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Limits on medicines to ensure equitable access
Thursday 19 March 2020 - From today, pharmacists will be enforcing Federal Government direction to limit dispensing and sales of prescriptions and certain over the counter medicines for the benefit of all Australians.
His Excellency David Hurley AC DSC, Governor-General Visits the Flinders Medical Centre for World Glaucoma Week
March 2020 - Glaucoma Australia is delighted that the Governor-General and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley will attend the patient symposium, which will offer glaucoma patients the opportunity to hear about the latest research into genetic markers for the disease. A panel of experts across the disciplines of ophthalmology, optometry, pharmacy and orthoptics will also discuss the benefits of collaborative care for people with glaucoma, and patients will offer their perspectives on living with glaucoma.
March 2020 - Kirk Pengilly, of INXS fame, was just 29 when he came within millimetres of losing his sight to acute angle closure glaucoma. Now an ambassador for Glaucoma Australia, Kirk is helping create a greater awareness of the condition for all Australians.
January 2020 - Australian researchers have identified 107 genes that increase a person’s risk of developing glaucoma, and have developed a genetic test to detect those at risk of going blind from it. They are now hoping to recruit 20,000 people who have been diagnosed with glaucoma or have family history of glaucoma to join their Genetics of Glaucoma Study.
Field Vision Testing Advances – SITA Faster
January 2020 - ZEISS has recently announced the release of a new testing strategy on the Humphrey Field Analyser called SITA Faster. The SITA or Swedish Interactive Threshold Algorithm software projects the spots of light according to the responses from the patient in order to show the clinician which areas of the visual field are normal and where there is vision loss.
Public funding for standalone MIGS procedures a step closer
December 2019 - Government advisors have recommended minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) should be publicly funded as a standalone procedure, following extensive campaigning from Australia’s ophthalmic community.
Correlation found between air pollution and glaucoma
December 2019- A large UK study has linked air pollution to increased rates of glaucoma, adding to a growing body of evidence suggesting environmental factors might add to development and progression of the disease.
Phantom vision: Common but neglected
December 2019 - It is currently estimated that approximately 40% of all those who acquire vision loss will develop Charles Bonnet Syndrome.
What a lifetime of sun can do to your eyes
December 2019 - Did you know that it’s important to protect your eyes all year round from ultraviolet (UV) light? A lifetime of sun can affect eye health & vision.
How to be EYE sun smart for summer
December 2019 - 80% of children have UV damage to their eyes by 15 years old. It’s a real risk at any age. We use sunblock and wear hats, but how do we protect our eyes?