Dr Ramesh Kekunnaya, Dr Ken Nischal and Dr David Granet briefing on the Congress in Jubilee Hills
Dr Ramesh Kekunnaya, Dr Ken Nischal and Dr David Granet briefing on the Congress in Jubilee Hills

Jubilee Hills: The fourth World Congress of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (WCPOS) will be held here December 1-3.

Commenting on the event, local host president, Dr Ramesh Kekunnaya, Head of Services, Paediatric Ophthalmology, Adult Strabismus & Neuro-Ophthalmology, Child Sight Institute, Jasti V Ramanamma Children's Eye Care Centre, L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) said, “This is the first time a world congress on Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus is being held in India. This Congress will provide the ophthalmologists with practical skills and the latest knowledge which they will take back to their place of work, enabling and empowering them to make necessary improvements in their services.”

The event features scientific programmes including symposia, live surgery, free paper sessions, numerous workshops, debates and a mock trial. WCPOS also introduces the first Yoga-with-the-Gurus session in addition to a Live Surgery session and an Adult-Paediatric Interface Day. More than 1,000 delegates from over 60 countries are attending the Congress to attend a phenomenal 500 plus specialty lectures and 350 plus posters/papers/videos that will be presented.

The three keynote lectures will be delivered by renowned authorities Dr Richard Hertle, USA; Dr Harminder Dua, UK; and Dr Lea Hyvarinen, Finland. In addition, WSPOS will present ‘The Mock Trial' with Dr Wagih Aclimandos, UK; Dr Gil Binenbaum, USA; Dr Subhadra Jalali, India; Dr Alex Levin, USA; and Dr Kimberley Tan, Australia.

The 20th anniversary of the Children’s Eye Care Centre coincides with this event being hosted by LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI). Commemorating the occasion, LVPEI is organising “Eye on the future” a day-long academic session featuring a host of international speakers on Wednesday. Close to 75 international faculty and delegates from India and abroad will participate in this symposium.

Dr Ramesh Kekunnaya added that the symposium will focus on complex issues in strabismus, surgeries, paediatric cataract surgery and its associated issues and amblyopia, paediatric cornea, glaucoma and CVI workshops. One of the highlights will be the ‘What went wrong?’ session - which deals with interesting case scenarios, where the delegates can benefit from the experience of our faculty.

“The prevalence of eye problems in children has gone up by manifold, the reasons could range from increase in the population to better eye screening amongst children leading to identification of the problem. Andhra Pradesh Eye Diseases (APEDS) study, done a decade ago had indicated 30 to 40 per cent incidence of Refractive Error in Urban areas in the state and up to five to six per cent in the rural kids,” he said and added that a lot of research is happening with focus on reaching out to rural populace. “We are looking for solutions which are affordable and economically viable,” said the doctor.