Ishihara Plate No. 1 (Number 12). Used to for the en:Ishihata test of color blindness.

Colour blindness (which experts call more accurately “Colour Vision Deficiency”) is the inability to see some colours or to tell some apart from others. The condition affects more than one in 20 males and a smaller but significant number of females.

What causes colour blindness?
We can see because of receptor cells at the back of the eye called rods and cones. Colour is seen via the cones, which distinguish red, green and blue. In some people, one kind of cone is not working, like a colour TV set on the blink.

The main cause is genetic – you get it from your parents or grandparents. But colour blindness can also result from disease and accidents. Some causes we know about include: an acquired brain injury; eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy; some drugs; and vitamin A deficiency.

Gregory Moloney, MD

Primary descemetorhexis for Fuchs’ dystrophy

Gregory Moloney, MBBS (Hons), MMed, FRANZCO, FRCSC – Ophthalmologist at Sydney Eye Hospital, Australia, describes results of his study of primary descemetorhexis for Fuchs’ dystrophy.

Greg’s study was funded by the Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation thanks to our supporters donations and bequests.

Gregory Moloney, MD

Recorded at the 2018 American Academy of Ophthalmology, Chicago.

You can read more in our October 2018 inFocus Newsletter.

DR ELISA CORNISH Medical Retinal Fellow

Every year the Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation funds a number of Fellowships.

Experienced and talented eye doctors from Australia and overseas can apply for these 12-month positions, each in a different specialisation. Fellowships are keenly sought after and are a key Foundation funding goal: the worldwide exchange of knowledge and skills is vital.

Foundation Fellows work with patients, help train students in their specialisation and participate in research. The Sydney Eye Hospital benefits in numerous ways from these programs, including clinical research and national and international publication. Some of our Fellows are from developing nations and return to their country with enhanced skills from their year on the floor of this fully operational Eye Hospital.

Our current Foundation Fellows are:

DR ZOYA RABKIN-MAINERDr Zoya Rabkin-Mainer
Glaucoma Fellow

Zoya trained in Israel. She has taught medical students, engaged in clinical research, and developed a special interest in glaucoma. She will take the knowledge & skills she gets here back to Israel and work as a glaucoma consultant. She’s thrilled by this once in a lifetime opportunity to work and study here.

DR LAI YONG TAIDr Lai Yong Tai
Oculoplastic Fellow

Oculoplastic surgeon Dr Lai Yong Tai trained in Malaysia and has held fellowships in London and Melbourne. She participates in public screening events and clinical teaching for medical students, junior residents and paramedics. Lai is keen to learn new surgical techniques from our renowned oculoplastic surgeons over the next 12 months in Sydney, here with her family.

DR NEIL AVERYDr Neil Avery
Graham Lovett Vitreoretinal Fellow

Since 2009 Neil has travelled annually to St Ann’s Bay in Jamaica to help provide ophthalmic care to those who do not have access to specialised care. There, he has developed a special interest in small incision cataract surgery. He is looking forward to the opportunity to work at Sydney Eye Hospital and to learn from world class vitreoretinal surgeons. Away from work Neil and family are enjoying exploring Sydney and all it has to offer.

DR DANIEL GARCERANT CONGOTEDr Daniel Garcerant Congote
Mabs Melville Corneal Fellow

Daniel studied medicine in Colombia and ophthalmology in Madrid, where he is working on a PhD thesis on corneal topography. His goal is to improve his clinical and surgical skills in cornea pathology at our world renowned facility, and participate in the leading research the cornea team is performing. He hopes to pass on this knowledge when he returns to Colombia. Meantime he and his family are excited by the chance to visit Australia’s cities and beautiful landscapes.

DR ELISA CORNISHDr Elisa Cornish
Medical Retinal Fellow

Elisa completed her ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital. This is her second fellowship: last year she held the Professorial Uveitis Fellowship. Elisa is thrilled to join our renowned Medical Retina Unit to refine her skills. She will also continue her involvement with the macular research team, working to develop new treatments for the disease.

DR NINO HIRNSCHALLDr Nino Hirnschall
Corneal Fellow

Nino started his ophthalmic research at medical school in Vienna, before becoming a research fellow in London and completing a PhD in medical physics in Vienna. He is keen to learn from the cornea team at Sydney Eye Hospital, to improve his clinical and surgical skills and spend a year in this beautiful city together with his wife Karin. After the fellowship he will return to Austria to use the knowledge he has gained as a corneal surgeon and researcher.

DR ZAID MAMMODr Zaid Mammo
Dr Eddie Donaldson Vitreoretinal Fellow

Trained in Vancouver, Dr Zaid Mammo has completed a one-year vitreoretinal fellowship at Columbia University in New York. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from and work alongside some of the world leaders in the field of vitreoretinal surgery. On completing his fellowship, he plans to return to Canada to work as a consultant in a tertiary care centre. Outside work, Zaid is enjoying life in Sydney and exploring Australia.

DR SHAAN WIRYASAPUTRADr Shaan Wiryasaputra
Professorial Uveitis & Medical Retinal Fellow

Shaan trained in Singapore. Drawn to ophthalmology for its marriage of clinical medicine and surgery, she has chosen to pursue subspecialty interests in medical retina and uveitis. She is grateful for the opportunity to train at Sydney Eye and is looking forward to honing her clinical and surgical skills under the tutelage of our fine team.

You can read more about our fellowships and the application process on our Fellowships page.

iFixPen

Sydney Eye Hospital is on the verge of a breakthrough with the Corneal iFixPen and iFixInk. We need your support to help it happen.

The iFixPen holds the promise of instant corneal repair, out in the field, anywhere, anytime. When an eye suffers a surface injury, the corneal iFixPen will not only seal the wound but promote active healing of the wound site by reducing scarring and creating a biological barrier to ongoing damage. That barrier is iFixInk, which covers and protects the surface of the eye.

The Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation has adopted iFixPen as our next significant project.

The funds will go to the next phase of testing iFixPen and improving the technology in the lab and out and about. There are so many potential uses, for injuries in industry, the military, after surgery, and in remote areas where follow-up can be difficult.

If somebody sustains an eye injury iFixPen
is used to drop iFixInk into the eye to protect
and promote wound healing in the cornea.

We are on the verge of a BREAKTHROUGH!

With this discovery, we can bring quick, simple treatment to thousands of Australians.

Eye injuries can happen in the home, in traffic accidents, anywhere. In Australia alone, some 50,000 cases are reported annually of corneal injuries ranging from abrasions and ulcers to corneal melting and laser surgery complications. Corneal surgery is the world’s  most  performed  operation.  We already know that iFixInk works wonders on some human cells. If this oversized “pen” filled with iFixInk can be perfected, it could be a real game changer.

The iFixPen and iFixInk are joint projects of the  Sydney  Eye  Hospital,  the  Lions  Eye  Bank, Save Sight Institute, the University of Sydney and the University of Wollongong. Medical breakthroughs are built out of collaborations and those collaborators include people like you  and your generosity.

Please join us in this exciting venture. Donate today to make the technology a reality

We’re launching our appeal now, near the End Of Financial Year, full of hope and dreaming of future eyesight saved. With your help, we can achieve this extraordinary dream.