Glaucoma

Calls for more Kiwis to check for Glaucoma

Ninety-thousand New Zealanders – about one in 50 of us – have the eye disease glaucoma. But eye specialists say half of them are undiagnosed, and they want everyone over the age of 45 to get tested. Read more

Dr Simon Dean

Eye Research Ophthalmology Reviews

Three Eye Research Focus Reviews: General ophthalmology + medical imaging + new technology. Reviewed by Simon Dean* of Eye Institute.

A single lipiflow thermal pulsation system treatment improves meibomian gland function and reduces dry eye symptoms for 9 months.

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Dr Nick Mantell

Eye Injuries from Sports

Eye Institute’s Specialist Eye Surgeon, Dr Nick Mantell – an ex Auckland and Waikato rugby player, is the go-to Doctor for Auckland players and is sympathetic to the needs of today’s teams, knowing first-hand how rough it gets out on the field. Read more

Femtosecond Laser for Cataract Surgery causes debate

From time to time, the ophthalmic profession is confronted by new techniques and technologies that stimulate debate and controversy. The introduction of the femtosecond laser for cataract surgery is one such technology that is presently the most controversial topic being debated by ophthalmic surgeons around the world. It is only natural and healthy that such debate takes place so that everyone understands the benefits and pitfalls. Like anything new, there will be the proponents who energetically extol the purported advance while skeptics scrutinise the benefits and costs. NZ Optics asked Christchurch ophthalmologist Dr David Kent who has recently invested in this new technology to comment on Dr Michael Fisk’s letter and Professor Charles McGhee for an evidence base response. Read more

Sight Saving Drugs Tipped for Eye Stroke Victims

Eye Institute’s Professor Helen Danesh-Meyer has begun research into the significance of ‘Connexin43’– a protein produced in the cells that line blood vessels and the development of a specific protein blocker that may potentially prevent blindness as a result of eye stroke. Read more

Prof. Charles McGhee

Eyeing up regenerative medicine

Regenerative medicine is a fast moving, emerging and expanding field of research that holds huge potential, not only for treatment of brain disorders, but potentially for every organ in the human body.

Auckland medical researchers are active participants of regenerative medical research, and have a strong presence within the international scientific community. Read more

Dr Peter Hadden

What’s New in Ophthalmology and Optometry

Advances are happening in all sub-specialties of ophthalmology and optometry. Treatments are also changing. In order that specialists can stay abreast of some of the developments outside their sub-specialty, 15 minute presentations were given on a variety topics at the Save Sight Society conference held recently in Auckland, and Eye Institute’s Dr Peter Hadden was one of them. Read more

Professor McGhee on the show with Nicola

Show designed to boost interest in organ donation

A recent instalment of the new TV One series Situation Critical featured Professor Charles McGhee restoring sight to a young Taranaki farmer who suffered from keratoconus, and whose left eye was so badly affected it was legally blind. Read more

Dr Peter Ring with Judy O’Grady who was fitted with the AcrySof IQ ReSTOR Toric IOL

Excellent visual outcomes from new AcrySof IQ ReSTOR Toric IOL for treating astigmatism

The pace of innovation in intra-ocular lens (IOL) technology, surgical techniques and lasers continues to blur the boundaries between cataract and refractive surgery. The launch of the Acrysof IQ ReSTOR Toric IOL is a powerful new addition to Alcon’s AcrySof platform of lenses, and gives surgeons greater options in treating patients with astigmatism. Read more

The promotional poster that will be displayed prominently throughout July

July – Glaucoma Awareness Month 2011

As the population ages, and people live longer, it is estimated 76,000 New Zealanders will have glaucoma by 2031. Currently there are about 68,000 New Zealanders over the age of 40 with this devastating disease.

Glaucoma is the number one cause of preventable blindness in New Zealand, and worryingly 50% of those with the disease don’t know they have it. That’s because there are usually no symptoms until vision has already been damaged. Read more