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  • Achieving Spectacle Independence Following Cataract Surgery – Monovision vs Multifocal

    Achieving spectacle independence is the holy grail of cataract surgery. To achieve this, a patient requires the ability to focus at near, intermediate and long distance without the need for glasses or contact lenses. In an eye that has not had cataract surgery, this is occurs via a process called accommodation. The natural lens within […]

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  • Intra-ocular Pressure and Corneal Prosthesis – Tackling a Challenging Issue

    Corneal prothesis surgery is a technique for restoring vision in individuals that are blind or vision impaired from severe corneal disease. However, almost all eyes that have a corneal prosthesis will develop elevated intra-ocular pressure and glaucoma. This is a challenging scenario as the prosthesis prevents accurate measurement of intra-ocular pressure and glaucoma medications are […]

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  • ANZGIG 2015

    Approximately 100 ophthalmologists with expertise or interest in glaucoma management met in Brisbane on the 6th and 7th February for the annual Australia and New Zealand Glaucoma Interest Group (ANZGIG) Meeting. The international guest speaker, Dr Arthur Sit from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota USA, delivered a number of interesting presentations of the risk […]

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  • Telescopic Contact Lens for Macula Degeneration

    A contact lens capable of zooming in and out with the wink of an eye is currently under development in Switzerland. This could prove to be an invaluable device in individuals with macula degeneration who have difficulty with reading and other near activities. A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald by Jean-Louis Santini summaries […]

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  • Is Your Cholesterol Treatment Giving You Cataracts?

    High cholesterol is a common health problem and a well-known risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease such as heart attack and stroke. As such, medications that lower cholesterol are among the most widely prescribed world-wide. One class of cholesterol lowering medication, called statins, has been linked to the development of cataract. A recently published study […]

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  • Can Marajuana Treat Glaucoma?

    Doctor, what about marajuana, can it be used to treat my glaucoma? You’d be amazed how often this question is asked, and sometimes from the most unlikely of patients. You might also be surprised to learn this does not stem from an “urban myth or tale” but is based on scientific research. Yes indeed, the […]

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  • Glaucoma: The Reason Behind Bono’s Glasses

    Bono, lead singer of Irish rock band U2, has confirmed that he has been receiving treatment for glaucoma for the past 20 years. He now joins a group of celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg, Ray Charles and Bill Crosby all of whom are affected by the same condition. Bono’s case serves to increase awareness of the […]

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  • I have glaucoma and my eyes are red – what’s going on?

    Nobody likes to have red eyes. It makes you look tired and unwell and can be the source of frequent comments about your appearance. Unfortunately it is an all too common problem in patients with glaucoma. That is because many of the treatments and sometimes the condition itself can cause red eyes. It is important […]

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  • Google Glass May Make Your Vision Worse by Dr Colin Clement

    Google Glass is a wearable head-mounted display system currently under development. It allows the wearer to simultaneously view the environment plus a heads-up display which may include content from the internet or any number of “Apps”. However, until recently little attention has been paid to the effect such devices might have on visual performance. To […]

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  • When is it time to have cataract surgery?

    The presence of cataract leads to the inevitable question – “When should I have it removed?”. In the past cataract surgery was deferred until absolutely necessary and this has led to the concept that cataracts can only be treated when they are “ripe”. With improving safety and clinical outcomes, this is an outdated concept. Rather, […]

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