According to Dr Agarwal, about 3,000 doctors have come all over India under one roof for the FOCUS 2017 conference. This year marks the silver jubilee of this conference. On Friday, 11 August 2017, the first day of the conference witnessed live surgeries and a new technique where we learnt to fix the lens with gum or glue to the eye was demonstrated.
Prof Amar Agarwal, Chairman cum Managing Director, Dr Agarwal’s group of Eye Hospitals said that it’s celebrating the silver jubilee of Bombay Ophthalmologists’ Association conference which is organised by namely two people Dr T P Lahane, Chief advisor, BOA’s FOCUS 2017 and Dean of Sir JJ Group of Hospitals and Dr Ragini Parekh, Scientific Chairperson, BOA and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at Sir JJ Group of Hospitals. I thank and congratulate them for doing such a good job. Dr Karobi Lahiri Coutinho has done a brilliant job too.
He further said the basic principle of the conference was to bring the latest technique under one roof because there are doctors from Kashmir to Kanyakumari coming in to give lectures and teaching people. This is a big advantage for the BOA Association. The strong faculty is educating doctors and medical students all the time.
“If a patient has got any injury or if there is some kind of congenital defect, then what we need to do is, to fix the lens with glue or gum. This is what is known as the glued IOL,” informed Dr Agarwal.
Dr Agarwal said “Another new technique which was demonstrated in the live surgery was a single pass 4 throw pupillopasty, which is a treatment for closed angle glaucoma. When the pressures are high in glaucoma, we perform this new technique and the pressure in the eye which goes up 45 will come down to 10 or 15.”
Dr Agarwal also informed, “Today, in India there are more than 12 million blind people out of which 55 per cent of people are those who have cataract related complications and 7 per cent consists of people who have cataract. These people need a lot of treatment and management.”
“My message to the ophthalmologists is to attend such conferences, learn and use the techniques demonstrated here on their patients. This is the only way in which a patient can improve. And patients should remember that when they go to see a doctor, don’t wait for
the very last moment. Go at an early stage, if you have any problem. This helps the doctor treat you better,” advised Dr Agarwal.