25 May 2016

MSO Express: Newsletter Issue 1

MSO Express: Newsletter of the Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology - May 2016
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31st Malaysia-Singapore Joint Ophthalmic Congress (MSJOC)
The recently concluded 31st Malaysia-Singapore Joint Ophthalmic Congress (MSJOC) held at the Pullman Kuching, Sarawak, and hosted by MSO highlighted the need for more ophthalmology work in East Malaysia and the crucial role that paramedics play in addressing this issue. The meeting is alternately hosted by the Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology (MSO) and the Singapore Society of Ophthalmology (SSO). MSO President, Dr. Fang Seng Kheong emphasized the significance of holding the recent meeting in Sarawak. "We hope this meeting will benefit those from East Malaysia, especially those from Sarawak and even Brunei," said Dr. Fang. Click here for the full story.
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Coverage of Key Sessions
Renowned speakers highlighted MSJOC 2016's scientific program. Prof. Jodhbir S. Mehta of Singapore National Eye Centre and Singapore Eye Research Institute delivered the keynote address and emphasized femtoscience's role in the practice of ophthalmology and how it provided life-changing tools for today's clinicians. Click here for the full story.
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Dr. Mohamad Aziz Salowi, Ophthalmologist (Public Health), Malaysian Ministry of Health, talked about the country's Cataract Free Zone Project. He highlighted that the success of this project depends on the collaborative effort among all members of the community, and the crucial roles of surgeons, optometrists and paramedics alike. Click here for the full story.
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Experts from Australia (Dr. Andrew Chang, Associate Clinical Professor, University of Sydney and Medical Director of Sydney Retina Clinic and Day Surgery, Australia, and Prof. Mark Gillies, Director of Macula Research Group and Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Sydney, Australia) shared their insights and clinical experience on vitreo-retinal issues that continue to challenge clinicians today.
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Dr. Chang delivered a comprehensive lecture on what anti-VEGFs have done for patients and where aflibercept fits into this picture. Read the full story here. In Dr. Chang's second lecture, he talked about how assessment of structure and function can help surgeons in managing issues of the vitreo-retinal interface. Click here for the full story.
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Key research highlights from the 'Fight Retinal Blindness!' project in Australia were presented by Prof. Mark Gillies. He provided insights on how tracking real word data for eye diseases equipped clinicians with management decisions, leading to better treatment outcomes. Read the full story here. Prof. Gillies’ lecture on common errors in retinal OCT interpretation highlighted cases whereby OCT findings may be mistaken for diabetic macula edema and warned delegates that these patients often receive unnecessary anti-VEGF injections. Click here for the full story.
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Papers, Posters and Exhibitors
Paper and poster presenters and exhibitors alike flocked to Pullman Kuching, Malaysia, for MSJOC 2016 and were treated not just to a wide array of sessions, instruction courses and lectures in the ophthalmic field, but also to a world of adventure that the state of Sarawak had to offer. The meeting's scientific content focused on updates in retina, neuro-ophthalmology, glaucoma, cataract and cornea, as well as related surgical complications. The session on glaucoma, chaired by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jemaima Che Hamzah and Adj. Assoc. Prof. Shamira Perera, provided delegates with the latest updates in the field. On the other hand, the neuro-ophthalmology session, chaired by Prof. Dr. Wan Hazabbah Wan Hitam and Assoc. Prof. Dr Tan Woon Teck Clement, emphasized to delegates the importance of going 'back to basics'. The video surgery symposium conducted on the meeting's last day is of particular note, experts from Australia, Singapore, India, Philippines and Malaysia shared videos of surgical complications and discussed how they were managed. For a preview of posters and free papers, click on the meeting's final program here.
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Social Program and Delegates
"One of the key aspects of this meeting is creating a good social program," explained Dr. Kenneth Fong. "Doctors come with their families. While they are in the meeting, spouses and children are occupied visiting a wildlife reserve, on a river cruise or doing nature photography." It is important, emphasized Dr. Fong, that whenever doctors go around the world, they should be able to pursue hobbies along with their families.
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At MSOJC 2016 delegates and their families were able to explore wide array of nature-related activities that Sarawak has to offer. The adventure-packed activities included a selection of subsidized tours (Sarawak Cultural Village, Sarawak River Cruise, Matang Wildlife Center, Crocodile Farm and Mini Zoo), birding and frogging activities, and other optional tour packages showcasing Borneo.
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At the meeting's exhibition hall, the booth of Sarawak Society for the Blind, Kuching Branch showcased its activities and offered massages by blind masseurs to delegates. The society was awarded a donation by MSO during the meeting's Welcome Dinner at the Grand Margherita Hotel, Kuching on March 5, 2016 where delegates were serenaded by the blind music band from Sarawak Society for the Blind, Kuching Branch. Further, another booth sold handicraft made by disabled children from PERKATA, also known as Sarawak Association For The Welfare Of Intellectually Disabled Children. Proceeds of the congress bags sold at MSOJC 2016 were donated to PERKATA.
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Ophthalmologist in Focus
We sat down with Dr. Tiong Tung Hui, MSJOC organizing committee's local chairperson, for a quick chat about his life and career. Having a wide experience in general comprehensive ophthalmology, Dr. Tiong is one of the first fully fledged trained eye surgeons in Sarawak. Get to know him more by clicking here.
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MSO is gearing-up for APVRS 2017
The MSO proudly announces that APVRS 2017 will be held in Kuala Lumpur, on December 8-10, 2017. The society is both honored and excited that Malaysia is able to host this congress. Colleagues and trainees are encouraged to join MSO for an exchange of ideas and updates in the field of medical and surgical retina.
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MSO Membership
The Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology accepts membership in different categories, each with corresponding benefits. Find out how to become a member now by clicking here.
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