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Canadian Ophthalmological Society Annual Meeting 2018

The theme of the meeting was “Advocating for Evidence-Based Eye Health”

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TBC Soosan Jacob

Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018


Soosan Jacob MD

The Canadian Ophthalmological Society Annual meeting was conducted at Toronto, Ontario from 31 May to 3 June. The theme of the meeting was “Advocating for Evidence-Based Eye Health”.

Attended by a large number of delegates and 19 international keynote speakers with 55 sessions, the meeting included invited lectures, scientific papers, wet labs and workshops, as well as networking opportunities and an extensive exhibition of ophthalmic equipment and services.

Skill transfer courses on MIGS, scleral-fixated IOLs, DMEK, bimanual anterior vitrectomy and Botox were well attended. The debate on whether multifocals could be offered to patients with prior refractive surgery, glaucoma or maculopathy was of great interest.

The Ocular Regenerative Medicine session presented papers on stem cell treatments. The Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Dr Graham E Trope, best paper award went to Jordan Isenberg and best poster to Xinyi Li. Steven Bellemere from the Canadian Medical Protective Agency gave the COS lecture on the topic of change in team-based practice and medicolegal implications.

I had the honor of delivering the Harold Stein Innovator lectureship on My Innovations in Ophthalmology as well as the Bruce Jackson oration on primary surgery for acute hydrops with pre-Descemetic DALK to avoid scarring and to achieve better visual, anatomical, pathological and topographic results.

Karl Stonecipher gave the CJO lecture on how to make patients see without glasses. A money management session for young ophthalmologists to navigate the world of tax and financial planning and the TED-style format of the Toronto Eye Review course were other interesting features.

In CSI (Cataract Surgery Investigation), Dr Ike Ahmed and a team of forensic ophthalmologist investigators unveiled clues to analyse causes of poor outcomes after cataract surgery, and discussed strategies to prevent such outcomes from occurring in future patients. The WIO Symposium focused on delivering eye care to vulnerable populations.

  • Soosan Jacob,  MS, FRCS, DNB, Director and Chief Dr. Agarwal’s Refractive and Cornea Foundation, Senior Consultant, Cataract and Glaucoma Services
    Dr. Agarwal’s Group of Eye Hospitals, Chennai,India


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