14th annual conference of Uttarakhand
The 14th Annual Conference of Uttarakhand was recently conducted at Haridwar. Practically every subspecialty of ophthalmology was covered by faculty from all across India.
A fair appraisal of newer technologies like femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery, nanopulse Zepto capsulotomy system, SMILE refractive surgery, OCT angiography, micropulse yellow wavelength retinal laser etc was given by the learned faculty. Prof. Atul Kumar, Director RP Centre AIIMS gave the key note address on “Retinal OCT and beyond.” Prof Jagat Ram, Director PGIMER, Chandigarh delivered the Dr CS Grover Oration titled- “Achieving excellence – Combining focus, talent and ophthalmology” and the second Dr. Vinod Arora Oration was delivered by Dr. SPS Grewal from Chandigarh who spoke on “From no flap to flapless SMILE: the journey of refractive surgery.”
Soosan Jacob demonstrated her new technique of Glued Capsular hooks for subluxation as well as Corneal Allogenic Intrastromal ring Segments (CAIRS) which are similar to Intacs but without the disadvantages of synthetic tissue.
Dr Omprakash spoke on the flap motility sign which refers to a newly described sign for diagnosing posterior capsular extension of anterior capsular tears. Dr. Ramamurthy shared tips on maximising toric IOL outcomes, Dr. Sachdev on topography, Dr. Luthra on ways to perfect biometry and Dr. Bhattacharjee on B-HEX ring. Dr. Kudlu gave useful insights into managing subluxated cataracts and Dr. Sambasiva Rao spoke on low cost methods of tele-screening of diabetic retinopathy in rural areas. Dr. Vinod Arora lead an excellent discussion on preferred practice patterns in cataract surgery in the Indian scenario.
The skill transfer courses were very popular. Wet lab and hands on courses were made available for a variety of procedures such as manual small incision cataract surgery, phakic and toric IOL implantation, collagen cross linking, flap creation with the microkeratome, glaucoma valve implantation, anterior and core vitrectomy, intravitreal injections, gonioscopy etc. Interpretation and use of various diagnostics such as visual fields, OCT etc was also covered and well attended, especially by young ophthalmologists. Another popular session was on ‘Ophthalmic photography and recording’ using various systems including the smart phone.
The MC Luthra and AK Mehrotra best paper awards went to Dr. Deepak Mishra, the Satanshu Mathur video award went to Dr. RP Singh. THE UKSOS gold medal for excellence in Ophthalmology was awarded to Drs. Soosan Jacob, Kamaljeet Singh, Rohit OmPrakash and Rajendra Prasad.