APSPOS Opening Remarks Feature
  Welcome Messages and Special Guests


The inaugural Asia-Pacific Strabismus and Paediatric Ophthalmology Society (APSPOS) Congress in Hong Kong was formally begun during the Opening Remarks on Wednesday morning, October 11, 2017.

Congress President and APSPOS Secretary-General Dr. Jason Yam opened the ceremony with a brief speech, in which he thanked many individuals and organizations from around the world for their unwavering support. He also acknowledged the participation of more than 90 invited speakers from 60 countries and nearly 400 delegates at the Congress.

Prof. Frank Martin, APSPOS President, told the audience, “Today you’re all part of history” by attending the first APSPOS Congress. He added that the Congress venue of Hong Kong Eye Hospital was very fitting, as “this is where our society began.”

Speaking as Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, co-host of the inaugural APSPOS Congress, Prof. Clement Tham agreed that the event was historic.
Furthermore, he told delegates, “You are also a part of our future. Together I’m sure we can move pediatric ophthalmology to great new heights.”

Delegates and Congress officials were pleased to welcome Prof. Chak-Sing Lau, professor of rheumatology at the University of Hong Kong and President of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (HKAM), as a special guest of honor.

Prof. Lau praised the APSPOS 2017 Congress for aligning with the views and mission of HKAM to encourage subspecialty training. In preparing to attend the Opening Remarks, he noted that he had learned more about paediatric ophthalmology, which is not his area of expertise, and encouraged others to do the same.

"We should broaden our knowledge in the subspecialties," he said.


  Expect the Unexpected at
  the APSPOS Keynote Lecture


The Keynote Lecture of the inaugural APSPOS Congress was presented by Prof. Frank Martin, APSPOS President and clinical professor in the Departments of Paediatrics and Ophthalmology at the University of Sydney.

His case presentation detailed a family of patients who were thought to have retinitis pigmentosa and were subsequently diagnosed with a new syndrome: ROSAH syndrome, comprising retinal edema, optic nerve edema, splenomegaly, anhidrosis and headaches (migraine).

In describing the course of the investigations and treatment, Prof. Martin reminded delegates to “expect the unexpected” in paediatric ophthalmology.


  Distinguished Speakers
  at APSPOS Plenary Lecture


Chaired by Dr. Simon Ko, co-chair of the APSPOS Scientific Program Committee and APSPOS Treasurer, the Plenary Lecture session at the inaugural APSPOS Congress featured presentations by distinguished speakers on a variety of topics.

In discussing intraoperative optical coherence tomography (OCT), Prof. Ken Nischal, Co-Director of the World Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, noted that it is a “disruptive technology.”

He explained that new hand-held OCT machines, which provide real-time visualization through an intraoperative microscope, have had a great impact on his practice.

“It’s completely changed my ability to do DSAEK,” he said.

Dr. John Sloper, President of the European Strabismological Association, discussed amblyopia and binocular function.

“It’s important to think about binocular function separately,” he said. He also emphasized the importance of binocular function in attempting to cure amblyopia, rather than only focusing on restoration of vision.

Prof. Clement Tham and Dr. Jason Yam both offered delegates a Hong Kong perspective in their talks on glaucoma and myopia, respectively. Additionally, Dr. Scott Larson presented results of studies on Duane syndrome and Dr. Seyhan Ozkan discussed Brown syndrome.


  Inaugural APSPOS Gala Dinner Featuring Lion Dancing,
  Award Presentations


Delegates who attended the Gala Dinner of the inaugural APSPOS Congress enjoyed an evening with a perfect mixture of culinary delights, entertainment, education and more.

Guests were treated to a special presentation by Dr. Tze-Leung Lee, chief executive of the new Hong Kong Children’s Hospital. A pediatrician with an interest in pediatric rheumatology, Dr. Lee shared the topic “Hong Kong Children’s Hospital: From Infrastructure to Clinical Service,” providing an overview of the hospital’s development, vision and goals.

Additionally, three important awards were presented on Wednesday evening in recognition of contributions to pediatric ophthalmology in the Asia-Pacific region. Prof. Kanxing Zhao of China received the APSPOS Asia-Pacific Award, Dr. Miller of the United States received the APSPOS International Award and Dr. Yam of Hong Kong received the APSPOS Young Investigator Award.

Another highlight of the evening was an exciting lion dance, where dignitaries including Congress President Dr. Jason Yam and APSPOS President Prof. Frank Martin joined in the fun by helping the “lion” wake up and prepare to perform. Afterwards, Dr. Marilyn Miller commented on the lion’s cute appearance, noting that she wouldn’t mind keeping it as a souvenir.

The travel grants for the inaugural APSPOS Congress were also awarded during the Gala Dinner. The lucky young recipients were Sophal Heng of Cambodia, Ni Made Ayu Surasmiati of Indonesia and Christine Ong of Malaysia.


  ISA Organizes Symposium at APSPOS 2017


The first scientific session of the inaugural APSPOS Congress was organized by the International Strabismological Association (ISA), entitled “Challenging Case Stories in Strabismus and Lessons Learnt.”

Congress President Dr. Jason Yam opened the session and welcomed all delegates to Hong Kong. Next, Dr. Seyhan Ozkan, ISA President, provided an overview of the ISA, which is devoted to the study of strabismus and improving the visual outcomes of patients with various ocular motility disorders.

In beginning the case presentations, Dr. Stephen Christiansen of Boston University set the bar high by showcasing not 1 or 2 but several difficult cases of strabismus. Focusing on cases with both ocular and auricular anomalies, he also highlighted the importance of imaging in diagnosis.

Other topics covered during the symposium included the use of absorbable versus non-absorbable sutures, myopic fixus, Brown syndrome and more.


APSPOS Congress Secretariat

The Chinese University of Hong Kong,
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences,
4/F Hong Kong Eye Hospital
147K Argyle Street
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3943-5827
Fax: (852) 2715-9490
Email: secretariat@apspos.org