Risks of topical ocular antibiotics and corticosteroids

The use of corticosteroids in ophthalmology was first introduced in the 1950s by Gordon and McLean1. Corticosteroids exert their anti-inflammatory effects...

Sarcoidosis and the eye

Sarcoidosis is a multisystem inflammatory condition characterised by non-caseating granulomas. It is a leading cause of inflammatory eye disease. Although...

Contact lens-related keratitis in New Zealand

In the early Sixties, driven by the efforts of pioneering dentist-turned-contact lens manufacturer Eugene Hirst (original co-founder of Mortimer Hirst...

Matters of size: when is the cornea too large?

The cornea is the most significant refractive structure of the eye, contributing two-thirds of the eye’s refractive power, the remainder coming from the...

Contemporary surgical managment of iris tumours and reconstruction

In the human eye, the iris forms a diaphragm controlling the diameter of the pupil and therefore the amount of light reaching the retina. The eye is diffraction-limited,...

CASE STUDY: Spontaneous reattachment of rhegmatogenous retinal detachments

Case 1: Mrs B is a 55-year-old woman who was referred by her optometrist with suspected retinitis pigmentosa. She had no known ocular, systemic or family...

Is UGH syndrome still relevant in 2020?

Uveitis-glaucoma-hyphaema (UGH) syndrome is a late, postoperative complication traditionally associated with implantation of anterior chamber (AC) intraocular...

Virtual reality improves surgical training, patient safety

Ophthalmic surgery requires microsurgical techniques to be executed with dexterity, precision and proficiency. Understandably, providing a risk-free environment...

Māori and Pasifika, and ophthalmology

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) has identified indigenous workforce development as a priority. Tackling this...

CASE STUDY: periorbital cellulitis or worse?

A 6-year-old female was referred by her GP with the chief complaint being right, upper lid swelling. Prior to that, there was a history of sinusitis with...

Farewelling a research gentleman

It was with great pleasure that I accepted an invitation to interview Professor Colin Green about his contribution to the Department of Ophthalmology at...

Castor oil for blepharitis

Blepharitis is one of the most common ophthalmic conditions, characterised by chronic inflammation of the eyelid tissues and affecting the eyelashes, meibomian...

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