Program

Sunday 8 December, ICC Sydney


8:00 am
Registration and refreshments

8:45 am
Introduction
A/Prof Tim Roberts

9:00 am
Detecting glaucoma progression
Dr Mark Jacobs

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) and the visual field test have improved our ability to detect glaucoma progression. This talk will explain how both technologies can be used either independently or together to improve detection. Potential pitfalls will also be discussed.

9:30 am
There’s something in my eye! Foreign bodies and corneal abrasions (T)
Dr Athena Roufas

Foreign bodies and corneal abrasions present quite commonly to optometry practices. This presentation will explore the different types of foreign bodies and abrasions and how best to manage and/or remove them. We will also look at how the location of the foreign body affects treatment options as well as recurrent erosion syndrome. Indications for specialist referral will also be reviewed.

10:00 am
A collaborative approach to presbyopia-correcting IOLs (T)
A/Prof Tim Roberts

Presbyopia-correcting IOLs have considerable potential benefits for patients having cataract surgery. However, not every patient is suitable or instantly happy. This presentation will delve into the psychology and clinical assessment behind IOL choice and will also discuss the important role optometrists have in preparing patients for surgery, how they can best communicate their findings to the surgeon, and ways to support and manage patients through the first few months after surgery.

10:30 am
SMILE – the first five years
Prof Gerard Sutton

SMILE corneal surgery is a relative newcomer to the suite of options we are able to offer patients that request surgical refractive correction. Vision Eye Institute was the first clinic in Sydney to offer SMILE surgery and now has five years of data on the procedure. Prof Sutton will present this data and will also discuss why SMILE works well in his own refractive practice. The focus of this talk is on providing the optometrist with the knowledge they need to appropriately refer and manage refractive surgery patients.

11:00 am
Morning Tea

11:30 am
Patient under-treatment and persistence with wAMD treatment
Mr Tom Brothers, Novartis

11:45 pm
An approach to swollen optic discs
A/Prof Clare Fraser

Optic disc swelling can indicate a potentially life-threatening condition, or it can be caused by a benign feature such as optic disc drusen. Misdiagnosis or poor patient counselling  could lead to patient distress and avoidable illness/disability. This presentation is a step-by-step approach to understanding the potential causes of swollen optic discs and how these patients should be managed.

12:25 pm
Pregnancy and the eye: facts and myths (T)
Dr David Ng

Is it a bad idea to put diagnostic drops into the eyes of pregnant patients? What medications are safe in pregnancy and what effect does pregnancy have on the eye? This presentation delves into the ocular changes caused by pregnancy and provides practical tips on what to do and what not to do when your patient is expecting.

12:55 pm
Visual illusions and hallucinations
A/Prof Clare Fraser

Patients sometimes present with unusual and widely variable visual symptoms. This presentation explores the different characteristics of visual illusions and hallucinations, and the circumstances in which they might arise. Understanding the types of illusions can help differentiate and classify the symptoms and give a clue as to the organic cause – whether it is ocular or neurological.

1:20 pm
Lunch

2:15 pm
Medico-legal cases
Dr Simon Chen

Numerous medico-legal cases related to the eye will be reviewed to highlight areas of clinical practice that carry an increased risk of litigation. Strategies to minimise your risk of being sued will be discussed.

2:45 pm
When refractive surgery gets tough (T)
A/Prof Colin Chan

Refractive surgery is an area of ophthalmology where high expectations, misconceptions and popular myths clash with medical opinion and responsibility. Using case studies, this lecture aims to improve understanding and management of the difficult situations that may arise in the screening, preoperative and postoperative care of refractive patients.

3:15 pm
Management of primary angle-closure glaucoma (T)
Dr Jason Cheng

During this presentation, Dr Cheng will discuss the classification of angle-closure glaucoma and will explore the medical, laser and surgical treatment of this disease. He will also highlight recent landmark studies on the management of the condition.

3:45 pm
First- vs third-world problems: back to basics
Dr Tess Huynh

Good vision is something we take for granted in developed societies. We live in an era where cataract surgery is so advanced we are now upset with 0.50 residual refraction; where pterygium removal is a mere inconvenience; and where we can opt out of wearing glasses with refractive procedures. Join Dr Huynh on a journey to Vietnam – where for many people, cataracts don’t just mean glare around lights but an inability to work, feed yourself or care for your family, and where pterygia and refractive error can cause disability and blindness. Dr Huynh will take you through some educational and illustrative cases where lives have been transformed by surgery.

4:15 pm
Closing remarks

4:30 pm
Conference concludes

Presentations subject to change.