ICO Annual Conference 2019
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The Irish College of Ophthalmologists Annual Conference 2019 will take place at the Galway Bay Hotel from Wednesday 15th to Friday 17th May. The Conference is the highlight of our annual calendar and provides an opportunity for eye doctors from across the country to gather to hear about the latest clinical and scientific updates and developments in the specialty.
Symposia on Nutrition and Age-related Macular Degeneration (ARMD), Ocular Emergencies, Paediatric Ophthalmology and Cataract Service will feature on this years programme.
The ICO is delighted to welcome the following distinguished international guest speakers to this year’s conference;
Professor Nicholas Jones, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinical Director of Uveitis Service, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and Honorary Professor of Ophthalmology, MAHSC, University of Manchester will deliver the 2019 Mooney Lecture.
Professor Chris Lloyd Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmic Surgeon, Great Ormond Street.
Miss Seema Verma, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Guys and St Thomas' Hospital, London and a founding member and President of the British Emergency Eye Care Society (BEECS).
Mr Paul Chell, Consultant Ophthalmic surgeon Worcester Royal Hospital and Managing Director of Ophthalmologica Consulting Limited.
Miss Monique Hope Ross, Honorary Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre and Good Hope Hospital, an Honorary senior Clinical Lecturer at Birmingham University.
Dr Arjuna Ratnayaka, Lecturer in Vision Sciences, University Southampton. Dr Ratnayaka’s group is investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying degenerative pathologies in the senescent retina and brain; leading to conditions such as Age-related Macular degeneration (AMD), retinal dystrophies and Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
Chair: Prof Conor Murphy
HazMat Emergency Readiness in Ophthalmology (HERO)
Full Thickness Macular Hole Repair: Clinical Features and Outcomes in a Single Centre
DMEK - First Irish Prospective Study of Visual Outcomes, Graft Survival and Endothelial Cell Count
Fundus Fluorescein Angiography in Human Subjects Displays Circadian Variation
Patient Involvement in Development of Customised Care Plans for Genetically-confirmed Inherited Retinal Degeneration
Brittle Bones, Blue Sclerae and Stiff Corneas
Enhanced Ocular Delivery Using Biocompatible Nanomaterials
Reduced Oxidative Phosphorylation and Increased Glycolysis (The Warburg Effect) in Glaucoma Lamina Cribrosa Cells
Lamina Cribrosa Tissue Stiffness as the Primary Biomechanical Driver of Pathological Glaucomatous Cupping
Pseudoexfoliation Glaucoma – Do Genes or Environment matter more?
ICO/Novartis Eye Research Bursary Winner 2018 - 2019
Introduction: Dr Alison Blake
Targeting Ocular Inflammation in Dry Eye Disease with Novel MicroRNA-based Therapeutics
Presentation of the John Blake Medal for Best Research Paper
Phase 3, Randomized, Double-Masked, Multi-Center Trials of Brolucizumab Versus Aflibercept for Neovascular AMD: 96-week Results from the HAWK and HARRIER Studies
Nutrition and Age-related Macular Degeneration Symposium
Co-Chairs: Mr Mark Cahill and Dr Fiona Harney
Nutrition for Ophthalmologists and our Patients
Cellular Consequences of an Unhealthy Diet - Trafficking Defects in the Retinal Pigment Epithelium
Exploring the Microbiome in Health & Disease
European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) Lecture 2019
Retinopathy of Prematurity
Ocular Emergencies and Trauma Symposium
Chair: Mr Gerry Fahy
Orbital and Oculoplastic Emergencies presenting to the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital
The Development of Emergency Ophthalmology as a Sub-Specialty
General Data Protection Regulation and Clinical Practice
The GDPR One Year On - A Practical Guide for Compliance
Co-Chairs: Ms Niamh Collins and Ms Caroline Baily
Serum Eye Drops for Ocular Surface Disease - National Survey of Cornea Specialists in Ireland
Orbital radiation for thyroid associated orbitopathy: The role of combined corticosteroids and orbital radiation in preventing disease progression
CT Navigation in Orbital Surgery
Periocular Cancer Care: A Single Centre Experience
Conjunctival Melanoma: A 10-year Review of Irish Patients
Corneal Collagen Crosslinking for Progressive Keratoconus: One-Year Controlled Clinical Trial Analysis
Breakfast Symposium - Kindly sponsored by Bayer
Chair: Mr Frank Kinsella
Management of Neovascular Age-related Macular Degeneration Utilising a Treat and Extend Approach
Chair: Dr Maureen Hillery
Audit of a Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Ophthalmology Screening Service
Retinopathy of Prematurity Screening in Letterkenny University Hospital – An Analysis of Thirteen Years of Data
Ophthalmia Neonatorum in a Tertiary Referral Children’s Hospital: A Retrospective Study
The Difficult Exam’- The Use of Oral Midazolam in Children with Special Needs
Audit of Acute Acquired Esotropia in Adults with Myopia
Periocular Necrostising Fasciitis Management
Co-Chairs: Dr Maureen Hillery & Mr Stephen Farrell
The "Ayes" have it: Ophthalmological Clues to Neurological Diagnosis in Children
Advances in Paediatric Cataract Management
Podium Presentation – 3 Best Posters
Rapid Fire Audit
Chair: Dr Geraldine Comer
A Review of Ophthalmic Radiology Referrals in a Tertiary Centre
A Review of the Immunohistochemistry Findings of Patients with Uveal Melanoma Attending the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital
National Incidence of Eyelid Cancer in Ireland (2005-2015)
Knowledge of Costs of Commonly Utilised Medications and Materials Amongst Irish Ophthalmologists
Establishing a Virtual Glaucoma Clinic
Round Table Case Based Discussions
Moderator: Miss Marie Hickey Dwyer
Facilitators: Mr John Doris & Mr Eugene Ng
This moderated round table session will provide an opportunity for participants to examine issues as they relate to clinical practice and tap into the expertise in the room. A team of facilitators will help focus the conversations and engage group members in the discussion.
“Slido” an audience interaction tool will be used at this session, offering interactive Q&A, live polls and insights into audience views.
|1.10pm||Presentation by Dr Alison Blake of Sir William Wilde Medal for Best Poster|
Closed Session for ICO Members
1. Practice Review and Audit
Facilitated by Dr Maureen Hillery
Update on ICO National Review on the Visual Acuity Systems being used in the Eye Clinic and discussion on topics for the next national audit
2. Trainee/NCHD Workshop
Co-Chairs: Ms Niamh Collins and Ms Caroline Baily
Introduction of a Leadership Intervention to Foster NCHD Professional Development
Irish College of Ophthalmologists Annual General Meeting
ICO members only
The Therapuetic Effect and Outcome of XEN Gel Stent in Glaucoma
Seeing the Bigger Picture
The Phenotype & Genotype of Usher Syndrome in Ireland
Limited Vitrectomy: A Novel Surgical Technique for the Treatment of Vitreomacular Traction, Sub-internal Limiting Membrane hemorrhages and Tractional Small Macular Holes
One Year Visual and Anatomic Outcomes following Vitrectomy for Complications of Diabetic Retinopathy
Effectiveness of Ozurdex Implant in Immunosuppressed Patients with Non-Infectious Posterior Segment Intraocular Inflammation
Target 5000: An Update on Progress, Goals and Future Interventions for Patients with Inherited Retinal Degeneration in Ireland
5 Year Review of Diabetic RetinaScreen
Analysis of Non-Attendance of Diabetic Retina Screening Patients at the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinic in University Hospital Limerick
A Quantitative Analysis of a Regional Diabetic Retinal Treatment Centre since the Initiation of the Irish Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme
Annual Mooney Lecture 2019
"Old Diseases in the New Century: Déjà Vu in the Uveitis Clinic"
Prof Nicholas Jones
|11.45am||Presentation of Barbara Knox Medal for Best Paper|
Lean Thinking in Cataract Delivery - an Integrated Care Model
Chair and Introduction: Prof Billy Power, Clinical Lead in Ophthalmology, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin
Lean Cataract Surgery – Does this Mean Missing the Tea Break??
A New Cataract Unit – All you have to do is Build a New Theatre
Efficiency in Cataract Surgery - Our Experience in an NHS Beacon Site
ICO Annual Conference 2019 Posters
Atypical Presentations of Ocular Metastasis
R N Shaffi
Subconjuctival Hemorrhage Following Intravitreal Anti-VEGF Injections
Acute Comitant Myopic Esotropia-Botox vs Squint Surgery
Retinopathy Changes Since Onset of the Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Service in University Hospital Galway
An Audit of iStent Usage and Outcomes in the Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital
Severe Female Carrier Phenotype in an Irish Pedigree with Novel Massive Deletion in the CHM Gene
The Efficacy of Switching to Intravitreal Aflibercept for Persistent Diabetic Macular Oedema Refractory to Ranibizumab
Development of a Core Outcome Set for Age-Related Macular Degeneration Interventions
TGFβ induces NOX4 and Fibrotic Genes in Trabecular Meshwork Cells: Role in Glaucoma
An Audit of Diabetic Retinopathy Screening in Pregnant Women with Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus
Beware of the Kitty Cat!
Case Report: Rare Case of Proptosis and Loss of Vision
Improvement of Visual Acuity Based on Optical Coherence Tomography Patterns Following Intravitreal Bevacizumab Treatment in Patients with Diabetic Macular Edema
Rare Solitary Fibrous Tumor of Lacrimal Sac in Young Patient
Elucidating the Role of the Hippo Pathway in the Development of Open Angle Glaucoma
Epithelial Inclusion Cyst of the Orbit after an Evisceration: The Use of Trichloroacetic Acid (20%)
An Audit of Outcomes from the Administration of Tissue Plasminogen Activator in Patients with Submacular Haemorrhages
A Case Series of the Use of ILUVIEN Implant
Isolated Orbital Glioependymal Cyst in an Infant - Case Report
Acute Macular Neuro Retinopathy
Congenital Dural Ecstasies of the Optic Nerve Sheath
A Rare Case of Bilateral Optic Disc Pit in a Myopic Female
Multi-centre Diabetic RetinaScreen Diabetic Retinopathy Referrals and Treatment Outcomes
Shocking Convergence – Unusual Ocular Manifestation Post Low Voltage Electric Shock
A Case of Highly Aggressive Orbital Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma
Intraocular Lens Selection in Cataract Surgery
Cryopexy for Retinal Tears
What Travel Burden do Intravitreal Injections Place on Patients in the West of Ireland?
Visual Field frequency and glaucoma progression – An audit from the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital
A Retrospective Study on the Blood Pressure of Patients with Diabetic Macular Oedema Receiving Anti-VEGF and intravitreal Corticosteroid Therapy
A Retinal Rarity
Non-attendance Rates at Intravitreal Injection Clinics in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Over a 4 Month Period
A Case of Neurotrophic Keratitis
Reconstruction of the Upper Eyelid Following Excision of Basal Cell Carcinoma - a Case Report
Surgical Correction of Paediatric Ptosis using Mullers Muscle - Conjunctival Resection with Putterman Ptosis Clamp
A Case Series of Orbital Subperiosteal Haematomas
Introduction of a Leadership Intervention to Foster Non-Consultant Hospital Doctor Professional Development
Mr Paul Barrington Chell
Mr Paul Chell was clinical director of Head and Neck Surgery at Worcester Royal Hospital, with a special interest in cataract surgery and patient focused efficient care. He has performed over 17,000 cataract surgeries. The unit was recognized in 2000 by the Department of Health in the UK as a “Beacon site” for efficient cataract surgery. He developed independent eye clinics in the UK renowned for their patient focused efficiency, care and excellence. He also consults widely on efficiency and avoiding “never events” in the UK. In the early 1990’s his mathematical models, research and lecturing led to the terms “spherical targeting” and “astigmatic targeting” still widely used in cataract surgery today. He was President of numerous prestigious societies and gave over 100 invited lectures. Paul retired from clinical practice at 50 years of age. He now has a special interest in nutrition and triathlon. He is a Director of an English football club, where he chairs the Performance Enhancement Group.
Ms Nicola Bayly
Ms Nicola Bayly is an Assistant Commissioner in the Data Protection Commission working as a lead investigator in the Multinationals & Technology unit. As part of this role Nicola scopes issues for statutory inquiry that have come to the attention of the Commission via a complaint or otherwise. Nicola is involved in managing the inquiry process and is currently in charge of a number of different inquiries into the practices of some of the world’s leading technology companies on issues as diverse as the extent of a data subject’s right of access to “observed” personal data to examining the validity of the lawful bases relied upon by data controllers in their processing of personal data.
Nicola is a solicitor with experience in advising private and regulatory clients with regard to data protection compliance from her time spent in firm.
Miss Sarah Chamney
Miss Sarah Chamney is a Consultant Ophthalmologist based at Children’s Health Ireland at Temple Street, the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and the National Maternity Hospital, Dublin. She is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and she completed her specialist ophthalmology training in the Northern Ireland Deanery. She undertook her paediatric ophthalmology fellowship at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.
Dr Sinead Corr
Dr Sinead Corr qualified with a BSc Microbiology from University College Cork in 2002 obtained a PhD in Molecular Microbiology at the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, under the supervision of Prof. Colin Hill (2007), investigating the interaction of the food borne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes with the gastrointestinal epithelium and the therapeutic potential of probiotics to treat intestinal infection.
Dr Corr qualified with a BSc Microbiology from University College Cork in 2002 obtained a PhD in Molecular Microbiology at the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, under the supervision of Prof. Colin Hill (2007), investigating the interaction of the food borne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes with the gastrointestinal epithelium and the therapeutic potential of probiotics to treat intestinal infection.
In 2012, Dr Corr was awarded a Starting Investigator Research Grant from Science Foundation Ireland, to investigate the role of miRNA’s in the regulation of gut homeostasis or inflammatory disease. She was appointed Assistant Professor in Microbiology at Trinity College Dublin, and established the HostMicrobe Interface & Gut Immunity lab in 2015. Employing molecular based approaches and elaborate in vivo models and clinical analyses, the Corr research group aims to unravel the molecular mechanisms underpinning the crosstalk between the intestinal immune system and the gut microbiota in disease associations, in particular microbiome-associated disorders like IBD. The influence of the microbiota on health and disease, and the potential to harness it as a therapeutic strategy, is a research focus.
Ms Claire Hartnett
Ms Claire Hartnett is a Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Children's University Hospital, Temple Street. She undertook her fellowship training at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London and The Royal Hospital London.
Miss Monique Hope-Ross
Miss Monique Hope-Ross was Clinical Director at Birmingham and Midland Eye Hospital and Heart Of England Hospitals, with a special interest in medical ophthalmology, including diabetes and macular degeneration. She trained in Dublin, Belfast, Birmingham and New York. She introduced new imaging techniques to the UK. She pioneered diabetic eye screening in the UK and was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians. She led in the uptake of anti VEGF therapies, lecturing widely. She has published many scientific publications and book chapters. Monique was President of the Ophthalmic Imaging Society and the Midland Ophthalmological Society. She has delivered over invited 100 lectures. She was honorary senior clinical lecturer in the University of Birmingham. Her interest in diabetic eye disease lead to an interest in nutrition and wellness. She has studied this extensively and lectured to both clinicians and patients on the subject. She has an interest in sports nutrition and is part of a Performance Enhancement Group in an English football club.
Professor Nicholas JonesProfessor Nicholas Jones is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinical Director of Uveitis Service, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and Honorary Prof. of Ophthalmology at the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC), University of Manchester.
Prof. Jones underwent his undergraduate training at the Universities of St. Andrews and Manchester, and postgraduate training in ophthalmology at Southampton and Manchester, UK. In 1991 he created the Manchester Uveitis Clinic, now in its 29th year and one of the busiest in the world, which has treated nearly 5,000 patients with uveitis from the North of England, Wales and beyond. He is the author of two textbooks: “Uveitis: An Illustrated Manual” which won the Royal Society of Medicine Book Prize in 1999, and “Uveitis: Second Edition” in 2012. He has also written a history of the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital for its bicentenary in 2014, numerous book chapters and over 100 peer-reviewed papers. The Manchester Uveitis Clinic team has a high research output; the main current interests are on the diagnosis and management of sarcoidosis and tuberculosis, on new imaging in uveitis, and on secondary glaucoma. Professor Jones is an elected member of the International Uveitis Study Group and the American Uveitis Society, is a founder faculty member of the Moorfields and Euretina Uveitis Courses, and is regularly invited to lecture and teach nationally and internationally. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Ocular Immunology & Inflammation, and Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection.
Ms Rizwana KhanConsultant Ophthalmic Orbital, Oculoplastic surgeon and Consultant in-charge Accident and Emergency department, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin.
Ms Khan completed her Ophthalmology training and fellowship in Orbits, Oculoplastic and Neurophthalmology in 2007. She is involved in several research projects in Orbits and Oculoplastics with special interest in Navigation in Orbital surgery.
Professor Mary D KingProfessor Mary D King is a Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at Temple St. Children’s University Hospital, Rotunda Hospital and Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and Professor in Paediatrics at University College Dublin, School of Medicine & Medical Science, Ireland.
She has many publications in the field of Paediatric Neurology and is co-author of "A Handbook of Neurological Investigations in Children" (King & Stephenson, MacKeith Press London, 2009).
Her main areas of research interest are neurogenetics, movement disorders and causation of neonatal encephalopathy and childhood disability.
Professor Chris Lloyd
Professor Chris Lloyd is a Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London. He has held an honorary Chair from the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, University of Manchester since 2012 and retains honorary Consultant status at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.
His training included undergraduate studies at St Bartholomews' Hospital London, SHO and registrar posts at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and 2 years as a clinical fellow at Great Ormond Street. He returned to Manchester as a senior registrar/lecturer in 1993. He became Manchester's first sub-specialist consultant paediatric ophthalmologist in 1995 and together with his colleagues built up and developed the MREH paediatric eye service into a large tertiary referral and teaching centre. He took up his current post at Great Ormond Street in 2016.
Prof. Lloyd has published over 90 peer reviewed papers, 11 book chapters and co-edited a text book (with Prof Scott Lambert of Stanford University, California) on congenital cataract diagnosis and management.
He regularly lectures nationally and internationally. He received an “Honor award” from AAPOS (the American Association for Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus) in 2017 and serves on the AAPOS ophthalmic genetic task force. He was the UK board member of the European Paediatric Ophthalmology Society from 2012 to 2016.
He has a longstanding clinical and research interest in the diagnosis and management of infantile and childhood cataract and other inherited eye disorders. He has collaborated with Professor Graeme Black and the ManGen team in the development (and subsequent introduction to the NHS) of a targeted next generation sequencing panel for improving the precision of diagnosis of children with cataract. Over the last 13 years he has organised many teaching workshops at both AAPOS, the AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology) and the Annual Congress of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
He is currently a board member of the British and Irish Paediatric Ophthalmology Association (BIPOSA) and recently stepped down after 5 years as chair of the Paediatric Sub-committee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
Mr Barry QuillConsultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Clinical Lead, Cataract Unit Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital , Dublin
Mr. Barry Quill is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon whose clinical areas of expertise include Cataract, Refractive, Glaucoma and Corneal Surgery. He completed his residency and specialist registrar training in 2015 through the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland. He was awarded a fellowship in Refractive Laser and Cataract Surgery from the Mater Private Hospital, Dublin and awarded two subsequent fellowships from The Royal Perth Hospital, Australia gaining valuable experience in new novel methods of corneal transplantation and minimally invasive glaucoma surgery.
Mr Quill was appointed as a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon in 2017 to the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital and Clinical Lead for the new cataract unit at the Hospital.
His main research interests are glaucoma, corneal transplantation and eye banking. He received his academic Doctorate from University College, Dublin (2010) for his full-time research in glaucoma eye disease. This body of work has resulted in international and national prizes, awards and publications, and he has lectured worldwide on his findings. He has authored multiple international peer reviewed publications and book chapters.
Mr Paul Mullaney
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Sligo University Hospital
Paul Mullaney is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon working in Sligo University Hospital. He undertook his initial training in The Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital in Dublin. There followed further training Fellowships in The University of Wisconsin and University of Toronto in Pediatric Ophthalmology. Prior to taking up his post in Sligo he worked in The King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital in Saudi Arabia and The Worcester Royal Infirmary. The Worcester Royal Infirmary specialised in high volume cataract surgery.
Whilst in Sligo he was the Clinical Director of the hospital for 8 years. The Ophthalmology team won the prestigious HSE National Health Service Excellence award in 2016.
His main practice areas encompass Cataract surgery and Pediatric Ophthalmology.
Dr Arjuna Ratnayaka
Dr Ratnayaka is a Lecturer in Vision Sciences and brings together expertise in retinal cell biology and neurodegeneration. He is an alumnus of the University of Aberdeen, Imperial Collage London, and the University of Liverpool. This was followed by postdoctoral work at King's College London and the University of Sussex.
His group at the University of Southampton investigates the molecular mechanisms underlying degenerative pathologies in the senescent retina and brain; leading to conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, retinal dystrophies and Alzheimer's disease. His work has described how synaptic vesicles are shared by adjacent synapses, how signalling occurs via extra-synaptic sites and how synaptic plasticity is modulated by neurons. His work in retinal diseases has uncovered how genetic and dietary risk factors lead to pathogenic alterations in cellular trafficking, and how changes in the extracellular matrix contributes to disease. Ongoing projects study the role of misfolding proteins and clearance of aggregating macromolecules in retinal and brain pathologies.
Dr Ratnayaka's work utilises in-vitro and in-vivo models as well as human donor tissues. His research involves collaborations with other scientists, clinicians as well as industrial partners.
Dr Ratnayaka's portfolio also includes teaching in several undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across two Faculties. He is engaged in outreach activities including raising awareness of blinding diseases and dementia through workshops, public lectures and work with patients as well as education in schools.
Further information can be found here
Professor Michael UlbigLudwig Maximilians University Munich; Department of Ophthalmology, Klinikum rechts der Isar, (University Hospital), Technical University of Munich (TUM), Munich
Prof. Dr. med. Ulbig has a major interest in clinical studies and retinal vascular diseases. His clinical subspecialty is medical retina, including the treatment and diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and retinal vein occlusions.
Prof. Ulbig is a Lecturer at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, the "Academy der Augenärzte Deutschlands (AAD)", DOG basic science course at the International University in Venice. Prof. Ulbig has authored more than 180 pubmed listed papers.
Miss Seema Verma
Miss Seema Verma is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital, London and a founding member and President of the British Emergency Eye Care Society (BEECS). Her main areas of interest include acute ophthalmology, cataract and external eye disease. Having graduated in medicine from University College London, she completed her ophthalmic training on the North Thames Rotation which culminated in a corneal Fellowship at Moorfields. She also took time out of her training whilst at St Thomas’ Hospital to complete her MD in excimer laser with Professor John Marshall.
In 2001 Miss Verma was appointed a consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital and became the first ophthalmologist in the UK to lead an ophthalmic A&E department. For 15 years she was their Service Director for A&E and General Ophthalmology and developed the role of the Nurse Practitioner and the extended role of the optometrist in delivering acute care in the A&E department. In 2017 she established the optometry delivered Urgent Care Centre at Moorfields.
With the help of like-minded colleagues she co-founded BEECS in October 2013 and strived to establish emergency ophthalmology as a sub-specialty in its own right. In March 2016 the Royal College of Ophthalmologists granted sub-specialty status to Emergency Ophthalmology. Seema continues to champion acute ophthalmology as a sub-specialty by teaching and organising courses nationally and internationally. She is a member of the Scientific Committee at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
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