Reflections from an optometric dinosaur

Christchurch optometrist Jonathan Foate completed his DipOpt in 1976, joined Rose & Connor in early 1977 and became a partner in 1980 before making...

When makeup gets in the way

In 2014 I was in my final year overseas preceptorship, shadowing a middle-aged male optometrist. The patient was a lady in her forties. He was on the slit...

Excellent accessories

Eyewear trends aren’t just about the glasses on your face. Here Jai Breitnauer checks out some of the cool bits and bobs spectacle users can buy from practices...

The rise of optometry AMSR artists

Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is thought to be experienced by around 58% of the population. It’s a physical response to visual and auditory...

CCLSNZ 2021: the conference that almost wasn’t

February 2020 saw the first cases of Covid-19 appear in New Zealand. Over the following weeks borders were gradually closed and, as we know, New Zealand...

Street simulations to combat falls

By 2050, the number of people over 65 will have tripled worldwide and around one in three living at home will have at least one fall per year, according...

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...

Light at the end of the lockdown tunnel

Roughly one year ago, the nation and the world were catapulted into our brand-new world of Covid-19 lockdown and home confinement. Fears began to surface...

Risk factors for conjunctival melanoma recurrence

Although conjunctival melanoma is uncommon, when diagnosed late it can lead to metastatic disease and even death. It is classified according to the American...

Chalkeyes presents: Plus ça change!

The Second World War had been over for 15 years by the time I was born, but it loomed large in my young life.

The online tools of modern practice

Our transition to life online has been steadily growing for more than a quarter of a century. The trend began with news media and information, followed...

The trouble with treating VIP patients

‘VIP syndrome’ is a term used to describe the special treatment afforded VIPs. Throughout our careers, as ophthalmologists and optometrists, we will encounter...

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