Asia Pacific Vitreoretinal Society (APVRS) 12th Congress

14-16 December 2018, Seoul Korea I’m writing this on the plane back coming back from the Asia Pacific Vitreoretinal Society Congress in Seoul, Korea. Although it may have been cold outside, there were a lot of warm hearts and minds inside! One of the sessions I (...)

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Retina and Macula Specialists (R&MS) Christmas Dinner

1/12/18, Sydney Another year has flown by and last night we had our annual Retina & Macula Specialists Christmas Dinner. It has become a bit of a tradition now to have a game show format. This year it was “Wheel of Fortune!”. I certainly had a (...)

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RANZCO Annual Conference

17-21/11/18, Adelaide November is RANZCO season and this year it was in Adelaide. After so many conferences I was only able to manage a short visit. I had the opportunity at the ANZSRS meeting to present an interesting case of bilateral peripheral exudative vasculopathy in a (...)

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Lifeline Express Zhanjiang Hospital Visit

9-12/11/18, Zhanjiang, China Zhanjiang is a small Chinese city located at the Southwestern end of Guangong Province, bordering the South China Sea. “Small” is a relative word here- it still has a population of 7 million inhabitants (as per a 2010 census). I’ve been invited here (...)

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Lifeline Express/Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre (ZOC) 2018 International Retinal Conference

7-8/11/18, Guangzhou, China Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre (ZOC) is one of China’s largest ophthalmology hospitals. I’ve been invited to its new facility as an international guest of the Lifeline Express/ZOC International Retinal Conference, 2018. The last few days have been a wonderful experience, sharing our thoughts on (...)

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International Retinal GroupIII

30-31/10/18, Irvine, California I’ve spent the last few days reconnecting with my colleagues of the “International Retinal Panel” a group of young researchers from all around the world (UK, Australia, Argentina, Israel, Italy, Thailand and Turkey). Over the last three years we’ve met twice a year (...)

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ACT & NSW Optometry Association Annual Meeting

14/10/18, Canberra Today I went back to my home town- Canberra! Its been years since I’ve been back and it was refreshing not to have to deal with the traffic we have in Sydney. The theme for this year’s conference was Myopia, and I of course (...)

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Specsavers Clinical Conference (SCC) 8

9/9/18, Melbourne It isn’t very often that I have the opportunity to speak to an audience of more than 800 participants, but this was exactly what happened today when I flew to Melbourne for the 8th Specsavers Clinical Conference (SCC). Invited to talk on ocular oncology, (...)

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Ozurdex Retinal Vein Occlusion Launch (Allergan)

9/9/18, Sydney Intravitreal dexamethasone implant (Ozurdex) was PBS listed for the treatment of macular oedema secondary to retinal vein occlusion on 1 November 2018. This supplements its prior indications for diabetic macular oedema and posterior, non-infectious uveitis. I had the opportunity to chair the educational launch (...)

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Ophthalmology Updates!

25-26/8/18, Sydney I’ve been convening the annual conference “Ophthalmology Updates!” for 3 years now, and am truly grateful for all the support I have received from speakers, sponsors and of course delegates. This year’s meeting was the largest to date, with 200 ophthalmologists around Australia attending. (...)

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Retina & Macula Specialists Optometry Education

7/8/18, Sydney I always enjoy presenting to the local optometrists near my practices at Miranda and Hurstville. Tonight was a chance to present some interesting cases for discussion, and probe the doctors brains! One of the cases presented was of hydroxychloroquine toxicity:   ·         Toxicity is (...)

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Sydney Eye Hospital (SEH) Alumni Meeting

28/7/18, Sydney Chairing the retinal panel, I was able to pick some of the best minds in retina on controversial and unresolved questions. Here was an opportunity to go “back to basics”, but in a nuanced way:   A) Choroidal neovascularisation What is today’s the role (...)

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Retina Beyond (Allergan)

21-22/7/18, Sydney The Retina Beyond meeting had two streams: a retinal stream and a glaucoma stream. The retinal stream focussed on diabetic macular oedema. To start the meeting, an interesting keynote lecture was given by Kirk Vallis from Google, who talked about disruptive innovation, a concept (...)

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2018 Midwest Ocular Angiography Conference (MOAC)

27-30/6/18, Chiang Mai, Thailand MOAC, the “Midwest Ocular Angiography” is one of my favourite meetings of the year. It’s a small gathering of around 40 retinal specialists who each present interesting cases as diagnostic dilemmas. Although it originally started in the Midwest of the USA, these (...)

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Global Retina Network Program (Bayer)

23-24 June 2018 What is the best way to treat polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV)? This was the question I posed as the Chair of the first session of the Global Retinal Network Program held in Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sydney last weekend. The two esteemed speakers (...)

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Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) & International Retinal Panel (IRP) III

April 29 – May 3 April 2018, Honolulu, Hawaii The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting is the largest basic science gathering for vision researchers in the world. This year it was held in Honolulu, Hawaii! For me, the absolute standout keynote lecture was (...)

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RANZCO NSW Branch Meeting

17 March 2018, Hunter Valley “Floaters- Life and Death” was the topic of my talk at the NSW RANZCO Conference. Did you know that so called “physiological” floaters are associated with higher rates of depression, perceived stress and anxiety? In fact, when surveyed, patients with severe (...)

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International Retinal Symposium (IntRIS)

20-21 February 2018, Los Angeles The International Retinal Symposium (IntRIS) is a relatively new meeting organised by some of my friends: Bailey Freund, David Sarraf and Srnivas Sadda at the UCLA Stein Eye Institute and Doheny Eye Institute. In only its 4th year, it’s one of (...)

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33rd Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress

8-11 February, 2018 Hong Kong This year’s APAO was held in Hong Kong. I was fortunate to be invited to speak at a symposium on “New Retinal Surgical Techniques”. Conventionally, following cataract extraction the intraocular lens (IOL) is placed in the lens capsule, or “bag”. In (...)

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Inflammation in the eye (Uveitis)

Many conditions can cause inflammation in the eye. Some of these are related to medical illnesses affecting the rest of the body, and some are caused by infections. Eye inflammation can cause redness, pain, sensitivity to light, "floaters" and blurring and/or distortion of vision.

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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

What is AMD? Age-related macular degeneration is a condition characterized by excessive aging changes at the macula, the centre of the retina. There are two forms: Dry (non-neovascular) This is a “wear and tear” process that is characterised by atrophy (loss of cells) and drusen (yellow (...)

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Inherited retinal diseases

Some retinal diseases have a genetic basis. These are often rare and include Retinitis Pigmentosa and Stargardt Disease. Symptoms vary depending on the disease but may include blurring and/or distortion of vision, colour vision impairment, poor peripheral vision and reduced night vision or slow dark adaptation.

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Macular oedema

What is macular oedema? Macular oedema refers to swelling of the centre of the retina (the macula). Specific types include cystoid macular oedema (when there are round cysts in the retina) and diabetic macular oedema (due to diabetes). What symptoms does macular oedema cause? Macular oedema (...)

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Myopia

What is Pathological Myopia? Myopia refers to short-sightedness (the ability to see well for short distances such as reading, but not for long distances such as when driving). This is usually due to the eyeball being longer than normal. If the myopia is severe enough to (...)

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Central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC)

What is CSC? CSC is a disease where a blister of fluid builds up underneath the retina. What symptoms does CSC cause? CSC may cause blurred vision, a central black spot in the vision, distortion and/or difficulty with depth perception. Why does it occur? No one (...)

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Diabetic retinopathy

What is diabetic retinopathy? Diabetic retinopathy is a vessel disease caused by diabetes (high sugars in the bloodstream). What symptoms does diabetic retinopathy cause? Diabetic retinopathy can affect the vision in two main ways: swelling of the macula (macular oedema), or bleeding into the vitreous jelly (...)

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Branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO)

What is a BRVO? A BRVO occurs when one of the branch veins (blood vessels) in the retina is blocked up. What symptoms does a BRVO cause? Some small BRVOs do not cause symptoms. Those associated with macular oedema may cause blurred vision, a central black (...)

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Vitreous haemorrhage

What is a vitreous haemorrhage? A vitreous haemorrhage occurs when there is bleeding into vitreous jelly of the eye. What symptoms does a vitreous haemorrhage cause? Small vitreous haemorrhages will cause a cloud of spots floating in your vision “floaters”. Larger vitreous haemorrhages can block the entire (...)

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Choroidal naevus and melanoma

What is a choroidal naevus and melanoma? A choroidal naevus is a benign (non-harmful) “mole” that can lie underneath your retina. It is quite common, with approximately 1 in 20 people having a choroidal naevus. A choroidal melanoma is much more rare, and has the potential (...)

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Cataract

What is a cataract? A cataract occurs when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy or opaque. What symptoms does a cataract cause? Cataracts cause general blurring of vision. They may also cause glare, difficulty driving at night and increased short-sightedness. Why does it occur? Most (...)

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Epiretinal membrane

What is an epiretinal membrane? An epiretinal membrane is a membrane or scar tissue that can grow on the surface of the retina, usually at the macula What symptoms does an epiretinal membrane cause? An epiretinal membrane can cause blurred vision, a central black spot in (...)

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Vitreomacular traction

What is Vitreomacular Traction (Syndrome)? Vitreomacular traction occurs when the vitreous jelly in the centre of the eye dehydrates and contracts, pulling on the macula at the centre of the retina. What symptoms does vitreomacular traction cause? Vitreomacular traction can cause blurred vision, a central black (...)

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Posterior vitreous detachment (PVD)

What is a posterior vitreous detachment (PVD)? A PVD occurs when the vitreous separates off from the retina. It is very different to a retinal detachment, which is more serious. What symptoms does a PVD cause? A PVD may occur without symptoms, or may be associated (...)

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Retinal tears

What is a retinal tear? A retinal tear occurs when there is a break in the retina. If left untreated, this can lead to a retinal detachment if fluid seeps under the retina and lifts it off. What symptoms does a retinal tear cause? Although some (...)

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Retinal detachment

What is a retinal detachment? Retinal detachment occurs when the retina separates off from the inside wall of the eye. In most cases it is caused by a retinal tear. What symptoms does a retinal detachment cause? Retinal detachment can cause blurred vision, a shadow in (...)

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Macular hole

What is a macular hole? A macular hole is a circular hole that occurs at the macula, the centre of the retina. It differs from macular degeneration. What symptoms does a macular hole cause? A macular hole can cause blurred vision, a central black spot in (...)

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Case of the month

Most full-thickness macular holes won’t improve by themselves, so vitrectomy surgery in a hospital is advised in most cases. This involves key-hole surgery through the white part of the eye (sclera). The vitreous jelly and a thin membrane on the surface of the retina are removed. (...)

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Central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO)

What is a CRVO? A CRVO occurs when the main (central) vein (blood vessel draining blood out from the eye) is blocked up. What symptoms does a CRVO cause? CRVOs may cause blurred vision, a central black spot in the vision, distortion and/or difficulty with depth (...)

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