The rise of optometry AMSR artists

Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is thought to be experienced by around 58% of the population. It’s a physical response to visual and auditory...

CCLSNZ 2021: the conference that almost wasn’t

February 2020 saw the first cases of Covid-19 appear in New Zealand. Over the following weeks borders were gradually closed and, as we know, New Zealand...

Street simulations to combat falls

By 2050, the number of people over 65 will have tripled worldwide and around one in three living at home will have at least one fall per year, according...

Contact lens-related keratitis in New Zealand

In the early Sixties, driven by the efforts of pioneering dentist-turned-contact lens manufacturer Eugene Hirst (original co-founder of Mortimer Hirst...

Light at the end of the lockdown tunnel

Roughly one year ago, the nation and the world were catapulted into our brand-new world of Covid-19 lockdown and home confinement. Fears began to surface...

Risk factors for conjunctival melanoma recurrence

Although conjunctival melanoma is uncommon, when diagnosed late it can lead to metastatic disease and even death. It is classified according to the American...

Chalkeyes presents: Plus ça change!

The Second World War had been over for 15 years by the time I was born, but it loomed large in my young life.

The trouble with treating VIP patients

‘VIP syndrome’ is a term used to describe the special treatment afforded VIPs. Throughout our careers, as ophthalmologists and optometrists, we will encounter...

Stars and their eyes… Mary Ingalls

If you watched Little House on the Prairie, which first aired on NBC in 1974, you might remember the story of Mary Ingalls. The television show was based...

Matters of size: when is the cornea too large?

The cornea is the most significant refractive structure of the eye, contributing two-thirds of the eye’s refractive power, the remainder coming from the...

Stars and their eyes… Stevie Wonder

Legendary American musician, singer-songwriter and record producer Steveland Hardaway Morris, aka Stevie Wonder, born 13 May 1950, has been blind since...

Examining the LEAD trial

The LEAD study or Laser Intervention in early stages of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) trial was a world-first study into the safety and efficacy...

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