The Ophthalmological Society of Jamaica (OSJ)

is pleased to present the


Sunday, March 21th 2021, Virtual Event

8:00am - 1:30pm

OSJ DRS Workshop


SATURDAY MARCH 20TH 2021, 9 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.

Time Topic Speaker
9:00 A.M. - 9:05 A.M. Welcome Dr. J Nelson-Imoru
OSJ President
9:05 A.M. - 9:25 A.M. Update on DRS Services: The Jamaican Perspective at SERHA, UHWI, SRHA, WRHA SERHA: Mayanna Francis
UHWI: Rhona Fergerson
SRHA: Annastacia Thomas
WRHA: Lodwayne Harvey
9:25 A.M. - 9:30 A.M. Update on DRS services: Global Perspective from DR-NET LINKS Dr. Cova Bascaran
9:30 A.M. - 9:40 A.M. Technical Assessment of Screening: Individual private assessment of 6-10 DR cases Individual Screener/Grader Participation
9:40 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. Interactive Discussion of Grading Assessment of DR Images via Poll/Quiz Screener-Grader & Assessor Participation
10:00 A.M. - 10:10 A.M. Coffee Break Trip to Jamaica! Virtual Tour
Time Topic Speaker
10:10 A.M - 10:25 A.M. Homerton DR Screening: Adapting DR screening services to the pandemic restrictions. Louis Bolter
10:25 A.M. - 10:35 A.M. Technical Assessment of Grading: Individual & private non-DR Retinal Image Assessment of 6-10 cases Individual Screener/Grader Participation
10:35 A.M. - 10:45 AM Poll/Quiz on Grading: Interactive Analysis & Discussion of Results session Screener- Grader & Assessor Participation
10:45 A.M - 10:55 A.M. Question + Answer Session: Analysis and Discussion of Technical Assessments
10:55 A.M - 11:10 A.M. DRS Screening during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Keeping a safe approach whilst delivering quality DRS services Exchanging experiences OPEN PANEL DISCUSSION& EXCHANGE OF EXPERIENCES

Dr. Zubin Saihan
Dr. J Nelson-Imoru
Dr. Amoy Ramsay
11:10 A.M. - 11:20 A.M. Feedback Session: Assessment Poll from Participants
11:20 A.M. - 11:25 A.M. Closing Remarks Dr. Cova Bascaran


Opening Ceremony
Time Topic Speaker
7:50 - 8:00 AM Registration
8:00 - 8:03 AM Welcome CHAIRPERSON - Dr. Lizette Mowatt
8:03 - 8:05 AM Prayer Dr. Donald Rhodd
8:05 - 8:15 AM President's Welcome Dr. Jeannine Nelson-Imoru
8:15 - 8:20 AM Message from the Minister of Health & Wellness Dr, The Hon Christopher Tufton Delivered by Dr. Naydene Williams
Director, Health Services, Planning & Integration
8:20 – 8:25 AM Vision 2020 LINKS Message Marcia Zondervan, Program Manager Vision 2020 LINKS
8:25 - 8:28 AM Vote of Thanks Dr. Lizette Mowatt
Scientific Session 1- Dr Degazon Lecture
Time Topic Speaker
8:28 - 8:32AM Aristopharma Platinum Sponsor Video Presentation
8:32 - 8:36 AM Introduction of the Dr Degazon Lecture Dr. Amoy Ramsay
8:36 - 8:48 AM Medical Management of Uveitic Glaucoma Dr. Manjool Shah - Consultant Ophthalmologist, USA
8:48 - 8:50 AM Questions & Answer session
8:50 - 9:02 AM Surgical Management of Uveitic Glaucoma Dr. Manjool Shah, USA
9:02 - 9:05 AM Question & Answer Session
Scientific Session 2 - Education for the Professional, trends in Distance Learning

Chairperson - Dr Jeannine Nelson-Imoru

Time Topic Speaker
9:05 - 9:10 AM Imperial Optical Gold Sponsor Video Presentation
9:10 - 9:25 AM Cybersight: Distance Learning Resources for the Eye Care Professional Dr. Antonio Jaramillo
Head of Clinical Services, Flying Eye Hospital
9:25 - 9:30 AM Question & Answers Session
Scientific Session 3 – Uveitis

Chairperson - Dr Camara Brown

Time Topic Speaker
9:30 - 9:35 AM Bayer Platinum Sponsor Video Presentation
9:35 - 9:47 AM Orbital Inflammatory Disease: Pseudotumor Investigation & Management Dr. Eduardo Mora, Oculoplastics Specialist, ORBIS International
9:47 - 10:00 AM Retinal Vasculitis Dr. Sreekanth Sreekantam, Birmingham UK
10:00 - 10:10AM Question & Answer Session
10:00 - 10:15AM COFFEE BREAK Prize Draw compliments of Poen Sponsor
Scientific Session 4: COVID-19 - A Raging Pandemic

Chairperson - Dr Hugh Vaughan

Time Topic Speaker
10:15 - 10:20 AM Aristopharma Platinum Sponsor Presentation of Products, & Quiz
10:20 - 10:32 AM COVID-19 & the Eye Dr. Lizette Mowatt, UHWI Consultant Ophthalmologist
10:35 - 10:47 AM Infection Control- A Global perspective during, the Covid19 Pandemic Angela Purcell RN, Head Nurse of Flying Eye Hospital
10:47 - 11:02 AM Practicing Ophthalmology in the COVID-19 Era-Ethical considerations Dr. Lizette Mowatt, UHWI Consultant Ophthalmologist
11:02 – 11:12 AM Question & Answer Session Joint Panel Segment
11:12 - 11:14 AM Medilex Bronze Sponsor Video Presentation
Scientific Session 5

Chairperson - Dr Leon Vaughan

Time Topic Speaker
11:15 - 11:27 AM When Bad things happen to Good people: Infection Investigation in Ophthalmology Dr. Elethia Dean
11:27 - 11:39 AM Instrument Cleaning, Sterilization & Disinfection Dr. Elethia Dean
11:39 - 11:44 AM Questions & Answers Session.
11:44 - 12:00 PM Corneal Cross Linkage & Infectious Keratitis Dr. Lloyd Reynolds, Ophthalmologist
12:00 - 12:10 PM Question & Answer Session
12:10 - 12:15 PM Vote of thanks Dr. Lizette Mowatt, Consultant Ophthalmologist
12:25 - 1.30 PM AGM


Dr. Jeannine Nelson-Imoru


I feel privileged to be with you here today,  and I welcome you all, to the 11th Annual Virtual Symposium of the Ophthalmological Society of Jamaica. Since our last face to face meeting in 2019, the current executive has built on the strong foundation set by our past members and today we have an exciting program awaiting you. 

Through partnerships with the Ministry of Health & Wellness, ORBIS International, the Vision 2020 LINKS program, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, as well as new collaborations, we have made todays’ vision come to life. At times we thought it would not be possible, due to the widespread impact of the COVID-19  Pandemic on the population and Health care services in worldwide.

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The 11th Annual OSJ conference will be held Virtually, Sunday March 21st 2021 8am- 1:30pm. It is in partnership with ORBIS and the Vision 2020 Links.

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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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