Vision at risk

October 2009

AFP Cover 2009 October

Vision at risk

October 2009 Vol 38 (10) 753-848

The theme for the October issue of AFP is vision at risk. This month's articles include reducing vision loss in chronic eye disease, screening recommendations for retinopathy, sudden loss of vision, coeliac disease, optic neuritis, demystifying abdominal ultrasound, integration into the Australian health care system – insights from IMGs, and prescription medication borrowing and sharing.


Reducing vision loss in chronic eye disease

Anthony Fong, Graham A Lee


Screening recommendations

Geoffrey Spurling, Deborah A Askew, Claire Jackson

Sudden loss of vision

History and examination

Lucy Goold, Shane Durkin, John Crompton

Sudden loss of vision

Investigation and management

Lucy Goold, Shane Durkin, John Crompton

Up front

Letters to the editor

Is vision really at risk?

Rachel Lee


A painful red eye

Neil Sharma, Ju-Lee Ooi, Maria Z Li

A tile factory worker presenting with breathlessness and dry cough

Rumi R Khajotia, Esha Das Gupta

Coeliac disease

Kim Faulkner-Hogg, Linda Hodge, Anne Swain

Demystifying abdominal ultrasound

Tom Sutherland

Multiple sclerosis presenting with homonymous hemianopia

Siew W Law, Andrew W Lee, Celia S Chen

Optic neuritis

More than a loss of vision

Edward R Chu, Celia S Chen


Improving childhood immunisation coverage rates

Evaluation of a divisional program

Hammad Ali, Nicholas A Zwar, Jo Wild

The practice of confidentiality in an Aboriginal medical service

What do GPs need to know?

Jenny James, Sonya Cameron, Tim Usherwood

Feasibility and efficacy of COPD case finding by practice nurses

Jeremy Bunker, Oshana Hermiz, Nicholas A Zwar, Sarah M Dennis, Sanjyot Vagholkar, Alan J Crockett, Guy Marks


Janice Charles, Helena Britt, Salma Fahridin

Integration into the Australian health care system

Insights from international medical graduates

Pam McGrath, David Henderson, Emma Phillips


Prescription medication borrowing and sharing

Risk factors and management

Janette Ellis, Judy Mullan


Let’s talk about the alternatives

Canada vs. Australia

Lawrence Leung

Back pages

Book reviews

Clinical challenge

Rachel Lee


AFP Podcasts

Interviews October 2009

Retinopathy: Screening recommendations

Geoffrey Spurling talks about what GPs need to know about screening patients for retinopathy. Geoffrey highlights that a quarter of Australians with diabetes are not appropriately screened. Geoffrey outlines the factors involved and describes who to screen and how often they require screening. Information about how to screen is also provided to guide GPs. Geoffrey also explains hypertensive retinopathy and points out that although regular monitoring is not recommended there is a role for the GP in management

Duration: 10 minutes 45 seconds
File size: 2MB

Play now

Reducing vision loss in chronic eye disease

Anthony Fong discusses how GPs can help maintain vision for patients with chronic eye disease. Anthony focuses on three common conditions – cataract, age related macular degeneration and glaucoma. He details the common risk factors, presentations and management strategies for each of these important conditions along with valuable information about primary and secondary prevention strategies that the GP can use and educate patients about.

Duration: 18 minutes 44 seconds
File size: 4MB

Play now


Information on automatically receiving the AFP podcasts