The Ophthalmological Society of Jamaica (OSJ)

is pleased to present the


Sunday, May 1st 2022, Virtual Event

8:00am - 1:00pm

Registration Opens Monday April 25th, 2022 @ 10am


OSJ DRS Workshop - Draft


SUNDAY MAY 1st 2022, 9 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.

Time Topic Speaker
9:00 - 9:05 A.M. Welcome Dr. J Nelson-Imoru
OSJ President
9:05 - 9:30 AM Update on DRS Services: The Jamaican Perspective at SERHA, UHWI, SRHA, WRHA SERHA
9:30 - 9:40 AM Update on DR-Net activities

DR screening and gender
Dr Cova Bascaran

Dr Cova Bascaran
9:40 - 9:50 AM Quality assurance in grading Charlotte Wallis
9:50 - 10:05 AM Individual private assessment of quiz DR images on PDF Individual Screener/Grader Participation
10:05 - 10:15 AM Coffee Break
10:15 - 10:25 AM Topic: IRMA vs New vessels Pre-recorded presentation
10:25 - 10:45 AM Poll/Quiz on Grading: Interactive Analysis & Discussion of Results session Screener- Grader & Assessor Participation
10:45 - 10:55 AM Topic: Tips for grading retinal images Louis Bolter
10:55 - 11:15 AM Poll/Quiz on Grading: Interactive Analysis & Discussion of Results session Screener- Grader & Assessor Participation
11:15 - 11:25 AM Feedback Session: Assessment Poll from Participants All
11:25 - 11:30 AM Closing Remarks Dr Cova Bascaran
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

SUNDAY MAY 1st 2022, 8AM - 1PM

Time Topic Speaker
7:45 - 8:00 AM Registration Virtual Visit to Jamaica
8:05 - 8:08 AM Prayer Dr. Donald Rhodd
8:08 - 8:18 AM President's Message Dr. Jeannine Nelson-Imoru
8:18 - 8:28 AM Message from the CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie,
Ministry of Health & Wellness
8:28 – 8:35 AM Greetings from the CEO, American Academy Of Ophthalmology Dr. Steven McCleod, Consultant Ophthalmologist, CEO, AAO, Vision 2020 LINKS
8:35 - 8:38 AM Vote of Thanks Dr Jeannine Nelson-Imoru
Scientific Session 1 - Degazon Lecture

Chairperson: Dr Lizette Mowatt

Time Topic Speaker
8:40 - 8:45 AM Aristopharma ELITE Platinum Sponsor Video Presentation
8:45 - 8:53 AM Introduction of the Dr Degazon Lecture Dr. Amoy Ramsay
8:50 - 9:10 AM Diagnosis & Management of Childhood Glaucoma Dr Alana Lee Grajewski, Professor Clinical Ophthalmology,
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute , Miami, USA
9:10 - 9:20 AM Question & Answer session Interactive Session
9:20 - 9:35 AM Impact of the Pandemic on Pediatric Glaucoma services & looking to the Future. Dr Alana Lee Grajewski, Professor
Clinical Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute , Miami, USA
9:35 - 9:45 AM Question & Answer Session Interactive Session
Scientific Session 2 - Hugh Vaughan Lecture
Cornea & External Diseases

Chairperson - Dr Jeannine Nelson-Imoru

Time Topic Speaker
9:45 - 9:48 AM Aristopharma PLATINUM Sponsor Video Presentation
9:48 - 9:53 AM Introduction of the Dr Hugh Vaughan Lecture Dr Lisa Leo-Rhyne
9:53 - 9:58 AM Introduction Of Dr Clara Chan Dr J Nelson-Imoru
9:58 - 10:15 AM Are Corneal Inflammatory Events Increasing? Dr Clara Chan, Assistant Professor
University of Toronto
10:15 - 10:25 AM Question & Answer Session Interactive Session
Scientific Session 3 – Glaucoma

Chairperson - Dr Leon Vaughan

Time Topic Speaker
10:25 - 10:27 AM Silver Sponsor Indus Life Sciences Video & Slides Presentation
10:27 - 10:42 AM Vision-Related Quality of life in Jamaican Glaucoma Patients at KPH Dr Valance Jordon, Ophthalmologist, CRH
10:42 – 11:00 AM Mineralocorticoid Receptors & Their Role in The Eye Dr Lloyd Reynolds, Ophthalmologist
11:00 - 11:10 AM Question & Answer Session Joint Panel Discussion
11:10 - 11:25 AM COFFEE BREAK
Prize Draw compliments of Poen Sponsor
Virtual Trip to Jamaica
Scientific Session 4: Covid-19 Lessons Learned & Looking forward

Chairperson - Dr Gavin Henry

Time Topic Speaker
11:25 - 11:27 AM Silver Sponsor Sanfer Video Presentation
11:27 - 11:47 AM Impact of Covid-19 on Diabetic Retinopathy management Dr Lizette Mowatt, Consultant Ophthalmologist, UHWI
11:47 - 12:00 PM Question & Answer session Interactive session
12:00 - 12:20 PM Covid-19 Vaccinations & Ocular side effects Dr Lizette Mowatt, Consultant Ophthalmologist,UHWI
12:20 - 12:30 PM Question & Answer Session Interactive session
Scientific Session 5 - General Ophthalmology

Chairperson - Dr. Amoy Ramsay

Time Topic Speaker
12:30 - 12:31 PM Medilex Bronze Sponsor Video Presentation
12:32 - 12:52 PM Ophthalmic Practice Changes During the COVID 19 Pandemic Dr. Elethia Dean, RN, BSN, MBA, PhD
12:52 - 1:10 PM Questions & Answers Session. Interactive session
1:10 - 1:30 PM Pandemic to Endemic- Where do we Go from Here? Dr. Elethia Dean, RN, BSN, MBA, PhD
1:30 - 1:45 PM Questions & Answers Session
1:45 - 1:55 PM Vote of thanks Dr Camara Brown, Consultant Ophthalmologist, KPH
2:00 - 3:00 PM AGM ALL MEMBERS


Dr. Jeannine Nelson-Imoru


I feel privileged to be with you here today,  and I welcome you all, to the 12th 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 12th Annual OSJ conference will be held Virtually, Sunday May 1st 2022 8am- 1:00pm. 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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  - 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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