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ISSUE 1 | VOLUME 7 | 28th February 2018


Welcome to the first WSPOS newsletter of 2018. We would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.


After the Grand Success of our 4th World Congress of Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus (WCPOS IV) at Hyderabad, India, last December. we would like to invite all our members to participate actively at our Subspecialty Day in Vienna, Austria. The 5th WSPOS subspecialty day will take place on Friday, 21st September, 2018, preceding the 36th Congress of the ESCRS.

This newsletter includes a Few Important Announcements in addition to information on our Past & Upcoming meetings. Moreover, we have a list of our Member Society Meetings as well as our Latest WSPOS Membership Figures. As you can see from this newsletter, these are exciting times for WSPOS.

Further information on these meetings and our activities are available on our website www.wspos.org. We will also be providing regular updates in future newsletters. If you have any news that you would like included in our next newsletter, please contact us.

We would like to thank you for your continued support of WSPOS.


Yair Morad

Nicola Freeman

Ken Nischal

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Drs. Matteo Sacchi & Saverio Luccarelli from the San Giuseppe Hospital, Milan, Italy have sent us the 10th case presentation. This case is about a 9-year-old male child who has had a repair of a sclero-corneal penetrating trauma with expulsion of the crystalline lens, 4 months ago. Click here to view the 10th case.

We would like our members to select one of the options present at the end of the quiz. Please complete the survey and send it to us no later than Monday, 23rd of April, 2018. We will compile the responses we receive and include them along with the opinions of a few experts in our next newsletter.

As promised, we have compiled our members’ responses received for Cases Eight & Nine of our series & are even providing a few Experts’ Opinions for both. Drs. Josep Visa Nasarre, Scott Lambert, Soe Wei Leo & John Ferris are Our Experts for Case 8 & Our Experts for Case 9 are Drs. Quah Boon Long, Manoj Parulekar & Dr. Hyun Taek Lim. Click here to View Case 8 & Case 9 



WCPOS IV, 1st – 3rd DECEMBER, 2017, INDIA


Our 4th World Congress of Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus (WCPOS IV) was held from the 1st to 3rd of December, 2017 at Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad, India. This World Congress was awarded 6 CME Credits by the Telangana State Medical Council & was attended by 1,031 delegates from 64 countries.

WCPOS IV was a 3-day programme; jam-packed with Scientific Sessions, Workshops, Live Surgeries, Great Debates, Free Papers, ePosters (both Poster sessions & Presented posters) & Video presentations in addition to an Indian Perspective on Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus session. There were plenty of International as well as Indian Ophthalmologists of repute speaking at the 4th World Congress of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

The Strabos Institute for Education, Social Action and Research in Strabismus, São Paulo, Brazil presented a Plaque in addition to a cash prize of USD 500 for the Best Video. WSPOS presented Signed Copies of Dr. Burt Kushner’s Brand New Strabismus Textbook as Prizes for the 2 Best ePosters (1 each from the ePoster session & Presented Poster categories) in addition to 3 Best papers in the Free Paper sessions.

We had an Adult-Paediatric Interface day & offered a ‘SINGLE DAY REGISTRATION’ for SATURDAY, 2nd December, 2017. We also had a ‘SUNDAY, 3rd DECEMBER, 2017, ONLY REGISTRATION’ specially for Optometrists & Orthoptists, where we had 2 Orthoptics Workshops at which we provided Indian Orthoptists & / Optometrists a chance to interact with & learn from the ‘Notables’ - Orthoptists & / Optometrists of repute (both Indian & International). We also had a few expressly crafted Paediatric Neuro-ophthalmology related sessions. Additionally, we had 2 ‘Yoga with the Gurus’ sessions instead of the conventional ‘Breakfast with the Expert’ sessions seen at European / Western style meetings. We invited our Registered Delegates to Come Experience a Yoga-for-Beginners session with Mrs. Ratna Rao, an experienced Yoga Guru; while simultaneously Learning about Paediatric Ophthalmology with Experts like Dr. Richard Bowman (Optic Nerve Glioma) Dr. Noa Ela-Dalman (Infantile Estropia), Dr. Jay Self (Nystagmus) Dr. Bibiana Reiser (Cornea), Dr. Sushmita Kaushik (Glaucoma) & Dr. Christin Sylvester (Naso Lacrimal Duct Obstruction). We had a Sitar Recital by Akhila Acharya followed by a Drinks Reception on 1st December in addition to a Beer & Biryani Dinner with a live DJ on 2nd December. Mr. Phalgun Somraj kept our delegates entertained with the latest English, Bollywood & even a few popular Regional tracks while they enjoyed a variety of Veg & Non-Veg Biryanis & Beverages.

The WCPOS IV was covered Extensively by the Media; quite a few of our Delegates & WSPOS Scientific Committee Members were interviewed by various TV Channels. We also had numerous Press Releases in addition to Digital & Print Media Exposure.


Please click here for a link to our WCPOS IV Photos & Media Bytes.




In addition to our WCPOS IV, WSPOS had been invited to conduct a 1.5-hour symposium at the Asia Pacific Ophthalmology Association (APAO) on the 9th of February, 2018 at Hong Kong. Our symposium was titled ‘Innovations and Disruptions in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus’. The symposium was chaired by Drs. Ken Nischal, Wai-Ching Lam & Inez Wong & had eminent speakers like Drs. Yee Fong Choong, Arcot Sadagopan Karthikeyan, Viney Gupta, Jodhbir Mehta, Asim Ali, Bhoomaplly Venkateshwar Rao & Vishal Jhanji speaking at the same. Here are some snapshots of the same:


Here are some snapshots of the same:



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The 5th WSPOS subspecialty day will take place on Friday, 21st September, 2018, at Vienna, Austria; preceding the 36th Congress of the ESCRS.


The 5th World Congress of Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus (WCPOS V) will take place from the 3rd to 5th of October, 2020, at Amsterdam, Netherlands.




In 2010, the Israeli Association of Paediatric Ophthalmology started talks with the heads of the Israel Association of Paediatrics and Neonatology in order to convince them to carry out the New - Born Red Reflex Examination in every nursery in the country. As a result, today in Israel we rarely see congenital cataract diagnosed too late. All babies born with cataract are operated on during the first three months of life, which makes the outcome a lot better. We strongly recommend this policy to be implemented in every country, since it was proven that following a short adjustment period this test can be done even in the busiest nurseries on a daily basis. Click here for the full article.


WSPOS is happy to announce that we will now have a dedicated section within the Journal of Ophthalmic Research. While Professor Paulo Nucci (from Italy) will be the section editor, Dr. Eduardo Silva (from Portugal) will be the WSPOS Representative on the OREC Editorial Board.

WSPOS is creating a Bank of Reviewers; we aim at having 200 reviewers for our section. Don’t worry if you’ve never reviewed an article before, we will give you a buddy to help you review. Please send an email with your résumé to admin@wspos.org if you’d like to join us as a WSPOS - OREC Reviewer.


As you may have heard at our 4th World Congress of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at Hyderabad, India, last December; the cases from our Newsletter Global Case Report Quiz are being made into a book by Karger.


This book will be edited by Drs. Kimberly Tan (Australia) and Fernando Prieto-Diaz (Argentina). We are aiming at publishing the first 12 cases initially. All our cases have a PowerPoint presentation, where we describe a clinical case, the diagnostic work-up involved, the treatment plan (Medical & / Surgical) employed, etc. At the end of the presentation, we pose a question(s) to our members, as to 'What should be done next?' & request them to answer the question(s) asked by selecting one of the options provided. We also ask open-ended questions (those which encourage a write-in option) which we request Experts (selected from our Global Consult Bureau) to answer, in addition to the question(s) asked to our members.


To this end, we would like to invite our members to send their resumes should they be interested in joining the WSPOS Global Consult Bureau as Experts. We have both Strabismus as well as Non-Strabismus cases as part of our Newsletter Global Case Report Quiz & would like to call for Experts for both. Please send an email with your résumé to admin@wspos.org to join our Global Consult Bureau as an Expert.


At the WCPOS IV in Hyderabad, India, last December, we had an Open discussion on whether / not we require Better Nomenclature for Congenital Corneal Opacities.

Dr. Ken Nischal, Co-Founder of WSPOS, mentioned that the International Cornea Society was of the opinion that there was a dire requirement for New Scientific Classifications & Nomenclature of Congenital Corneal Opacities that correlated with our Clinical Findings. While most of the participants at the discussion agreed that it was best to start off with a Simple Nomenclature merely on the basis of a Physical Examination by a General Ophthalmologist & a Specific Nomenclature could later be arrived at by a Peadiatric Ophthalmologist after the Required Appropriate Investigations; Dr. Nischal emphasised that having a better & accurate nomenclature would help us arrive at Better Prognosis, would Enable Better Surgical Planning & would also allow us Better Genetic Counselling.

It was decided that the Delphi process would be employed to arrive at Universally Acceptable Congenital Corneal Opacity Nomenclature. This project will be led by Drs. Serafino, Nucci and Nischal. Should you be interested in Participating in the same, please send an email to registration@wspos.org with the Subject line ‘Expression of Interest’.


The Department of Ophthalmology, UPTH, Rivers State, Nigeria in collaboration with the International Orthoptics Association (IOA) & Nigerian Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus Society (NIPOSS) presents a 6-month Orthoptics Training Course from 4th June to 30th November 2018. Interested individuals are requested to contact Dr. Adedayo Adio for more information.

WSPOS would like to invite résumés for a Fellowship attached to the Paediatric Ophthalmology Department at the University of Cape Town & Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. The fellowship, due to begin in June 2018, is intended for those with an interest in paediatric ophthalmology research and for developing their expertise in paediatric ophthalmology at a more senior level. Fellows will work under the supervision of two full-time Paediatric Ophthalmologists, Dr. Christopher Tinley and Dr. Nicola Freeman, and alongside a second clinical fellow and a registrar in training.  Interested candidates can apply by sending their CV to Dr. Christopher Tinley & will be informed of upcoming interview dates via return email. Please contact Dr. Nicola Freeman for any further information.


We have received a list of member society meeting updates which are now listed on our website. Click here to view.


On November 11th 2017, WSPOS gained its 2000th member; WSPOS currently has 2,199 members in addition to 18 Chapters & 47 Member Societies, making us the largest Paediatric and Strabismus Membership Society in the World.



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