The Orthokeratology Society of Oceania’s vision is to be recognised and trusted as the leading authority on orthoK in Oceania. We exist to expand the safe use of orthoK in our region. We are additionally dedicated to helping reduce the impact of the global myopic epidemic.
The Orthokeratology Society of Oceania’s mission is to promote research, professional development and networking in the orthoK and myopia control field. We provide superior education to optometrists and orthokeratology practitioners at both beginner and expert levels. We communicate with other health providers and the general public to increase awareness about the benefits of orthoK and the importance of myopia control.
Board of the OSO
Gavin Boneham (President) has 24 years of experience fitting orthoK and loves that orthoK can slow myopia progression and therefore potentially save someone from vision loss in the future. He enjoys the company of the people who fit orthoK as they are all enthusiastic, passionate people. In his spare time, he likes reading a wide range of subjects from sports to philosophy. Gavin consults at Boneham Optometrist Eyecare Plus, George St, Sydney.
Alex Petty (Vice-President) is a New Zealand based optometrist working in Tauranga, at his specialty optometry clinic Bay Eye Care. Alex has been fitting orthokeratology lenses since 2011 and is one of the first New Zealanders to become a fellow of the International Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (IAOMC). Alex is now the fellowship chair of Oceania for the IAOMC. Alex developed progressive myopia as a child but unfortunately orthoK treatment was not available at the time to slow this condition. As a result he has suffered 3 retinal detachments to date, that luckily with surgery were successfully treated. Unsurprisingly he is passionate about orthoK and myopia control treatments for his young patients to decrease the risk of them having the same problems!
Celia Bloxsom (Secretary / Conference Manager) has been fitting orthoK for over 19 years and receives great delight from people’s happy reactions at being able to see without glasses. Celia has been involved in providing contact lens education at the QUT School of Optometry since 2001, being both a clinician and a guest lecturer, and has also been involved with providing education in orthoK for the OSO in her roles of Secretary and past Vice President since 2002. On a personal note, Celia embraces “geek chic” – loving Star Wars and Chanel in equal measures! Celia consults at Eyeconic Optometry, her specialty contact lens practice that she founded in 2016 on the Gold Coast, QLD.
Lee Pepper (Treasurer) has been in optometric practice for 35 years. He has served as a part-time lecturer and visiting clinical supervisor in the contact lens clinic at the University of NSW and has also consulted to the profession in clinical instrumentation. He is currently principal optometrist and practice owner of Vision Excellence, operating at Norwest in the Hills District of Sydney, Australia.
Lee has practised orthokeratology for the last decade, deriving satisfaction from the ability to prevent myopic eye disease. He volunteers his time for the OSO, believing it to be the most passionate professional society he has ever encountered. Lee is a keen player and administrator of football (soccer), having represented UNSW and is now involved in developing the sport of walk football for older adults in Australia.
Kathleen Watt (Education) has been fitting orthoK for 10 years. She enjoys getting to know the children and watching them grow. She is passionate about promoting orthoK and ensuring we have experienced, well-educated practitioners working in the field. Kathleen consults and teaches at UNSW Optometry Clinic, UNSW Sydney.
Philip Cheng(Marketing Coordinator) is a leading Australian practitioner in orthokeratology and myopia control. Director of the Myopia Clinic Melbourne, located in Kew East, he has the experience and privilege of looking after hundreds of children across Melbourne for orthoK treatment and other interventions to slow the progression of their myopia. He is well known in the industry as an advocate for myopia care, is a regular presenter and writer on myopia management, and a mentor for fellow optometrists and students in this area.
A high myope himself, Philip understands what it means to grow up with vision deterioration from this progressive eye condition. He is passionate about giving today’s kids the opportunity of maintaining better eyesight and eye health in life, through advances in myopia research, knowledge and treatment technologies.
Meagan Drinan completed her optometry degree at the University of New South Wales in 1993, graduating with Honours. She has also completed further post graduate training in Ocular Therapeutics, Advanced Contact Lenses and Behavioural Optometry.
Meagan currently works in a Behavioural practice in Melbourne but has practiced orthokeratoloy for the past 6 years, having had the opportunity to mentor students and graduates of Melbourne and Deakin universities enabling them to become competent practitioners. In her spare time Meagan enjoys running and competing in long distance road and trail events.
Andrew Sangster (councillor) is a New Zealand-based optometrist, practising in Central Wellington. He has been fitting OrthoK lenses since 2002 and is a Fellow of the International Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (IAOMC). Andrew has been actively involved in the profession of optometry, serving two terms as President of the NZ Association of Optometrists. He has been a mentor to other optometrists in OrthoK and other specialty contact lenses and also is an Honorary Teaching Fellow for the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Auckland. Outside of optometry, Andrew enjoys sports of many codes, cooking (and eating) and gardening – especially if it involves power tools.
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