Vaegan Seminar: Ophthalmic and optometric technology advances in one working lifetime

Friday, 28 September, 2018 - 12:00


The seminar will provide an overview of the key innovations driving current practice in ophthalmology and optometry today.

Date: Friday 28 September 2018

Time: 12.00pm - 1.00pm

Location: Rupert Myers Theatre, Gate 14 Barker Street, North Wing, Rupert Myers Building, UNSW Sydney, Kensington NSW 2052

Speaker: Richard Grills, Designs for Vision

Abstract: Ophthalmic lens technology has constantly improved to the benefit of optometrist’s patients over the 58 years since 1960. The technology revolution in ophthalmic instrumentation began in earnest in the early 1970’s with the introduction of lasers, new small incision surgical systems and computer based diagnostic devices. This talk includes an overview of many of these advances and then an elaboration on four specific and notable areas which have made a significant difference to the way both ophthalmology and optometry are practiced today.

Short Biography: Richard began working as a trainee manufacturing optician at OPSM in 1960 and progressed through optical dispensing and clinical work conducting low vision and other clinics at hospitals and private ophthalmology practices throughout Australia. After 3 years working in the OPSM ophthalmic instrument division, he recognised in 1974 that a technology revolution was occurring with the introduction of lasers, phacoemulsification, IOLs, pars plana vitrectomy and computer driven systems such as auto refractors and perimeters and then began working for one of the first high technology ophthalmic companies in Australasia. He founded and became managing director of Designs For Vision in 1978 introducing and supplying new ophthalmic technologies to the Australian and New Zealand ophthalmologists and optometrists. He has been teaching ophthalmic optics to optical dispensers, orthoptists and ophthalmology registrars for 50 years. He currently still teaches at Sydney University on the Master of Visual Science course and at UTS on the orthoptics course. His other current activities include Orthoptics school and USYD Keratoconus registry, Board member of ODMA, Macular disease foundation, Genetic Eye Foundation and chairman of the Essilor Vision Foundation.