CCLSA Qld State Chapter Event – 28 July 2019

Event Details

  • CCLSA/ OQNT Eco Meeting

    Join us for a day on July 28th at The Greek Club for a meeting specifically aimed for Early Career Optometrists. This event will give practical tips to own the contact lens arena within your practice.
    Registrations close 19/7/2019 at 4pm.
    • CCLSA Members: $75
    • OA Member: $75
    • Non-members: $200
    • CCLSA Student Member: Free

    Places are strictly limited so Click here to register now!

    Interested in becoming a member? Click here to join.


    08:00- Arrival
    08:30 – Intro- MC and OQNT rep
    08:40- Contact lenses in [corporate] practice
    09:00- Preparing your patient for ongoing [CL] success
    09:45- Essential dry eye practice
    10:35- Morning tea 
    11:00- Lenses for astigmatism- practical tips
    11:30- Dealing with presbyopia and contact lenses
    12:00- Daily disposables- What’s the latest and how to handle them?
    12:30- Lunch 
    13:30- Custom contact lenses- where do they fit?
    14:00- Advanced dry eye practice
    14:30- Afternoon Tea
    14:45- The good, the bad and the legal!  Therapeutic management
    15:15- Debate: Contact lenses are better than surgery to correct refractive error
    15:45- Panel discussion- moderated by ‘Rory Dowdall’
    16:00- END
    16:00 – 16:15: CCLSA QLD State General Meeting to be held

    The Speakers

    Damien Fisher

    Damien graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 1999.  He spent two years working in rural NSW and then returned to Brisbane where he practiced at Laubman & Pank, Ipswich and was a part time supervising clinician till 2014.  In early 2015 he accepted a full-time position at QUT as a clinical/research optometrist. He is currently undertaking a PhD examining the physiologic effects of scleral contact lenses on the cornea at the Contact Lens and Visual Optics Laboratory at QUT.

    In 2010, he was part of the Contact Lens Supervisors team which received the QUT’s Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence and has given guest lectures for Optometry students.  He completed his Graduate Certificate for Ocular Therapeutics in 2013.  Damien has also participated in OneSight vision screenings with Luxottica and serviced Outreach clinics for Indigenous patients through QUT.  He served as Vice-National Chair in Luxottica’s Optometry Council and is current Qld Chapter President of Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia and was immediate past National president.

    Kylie McNeill

    Kylie graduated as an Optometrist from QUT in 2009 with First Class Honours and was the recipient of the Optometrists Association of Australia Clinical Excellence Award.  She is a therapeutically endorsed Optometrist having completed the Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics – enabling her to prescribe ocular medications.  Additionally to Eyesmatter, Kylie works as a clinical supervisor at QUT Optometry Clinic teaching and examining the final year optometry students within the specialist contact lens and ocular therapeutics clinics.

    Kylie is skilled in complex contact lens fitting, she is a Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association and in 2016 participated in an observership programme within the contact lens department at the esteemed Moorsfield’s Eye Hospital in London.

    Kylie is a thorough and meticulous Optometrist with excellent communicative skills.  She will always take the time needed to explain her advice and recommendations in a patient-friendly manner.


                                                Dr Brendan Cronin

    Dr Cronin grew up on the Gold Coast and completed his medical and ophthalmic training in Brisbane. He trained in his subspecialty of Corneal, Refractive and Anterior Segment Surgery at the prestigious Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in the United Kingdom. He performs all types of corneal transplant surgery, pterygium surgery, micro-incision cataract surgery and surgery for glaucoma. He is a specialist in complex cataract surgical procedures. Dr Cronin has a special interest in keratoconus especially LASER “Athen’s Protocol” corneal resurfacing combined with collagen cross-linking. He provides specialised treatment for severe dry eye patients as was the first doctor in Australia to have an Intense Pulsed Light “IPL” machine for treating dry eye.

    Dr Cronin is undertaking research into corneal stem cell transplantation and has a keen interest in teaching medical students and ophthalmology trainees about ophthalmology. His textbook Ophthalmology For Medical Students is sold in Audiobook format worldwide. He is currently pioneering a new social media teaching system for medical student education that is being adopted at universities in many countries.

    Dr Cronin believes in educating patients to better understand their eye condition. He utilises the latest technology in imaging including macro cameras, high-resolution ultrasound and laser scans to show patients what is happening to their eye and how their condition can be best treated.

    Mark Hinds

    Mark has a private practice in Teneriffe (formerly in New Farm) QLD with a clinical focus on specialty contact lenses for the complex cornea. He is one of the providers for RGP and scleral contact lenses for those patients in Queensland on the public corneal graft list. He has a very close working relationship with Brisbane’s leading ophthalmologists and corneal specialists co-managing many eye conditions.He is a QUT graduate and has completed the graduate certificate in ocular therapeutics. Additionally he is an Exercise Physiologist with an undergraduate degree in applied science (Human Movement Studies) and postgraduate bachelor of science honours (Exercise Physiology) from the University of Queensland.  In this space his focus and area of research was on elite cyclists and triathletes.  Mark still competes but is now self confessed old and slow.He is a fellow of the British contact lens association. Mark has been involved with QUT School of Optometry specialty contact lens clinics and part of the 4th year specialty contact lens lecture program since 2004 and has received the QUT vice chancellor’s award for excellence for teaching in 2010 and 2013.
    Jason Holland
    Jason graduated from QUT in 1994 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Optometry) with Honours. He commenced work as a locum Optometrist in 1995 and spent time consulting in all corners of Australia. In 2001 he commenced work at The Eye Health Centre and has been providing pre and post-operative assistance at the Brisbane rooms since.In 2012 he completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics and became a Credentialed Optometrist with CASA, the Aviation Authority in Australia. He now runs a busy Glaucoma and advanced Dry Eye Clinic at The Eye Health Centre Brisbane Clinic, and has lectured on Contact Lenses and Dry Eye in Australia and across South East Asia. Jason was the recipient of the Optometry Australia Qld Optometrist of the year in 2018. 

                                     Marissa Megaloconomous

    B.App.Sc.(Optom) Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics Specialist Certificate (Management of Contact Lens Patients) FBCLA CO(CASA)
    Member of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia

    Marissa is proficient in fitting all forms of contact lenses, and has a particular interest in orthokeratology, keratoconus and post corneal graft patients.

    Marissa obtained her Optometry degree from QUT in 2009 and has gained additional qualifications to prescribe ophthalmic medicines and conduct aviation eye examinations on behalf of CASA. She also completed the specialist certificate in the management of contact lens patients through the University of Melbourne in 2014 and is a Fellow of the BritishContact Lens Association demonstrating her particular interest in contact lens practice.

    Marissa has previously worked in private optometry and ophthalmology practices in Brisbane and is a guest-lecturer and clinical supervisor at the QUT School of Optometry.

    Marissa is currently the Vice President of the Optometry Queensland and Northern Territory Board and is bi-lingual as a result of her Greek heritage.

    For Speaker topics and details click here 

    Interested in becoming a member? Click here to join.

    Looking forward to seeing you there!

    Damien Fisher
    CCLSA Qld State Chapter President

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