Phaco Festival 2020
Dr Abhay Vasavada receiving the KR Murthy Oration award
The 7th edition of Phaco Festival conducted by Nethradhama Super Speciality Eye Hospital, Bengaluru was held on the 18th – 19th Jan 2020 at the Ritz Carlton. It was a huge success with over 700 attendees from all over India. Over the years, Phaco Festival has been a forum showcasing the recent and the most advanced surgical and technological developments in the field of cataract and refractive surgery. The theme of this year’s conference was “Ophthalmic Digitalization” which unveiled the latest techniques and topics in cataract and refractive surgery with the top national and international faculty who shared their valuable experiences.
The organizing committee consisting of Dr. Sri Ganesh, Dr. Sheetal Brar and Dr. Savio Pereira made sure the scientific content was unmatched. The main apotheosis of the conference was the 3D relayed live surgery, where the use of the Artevo 800 to perform 3D surgeries was showcased. Techniques for management of hard cataracts, secondary IOL implantation were illustrated along with the gamut of various other live surgical demonstrations. The 70 plus renowned International and national faculty who conducted the Master Classes really gave their insights in their respective areas of expertise, thereby enriching the overall experience. The Skill transfer courses conducted for ICL and Phaco emulsification provided hands on training to the young budding surgeons making it a very memorable experience.
The conference also had elements of fun and frolic with a retro styled theme –DJ party where aspiring young ophthalmologists got a chance to shake a leg, interact and mingle with the star studded senior faculty. The other main highlights were the K R Murthy Oration delivered by Dr Abhay Vasavada, Gold Medal Lecture by Dr Patrick Versace and exciting Ophthalmic Games which inspired and awed the audience.
In a nutshell Phaco festival 2020 not only lived up to but also superseded its expectation. After hours of discussions; it inculcated and inspired a sea of ideas, concepts and edifications in the ophthalmologist minds.