reality   “It’s my hope that by helping each other as an online community, Be My Eyes will make a big difference in the everyday lives of blind people all over the world.” – Hans Jørgen Wiberg, Founder of Be My Eyes In 2012, Danish furniture craftsman Hans […]

Jeans for Genes Day 2018

Posted August 2, 2018

Jeans for Genes Day is happening tomorrow! Friday 3rd August 2018. “Jeans for Genes day is the iconic fundraising campaign of the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI). It was established in 1994 by the CMRI to fund revolutionary research that helps diagnose, understand and find cures or treatments for conditions affecting kids, including genetic diseases, cancer […]

Optical Illusions Behind the Scenes!

Posted July 11, 2018

The Mechanisms behind Optical Illusions Have you ever seen something that isn’t really there? Could your mind be playing tricks on you? The “tricks” might be your brain reacting to feedback between neurons in different parts of the visual system, according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience by Carnegie Mellon University Assistant Professor […]

Optical Illusions

Posted July 5, 2018

What are Optical Illusions? Optical illusions are images that are misleading or deceptive to our brains through the use of colour, light and patterns. The information gathered by the eye is processed by the brain, creating a perception that in reality, does not match the true image. Perception refers to the interpretation of what we […]

Orthoptist Acknowledgment

Posted July 5, 2018

 Excellence of UTS Orthoptists Acknowledged Graduates from the Masters of Orthoptics program, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Graduate School of Health (GSH), were recognised at the School’s annual Orthoptics Prize and Scholarship evening back in May this year. The 2017 Orthoptics Australia (OA) Prize was presented to our very own Genevieve Mooney. The award was […]

Symptoms of Cataract

Posted June 14, 2018

What are Cataracts? Cataracts are very common and develop as a normal part of the ageing process. By the age of 70, nearly everyone has a degree of cataract formation. The lens inside our eyes are normally transparent. Overtime, this transparent lens becomes cloudy – this is what we term a ‘cataract’. Cataracts usually develop slowly over […]

May is Macula Month

Posted May 3, 2018

May is Macula Awareness Month Macula month raises awareness of all macula diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and other less common diseases of the macula. This month, the Macular Disease Foundation are asking Australians “Are you at risk of macular disease?”. It is an opportunity for everyone in our community to get […]

Recap on Diabetic Retinopathy

Posted March 7, 2018

Diabetic Retinopathy As part of this year’s Orthoptic Awareness Week, we are shining the spotlight on some different eye diseases we see as part of our daily practice. The theme for this year’s othoptic awareness week is “Discover the Depths of Orthoptics” and today we are looking at the eye disease, Diabetic Retinopathy. Diabetic Retinopathy is […]

Orthoptic Assessment

Posted March 5, 2018

Orthoptic Tests During your appointment at Sydney Ophthalmic Specialists, you will see one of our Orthoptists prior to seeing the Ophthalmologist. The Orthoptist performs a series of orthoptic tests to assess vision, ocular alignment, eye movements & binocular vision. These diagnostic tests are performed to assess various eye conditions such as strabismus (squint), amblyopia (lazy […]

Orthoptics Awareness 2018

Posted March 5, 2018

Orthoptics Awareness Week 2018 Orthoptics Awareness Week is happening now! March 5th-9th, 2018. It is a week long awareness campaign for both the profession of Orthoptics but also for the importance of regular eye examinations for eye related issues.   What Is An Orthoptist? Orthoptists are university trained eye healthcare professionals. They are trained in […]

Diseases detected by eye tests

Posted February 25, 2018

Unexpected diseases an eye test can spot Did you know, in addition to sight problems, eye examinations can detect a range of serious diseases? We all know that eye examinations provide us with information on eye diseases such as Glaucoma or Macular Degeneration, but they may also give a view of what is occurring in […]

Ophthalmologist to join SOS

Posted February 11, 2018

Welcome to our New Ophthalmologist Dr Tanya Karaconji BMedSci (Hons1) MBBS MMed (OphthalSc) FRANZCO We are excited to be welcoming a new Ophthalmologist to our growing team of doctors at Sydney Ophthalmic Specialists. Dr Tanya Karaconji is a glaucoma specialist, cataract surgeon and general Ophthalmologist. A little about Tanya Tanya completed her undergraduate degree from […]

Who Why & When (do we dilate)

Posted February 7, 2018

“Do I Need Drops?” It’s the one question we are guaranteed to be asked everyday – mostly by nervous children who’s memory serves them well. That one little drop can pack quite a punch and it’s momentary sting is often recalled by our younger patients on their return visits. It isn’t a surprise then that we are also […]

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 […]