Corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL), Cataracts, Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma Educational Events
On Monday February 22, 2016 I participated in the Northern Eye Consultants Ophthalmology Symposium 2016. It was a continuing professional development evening covering advances and updates in ophthalmology. The audience included eye care professionals from the Northern and Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. I discussed the theory of corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) and its application to ectasias, including keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration and post-refractive surgery ectasia. I presented the most common conditions treated with CXL and well as the contraindications, or findings that might exclude patients from CXL treatments. After presenting videos on the surgical technique and data from the randomised control trials, I discussed possible future applications that may change the way we currently use CXL. Some of these ideas include: accelerated CXL to reduce the time of treatment and increase patient comfort, epithelium-on CXL to reduce the risk of infection and increase patient comfort, and the potential to treat thinner corneas. We had some interesting discussions around these issues and we all learned a bit more about the treatment options for keratoconus and other ectasias.
Earlier in the same day, I ran an information session for the Eltham Men’s Shed, on age-related or age-associated eye conditions. I discussed cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration and how to recognise the early signs and symptoms of each condition. We also chatted about how each of these conditions impacts on vision, when and how often people should be screened, and potential treatment options. The Shed members were very engaged and asked some important questions. It was a pleasure being able to participate in such a program as I think it’s important to encourage people to discuss and understand how age can impact eye health. I wanted to thank Northpark Private Hospital in Bundoora for organising the event, and the Eltham Men’s Shed Members for welcoming me into their organisation.