YO is delighted to announce the winner of the Tier 1 Young Optometrists NSW/ACT scholarship as Celine Zhang. The scholarships are designed to assist optometrists in their practise of optometry through attending educational events or placements. Celine showed a clear focus and passion for myopia control, for which she wished to broaden through the study of orthokeratology. YO is proud to introduce Celine:
Name: Celine Zhang
Practice: Eyecare Plus Bankstown & Eyecare Plus Kareela
What do you plan to do with the scholarship? I will be attending the 13th Congress of the Orthokeratology Society of Oceania (OSO), held at the sunny Gold Coast this year. Ortho-K is such an exciting field and I can’t wait to equip myself with the latest information to implement into practice.
How do you think the scholarship will help you? Childrens’ vision and myopia control are two of my greatest passions. Myopia control is a strong need in the population of children I am seeing. Currently, I’m drawing upon therapeutic, spectacle lens and soft lens options to slow myopic progression and referring to my capable colleagues to fit ortho-K lenses. I’m very fortunate to work in practices that have topographers and fitting kits right at my fingertips – I would love to have the autonomy to prescribe ortho-K lenses and be involved in every aspect of myopia control for my patients. Being able to learn from the best in the field and attend the Beginner’s Bootcamp at OSO will be invaluable.
If you could choose one superpower, what would it be? The ability to understand and communicate with anyone in the world, regardless of language. It would also be useful to get into the thoughts of babies … what are you seeing through your new glasses?