Centre for Eye Health glaucoma article features on Guide Dogs NSW/ACT

The Centre for Eye Health glaucoma news article featured on Guide Dogs NSW/ACT website in early September. The article discusses the risks and causes of glaucoma and lists the number of patients we treat at CFEH.

Find it by following the link below:


Pharmaceutical Society of Australia 2018 Conference in Sydney

Paula Katalinic (CFEH head clinician, vascular disease) recently presented at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia 2018 conference in Sydney. Paula was invited to speak about Diabetes eye care in the community and explore ways in which optometry and pharmacy can work together to improve the eye health of diabetic patients.


Summer volunteer student learns the ropes of research

Second year optometry student, Sally Hoang (right) got a head start on her research skills this summer working with the team at Centre for Eye Health. Sally joined Dr Lisa Nivison-Smith (left) over the summer experiencing the different elements of clinical research performed by the CFEH research group including their work on age-related macular degeneration and advanced imaging. Sally will be returning in during semester break to continue learning new research skills.

Fifth year Optometry Students get a Head Start on their Final Year

Eight fifth year students have attempted to get a head start on their final academic year by volunteering to do their CFEH clinical rotation during the summer break. The students – Jeremy Chiang, Kenneth Nguyen, Matyn Darbani, Daniel Poon, Andrew Kim, Annee Yogarajah, Alma La and Larissa Tran – were the first to complete the new six-week rotation implemented for 2016

Strong showing of CFEH researchers for upcoming international vision conference

CFEH researchers are excited with the news of having 3 abstracts accepted for oral presentations and another 2 abstracts accepted for poster presentations at this year’s ARVO conference in Seattle, Washington.

ARVO 2016 is the annual conference of the Association of Ophthalmology and Vision Research and is the largest international conference in the field of vision and eye research in the world, attracting over 10,000 attendees from over 75 different countries. Abstracts to be presented by CFEH researchers will cover research on two major eye diseases affecting Australians – age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma.

PhD candidate and CFEH Senior Staff Optometrist, Angelica Ly will be presenting findings regarding practice patterns of Australian and New Zealand optometrists for AMD. Senior research associate Dr Lisa Nivison-Smith and PhD candidate and CFEH Senior Staff Optometrist, Agnes Choi will also be presenting research relating to AMD and changes which occur in advanced imaging and visual field testing. Centre Director, Professor Michael Kalloniatis and PhD candidate and CFEH Senior Staff Optometrist, Jack Phu will be presenting research on new ways to interpret and perform the 30-2 visual test. All research is expected to generate interest at the conference and promote the clinical research conducted at the Centre for Eye Health.

The full citation for each abstract is below. Online links to the abstracts will be posted after ARVO 2016 which is to be held from May 1st – 5th.

Choi A., Nivison-Smith L., Khuu SK., Kalloniatis M. (2015) Spatial summation across the 10-2 visual field in normal and age-related macular degeneration.

Ly A., Nivison-Smith L., Zangerl B., Kalloniatis M. (2015) Practice patterns in age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

Kalloniatis M., Marc RE., Khuu SK., Phu J., Zangerl B., Nivison-Smith L., Jones BW., Pfeiffer RL. (2015) Pattern recognition reveals different visual signature patterns when using spatially equated test sizes compared to standard Goldmann III alone

Nivison-Smith L., Zangerl B., Wang H., Assaad N., Kalloniatis M. (2015) Retinal layer Thickness Changes Associated with the Natural History of Drusen in AMD.

Phu J., Khuu SK., Kalloniatis M. (2015) Asymmetries in sensitivity and spatial summation in the Hill of Vision

Director of CFEH an ambassador for the B.I.G Breakfast as part of World Glaucoma Week

CFEH director, Professor Michael Kalloniatis, has become an ambassador for the B.I.G (Beat Invisible Glaucoma) Breakfast initiative by Glaucoma Australia to raise funds and awareness of the disease during World Glaucoma Week, March 6 – 12.

The initiative is specifically encouraging people to” start a conversation” about glaucoma and how it can run in families. CFEH has also teamed up with also Glaucoma Australia through their Glaucoma Management Clinic (GMC), directing patients recently diagnosed with glaucoma to Glaucoma Australia for additional information and support.

Further details of the B.I.G Breakfast can be found on the Glaucoma Australia website at http://www.thebigbreakfast.org.au/

New article highlights the current optometric challenges regarding glaucoma

Chief optometrist Michael Yapp and Senior CFEH research associate Dr Barbara Zangerl has recently written an article for optometrists detailing the challenges associated with detecting, diagnosing and managing glaucoma in the Australian eye-care system.

The article, which features in this month’s issue of Mivision, highlights the changing landscape for optometrists in light of new standards and guidelines from Optometry Australia and evolving understanding of glaucoma through clinical research and better evidence-based practice.

The article also highlights the Glaucoma Management Clinic (GMC), a collaborative care model for glaucoma run by CFEH in collaboration with the Prince of Wales ophthalmology department and one of the new variety of patient care models and treatment options now available for glaucoma patients.
The full article is available online at the mivision website http://www.mivision.com.au/glaucoma-in-australian-optometric-practice-m2016/.

Further details of the GMC are outlined in the research article Jamous KF et al (2015) Clinical model assisting with the collaborative care of glaucoma patients and suspects. Clin Exp Ophthal 43:308-19