TN Chief Minister Edappadi K.Palaniswami inaugurates IIRSI 2019, India’s landmark annual convention of eye surgeons

Over 2,000 ophthalmologists are attending the two-day event, along with 20 prominent experts from around the world

Chennai, 6 July, 2019 – The 34th edition of the annual conference of Intraocular Implant & Refractive Society of India (IIRSI) was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Thiru Edappadi K Palaniswami who ap preciated the event as a platform that enabled eye surgeons to imbibe latest technology from experts around the globe so that they have an edge in treating patients. Dr C Vijayabaskar, Hon’ble Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, was the Guest of Honour at IIRSI 2019 other dignitaries Dr. Mahipal S. Sachdev, Ch airman Scientific Committee– IIRSI, Dr. Amit Tarafdar, President – IIRSI, Prof. Amar Agarwal, Secretary General – IIRSI and Dr Mohan Rajan, Past President- IIRSI also present.


Addressing the audience, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Thiru Edappadi K Palaniswami said: “Health has always been an area of concern and challenge for the Government. However, Tamil Nadu has always been a fore runner in ophthalmology. The state hosts many premier eye institutes which train aspiring ophthalmologists in advanced skills and technology, who then go on to serve patients in different parts of the country. This is much needed due to huge prevalence of eye disorders in India such as cataract, glaucoma, retina and cornea diseases, etc. The country leads the world in terms of number of people who are visually impaired. There are 12 million bli nd people and 450 million people requiring vision correction. Conferences like the IIRSI play a very important ro le in enhancing the skills of Indian eye surgeons to address this huge challenge.”


Said Prof. Amar Agarwal, Secretary General, IIRSI, and Chairman, Dr Agarwal’s Eye Hospital: “The annual con ference of IIRSI has become a pivotal event in the ophthalmology calendar of India centred around global oph thalmic innovations. This year, 20 top eye surgeons from countries like from US, Turkey, Brazil, Germany, Egypt and Switzerland are participating to showcase to the Indian surgeons the latest advancements in the field. The event has several innovations to benefit the participants. We hope this largest annual assembly of ophthalm ol ogists in India will go a long way in helping enhancing the advanced eye care skills of Indian eye surgeons and bridging the technology gap with their Western peers. Overall, IIRSI has been instrumental in significantly incr easing the capabilities and offerings of the eyecare sector in India in terms of diagnostics and treatment.”Said Dr. C Vijayabaskar, Hon’ble Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Tamil Nadu: “I am glad that Chen nai is hosting such a prestigious event of ophthalmologists from India and the world, and I am delighted to see th ousands of experts participating. Such a national platform would enable Indian eye surgeons to have an edge in treating patients with latest technology for eye disorders like cataract, glaucoma and refractive errors. The eye care infrastructure existing in Tamil Nadu is world-class and offers quality treatment at an affordable cost. I ho pe that the state emerges as among the top destinations in the world for medical tourism for patients suffering from complex eye disorders.”

IIRSI 2019 has several interesting features this year. In Ophthalmic Premier League, participants will showcase their most challenging cataract case through videos. The ‘Meet and Greet’ program will allow attendees to sit at a faculty member’s table for an exclusive discussion. The ‘Court Martial’ brings on stage a panorama of scientific challenges faced by surgeons in ophthalmology and discusses the intense decision-making involved and its outc ome. A hands-on Wetlab course, an ophthalmic photography competition and film festival and Live surgery are programs that will benefit the participating eye surgeons immensely. Live surgical sessions will be telecast direc tly from Dr. Agarwals Eye Hospital.

The two-day event is being held on July 6 and 7 at ITC Grand Chola Hotel in Chennai. Details and agenda are av ailable on

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