MELC Already in the future !

>> Sunday, October 31, 2010

AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology)
Academy's first Joint Meeting with the Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) in Chicago.
Dates: 16 – 19th October 2010 Venue: McCormick Place, Chicago, USA
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the largest national membership association of Eye M.D.s. who are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for every individual they treat by helping each to see his or her best and by protecting their patients' vision and eye health throughout life. Academy members are committed to responding compassionately to their patients' individual needs and to advancing the highest standards of comprehensive eye care.
Dr Maria’s Presentation - Friday, Oct. 15 Subspecialty Day
Muscat Eye Laser Center who has always believed in giving world class solutions to any eye problems delivers it by keeping abreast with the latest technologies of the future. Muscat Eye Laser Center is privileged to be associated with Schwind Eye Tech Solutions who offer innovative and sophisticated technology that is par excellence; Muscat Eye Laser Center therefore is already in the future!

AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology) is the platform to showcase the worlds best to the world, during which Dr Maria Clara Arbelaez, Medical Director of Muscat Eye Laser gave her presentation “Future of the Schwind System” to an audience of over 5000 renowned doctors and surgeons on the AAO Subspecialty Day.
In her presentation, Dr. Maria introduced the newest innovations from Schwind- the SmartTech nanosecond laser and the 750 Hz version of its Amaris excimer laser system. The 750 Hz laser combines speed, safety and also features six-dimensional, active and passive 1,050 Hz eye tracking. Besides its use in refractive surgery, the laser can be used also in therapeutic applications such as lamellar keratoplasty and treatment of presbyopia (correction to get rid of reading glasses) which is Presbymax.
The PresbyMAX module makes it possible to safely treat emmetropia, myopia and hyperopia, as well as astigmatism in patients whose accommodative response is limited (those patient who need reading glasses). In addition, she also presented the therapeutic application of the SCHWIND AMARIS with Pachymetry-Assisted Lamellar Keratoplasty (PALK) or partial corneal transplant.
Talking about the future, Dr Maria presented the Smart tech nanosecond laser which is based on nanosecond laser technology. This system, which is now under development, is much less complex than the femtosecond lasers. It uses a short wavelength of 355 nm and has pulse duration of 0.6ns and a 150 kHz repetition rate; the focal-spot size of the laser is one third of the spot size of standard femtosecond lasers. This low-density plasma feature combined with the short wavelength leads to more precise cuts and smoother cutting surfaces in LASIK flap procedures, as well as an increased safety in flap preparation. Besides its use in refractive surgery, the SmartTech Laser can also be applied in other therapeutic applications including lamellar keratoplasty as well as corneal rings and corneal inlays.

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XXVIII Congress of the ESCRS

>> Monday, October 18, 2010

XXVIII Congress of the ESCRS (European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons) was held on the 4 - 8 Sept 2010 in Paris, France

About ESCRS
Founded in 1991, the ESCRS is Europe's leading organisation for cataract and refractive surgeons and is at the forefront of developments in anterior segment surgery. The society currently has 4,000 members from over 90 different countries worldwide. The ESCRS offers a unique forum for discussion and learning which ensures that international expertise is shared by ophthalmologists all over Europe.

ESCRS History
The European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons evolved from the European Intraocular Implant Club which was established in 1981. The Society is administered by the ESCRS Board, a Board of Ophthalmologists elected by its members. The ESCRS staff based in Dublin, Ireland are responsible for the organisation of the Society's day-to-day activities.

PARIS 2010 – Highlights
The XXVIII Congress of the ESCRS was highly successful, with almost 6,000 ophthalmologists attending from across the world.The extensive scientific programme included 17 symposia, over 700 free paper presentations, over 700 electronic poster presentations, and a wide range of didactic, instructional and wetlab courses. The Congress was held in conjunction with the 10th EURETINA Congress, which brought a further 2,700 ophthalmologists to the Palais des Congres. The collaboration between the two societies was a huge success and will be repeated in the future.

MELC contribution to the Congress
Dr Maria Clara Arbelaez, founder and Medical Director of Muscat Eye Laser Center, presented several talks during the congress.
Such as :
"When do I choose for INTACS, when for Kerarings"
"FEMTO LDV and GALILEI : Excellent Clinical Practice for Keratoconus Treatment"
"First experiences with the further developments of SCHWIND AMARIS"
"Predictive Factors of Success in Keratoconus Treatment with Keraring"
"Refractive Surgery New Techniques Session: 218 - Nine-month experience in Ocular-Wavefront-guided customised with the SCHWIND AMARIS Total-Tech Laser 6D Eye-Tracker: Clinical Outcomes"

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Gold medal conferred on Dr. Maria at EyeAdvance 2010 Mumbai

>> Saturday, October 2, 2010

Dr. Maria Clara Arbelaez was awarded the gold medal at the recently held EyeAdvance conference in Mumbai, India for her contributions to ophthalmology advances and refractive surgery. She was honoured by Shanta Motwani, senior ophthalmologist and Dr. Kirit Modi, co-chairman of EyeAdvance.
The 8th International Congress for Advances of Ophthalmology, EyeAdvance 2010, was held in conjunction with India’s most prestigious ophthalmological society, Bombay Ophthalmologist’ Association. Held every alternate year, EyeAdvance is an iconic conference with emphasis on presenting something new and a focus on latest developments and contributions every time. Speakers are told to bring up essential points in their speech so that all listeners, irrespective of their experience, would derive some benefit that they could apply to their daily practice. EyeAdvance has always attracted a legion of international speakers. This year 28 doctors from 18 countries attended the conference in addition to 1786 delegates from all over India.
Dr. Maria’s paper titled ‘Bilateral Symmetry after Refractive Surgery’ was highly appreciated and she was lauded for her ‘Meritorious and Exemplary Service to Ophthalmology’. “It was a pleasure for me to be a part of EyeAdvance and I am deeply honoured that my work was acknowledged and received so well,” said Dr. Maria, an internationally recognised refractive surgeon and corneal specialist, who has been successfully performing surgeries and has crossed 50,000 eye surgeries during a professional career spanning more than 20 years.

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