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Vision Eye Institute specialists present at RANZCO 2019


Last month, five of our specialists from Victoria and New South Wales had the pleasure of presenting at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) 51st annual conference in Sydney.

Each year, RANZCO brings together leading eye specialists to educate and update their peers through training, research and advocacy. This year, attendees joined the College in celebrating its 50th birthday at an educational event not to be missed.

The extensive clinical program included presentations on the use of artificial intelligence in ophthalmology and diagnosing rare ocular oncology; rapid-fire sessions on cataracts, retinal conditions and glaucoma; and symposia hosted by the likes of Novartis, Zeiss and the American Cornea Society.

Renowned refractive specialists from Vision Eye Institute, A/Prof Michael Lawless and Prof Gerard Sutton, were invited to speak at the American Cornea Society symposium. Joined by other leading ophthalmologists from Australia and the United States, they presented ‘Cataract surgery and the cornea: pre-operative management and post-operative considerations’.

Our specialists enjoyed interacting with their peers during the informative weekend. Prof Sutton even had the pleasure of introducing his mentor Prof John Marshall to give the Dame Ida Mann Memorial Lecture on ‘Light and the Eye: Chronic insult or Therapeutic Dream’. Prof John Marshall is an award-winning ophthalmologist who discovered and patented the use of the excimer laser for laser vision correction.

Presentations by our doctors included:

Prof Gerard Sutton

  • ‘SMILE®’ – a presentation discussing the 5-year data from SMILE laser eye surgery procedures performed at Vision Eye Institute Chatswood.

Dr Lei Liu

  • ‘Beyond anti-VEGF: Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy through Neuropeptides’ – a presentation on treating diabetic retinopathy as both a neuro-degenerative and a microvascular disease.

Dr Uday Bhatt 

  • ‘Safety and effectiveness of the Panoptix Trifocal IOL in a large, multi-surgeon cohort’ – poster presentation.

Dr Raj P Pathmaraj 

  • ‘OCT Angiography in Optic Disc Haemorrhage (ODH) – Intra-individual case-control comparison of glaucoma patients’: poster presentation.


RANZCO  is the medical college responsible for the training and professional development of ophthalmologists in Australia and New Zealand.

SMILE® is a registered trademark of Carl Zeiss Meditec.

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