By Ashleigh McMillan
Young Optometrists Inc held a full-day seminar on anterior eye care, with lectures from top contact lens and dry eye practitioners.
Ophthalmologist Professor Stephanie Watson and optometrists Narelle Hine, Heidi Hunter and Margaret Lam presented lectures at the ‘Abating Anterior Anxiety’ event held in Sydney on 16 October.
YO Inc chairperson Carina Trinh said highlights of the day included a round-table conversation with the presenters. The Grand Rounds session allowed the assembled optometrists to ask questions and receive advice.
Professor Stephanie Watson with the YO Inc executive committee
‘The Grand Rounds portion was well received, with the opportunity to have such expertise sitting with you around a table going through case studies. Participants could ask whatever they liked in an intimate and safe environment,’ Carina said.
‘Heidi Hunter provided extremely practical tips on how and when to fit bandage contact lenses, and Margaret Lam presented great news on upcoming dry eye treatments such as Xiidra and Lubricin, along with key communication advice.
‘Narelle Hine focused on comanagement with ophthalmologists when it comes to complex contact lenses. Professor Stephanie Watson highlighted the impact we can make as optometrists for patients with dry eye secondary to glaucoma treatment,’ she said.
Thirty optometrists and optometry students attended the seminar at which 15 therapeutic CPD points were offered.
Carina said the event was tailored to the interests and needs of early career optometrists and came together through her involvement as an interim director of Optometry NSW/ACT. ‘One of the things we know about young optometrists is that they’re really keen on therapeutics and ocular pathology, especially because they have prescribing rights,’ she said.
Carina was pleased to have organised a collaborative event with Optometry NSW/ACT and hopes for more opportunities for younger optometrists to interact with their councillors and the CEO. ‘It was a great way to have a face-to-face event where younger optometrists could learn about Optometry Australia and meet the people behind the scenes who work to build the profession,’ she said.
The Abating Anterior Anxiety seminar was sponsored by CooperVision.
Optometry NSW/ACT CEO Andrew McKinnon