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Vision Eye Institute’s national team of doctors share their expertise


It’s been a busy few months for our national team of doctors and clinical staff, who dedicated their time outside of seeing patients to sharing their expertise at a variety of continuing professional development (CPD) events for optometrists. Here’s a snapshot of recent events.


Cataract CPD evening, Vision Eye Institute Brisbane and RiverCity Private Hospital

Our Brisbane clinic and the co-located RiverCity Private Hospital held a CPD evening led by clinical optometrists Anthea Nalder and Sekar Ulaganathan.

The event included a demonstration of the cataract patient’s journey at our clinic and private hospital by Dr Mark Loane and Kylie Bennett, the General Manager of RiverCity Private Hospital and our National Director of Nursing.

The demonstration was followed by an interactive case study showcase about cataract complications, which was facilitated by Anthea and Sekar.

Dr Mark Loane, cataract and refractive surgeon at Vision Eye Institute Brisbane, demonstrates on a pretend patient in the operating theatre at RIverCity Private Hospital, while event attendees observe. Dr Loane has said something amusing, so the attendees and pretend patient are all laughing.Two small groups of optometrists sit in circles at the Vision Eye Institute Brisbane clinic to discuss cataract co-management.


Eye injection CPD evening, Vision Eye Institute Hurstville

To make eye injection treatment more accessible to patients, our Hurstville clinic offers a low-cost eye injection program. After an initial consultation with one of our retinal specialists, all injection appointments are capped at $100 per appointment. (For more information about the affordable IVI clinic at Hurstville, download our flyer.)

To help optometrists understand how the Hurstville low-cost eye injection clinic works, Jason Cheng, Tess Huynh and Gary Schiller held an interactive demonstration of the patient journey from check-in to discharge.

Attendees had the opportunity to discuss each step of the eye injection process with our doctors and to consider the interesting cases presented.

OPSM event, Vision Eye Institute Tuggerah Lakes

In an exciting milestone, our Tuggerah Lakes clinic clinic held its first-ever in-house CPD evening! At the event, which was exclusive to OPSM optometrists, Dr Laura Fernandes Coelho presented on foreign body removal and keratoconus.

We hope this will be the first of many events held at our Tuggerah Lakes clinic, and we look forward to co-hosting future events with OPSM.

Practice manager at Vision Eye Institute Hurstville, Dr Tess Huynh and Dr Jason Cheng stand with two attendees at the Hurstville eye injection CPD evening. All five people are smiling at the camera, their arms around each other.Dr Jason Cheng presents at one of the stations in the eye injection patient journey at Vision Eye Institute Hurstville.
Dr Laura Fernandes Coelho stands presenting at a podium in Vision Eye Institute's Tuggerah Lakes clinic. Nearby is a projector showing a Powerpoint slide reading, 'Tuggerah Lakes CPD Evening, OPSM x VEI collaboration, Dr Laura Fernandes Coelho, 20 May 2024." It has the Vision Eye Institute and OPSM logos at the bottom of the screen.A group of 14 OPSM optometrists pose for a photo, all smiling at the camera.


Specsavers CPD evening, West Lakes

Our South Australian ophthalmologists were also invited to present at the Specsavers CPD Night last month – Drs Tiger Zhou and Paul Athanasiov ran an interactive event attended by 20 Specsavers optometrists.

First, Dr Zhou delivered a presentation about foreign body removal. After his presentation, attendees split into small groups to practise their skills on model eyes with metal foreign bodies and rust rings.

Dr Athanasiov then followed with a discussion on laser eye surgery, concentrating on laser treatment for corneal scars to tie in with the theme of the evening.

Dr Paul Athanasiov presents to Specsavers optometrists at the Specsavers West Lakes event in Adelaide.Dr Tiger Zhou supervises as an optometrist views a model eye through diagnostic equipment at the Specsavers West Lakes event. Two other optometrists observe.


Interactive imaging workshop, Vision Eye Institute Box Hill

Our Box Hill ophthalmologists Drs Eric Mayer, Daniel McKay, Andrew Shaw and Elvis Ojaimi recently hosted the first of two interactive workshops on diagnostic imaging and interpretation.

The booked-out event was a hit with attendees, who appreciated the opportunity to discuss real-life cases with the doctors and their peers.

Specsavers CPD evening, Knox City

Dr Alex Ioannidis and Dr Raj Pathmaraj were invited to share their knowledge with optometrists at the Specsavers Knox City store.

Dr Ioannidis delivered an insightful presentation about eye health emergencies and Dr Pathmaraj followed up with a discussion of how to differentiate glaucoma from other conditions with similar symptoms.

A huge thank you to Tina Ngan, Optometry Development Consultant at Specsavers, for organising the evening, Nikhita Penmetsa for moderating on the night, and Sujatha Gopalakrishnan, Optometrist Director at Specsavers Knox City, for allowing us to hold the event in her store.

Cataract and laser event, Vision Eye Institute Melbourne

Our Melbourne ophthalmologists Dr Guy Olorenshaw, A/Prof Abi Tenen and Dr Jack Kane held a practical discussion of cataract and refractive surgery.

Dr Olorenshaw and A/Prof Tenen concentrated on caring for patients before and after refractive surgery, while Dr Kane focused on tips for educating patients around what to expect after cataract surgery.

Eye360 West evening, Vision Eye Institute Footscray

Optometrists gathered at the beautiful Boathouse in Maribyrnong Park to listen to presentations on various topics and a panel discussion with our Footscray and Coburg ophthalmologists, and to enjoy a delicious sit-down dinner.

Dr Lewis Levitz presented on ptosis (droopy eyelid), Dr Uday Bhatt followed with an update on keratoconus treatment, and Dr John McKenzie concluded the presentations with a discussion of pigmented lesions of the fundus (the back surface inside the eye).

Our panel of doctors then discussed questions posed by our audience, rounding off an engaging evening.

Dr Eric Mayer wearing blue scrubs and smiling at the camera, standing next to the representative from Apellis, the sponsor of the CPD event at Box Hill, VIC.Dr Eric Mayer presenting to a room full of optometrists at the Vision Eye Institute Box Hill clinic.
Dr Uday Bhatt and Dr Raj Pathmaraj stand together in the Specsavers Knox City store, smiling at the camera.Dr Uday Bhatt presents to attendees at Specsavers Knox City. The Powerpoint slide on the screen isn't legible in the photo, other than the title, which says, 'In any emergency there is a history'.
Dr Lewis Levitz presenting to attendees sitting at long dining tables at The Boathouse in Maribyrnong Park.Dr John McKenzie presenting to optometrists at The Boathouse, Maribyrnong Park. The slide on the projector screen says: Goals of Presentation 1. Be able to accurately diagnose pigmented choroidal tumours 2. Be able to identify high-risk features in choroidal naevi 3. Be able to accurately interpret clinical and multimodal imaging features of pigmented choroidal tumours.
A/Prof Abi Tenen speaks to a group of optometrists at Vision Eye Institute's Melbourne clinic. The projector screen shows a Powerpoint slide bearing the title of her talk, 'How to talk about and manage problems after laser eye surgery.'Dr Jack Kane speaks to a group of optometrists at Vision Eye Institute's Melbourne clinic. The projector screen shows a Powerpoint slide bearing the title of his talk, 'Cataract surgery: shifting expectations.'

Date last reviewed: 2024-06-21 | Date for next review: 2026-06-21

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