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All for eye

All stops are being pulled for the 5th anniversary of the Corneal Services, Advanced Eye Lecture Series held in Barbados.

This year, the series will excel its top tier standard for bringing world class experts to the island to interact and update local practitioners from nurses to specialists on new treatments and surgical techniques.

Three of the acknowledged best eye doctors in the world will make presentations over two days at the December 13 and 14 seminar to be held at Hilton Barbados.

The stellar team is Dr. Ike Ahmed of Toronto, Dr. Victor Perez of Miami and Dr. Bruce Koffler of Kentucky, each exceptional in their particular area of practice.

Ahmed is recognised as one of the world’s most experienced eye surgeons for complex problems with a focus on the surgical management of glaucoma, complex cataract and intraocular lens complications.

Along with innovative treatments, he is acclaimed for developing new techniques and designing surgical devices, including knives and scalpels, and implants.

He operates two practices and undertakes surgeries at two hospitals as well.

Ahmed is also an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto, where he is the Research Fellowship Director of the Department of Ophthalmology and the Director of the Glaucoma and Advanced Anterior Segment Surgery fellowship, and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Utah.

He sits on the editorial board of six ophthalmology journals and has given more than 550 scientific presentations in Canada and around the world.

In 2009, Perez headed a team at the Miami Miller School of Medicine, Bascom Palmer Institute, Florida, which restored a woman’s sight by implanting a tooth in her eye — the first time the procedure was completed in the US.

The Director of the Ocular Surface Centre and an associate professor of opthalmology at the top rated Bascom Palmer, he specialises in ocular surface diseases, keratoprostheses, corneal transplant surgery, ocular immunology, uveitis and corneal and external diseases.

Koffler has a worldwide reputation for pursuing new surgical and medical therapies, and is a sought after resource globally for his immense expertise in contact lenses.

This corneal and external disease specialist is also known for his outstanding devotion to developing eye banks.

He has extensive experience in hospitals and private practice and has performed more than 10,000 cutting edge procedures.

Additionally, he is known for his dedication to community work, especially with the Lions, establishing various eye care programmes.

Host of the CSB Annual Lecture Series, ophthalmologist Dr. Nigel Barker, said the fifth anniversary programme will also feature some local presentations, particularly from students.

He expressed immense satisfaction with the entirely non-profit conference, which has grown from what was supposed to be a one-off, two-hour presentation to a now two-day event featuring multiple presenters and involving all eye care workers.

Barker said the series was the best way to have such high level interaction and information exchange, adding that it was doubtful lab techs, surgical assistants and others would have the opportunity to be exposed to such.

He added that the series has largely been, in fact, driven by local participants and the topics broad-based on expressed areas of interest, with its success spreading to the point that experts were seeking out invitations to attend.

He said that even with the high calibre of presenters in previous years, including the likes of Scheffer Tseng, the world leader in tissue research, and Terrence O’Brien, known for his development of treatments and highly complex surgeries, it would be hard to top those who had volunteered or willingly agreed to present.

This year is the first time there will be three expert presenters.

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