The Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology will be holding its Annual Meeting on November 29 to December 2 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. The event entitled “Translational Ophthalmology: from Basics to Clinics,” new developments in the eye health care will be presented at the meeting where over 1,400 participants coming from across the nation and neighboring countries are expected to join.
Dr. Bhupendra Patel of the University of Utah, USA, Dr. Eric Donnenfeld of the Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, USA, and Dr. Karl Golnik of the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Eye Institute, USA, Dr. Evelyn Paysse of Texas Children’s Hospital USA, Dr.Jennifer Sun of Joslin Diabetes Center USA and Dr. Zuraidah Mustari from Hospital Nor Zahirah, Malaysia, are among the speakers at the PAO Annual Meeting.
The event comes at the heel of the 3rd Biennial Scientific Meeting currently being held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel where the country, as the host, welcomed 400 key delegates from across the globe including the United States, Germany, Italy, Australia, Taiwan, Japan, China, Singapore, India and Thailand. PAO Committee Chair for Public Relations Dr. Johann Michael Reyes said, “This is an accomplishment for the Philippines as we make significant strides in the field of ophthalmology. This is an opportunity to showcase that the country is ready, especially in terms of technology, innovations and the availability of adept Filipino doctors to address the various eye care needs of the global community.” Among the topics being discussed at one of the most prestigious medical event are the globalization of eye banking, eye infection and the use of contact lenses, LASIK for vision correction, new treatment for dry eye disease and stem cell therapy for ocular surface reconstruction.
Presently, over 500,000 Filipinos are still afflicted with blindness because of preventable causes. Dr. Reyes pointed out, “Collectively, we believe that Filipino doctors, in cooperation with the PAO, the government and the health industry can work hand-in-hand in curbing the prevalence of preventable causes of blindness in the Philippines.” For more information about the Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology and the Annual Meeting, please visit: www.pao.org.ph.