• Inauguration by Thiru Siva. V. Meyyanathan, Hon’ble Minister for Environment and Pollution Control, Youth Welfare and Sports Development
• Awards will be presented to distinguished Ophthalmologists
Chennai, December 4, 2021: India’s biggest annual conference on eye surgery IIRSI 2021 was inaugurated by the Thiru Siva. V. Meyyanathan, Hon’ble Minister for Environment and Pollution Control, Youth Welfare and Sports Development today. Dr. Mahipal S. Sachdev, Chairman Scientific Committee– IIRSI, Dr. Amit Tarafdar, Dr. Himanshu Mehta and Prof. Amar Agarwal, Secretary General – IIRSI and Chairman, Dr Agarwal’s Eye Hospital were also present during the occasion. Leading ophthalmologists are participating in the two-day event held by the Intraocular Implant and Refractive Society of India (IIRSI) to showcase their skills and present the latest advancements in the field of ophthalmology, especially cataract and refractive surgery.
Addressing the distinguished gathering Thiru Siva. V. Meyyanathan, Hon’ble Minister for Environment and Pollution Control, Youth Welfare and Sports Development said, “It gives me great pleasure to be part of the inaugural function of the 36th Intraocular Implant and Refractive Surgery Convention. This convention is being attended by doctors from India and other countries creates a platform for interaction in respect to development of new diagnostic and treatment modalities on Ophthalmology. South India and especially Tamil Nadu has always been a fore runner in healthcare particularly in Ophthalmology and hosts many of the premier eye institutes from where aspiring Ophthalmologists embedded with skills and advanced technology pass out and serve different parts of the country. There is a huge prevalence of eye disorders in India. According to a World Health Organization, India has an estimated 12 million blind people and additional 450 million people who require vision correction. Conferences like the IIRSI play a very important role in enhancing the skills of Indian eye surgeons. “
Speaking on the occasion Prof. Amar Agarwal, Secretary General, IIRSI, and Chairman, Dr Agarwal’s Eye Hospital said “The annual conference of IIRSI has become a pivotal event in the ophthalmology calendar of India centred on global ophthalmic innovations. This year, top eye surgeons from are participating to showcase the surgeons the latest advancements in the field. This conference will provide a platform for the aspiring surgeons to know different ways of tackling the difficult situations of cataract and its surgery through interaction between them. Overall, IIRSI has been instrumental in significantly increasing the capabilities and offerings of the eyecare sector in India in terms of diagnostics and treatment.”
“Intraocular lens (IOL) implant is one of the most common eye surgeries. But in some cases the patients don’t have back support due to absence of lens in the eye. In such cases, the surgeons use the iris claw lens, which has an advantage — it can be fixated to the iris without sutures because the peripheral iris is incarcerated between the claws” added Prof. Amar Agarwal, Secretary General, IIRSI, and Chairman, Dr Agarwal’s Eye Hospital.
IIRSI 2021 aims to bring together Ophthalmologists across India and abroad to discuss the advancement in technology and their experience in IOL implantation and Refractive Surgery and contribute towards the treatment of preventive blindness. The conference covers Invited Foreign faculty lectures, session for young ophthalmologists, Hands on Wetlab courses, Ophthalmic Premier League competition, Court Martial in Ophthalmology, Company sponsored symposiums, IIRSI Film Festival Award Show, IFFA, IIRSI Photography Competition. The two-day event is being held on December 4 and 5 at ITC Grand Chola Hotel in Chennai.
International Awardees: Dr. Michael Tsatsos, Greece, Dr. Richardo Nose, Brazil and Dr. Tarek Katamish, Egypt.
Indian Awardees : Ragini Parekh – J. Agarwal Global Icon Gold Medal, Mukesh Sharma – Subodh Agrawal Gold Medal, Krishna Prasad Kudlu – Dr. Mrs. T. Agarwal Gold Medal, Ritika Sachdev – Dr. Daljit Singh Gold Medal, Aravind Srinivasan – Chennai, Chandrima Paul – Kolkata, Deepak Megur – Bidar, Geetha Iyer – Chennai, Madhavi K – Vijayawada, Manoj Khatri – Chennai, Pooja Khamar – Karnataka, Prashanth Bawankule – Nagpur, Preetam Samant – Mumbai, Pushpinder Kaur – Punjab, Rushad Shroff – Delhi and Shrinivas Joshi – Karnataka.
About Intraocular Implant and Refractive Society of India (IIRSI)
IIRS India was established in 1982 to create a platform for ophthalmologists across India for discussing the latest advancements in the field of ophthalmology, sharing their experiences in IOL implantation and LASIK & Refractive Surgery, and contributing to the treatment of preventive blindness. It also provides a forum for upcoming surgeons to keep themselves abreast with tackling challenging cases of cataract surgery. IIRSI also works to create public awareness about eyecare.
The annual IIRSI Convention also began in 1982. It focuses on teaching ophthalmologists’ latest techniques in eye surgery and treatment. Doctors have opportunities to learn and practice procedures. Ophthalmologists from across the country and abroad attend the event which showcases live surgeries, didactic lectures, and wet lab. Doctors present videos of their surgeries. Companies making ophthalmic instruments showcase the latest products at the venue.