It’s good to get away

One of the oddest things about New Zealand is the incredible enthusiasm most people have for 'getting away'. Given the size of the country, it’s pretty...

Chalkeyes presents: Gene warfare for AMD?

Patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can feel encouraged by the latest therapeutic discoveries.

Chalkeyes presents: Eight miles high

No matter how many times it happens, I am always wildly impressed to be shown an image of my eyeball.

Royal recognition for McGhee, Mosen

Queen’s Birthday Honours have been awarded to two prominent figures in the field of eye care. Auckland-based Professor Charles McGhee has been made an...

Out for the countdown

For normal folk, running out of milk and bread isn't really that big a deal. They can hop in the car or pop up to the nearest dairy and, to be honest it...

Acting swiftly to save sight

Macular degeneration (MD) no longer sentences patients to functional blindness, but early diagnosis and referral is crucial, as are optometrists as the...

Our house, in the middle of our street

Our grandfather was very loved by his family and never in any way neglected or overlooked. I just want to make that clear, because now I want to say this:...

Making a meal of it

What used to be a pleasant event has become the subject of much family debate. 'Let's eat out!' was a popular proposition. We would get into the car and...

The changing scope of optometry

As an aging population, growing patient-to-ophthalmologist ratios, demand for new treatments and an increasingly stretched healthcare dollar put eye care...

Out of sight

I must confess to being fairly ambivalent about the plight of blind folk till I joined their ranks. Sure, they were around, but - as for most people -...

The power at our fingertips… is being wasted!

In NZ Optics April 2018 issue, a frustrated Chalkeyes pondered: “Imagine if our clinical data could be anonymous and pooled. What learning is hidden in...

Slack times

Set wide the window. Let me drink the day.At the end of the last column I was standing on a scaffolding five metres from the ground, getting a fresh coat...

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