The 22nd annual conference of Indian Academy of Neurology (IANCON 2014) started at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar inaugurated the conference that began with a continuing medical education (CME) programme on neuro-ophthalmology.
PGIMER is one of the few centres which imparts formal training in neuro-ophthalmology, a field which remains largely unexplored.
The branch deals with inflammatory disorders of the optic nerve and disorders of vision secondary to eye and brain diseases.
"This is a very important and treatable cause of blindness and visual morbidity across the world, including India," said Professor Vivek Lal, head, neurology, PGIMER, and Professor Amod Gupta, head, ophthalmology.
Professor Lal described various causes and mechanisms of painful paralysis of the eye muscles and disorders affecting the nerves supplying the eye muscles.
Dr Lal described unique complication of migraine called ophthalmoplegic migraine which caused paralysis of eye muscles at peak of the migraine headache.
Dr Gordon Plant from United Kingdom, deliberated on approach to sudden loss of vision.
Dr Satya Karna spoke on the state of art investigations in vision loss.
Dr Atanu Biswas described various eye manifestations of systemic diseases.
In the second session of the CME, Dr SM Katrak and Dr Arabinda Mukherjee were the chairpersons. Dr Satish Khadilkar threw light on various mechanisms of drooping of eye lids.
Dr Lakshmi Narsimhan deliberated on the central control mechanisms of eye movements and disorders affecting these control systems.
Dr Christopher Kennard showed various mechanisms and disorders of eye movements through interesting videos. More than 1,500 neurologists from across the country and abroad have converged to the city for the four-day scientific conference.