Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Salam Kemerdekaan


Kita mencari hanya yang tulen dan jati
sekadar hidup mengerti dan berbudi
dan bumi akan subur, makmur dan mewah
jika kita bekerja dan berikrar hidup bersama

tanah air memberi banyak
mesra mendakap kita
kemerdekaan mendorong kita berdiri dan berbakti
dan dalam alaf baru
semangat kita wajar padu berjalan kita
atas nama tanah air dan bangsa
bangga kerana merdeka
megah kerana bahagia.

A. Samad Said

Monday, August 30, 2010

IIUM Optometry Clinic: At glance

Vision and Mission

Main Entrance

Reception Counter
Patients Waiting Area 1

15 Consultation Room (including Pediatric Consultation Room)
-no queue is necessary-

Patients Waiting Area 2

Patients Waiting Area 3
-comfortable..isn't it?-
HOYA Simulation Center

-Real Experience on Progressive Addition Lenses, just like home-
-Not merely on visualisation, it must be practical!-
Varilux Experience

Ophthalmic Dispensary
-automated dispensing machine, for the best spectacle quality and patients satisfaction-

Look into it

Wide range of Spectacle Frames and Contact Lens Modalities for you to choose

Contact Lenses Verification
-we'll make sure the contact lenses delivered are in good condition and suit patients eyes-
Grand Seiko Binocular Autorefractor
-machine-reading error is minimized-
Oculus Pentacam
-it measures your corneal thickness and more, precisely-

Nidex Non-Mydriatic Fundus Camera
-without dilating drug, high resolution retina images can be captured and analyzed-

Corneal Topographer and Humphrey Visual Field Analyzer
-your corneal contour and visual field are possible to be monitored, accurately-
Peili-Robson and FACT Contrast Sensitivity Chart
-your eyes may see letters like others but they may not in same contrast-
Consultation Room
-we make it condusive and welcoming, professional approach-
-eye examination procedures wouldn't take longer time than before-
'We put 'I care' in the Eye Care'

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Mentor-Mentee Bowling Match

Assalamualaikum and good evening everyone!

What a nice weekend right?

I have discussed with Br. Muziman and Mdm. Arni last friday about our Mentor-Mentee Programme. We planned to organise a Bowling Match after the Eid break. Don't worry, it is not compulsory to all. Only for those who are interested to be in. We're not yet decided the exact time and venue for the match and still looking for it. Do you have any suggestion?

'The IOptoSS: We promote friendship'

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Biosynthetic corneas restore vision to humans

A study made public this Wednesday has shown that biosynthetic corneas can and do restore eyesight in humans. Researchers from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) and the University of Ottawa in Canada, along with Linköping University in Sweden, conducted a clinical trial using ten Swedish patients with advanced keratoconus or central corneal scarring. Each patient had the damaged corneal tissue in one eye surgically replaced with a biosynthetic cornea made from synthetically cross-linked recombinant human collagen. After two years, six of the patients’ vision had improved. After being fitted with contact lenses, their vision was comparable to that of someone who had received a real human cornea transplant.

"This study is important because it is the first to show that an artificially fabricated cornea can integrate with the human eye and stimulate regeneration," said Dr. May Griffith, who holds positions at OHRI, the University of Ottawa and Linköping. "With further research, this approach could help restore sight to millions of people who are waiting for a donated human cornea for transplantation."

Over a decade ago, Dr. Griffith started developing biosynthetic corneas in Ottawa, using laboratory-produced human collagen molded into the shape of a cornea – collagen is what “real” corneas are made from, too. After extensive testing, she began her collaboration with Dr. Per Fagerholm, an eye surgeon at Linköping, to provide the first-in-human experience with biosynthetic cornea implantation.

The patients in the trial didn’t experience any rejection reaction or require long-term immune suppression, which are complications that sometimes occur when human tissue is transplanted. During the two-year follow-up period, the researchers observed nerves and cells from the patients’ own corneal material growing into the implants, ultimately resulting in normal-looking “regenerated” corneas. The biosynthetic corneas also became sensitive to touch, and stimulated tear production to keep the eye oxygenated.

"We are very encouraged by these results and by the great potential of biosynthetic corneas," said Dr. Fagerholm. "Further biomaterial enhancements and modifications to the surgical technique are ongoing, and new studies are being planned that will extend the use of the biosynthetic cornea to a wider range of sight-threatening conditions requiring transplantation."

Retrieved from gizmag.com,'Biosynthetic corneas restore vision to humans'
by Ben Coxworth on 25th August 2010

Thanks Mr Haziezan for sharing this articles!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Pandangan Mata Sebagai Anak Panah Iblis

Mata adalah antara ni'mat yang dikurniakan oleh Allah s.w.t. yang tiada ternilai. 'Ulama ada menyebut, amal 'ibadat yang dilakukan selama 500 tahun pun belum mampu melebihi berat ni'mat pandangan sebelah mata apabila kedua-duanya ditimbang. Hal ini dapat dipelajari daripada kisah seorang ahli ibadat yang meminta kepada Allah agar dia dimasukkan ke dalam syurga dengan sebab amalannya tersebut, dan bukannya dengan rahmat Allah.

Berhubung dengan usaha hafazan Al-Quran, bagaimanakah mungkin hati yang penuh dengan noda ma'siat hasil daripada pandangan haram dapat menerima ayat Al-Quran, maka lebih-lebih lagi untuk menjaganya dengan baik dalam ingatan?

Berikut dimuatkan sebuah hadits qudsi yang mulia berkenaan pandangan mata, mudah-mudahan memberikan manfaat kepada kita dengan izin Allah s.w.t.

"Pandangan mata itu adalah sebuah anak panah daripada panah-panah Iblis. Maka barangsiapa meninggalkannya (mengelakkannya daripada melihat wanita) kerana takut kepada-Ku, nescaya Aku ganti dengan iman yang dirasakan lazat-manisnya dalam hatinya."

Riwayat Thabrani dan Hakim daripada Ibnu Mas'ud.

New link was added to IOptoSS!

Thanks for visiting us Richard L. Anderson, O.D

He just shared us a useful link on Myopia Control. Watch this video http://www.myopiaprevention.org/holden_video.html

Dr. Anderson, O.D is the only FOAA orthokeratologist in Ventura Country. He was recently distinguished by being named a Fellow of the Orthokeratology Academy of America (FOAA)

"I read your post about myopia control and think it is great that students are learning about this area of practice. It is a hot topic of study right now all over the world, but especially in Asia due to the high incidence of myopia there"

....IIUM Optometry Clinic also offers Orthokeratology Service in our Contact Lens Clinic.......

Myopia Control: Is it possible to do so? (Part 1)

These are some useful informations that we can share from the 3rd ASEAN Optometric Conference 2010

  1. The progression of refractive error in one person is contributed by two major factors: Nature & Nuture.
  2. It is said that minus lense leads eye to grow longer while plus lense will reduce the growth. Reduced growth?
  3. Peripheral Defocus cause myopia to progress in children.

Contribution of Myopia Progression
  • Sustained near vison tasks - When we do intense near tasks without break, we are actually causing myopic far point to shift.
  • Frequent change in accommodation - Induced contraction of ciliary muscle leads to an elongation of the axial lenght of the eye ball.
  • Print size - Smaller the print size, more accommodation is needed to keep it clear on the retina.

So, what are the possible mechanism that we can do stop reduce the myopic progression? They said - Outdoor activities!

  • In a day light, we accommodate lesser as compared to dark room.
  • Our pupils are constricted in light, hence we can have greater depth of focus.

  • Dopamine and Vitamin D in sunlight seem to inhibit the eye growth in certain circumstances.

'The Eye Digest' stated that 'the progression of myopia in school children is slower during the summer holidays'. Is it true?

Journal for you to look up - 'The Influence of Study Habit on Myopia in Jewish Teenager' (Google it!)

"The IOptoSS: We aid you to think, without the box!"

..............our next post will discuss more details on optometric approaches in controlling myopia......

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Chosen One

tips: for better view, please click at the image of the sticker.

Car Sticker 4
-Thanks for voting guys-
We'll distribute the order form later!

Car Sticker??

1. We easily can promote optometry to public and of course Optometry IIUM as well.
2. Optometry is professional course/carrier, normally professional people drive a car and above, not a bike.

MOSSE 2010 at Berita Harian

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Attention to Year 2 only

Year 2 Semester 2


Course code

Name of course

Credit Hours

Kuliyyah Required Courses

AHS 2023

Microbiology and Immunology


Department Core Courses

AHV 2122

AHV 2124

AHV 2102

AHV 2103

AHV 2142

Opthalmic Optics and Dispensing 1

Clinical Optometry 2

Ocular Pharmacology

Introduction to Binocular Vision

Ocular Disease 1






University Required Courses



Physiology of Science

Family Management and Parenting



Total credit hours


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Build up Curiosity

It's good for you to be curious on something. It aids you to think!
Visit this blog and read the cases.

Latent Hyperope: How to prescribe?

Hi guys,

Well, really don't know what suitable topic to be posted here. Emm...let us discuss on this topic. Latent hyperope.

Millodot defines latent hyperope in Dictionary of Optometry and Visual Science as a portion of total hyperopia which is compensated for by the tonus of the ciliary muscle. It can be revealed wholly or partially by the use of a cycleplegic.

It is suspected when:
  • patients have an AA less then their expected age.

  • patients are esophoric at distance through the manifest plus refraction.

  • the results of the binocular balancing show considerably more plus than the monocular subjective refraction.

  • when static retinoscopy shows considerably more plus than the subjective refraction.

  • the patients' plus prescription does not reduce the patients' near symptoms, such as headache.

What should we do next?

....to be continued.....

Monday, August 23, 2010

Doctor of Optometry @ University of Melbourne

Good news everyone!

Doctor of Optometry is now offered at University of Melbourne, Australia as an option for you to become an Optometry Doctor (OD) . It is a four years study at Deparment of Optometry and Vision Sciences which will consist of a combination of on-campus trainings and clinical placements. The application for admission is opened to all starting this year. Meaning to say, they will start the first session on July 2011. Great!

'it is an internationally recognised qualification and the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere'

I'm expecting more IIUM optometry students to join this programme in after your undergradute study. It's time for us to prove that optometry is worth-to-be-in and together we provide better eye care services for Malaysian!

p/s: Dr. Ahmed is an Optometry Doctor, you know it right?
Do visit this sites

'Salam Aidilfitri Br. Firdaus'

T-Shirt for Hari Optometri Malaysia 2010!

Dear optometry students,

Anyone who is interested to join launching ceremony of Malaysia Optometry Day 2010, please give your full name and contact number to your class representative before 25.August.2010 (Wednesday).

The programme will be on 30.September.2010 (Thursday).

Do include your T-shirt size as well!

'I don't know whether you have to pay for the t-shirt or not. Any inquiry, please contact Br. Hafidz (013-6052005)

'selamat berbuka puasa'

From white board to the IOptoSS

Assalammualaikum and salam ramadhan,

Class with Prof. Azrin for 4th Year Students

This is a special message from Br. Afzam to all final year students.

There will be a Case Conference 1 class with Prof. Azrin on this Saturday, 28.August.2010 at 9.00 am. Please prepare 2 refractive cases presentation for the session.

p/s: our Mid Semester Examination for Contact Lens Clinic date is not yet decided. We have to choose one suitable date for the exam. Any suggestion?

Mid Semester Examination for 2nd Year Students

Your Mid Sem Exam for Clinical Optometry 1 is coming soon. Please be informed that only two (2) essays and 30 MCQ will be asked in the exam.

Good Luck!

First Year Students only

Your AHV 1113 class will start on 26.August.2010 at 10.00 am. Be punctual!
Message from Br. Hafidz

All students

Those who are taking extra courses on this semester, please meet Br. Afzam before 25.August.2010 / 9.00 am

Saturday, August 21, 2010

IOptoSS Grand Iftar

To all friends,

Please be reminded that our iftar for today (21.August.2010) will be at KOM fountain. The programme will start at 5.45 pm until 8.15 pm. The agendas include ta'aruf slot, tazkirah, magrib prayer, iftar and speech by the Head of Department.

Be punctual guys! We really hope this iftar can strenghten the ukhuwah among us.

'spread the idea!'

Friday, August 20, 2010

MOD : Changing of Programme's Date

Attention to all 2nd and 3rd year student,

The launching ceremony of 'Hari Optometri Malaysia' has been changed from 29th September to 30th September 2010. Please contact Br. Hafidz for more details.

'spread the idea!'




Here, we would like to announce that the winner for Optometry sticker is Sticker 4. Thus, sticker 4 will be our Official Sticker.


Mid Semester Examination

To all optometry students, good luck for your mid semester examination.
You are great, just believe in yourselves!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Invitation to Attend the Launching Ceremony of MOD

Assalamualaikum and salam ramadhan,
Good news everyone!

Malaysia Optometry Day (MOD) 2010 will be held on this September 2010. All optometry students and staffs are warmly invited to join the launching ceremony at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur.

Programme : Hari Optometri Malaysia
Date / Day : 29.September.2010 / Wednesday
Time : 3.00 pm
Venue : Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur
Fee : FREE!
Organiser : Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
Co-organiser : Head of Optometry Council (HOPC)

This is a one-day programme and for sure transportation is provided for you. We'll depart to IIUM just after the programme end, insya-Allah. Interested? Give your full name, i/c no, matric no. and phone no. to:

Br. Azuwan (4th Year): 012-9898273
Sr. Gee (3rd Year): 013-3086742
Sr. Najwa (2nd Year): 014-8405309
Sr. Zai (1st Year): 013-3180869

by today.

Every school of optometry has to have their own 'Students Activities Exhibition' during that programme. Any inquiry, please contact Br. Hafidz (PIC from our department) : 013-6052005

Have fun!

10 Fun Facts About Eyes

v Blinking helps to wash tears over our eyeballs. That keeps them clean and moist. Also, if something is about to hit our eye, we will blink automatically.

v The eyeball of a human weighs approximately 28 grams.

v The cornea is the only living tissue in the human body that does not contain any blood vessels.

v Sailors once thought that wearing a gold earring would improve their eyesight.

v Men are able to read fine print better than women can.

v All babies are colour blind when they are born.

v The reason why your nose gets runny when you are crying is because the tears from the eyes drain into the nose.

v Some people start to sneeze if they are exposed to sunlight or have a light shined into their eye.

v Around the pupil is a colored muscle called the "iris." Our eyes may be BLUE, BROWN, GREEN, GRAY OR BLACK, because that is the color of the iris.

v Your eyes blinks over 10,000,000 times a year!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

First step, Giant Leap

Opto-Iftar 2010

Programme: Optometry Department Grand Iftar 2010

Date: 21.August.2010

Time: 6.30pm

Venue: KOM Fountain

Guest: Opto Family Members

IIUM Optometry - Everywhere

Varilux/ESSILOR Technical Programme
Organised by: ESSILOR

Seminar on Colour Vision and Ophthalmic Lens Material Safety
Organised by: Department of optometry and Visual Science, IIUM

Seminar Optometri UiTM 2009
Organised by: OPTIMIST UiTM

3rd Asean Optometric Conference 2010
7-8.March 2010
Organised by: Association of Malaysian Optometrists (AMO)