The 4th World Congress of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (WCPOS) was held in Hyderabad from December 1-3, 2017. The three-day World Congress featured an exceptional scientific programme including scientific symposia, live surgery, free paper sessions, numerous workshops, debates and a mock trial.The 4th WCPOS also introduced some exciting new features as agenda that include the first ever Yoga-with-the-Gurus session in addition to a Live Surgery session and an Adult-Paediatric Interface Day.
More than 1000 delegates from over 60 countries are attended the Congress to attend a phenomenal 500 plus specialty lectures and 350 plus posters/papers/vedios that werepresented alongwith video presentations. The three keynote lectures were delivered by renowned authorities Dr Richard Hertle, USA; Dr Harminder Dua, UK; and Dr Lea Hyvarinen, Finland. In addition, following on from the success at the previous Congress, WSPOS was presented ‘The Mock Trial’ with Dr Wagih Aclimandos, UK; Dr Gil Binenbaum, USA; Dr Subhadra Jalali, India; Dr Alex Levin, USA; and Dr Kimberley Tan, Australia.
Commenting on the event, local host president, Dr Ramesh Kekunnaya, Head of Services, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Adult Strabismus & Neuro-Ophthalmology, Child Sight Institute, Jasti V Ramanamma Children’s Eye Care Centre, L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) said, “This is the first time a world congress on Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus is being held in India. We have also organised a yoga session at the World Congress for the first time to offer the delegates the chance to unwind during the busy Congress. This Congress was provided the ophthalmologists with practical skills and the latest knowledge which they will take back to their place of work, enabling and empowering them to make necessary improvements in their services.”
World Science Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (WSPOS) is an international society with a focus on paediatric ophthalmology, strabismus and the interaction between adult and paediatric influences.
The 20th anniversary of the Children’s Eye Care Centre coincided with this landmark event being hosted by LVPEI. Way back on 1stDecember 1997, LVPEI had opened the Jasti V Ramanamma Children’s Eye Care Centre (CECC), a dedicated children’s eye care centre, with the support of Dr Jasti Rattaiah and Smt V Ramanamma and a matching grant from Sightsavers International, UK. The couple’s passion to make quality eye care accessible for the little ones led to the inauguration of the Jasti V Ramanamma Children’s Eye Care Centre at LVPEI – the first dedicated children’s eye care centre in the developing world. Today, the centre stands as testimony of their love and commitment towards children.
Commemorating this occasion, LVPEI has organised “Eye on the future” a day-long academic session featuring a host of international speakers on November 30th. Close to 75 international faculty and delegates from India and abroad participated in this symposium.
Dr Ramesh Kekunnaya further added that this symposium was focused on complex issues in strabismus, surgeries, pediatric cataract surgery and its associated issues and amblyopia, pediatric cornea, glaucoma and CVI workshops. One of the highlights was the ‘What went wrong?’ session – which dealt with interesting case scenarios, where the delegates benefited from the experience of our faculty.
The Children’s Eye Care Centre has an interdisciplinary approach to comprehensive management of pediatric eye diseases and offered excellent diagnostic facilities including examination of children under anaesthesia and the evaluation and management of children with partial or total visual impairment. It actively collaborated in the areas of research and education with other institutions in India and abroad, and trains ophthalmologists from all over the world.