Case study: Steroids and strimmers

Eye injuries from line trimmers result from high velocity foreign body impact, causing mechanical tissue disruption and microbial contamination with bacteria and fungi... Topical corticosteroids are believed to suppress inflammation caused by the infection, therefore decreasing pain or discomfort, and reduce corneal scarring, theoretically improving visual outcomes. However, this risks exacerbating the infection itself due to localised immunosuppression...

Residual refractive error after cataract surgery

Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed operation globally, with over 30,000 performed per annum in New Zealand. The surgery has transformed into...

Chalkeyes presents… Confidence clobbers clever… every time!

I once heard the most successful optometrist I have ever worked alongside tell a patient, “No, I will not fit my lenses into that piece of rubbish!” It...

2020: Year of the orthokeratologist

I have been offering ortho-k to patients for about a decade and I am still impressed by what this modality has to give.

A love of planes and frames

With a passion for aircraft and a large dose of Kiwi ingenuity, dispensing optician Daniel Walker decided to have a crack at designing his own eyewear....

Stars and their eyes…Venus, the two-faced cat

“Why fit in, when you were born to stand out?” asks Venus the cat’s owner Christina, quoting Dr Seuss on Instagram where this striking case of heterochromia...

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