March 2012 sees a flurry of national and international weeks to raise awareness:
Orthoptic Awareness Week runs from the 5 – 9 March 2012 to raise awareness both of the profession Orthoptics, as well as promoting regular eye checks.
Following hot on the heels of Orthoptic Awareness Week is World Glaucoma Week. Starting on March 11 and finishing on March 17, World Glaucoma Week aims to raise awareness of sight-threatening eye-condition Glaucoma. This year’s theme is “Don’t let glaucoma darken your life”.
Private Hospitals Week closes out the month – from 26-30 March – showcasing the diversity of private hospitals in Australia and the wide variety of work that is carried out, a vital contribution to Australia’s healthcare system.
Mark the dates in your diary!
World Glaucoma Week
is a month away! Mark the dates in your diary – March 11-17 2012, and become glaucoma aware!
is used to describe a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve – primarily affecting peripheral vision, and also affecting central vision if left untreated.
It is estimated that 2% of Australians over the age of 40 have glaucoma – and since there are no warning symptoms it is important to ensure that the eyes are checked for early signs every 2 years.
Every three months MetWest Surgical submits data to benchmarking group Quality Performance Systems. QPS compares the data from the day surgery to data from other day surgeries, as well as to the past performance of MetWest. In recent years, one of the big focus points for MetWest, in both the day surgery as well as the consulting rooms, has been reducing patient waiting time. As shown in the graph below, this focus has paid off – with waiting times for the day surgery (patients having surgery for cataracts, pterygium etc.) being consistently low.
Similarly, waiting times at appointments with Ophthalmologists have also decreased in the last few years. Due to the amount of tests that can be necessary and the time that dilating drops take to work, appointments times can vary and we recommend that you always allow around 2 hours when visiting your Ophthalmologist (this can be more if the doctor is a sub-specialist Ophthalmologist or you need additional treatment on the day). However, the team at MetWest always strives to make this as short and efficient as possible. After all – who wants to wait?
MD patients treated with Embryonic Stem Cells
As reportedly widely in the Australian media over the past week, preliminary findings of two patients with Macular Degeneration treated with embryonic stem cells have been released – read more at the MD Foundation website.