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ISSUE 3 | VOLUME 5 | 5th JULY 2016

MESSAGE FROM THE EDITORS

Welcome to the third WSPOS newsletter of 2016.

 

We are delighted to announce some exciting new initiatives including a “Country in Focus” section, where we will be focusing on Paediatric Ophthalmology practised in different countries around the world. We will have one or two different Countries in Focus in every issue of our newsletter.

We have tweaked the 1st case of our Global Case Report Quiz below. We now have a survey based quiz, thereby making it easier to answer. We would like our members to select one of the options present at the end of the quiz. Each of these cases will be stored on the education part of the website.


WSPOS strongly supports the reopening of the orthoptic register by the health professional council of South Africa. This month, at the next HPCSA AGM, the South African Orthoptic Society will again present their appeal to have the register reopened. We would like to thank all our members who have replied in support of the reopening of the orthoptic register by the Health Professional Council of South Africa. We would appreciate it if you continued to send in your support for the same. We are asking those of you who haven’t responded to send an email to: admin@wspos.org with the title 'Reopen Orthoptic Register in South Africa' no later than 17 July 2016. We will consider this support for the Orthoptic Register at the HPCSA.

As well as presenting our own meetings, we are busy spreading the WSPOS message around the world by attending international meetings including a recent International Orthoptics Association meeting in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

We are well advanced in our preparations for the WSPOS PAEDIATRIC SUBSPECIALTY DAY on Friday 9 September 2016. This will precede the XXXIV Congress of the ESCRS which takes place from 10–14 September 2016 at Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark. Further information on this meeting and all of our activities are available at www.wspos.org. We will also be providing regular updates in future newsletters.

 

We are extremely happy to announce that Afghanistan and Myanmar have joined us at WSPOS.

 

We would also like our members to be a part of an anonymous survey on Current Practice Patterns of Paediatric Cataract Surgeons.

 

We would like to thank you again for your support of WSPOS and if you have any news that you would like included in our next newsletter, please contact us.

 

 

Dr. David B. Granet

Dr. Junhong Li

Dr. Yee Fong Choong

MD FACS FAAO FAAP USA

MD PhD CHINA

MBChB FRCOphth MALAYSIA

Executive Director WSPOS
Anne F. Ratner Professor of Ophthalmology & Paediatric; Director, Paediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Ocular Re-Alignment Services, Ratner Children’s Eye Center & Shiley Eye Center, University of California, San Diego, USA

 

Professor of Ophthalmology, Shanxi Medical University;
Medical Director, Senior Consultant, Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Shanxi Eye Hospital, China

Medical Director, International Specialist Eye Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Consultant Ophthalmologist and Paediatric Ophthalmologist, International Specialist Eye Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

 

COUNTRY IN FOCUS

MALAYSIA 

 

Demographics
Population: 30 million. 3 million migrant worker population (2015).
Live births per year:  Approximately 500,000 births per year (2015).
Percentage of population under 15 years old: 30% (2015).
Ethnicity: Multi-ethnic nation: Malay, Chinese, Indian, Dayak, Iban, Kadazan, Dusun, Bajau, other minority indigenous people groups.  
Language: 137 living languages. Official language: Malay.
English, Chinese and Tamil widely spoken.
Life expectancy at birth: 73.8 years (2015).

 

Healthcare system
Type: Universal public healthcare system with a coexisting private healthcare system.
Cost to patient to see a primary care doctor/general practitioner:
Public health facility: USD1; Private health facility: USD10 onwards.
Cost to patient of squint surgery under general anesthesia:
Public health facility: USD100; Private health facility: USD1200.

 

Paediatric ophthalmology 
25 paediatric ophthalmologists. 

 

Major successes
1. Coordinated nationwide retinopathy of prematurity screening and treatment programme.
2. Tertiary referral centers for retinoblastoma, paediatric cataract and paediatric glaucoma.
Affordable and reliable optometry/optician service.
3. Coordinated training programme for paediatric ophthalmologists.
4. An active paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus special interest group which meets regularly for CME. 

 

Major challenges
1. Unequal access and poor rural access. Most paediatric ophthalmologists are located at major urban centers. Most states have a paediatric ophthalmology unit/doctor but only in the state capital. 
2. Few trained allied health professionals in paediatric ophthalmology. There are less than five trained orthoptists in the whole country. 
3. Low paediatric ophthalmologist to population ratio (less than one per million population). Many common conditions such as strabismus are neglected and poorly managed. 
4. No coordinated eye screening programme until seven years old when children are in formal primary school. By this time intervention for certain conditions such as amblyopia may be too late. 

 

 

CHINA


Demographics
Population: 1.3 billion (2010).
Percentage of population under 14 years old: 16.6% (2010).
Ethnicity: Han nationality (91.5%) and other 55 minority nationalities.  
Official Language: Chinese.
Life expectancy at birth: 73 years (2010).

 

Healthcare system
Type: Universal public healthcare system. 
Cost to patient to see a primary care doctor/ general practitioner: USD30.
Cost to patient of squint surgery under general anesthesia: USD1000.

Major challenges
1. No coordinated nationwide retinopathy of prematurity screening and treatment programme.
2. No trained orthoptist in the whole country. 
3. No coordinated eye screening programme until three years old.
4. The precaution and treatment of myopia has become a prominent issue for public health.

 

June 6, 2016 was the 21st National Eye Caring Day in China with the theme of 'Protect Eyes since Childhood'.

 

 

GLOBAL CASE REPORT QUIZ

Dr. Monica Samant, from the Laxmi Eye Institute in Mumbai, India, has kindly sent on the first case presentation. The case is about a three-year-old female, who presented with decreased vision in her left eye. She had a history of OD s/p repair for penetrating trauma performed one month ago elsewhere.

Please take a look and select one of the options present at the end of the quiz. We will compile the responses we receive and include them along with an expert opinion for this case in the next newsletter.

 

Click here to view Global Case Report Quiz

 

 

RECENT MEETINGS

 

IOA 2016, ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
NEURO-OPHTHALMOLOGY DISORDERS

30 June 2016

 



Click here to view the programme

 

 

UPCOMING WSPOS MEETINGS

 

APACRS 2016, BALI, INDONESIA

27 July 2016


 

 


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WSPOS SUBSPECIALTY DAY

 

 

Friday, 9 September 2016, in Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Preceding the XXXIV Congress of the ESCRS, from 10-14 September 2016.


Click here to view more details

 

 

 

MEMBER SOCIETY MEETINGS

WSPOS have received a list of member society meeting updates which are now listed on the website


Click here to view

 

 

WE ARE VERY HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT AFGHANISTAN & MYANMAR HAVE NOW JOINED US AT WSPOS

While Afghanistan has joined us at WSPOS as a Chapter with web hosting by us, Myanmar has become a Member Society of WSPOS.

 

Afghanistan details

 

 

 

SURVEY ON CURRENT PRACTICE PATTERNS OF PAEDIATRIC CATARACT SURGEONS

We would also like our members to be a part of an anonymous survey being conducted by Dr. Scott Lambert, Dr. Deborah VanderVeen and Dr. Euna Koo. It is a survey on current practice patterns of paediatric cataract surgeons and should take no longer than 5-10 minutes to complete. We would appreciate it if you completed the survey only once by 1 August 2016.

 

Click here to view survey

 

 

 

BARCELONA CONGRESS INTERVIEWS

View interviews by Dr David B Granet with WCPOS speakers in Barcelona, kindly sponsored by the University of California, San Diego, USA.

 

Click here for more

 

 

Membership

 

 

Graph showing the ever increasing membership of WSPOS

 

 

 

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