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Dr Rick Wolfe presents at the 2021 AUSCRS Virtual Conference

At this year’s annual AUSCRS conference, which was held virtually on 23th October and attended by over 180 eye surgeons and support staff, the theme was “AUSCRS Code to Success – What’s new in the virtual world?”.

Dr Wolfe chaired one of the sessions titled “What’s New – Perfect Predictions – Devices and Planning” and presented on the topic of “Measuring in Microns – OCT in cataract surgery”.  Dr Wolfe discussed new technology called Ray Tracing, that, in a new way, calculates the best intraocular lens for cataract and lens surgery.

Founded by Prof Graham Barrett and Dr Rick Wolfe, The Australasian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (AUSCRS) was formed in 1995. It is a society dedicated to the specific interests of cataract and refractive surgery and offers a unique forum for discussion and learning for both surgeons and their support staff.  AUSCRS is affiliated with the International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS) and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), the Asian Pacific Association of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (APACRS)  as well as other peer societies around the world.   In Australia, RANZCO is also affiliated with AUSCRS.

AUSCRS continues to grow as a society with its core aim of being a committed, special-interest group of ophthalmologists interested in education and dissemination of knowledge, new techniques and exploring the boundaries of the specialty.

At Peninsula Eye Centre, we are proud to be at the forefront of new technology and advances in eye surgery, both internationally and in Australia, to provide our patients with the highest standards available.

Eye Drops and Glaucoma

Eye drops to lower eye pressure are an important tool to help preserve and protect vision in patients with glaucoma and elevated eye pressure.

For your eye drops to be effective, it’s vital that they be administered as prescribed. In most instances this is once or twice per day.  Insufficient dosing may result in worsening glaucoma. On the other hand, excessive dosing may cause additional or unexpected side-effects.  If you are on multiple drops, it is important to ensure at least 5 minutes between each different drop.

Unfortunately, all eye drops to lower eye pressure have side-effects, but most of the time these are manageable. If the side-effects are interfering with your ability to regularly take eye drops, please discuss this with your specialist. There are some ways to minimise side-effects, including regular use of lubricating eye drops, using drops without preservatives (if possible), and closing your eyes for one minute after the drops are instilled.

A large proportion of patients who have been prescribed eye drops for glaucoma stop taking them over time. There are multiple reasons for this including  side-effects, poor understanding of treatment, cost and/or difficulties with installation.  However, it’s important to remember that taking the drops every day is vital, as problems with adherence to eye drops can adversely affect your visual outcomes from glaucoma.

For further information about ensuring optimal treatment adherence for glaucoma see here:

Your prescribed eye drops should ideally be used at the same time each day. Setting reminders in your diary or phone can help.

Remember, glaucoma is a lifelong condition that has no cure.  However, ensuring you are monitored regularly and taking your treatment as prescribed are the two most important ways to protect your vision.  

Some useful resources can be found here:

As always, our team at Peninsula Eye Centre is here to support you.  Please discuss any concerns with your specialist at your appointment.

Peninsula Eye Centre hosts “Clinical Update 2021”

On 20th April, the Peninsula Eye Centre hosted an educational evening titled “Clinical Update 2021” for our local optometrists.  The CPD accredited event included presentations from ophthalmologists Dr Rick Wolfe, Dr Zelda Pick and Dr Justin Sherwin.

Thank you to all our guest optometrists for participating in this evening of interactive learning and discussion.

Supporting the Arts and the Community

Peninsula Eye Centre is proud to be a major sponsor of this year’s Mornington Art Show (21-26 January 2021), presented by the Mornington Rotary Club.  The Mornington Art Show, now in its 49th year, exhibited over 750 artworks by artists from the local community and around Australia and is the second largest art show in Victoria.  Despite some COVID restrictions, this year’s show was another great success.

At Peninsula Eye Centre, we feature several paintings purchased at the Mornington Art Show over the years.  We are pleased to continue to support the Mornington Rotary Club which provides important services to our local and broader community.

For more information about The Mornington Art Show, please go to:

Important Stage 4 Update from Peninsula Eye Centre

COVID-19 Update re: Stage 4 Restrictions – We are OPEN

We are monitoring the current COVID-19 situation in Victoria very closely and would like to assure our patients and referring optometrists and GPs that we remain OPEN and are continuing to provide eye health services, as advised by health authorities and RANZCO.

During this time, it is important for all patients with existing eye conditions and/or new symptoms to seek attention from an eye care specialist.  In particular, patients with chronic eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetes are urged to prioritise their eye care appointments, as missed or delayed treatments can lead to irreversible vision loss.

Under the current Stage 4 Restrictions, you are permitted to leave home for medical care, including eye care, so you can still attend your scheduled appointment at our clinic. The 5km radius rule does not apply to travelling for medical care.

It is safe and appropriate to leave home for medical care.  Our doctors are also consulting by phone via telehealth, where possible.

Please note that under Stage 4 restrictions, the Victorian government has called for all non-urgent eye surgeries, including cataract surgeries, in both public and private hospitals to temporarily cease.  For our patients, this means cataract surgery, usually performed by Dr Wolfe at Beleura Private Hospital, has been deferred until further notice.  Patients requiring eye assessments for future cataract surgery can continue to be seen at our clinic.

As always, our existing infection control protocols and social distancing measures are maintained at their current high level and your safety is our top priority.

The standard precautions prevail, and if you are unwell with any symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and get tested.  Maintain good hygiene – wash your hands regularly and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.  Keep your distance – remain at least 1.5 metres away from others.

How are we keeping everyone safe?  Please be sure to read our COVID-19 Visit Guidelines before leaving home so that you know what to expect when you arrive.