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Key points from the BCLA

Orthokeratology Society of Oceania - Saturday, July 01, 2017

One of the many interesting discussions over the weekend included care and maintenance of Orthok lenses with children, where Professor Pauline Cho discussed her research comparing bacterial contamination in cylindrical and flat contact lens cases. (1) The study concluded that the cylindrical cases were preferred by patients, parents and demonstrated reduced contamination. (1)

There has been a growing interest in public health benefits of myopia control with Orthok, and a mix of experienced to early-career optometrists attended the ‘Orthokeratology day’ so they may offer and fit Orthok safely for their patients.

- Natalie Buckman, OSO Guest Board Member

(1) Chan, B., Cho, P. and Cheung, S. W. (2008), Orthokeratology practice in children in a university clinic in Hong Kong*. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 91: 453–460.

OSO Members Score Awards & Fellowships at BCLA 2017

Orthokeratology Society of Oceania - Thursday, June 01, 2017

The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) held its grand conference in Liverpool this year.  The conference included a day dedicated to Orthokeratology lectures, hands-on workshops and discussions with colleagues around the world.

The Orthokeratology Society of Oceania extends a very big congratulations to our OSO members who recently became BCLA fellows: David Stephensen and Jessica Chi. 

BCLA Fellows (Liverpool, 2017).

Also, a massive congratulations to our Australian OSO member Kate Gifford, who was awarded the inaugural BCLA President’s award for contact lens excellence! Kate’s PHD research and global peer education has focused on Orthokeratology, binocular vision and its role in myopia control.

Brian Tompkins awarding the inaugural BCLA President’s award for contact lens excellence to Kate Gifford

- Natalie Buckman, OSO Guest Board Member

Coast optometrist has clear vision for future

Orthokeratology Society of Oceania - Monday, October 10, 2016
Great article by Emily Toxward of More Gold Coast about OSO vice-president / secretary Celia Bloxsom and her new practice Eyeconic Optometry.

~ Amanda Rungis, OSO Board Member

Proudly announcing the new Fellows of the International Academy of Orthokeratology (FIAO)

Orthokeratology Society of Oceania - Saturday, September 24, 2016
Fellowship of the International Academy of Orthokeratology (FIAO) is determined by an orthokeratologists experience and expertise. Rigorous written case presentations are followed by written and oral examinations. Those rare orthokeratologists who achieve fellowship status display the highest level of knowledge and are committed to adhering to the highest standards of care.

The OSO, until recently, only had 2 members that had achieved the accolade of FIAO – Oliver Woo and Duc Pham.

We are proud to announce that today another 7 OSO members were awarded FIAO – Gavin Boneham, Celia Bloxsom, Eleisha Dudson, Shonit Jagmohan, Jagrut Lallu, Alex Petty and Lachlan Scott-Hoy.

Congratulations to all of you on your magnificent achievement and your dedication to orthoK!!!

~ Amanda Rungis, OSO Board Member

West Australian researchers shedding light on myopia causes

Orthokeratology Society of Oceania - Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Emma Wynne of 720 ABC Perth reports that researchers at the University of Western Australia are trying to find a possible link between the growing rates of myopia and how sun exposure, time in the classroom and genetics combine to cause it. Read the full article

~ Amanda Rungis, OSO Board Member