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Vision Eye Institute specialists present at international ophthalmology research meeting in Vancouver


Aerial view of Vancouver CBD

Several of our doctors attended the recent Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Meeting held in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. ARVO is regarded as the premier ophthalmology research meeting on the international calendar.

Professor Gerard Sutton was an invited lecturer this year, where he discussed the advent of a bioengineered cornea. Being invited to present is a reflection of Dr Sutton’s international reputation in ophthalmic surgery.

Professor Rasik Vajpayee presented 3 posters:

  • Study of clinical profile and outcome of cases of traumatic and nontraumatic wound dehiscence following Corneal Transplantation Surgery. This study found that the risk of breakdown of the surgical wound is highest in the first 3 years following a corneal transplant.
  • Causes and Management Outcomes of Acquired Corneal Opacity in a Pre-school (0–5 years) Group: A Hospital-Based Study. This study found that the major causes of acquired corneal opacity in preschool age groups in India are chemical injury and Vitamin A deficiency. Both are associated with poor visual prognosis.
  • Expression of SPARC and MMP9 in Stevens-Johnson syndrome chronic ocular sequelae undergoing cultivated oral mucosal epithelial transplantation. The findings from this study may help in developing targeted treatment for Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal disorder of the skin and mucous membranes.

Dr Raj Pathmaraj presented a poster: Using topographical axis as an indicator for sub-clinical dry eye in patients undergoing cataract surgery. His research suggests that pre-treatment of dry eye is beneficial for patients undergoing cataract surgery.

Vision Eye Institute’s Clinical Research Coordinator, Chris Hodge PhD, also attended ARVO to present several posters and attend a meeting on behalf of all the doctor partners to further international clinical research into keratoconus. Our corneal specialists are part of a significant collaboration that will potentially provide a base for research into this disease across the next decade.

Prof Gerard Sutton stands at podium with seated attendees listening

Prof Gerard Sutton presenting at ARVO 2019

Dr Raj Pathmaraj smiling and standing next to his poster

Dr Raj Pathmaraj presenting his poster at ARVO 2019

Prof Rasik Vajpayee smiling into camera

Prof Rasik Vajpayee

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