Chennai April, 2019: The 9th edition of RETICON, India’s biggest annual conference on retina surgery, was inaugurated in Chennai by Thiru. Banwarilal Purohit, Hon’ble Governor of Tamil Nadu in the presence Prof. Dr. Amar Agarwal, Chairman, Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospitals,
Dr. Athiya Agarwal and Dr. Sunir Garg.
More than 600 specialists in retinal surgery from India and abroad attended the event. The event facilitated networking platform points for national and international delegates and exchange of information about retinal studies and catalyzing the next generation of vision research.
RETICON is dedicated to Vitreo retinal specialists and fellows who have special interest in acquiring an update on the latest techniques and technology of Vitreo retina disorder management. The event provided a unique opportunity to the post graduate students and general ophthalmologists to sneak a quick look on the progression in diagnostics and treatment options available in the Vitreo retinal specialty.
Dr. Sunir Garg, a board certified in Ophthalmology and Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University was the foreign guest faculty at RETICON 2019.
Welcoming the gathering Prof. Dr. Athiya Agarwal said that Reticon, a conference held annually by Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital is a much sought after event as the Tamil Nadu Medical council gives it credit points and also the doctors get an insight into the more complicated diseases of the eye.
The main highlight of the conference includes talk by Prof Dr. Amar Agarwal, Chairman, Dr Agarwal’s Eye Hospitals on the changing trends in retinal surgery and on coloured – visco suction assisted ILM placement in macular hole surgery and an update on the utility of hypersonic vitrectomy settings in vitreoretinal surgery.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Dr Amar Agarwal, Chairman, Dr Agarwal’s Eye Hospitals, said: “The 9th edition of RETICON provides a great opportunity for specialists to know about the latest innovations in retinal surgery. Surgical innovation is basically built upon the desire to develop less invasive approaches to achieve similar or better clinical outcomes as compared to more traditional methods. A comprehensive list of meaningful innovations within retina has been discussed as they have improved clinical flow and enhanced the ability of retina specialists to provide the best treatment for patients.”
“Diseases of the retina have had low priority in blindness prevention programmes in developing nations. These diseases are responsible for 4.7% of all cases of blindness in India and are expected to become more common in the future and are expected to become more common in the future. With rapid diagnostic, medical and surgical advances in managing retinal diseases, their treatment is becoming much more affordable and effective. However, there is an acute shortfall of skilled experts in retinal ophthalmology in the country”, added Dr. Agarwal.
Actual surgeries were live streamed at the event, including Macular Hole Surgery, Diabetic Retinopathy, and IOL Drop.
It is estimated that the blind population in India would rise to 15 million people by 2020. Retinal diseases account for a significant share of the vision-loss burden, compared to other eye-related diseases that can cause blindness. Retina is that part of the eye where the final vision is formed. A damaged retina can lead to complete vision loss.