At North Terrace Optometrists we are always looking at how we can expand our knowledge to better serve our patients. Kevin has given us a short run down of his time at the recent Cornea and Contact Lens Conference on the Gold Coast
“In May this year I attended the International Cornea and Contact Lens Conference on the Gold Coast.
I have attended a number of these conferences over the years and they are always a great source of information about what is happening in the world of contact lenses. The latest great news for contact lenses is that there are new materials available that make the wearing of contact lenses easier. There have been many improvements in the wettability and comfort of contact lenses, and when combined with new technologies, we are now able to provide a higher level of success.
There is also concern about the increase in the number of short sighted people in our community. Unfortunately with higher levels of shortsightedness there is increased risk of eye disease. Orthokeratology, overnight wear of gas permeable lenses that gently mold the cornea, has been shown to reduce the progression of myopia in a significant number of patients. It is a technique that Mark Parsons and I are familiar with and the latest research highlights the success of ortho-K (as it is also known).
A highlight of the conference was a lecture given by Prof Nathan Efron, who only a few weeks later was granted the highest award to an Australian optometrist in the Queen’s Birthday honour list”.