Many of you will know our fabulous Orthoptist Breanna. She took part in an interview recently in order to promote Orthoptic Awareness week which runs from the 5th - 9th March this year. She has also started a blog to help people understand what an Orthoptist does. We are proud to have such a proactive and driven Orthoptist as part of our team here at Bayside. Go Breanna!
By Clare Collins - Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Newcastle
Vitamin and mineral supplements won’t prevent the development of age-related macular degeneration. But there is some evidence taking supplements containing vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc may slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration in those who already have it. This evidence comes from two major systematic reviews published this year, conducted by the Cochrane collaboration.
The reason researchers thought about testing dietary supplements for eye disease relates to how the eyes convert light into sight. Light gets absorbed into pigments in the retina at the back of the eye. This process produces byproducts called free radicals. Free radicals are oxygen atoms that have unpaired electrons, which makes them highly reactive and unstable. As these atoms hunt around to find another electron so they can become more stable, they trigger damage to other molecules, the walls of cells and...
We are very pleased to announce that in addition to Dr Laurence Sullivan; Dr Michael Shiu and Dr Georgia Cleary also now have regular operating lists at Cabrini Hospital Brighton. Please phone us for more details.
Dr Andrew Atkins performed surgery in 2016 to restore sight in Melbourne Zoo's beloved female gibbon Vang. Vang underwent a successful cataract removal and is enjoying life with her clear vision.
This is only the second time this type of procedure has ever been performed on a gibbon.
'Vang experienced a dramatic improvement in her vision, and now we’ve established that her retina is healthy and that she has good distance vision. Surgery on her right eye will be an option in the future if she needs it.' - Dr Andrew Atkins.