Tamilisai inaugurates international conference on retinal surgery

Chennai: Governor of Telangana and Lt. Governor of Puducherry Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan inaugurated an international conference on ‘New Normal in Retinal Surgery’ held in Chennai Sunday.

Reticon, an initiative of Dr. Agarwal’s Retina Foundation, hosted the 11th edition of the annual conference. The one-day event witnessed enthusiastic participants from all over India and abroad that include 600 ophthalmologists.

Prof Dr Amar Agarwal, chairman, Dr Agarwal’s Eye Hospitals; Dr Mohan Rajan, chairman and medical director, Rajan Eye Care Hospital, Dr Athiya Agarwal, director and secretary general, Eye Research Centre, Dr Agarwal’s Group of Eye Hospitals and Dr S Natarajan, chairman, Aditya Jyot eye Hospital, Mumbai, addressed the gathering on navigating the new normal in retinal surgery.

Dr Amar Agarwal said, ‘The 11th edition was a great success, with hundreds of eye surgeons from India and abroad participating to know about the latest innovations in vitreo-retinal surgery. There are about 15 million blind people in India. The retina is the part of the eye Which is very important for the final vision. If it gets damaged, the vision is automatically affected, hence people above the age of 30 must get their retina checked regularly as retinal diseases are today the major cause of preventable blindness compared to other eye diseases, especially age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic macular edema. Retinal disease can be effectively managed if diagnosed on time, but, unfortunately, retinal diseases get a low priority in blindness prevention programs compared to diseases like cataracts or glaucoma.’

NT Bureau