Worldwide records suggest that 285 million people live with serious vision impairment, of which 153 million are those whose vision could be restored simply by spectacles or contact lenses. Around 75% of blindness is actually avoidable, and without major intervention blindness is projected to grow further.
These were the opening remarks by Dr P Namperumalsamy, chairman emeritus and founder director of Arvind Eye Care System Group of Hospitals, at the inauguration of the 23rd Oculoplastic National Conference-Balle OPAI-2012 here on Saturday.
The three-day conference is being jointly hosted by Dr Omparkash Eye Institute, Amritsar, and the Association of Amritsar Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).
Others present on the occasion included Dr M Vachhrajani, president of Oculo Plastic Association of India (OPAI); Dr Daljit Singh, OPAI patron; Dr Gangadhar Sundar from Singapore besides many international and national-level doctors in ophthalmology (eye) and related fields. Around 300 delegates, including some from abroad, are attending the conference.
In the presidential oration, Air Marshal MS Boparai (retd), former ophthalmological adviser to the President, compared the crude techniques of the past with the present-day advancements and talked about state-of-the-art technology, that was possible in future in the oculoplastic field. "Eyes can also have cancer and these can be treated, using advanced techniques," he added.
Dr Raman, the lone oculoplast in Punjab, said oculoplastic is a relatively new branch that connected eye problems with other multi-specialties. As it dealt with areas of eye along with its surroundings, including treating facial fractures, visible or invisible tumours, cosmetic correction besides other related treatments, it had, therefore, established a niche for itself in the last decade with many state-of-the-art advancements. He read a paper on treatment of 'Bulging eyes due to tumours or disease'.
Live demonstrations were held in the category that dealt with 'Therapeutic Uses of Botox' by Dr Kasturi Bhattacharjee in which she explained that botox injections were not only used to erase wrinkles as commonly believed, but also the problems of twitching eye, excessive watering, squint and asymmetrical eyes.
The session also gave information about advanced technology in the cosmetic facial changes such as brow lifting, assessment of aging face with new techniques by Dr Simal Soin, dermatologist from Delhi. Dr Usha Kim from Madurai talked about a case of tumour, double the size of an eye, and its treatment.
The problem of watery eyes that could cause vision impairment was another issue that was discussed. While elaborating on the problem, a speaker explained how repair of angles of eyes could be carried out for better drainage of tears.