Theme: Marriage Between Medicine and Ophthalmology

This features eminent speakers who will entwine updates on systemic diseases including cardiovascular diseases, sickle cell, metabolic, rheumatological and the ophthalmic correlates. In addition to this, we will be having "TED" talks from our visiting guest faculty from Toronto. These "TED" talks will be given by subspecialists and cover pearls in the following Ophthalmic sub specialties; Oculoplastics, Cornea, Glaucoma, Paediatrics, Medical Retina. We will also continue the DRS workshop for training the Diabetic Retinopathy Screeners, which will run simultaneously with the OSJ conference.

This year, the Ophthalmological Society of Jamaica (OSJ) will be honouring Dr Hugh Vaughan with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Ophthalmology in Jamaica and the Caribbean at our President's Dinner on Friday, March 9th 2018.

In addition, as we have in past years, we will have a simultaneous workshop on Diabetic Retinopathy Screening (DRS) in collaboration with the Vision 2020 Links programme.


Day 1 - March 9th, 2018
Legacy Suite (Ground Floor), Jamaica Pegasus
Medical Research and Presentations

Chair. Dr Lizette Mowatt

Time Topic Speaker
9.00-9.30am Registration and Coffee Break
9.30-9.35am Welcome Dr. Lizette Mowatt
9.35-10.15am How to prepare a case presentation - case based discussions and practical tip on how to present power-point slides Dr. Dawn Sim
10.15-11.00am How to start and complete a research project. (interactive session) Dr. Dawn Sim
11.00-12.00pm How to write a paper: publish or perish Dr. Dawn Sim
12.00-1.00pm Lunch
Ophthalmic Potpourri - Subspecialties

Chair. Dr Gavin Henry

Time Topic Speaker
1.00-1.10pm Welcome to Toronto Faculty
1.10-1.30pm OCULOPLASTICS Workshop:
Dr. Harmeet Gill
1.30-1.50pm RETINA Workshop
Diabetic Retinopathy
Dr Rajeevi Muni/ Dr Radha Kohly
1.50-2.10pm Retina Imaging Dr Dawn Sim
2.10-2.30pm PAEDIATRICS:
Amblyopia Studies
Dr. Asim Ali
2.30-2.45pm CORNEA
Update on HSV
Dr Matt Bujak
Optic Neuritis Updates/ Giant Cell Arteritis/ Glaucoma mimickers
Dr Edward Margolin
3.15-3.30pm Coffee Break and Discussion
6.00pm HORS D'OEUVRES & COCKTAILS (Talk of the Town, Pegasus)
OSJ PRESIDENT'S DINNER: Honoree Dr Hugh Vaughan CD
Sponsored by Poen Laboratories.
Day 2 - March10th, 2018
Grand Ballroom, Jamaica Pegasus
Opening Ceremony

CHAIR: Dr Gordon Robotham

Time Topic Speaker
8.00-8.30am Registration and coffee break
(Visit the Exhibit Hall)
8.30-8.32am Opening remarks
8.32-8.40am Welcome address Dr Lizette Mowatt,
OSJ President
8:40- 8:48am Greetings from the VISION 2020 Links Dr Zubin Sahain
8:48-8.58am Greetings from University of Toronto Prof Sherif El Defrawy,
Professor and Chair,
Ophthalmology Dept
8.58-9.05am Greetings from Orbis International
9.05am Vote of Thanks Dr Lisa Leo Rhynie,
OSJ Secretary
Marriage between Medicine and Ophthalmology:
Diabetes & Sickle Cell Disease (Diabetic & Sickle Retinopathy)

CHAIR: Dr Michelle Leighton

Time Topic Speaker
9.10-9.25am Updates on Management of Diabetes Prof Michael Boyne
9.25-9:45 am Diabetic Retinopathy in Jamaica Dr Lizette Mowatt
9.45-10.05am Sickle Cell Disease; the approach in Jamaica in 2018 Prof Jennifer Knight Madden
10.05-10:25am Sickle Retinopathy in Jamaica Dr Hugh Vaughan
10:25-10:30am Questions
10.30-11.00am Coffee Break
Marriage of Medicine and Ophthalmology - Rheumatology, Vascular Diseases and Neurology

CHAIR: Dr Celeste Chambers

Time Topic Speaker
11:00-11.15am The Eyes:
The window to the connective tissue disorders of the body
Dr Stacey Davis
11.15-11:30am OCT and Hydroxychloroquine Screening Dr Lisa Leo Rhynie
11:30-11.45am Updates on Cardiovascular disease in Jamaica Dr Marilyn Lawrence
11:45-12.00pm "Strokes in the eye" BRAO/ CRAO Dr Claudine Green
12.00-12.15am Dementia, Diagnosis and Treatment
12.15-12.30pm Seeing Red on OCT Dr Matt Schlenker
12.30-12.40pm Panel Discussion
12.40-1.40am Lunch
Dr Degazon Lecture

CHAIR: Dr Hugh Vaughan

Time Topic Speaker
1.40-1.45pm Chair -Introduction of the Degazon Lecture
1.45-2.00pm Anti Fragility Dr Radha Kohly
Ophthalmic Potpourri

CHAIR: Dr Angela Mattis/ Dr Lizette Mowatt

Time Topic Speaker
2.00-2.20pm OCULOPLASTICS:
  • The Teary eye patient
  • Orbital Cellulitis
Dr Harmeet Gill
2.20-2.40pm CORNEA:
  • Peripheral Corneal Ulcers
Dr Matt Bujak
2.50-3.00pm RETINA:
  • What to do when you drop a lens
  • Endophthalmitis
Dr Rajeevi Muni/ Dr Radha Kohly
3.00-3.30pm Coffee Break
Dr Donald Swaby
Time Topic Speaker
3.30-3.45pm GLAUCOMA:
  • Cataracts and Glaucoma
Dr Matt Schlenker
3:45pm Vote of Thanks
3:46-4.30pm Annual General Meeting


conference highlights


Dr. Lizette Mowatt


The last 2 years have been that of growth in Ophthalmology in Jamaica. Several new technologies have increased in Jamaica with the introduction and development of pattern scanning micropulse laser, selective laser trabeculoplasty, corneal crosslinking, advances in Micro Incisional Vitrectomy Surgery (MIVS) from 23G to 25G then 27 G vitrectomies, and refractive surgery. Diagnostic investigations such as optical coherence tomography (OCT) and OCT- A (retinal angiogram) have allowed us to make better diagnostic and prognostic evaluation of common ophthalmologic diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, retinal arterial and vein occlusion, macula oedema and age-related macular degeneration (ARMD).


The OSJ has also undergone growth and this year for the first time has invited several eminent UK Medical Retinal and Surgical retina specialists to our meeting and have included a concurrent Diabetic Retinopathy Screening (DRS) Workshop in association with VISION 2020 LINKS. This will enhance the training of DRS photographers and screeners. We are pleased to have collaborated with the Vision 2020 LINKS programme to make this a successful conference. This year our theme is Diabetes and the Eye -Diabetic Retinopathy. This condition impacts all of us, regardless if you practice general ophthalmology or subspecialize. Jamaica has an 11.9% prevalence of diabetes (~300,000 people). All type II DM must have an annual dilated eye examination from diagnosis onwards. Can we manage to screen and treat all these patients effectively?

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OSJ 8th Annual Symposium
The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, 81 Knutsford Blvd

This conference will have an Ophthalmic Potpourri of key “TED” talks with Ophthalmic pearls covering several Ophthalmic Sub specialties.

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Floaters are little black things that move in the vision that can take many forms; spots, lines, cobweb or lacy patterns. They move as the eyes move because they are suspended in a gel (vitreous humour at the back of the eye). Floaters typically occur in people 60 years or older. This is because the vitreous is like a gel, consisting of collagen in young people. As we age the collagen in the eye breaks down (just like the collagen in the skin) and the gel undergoes “liquefaction” becoming liquefied. Therefore, as your eyes move the liquidified vitreous and floaters moves around...

  - Dr. Lizette Mowatt

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Botulinum Toxin is a potent neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. The neurotoxin can cause Botulism which is a serious and life threatening condition in humans.However in small doses it can be used beneficially for certain medical and aesthetic conditions. Botox works by blocking nerve conduction thereby inhibiting muscle contraction causing weakness of the muscle.

  - Dr. Kevin Waite

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A strabismus is present when the eyes are not straight. The term ‘squint’ may be used interchangeably. Incidence: About one in 20 children has a squint. A squint may be congenital,traumatic e.g. (a head injury) or neurovascular (eg. As a result of a stroke). Most squints occur in children and usually becomes apparent after birth up to about age three years.

  - Dr. Albert Lue

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The objective of the Society shall be to promote the best possible eye-care in Jamaica and the Caribbean through corporative efforts by:

Establishing the Society itself
Cooperation with other bodies
Educational Work
Statistics and Reports
  1. Establishing the Society itself
  2. Associations: Encouraging and assisting in the formation of such societies, and forming strong links with existing societies in the Caribbean and world wide.
  3. Cooperation with other bodies: Promoting fraternal and professional relationship between fellow practitioners at home and abroad. Conferring and cooperating with other similar bodies as the occasion may require.

    • Educational Work: Promoting excellence through continued education, in association with other bodies worldwide.
    • Publications: issuing of appropriate publications.
    • Statistics and Reports: Obtaining and disseminating accurate information regarding the various activities of this society.


Ophthalmological Society of Jamaica

The Ophthalmological Society of Jamaica was initially founded in 1985, and has become very active in the past few years. We have annual Ophthalmology conferences and also conferences for medical practitioners and the general public on Eye Health

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