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Scleromalacia Perforans Management

Introduction Scleromalacia perforans, sometimes referred to as anterior necrotising scleritis, is characterised by thinning of the sclera and cornea in patients with rheumatoid arthritis as well as certain systemic diseases. This is a progressive disease that has the potential to result in blindness. Epidemiology of scleromalacia perforans The disease is of autoimmune origin causing chronic…

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A Novel Method of Inserting Contact Lenses

Introduction Most people have a morbid fear of something (eyedrops and contact lenses included) going into the eye. Seeing the contact lenses or someone else’s hand loom towards the eye sets off panic and distress. So, when these patients have no other visual option but to be fitted with contact lenses, the optometrist faces a…

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Hydroxychloroquine – what’s the deal?

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) says; “it has no opinion on the use of chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients.” They stated that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine don’t cause blindness, but 1% to 2% of patients who take the drugs to treat autoimmune conditions such as lupus experience retinal problems during a five-year course of…

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Covid-19: Is there a new normal for healthcare practitioners?

Doctors and other healthcare practitioners need to be aware of regulations that apply to them during the outbreak of Covid-19 and national lockdown – particularly the risk of being held criminally liable for assault, attempted murder or murder if they intentionally expose others to Covid-19. Inclusion of healthcare practitioners and staff as essential services The…

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SAFETY AMIDST THE PANDEMIC: REDISCOVERING DAILIES

Dr Carmen Abesamis-Dichoso is an optometrist practicing in the Philippines. She focuses her practice on specialty contact lens fitting – for Keratoconus, Irregular corneas, post or failed Lasik and severe dry eye. She is a lecturer and a strong advocate for myopia management and control both locally and internationally. She is a fellow of the…

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Are optometrists required to lock down?

-Ed So, the question remains: are optometrists supposed to go into total lock down? This is what I have so far: From the President’s speech, here is a piece of the transcript. Enabling Services (note: not essential services) To assist in the Covid19 response, the following services are required to continue operations: All healthcare related…

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New list of approved scheduled drugs for optometrists

Introduction The Minister of Health has, in terms of section 22A(2) of the Medicines and Related Substances Act, 1965 (Act No. 101 of 1965), on the recommendation of the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), made and updated the Schedules as per Government Notice R.220 (Medicines and Related Substances Act, 1965: Schedules) in, Government Gazette 43051, 28…

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Are you up-to-date with the latest advances in lighting?

By Chris Faul
As optometrists we are expected to be able to give patients discerning advice about lighting. Much has changed over the years, which begs the question: “Am I up-to-date? Am I able to give my patients the best advice on lighting, with respect to their visual status?”

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Myopia: A public health crisis in waiting

Article courtesy: Points de Vue – Essilor
The prevalence of myopia and high myopia is on the rise across the world. Recent work from the Brien Holden Vision Institute esti­mates that by 2050, five billion (50%) people will be myopic, one billion (10%) highly myopic. This may have important implications for planning comprehensive eye care services, including refractive ser­vices such as spectacles and contact lenses for correcting and slowing myopia progression. Optical and environmental interventions can help in preventing and managing high myopia related ocular complications and reduce the burden of myopia.

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Vision on the bowling green

By Chris Faul
Lawn bowls are all about judging the distance to the jack and delivering the wood at the required “weight.” Good vision and depth perception would obviously be important elements. In order to have depth perception, you must have binocular vision, also known as stereopsis. Indeed, depth perception is the ability to perceive the world in three dimensions and to judge the distance of objects. The most important aspect of binocular vision is having two eyes; people relying on the vision from only one eye…

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