Today marks World Optometry Day which is also the official kickoff to World Optometry Week. The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) marks this day as an opportunity to draw the spotlight on a key eye care profession and create awareness about optometry and its practices around the world. In these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to recognize all of the ways the profession of optometry helps patients maintain good vision. Let’s celebrate this week and continue to raise awareness on the importance of family vision care and overall eye health.
Optos is dedicated to enabling eye care professionals across the globe to provide the quality eye exams necessary for good vision. Starting today, and all week, Optos will be highlighting Optometrists worldwide who embrace utilizing optomap® ultra-widefield retinal imaging for their patients.
With over 16,000 devices installed across the globe, there are countless stories to be told regarding how optomap has saved sight and saved lives in all eye care settings. Tell us your story. Optos wishes all optometric eye care professionals a happy, healthy, and safe World Optometry Week. #TellUsYourStory
As we continue to celebrate International Women’s Day at Optos, we’re shining a spotlight on women in business who are making a difference and paving the way for future female leaders within the health industry.
At Optos, we believe equality should be encouraged each and every day. Following on from March 8, we caught up with two of our successful female customers, Dr Shanel Sharma of Eye & Laser Surgeons in New South Wales, Australia and Sally Doyle at Fitzroy North Eye Care in Victoria Australia, who continue to empower others both within and outside their workplace.
Dr Shanel Sharma, Eye & Laser Surgeons BSc (Med), MBBS, FRANZCO
Dr Sharma undertook Medicine at The University of New South Wales Australia and completed her Ophthalmology speciality training at Prince of Wales Hospital and Sydney Children’s Hospital. She then held the prestigious Professorial Senior Registrar position at Sydney Eye Hospital in 2006. Shanel was awarded her Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology in 2007 FRANZCO. Dr Sharma undertook Postgraduate fellowships in Strabismus at the Western Eye Hospital in London as well as a Paediatric and Strabismus Fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, the largest …
During Low Vision Awareness Month we all have the opportunity to raise awareness about visual impairment and rehabilitation for those who are living with low vision.
What is Low Vision?
Low vision is the term used to describe significant visual impairment that can’t be corrected fully with glasses, contact lenses, medication, or eye surgery, it includes:
Loss of best-corrected visual acuity to worse than 20/70 in the better eye.Significant visual field loss. Tunnel vision (lack of vision in the periphery) and blind spots are examples of visual field loss.Legal blindness. In the United States, legal blindness typically is defined as visual acuity of 20/200 or worse (in the better eye, with the best possible vision correction in place) or a field of view (visual field) that is constricted to 20 degrees or less.
Disability statistics from the 2014 American Community Survey show that 2.3 percent of individuals ages 16 and over have a visual disability or low vision.
The following are the definitions of visual acuity, according to the World Health Organization. These ratings are for vision in the better eye with the best possible prescription corrective lens:
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of blindness in adults over age 50 and it affects about 2.1 million people in the US. Early diagnosis and treatment are the keys to preventing vision loss. AMD is a degenerative disease that happens when part of the retina called the macula, is damaged. The macula is the part of the eye that delivers sharp, central vision needed to see objects straight ahead. Over time, the loss of central vision can interfere with everyday activities, such as the ability to drive, read, and see faces clearly.
During AMD Awareness Month in February, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is reminding people that even though there is not currently a cure for AMD, there are a number of things you can do to slow its effects and prevent blindness, early detection being a critical first step. Treatments for macular degeneration depend on whether the disease is in its early-stage, dry form or in the more advanced, wet form that can lead to serious vision loss.
Approximately 120,000 Americans have gone blind from glaucoma, accounting for 9-12% of all cases of blindness. January has been named National Glaucoma Awareness Month as an important time to spread knowledge of the sight-stealing disease. Typically starting in the periphery, glaucoma has no onset symptoms and once vision has been lost, it will not return.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that progress gradually, stealing sight, without showing symptoms. The word ‘glaucoma’ is actually an umbrella term for a group of eye diseases that damage the delicate fibers that run from your eye to your optic nerve, which is the nerve that carries information about the images your eye sees to your brain. Damage is often the result of high fluid pressure inside the eye. Glaucoma can affect people of all ages but is most prevalent in middle-aged adults and the elderly. While there is no cure, surgery or medication can slow its effects and help to prevent further vision loss.
Types of GlaucomaThere are two main types of glaucoma: primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), and angle-closure glaucoma. These are marked by an increase of intraocular pressure (IOP) or pressure inside the …