ICO Annual Conference 2022

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The Irish College of Ophthalmologists Annual Conference 2022 will take place from noon Monday 16th to Wednesday 18th May 2022 at the Kilkenny Convention Centre, Lyrath Estate.

We are excited to be planning our reunion at what promises to be an excellent educational meeting. Symposia will include a clinical session on Ocular Surface Disease; a service delivery session on 'Planning for the Future' examining Medical Retina and Telemedicine/Virtual Review, IOP Clinics and Glaucoma Diagnostic Hubs; whilst a separate symposium focused on the Integrated Eye Care Team will highlight the model of eye care implementation at national, regional and community level.

A separate clinical session on Recent Clinical Trials in Glaucoma, Myopia and Retina is also planned.

The College is honoured to invite Prof Stanley Chang, K.K. Tse and Ku Teh Ying Professor of Ophthalmology, Columbia University, New York to present this year's Annual Mooney Lecture. A specialist in vitreoretinal disorders and surgery, Prof Chang has pioneered many of the surgical techniques currently used in this field.

Parallel workshop sessions on Ocular Movement and OCTA, in addition to the paper and poster sessions (ICO medal and prize presentations) and the SOE Young Ophthalmologist Lecture 2022 are just some of the many other highlights on this year's agenda!.

A parallel exhibition will run alongside the three-day scientific conference and the ICO wish to thank all our industry partners for their support at this years meeting.

Monday 16th May      


Refreshments and Parallel Exhibition


Official Welcome

Mr Tim Fulcher
President, Irish College of Ophthalmologists


Paper Session

Chairs: Prof Colm O'Brien, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin and Dr Fiona Kearns, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin

  • Effectiveness and Safety of the XEN 45 Gel Stent as a Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery Device in the Management of Open-Angle Glaucoma
    Simon Neary
  • The Role of Small Incisional Cataract Surgery (SICS) in an Indian Hospital.
    Joseph Keenan
  • A screening tool to detect chronic ocular graft versus host disease in a Hematology/ Oncology outpatient setting
    Emily Greenan
  • Clinical evaluation of a new extended depth-of-focus intraocular lens, the PhysIOL Isopure 123, in achieving functional distance, intermediate, and near vision post cataract surgery.
    James Morris
  • An Analysis of Ophthalmology Inpatient Consults at Cork University Hospital
    Robert McGrath
  • The use of Autologous Serum in Dry Eyes and Ocular Surface Diseases
    Azher Aldouri
  • Efficacy of selective laser trabeculoplasty as an adjuvant treatment in open angle glaucoma.
    Shane O'Regan
  • The Ecological Impact of Cataract Surgery - Single-use Items Consumption and Knowledge of Ophthalmic Theatre Staff in University Hospital Limerick
    Emilie Mahon
1.00pm Lunch

Delivering Integrated Care in Ireland

Chair: Prof Colm O'Brien, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin

The National Clinical Programme for Ophthalmology: Supporting the Delivery of Integrated Care
 Prof Billy Power
Clinical Lead for Ophthalmology and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin

Establishment of a Novel Governance Structure to Transform, Integrate and Deploy Regional Eye Care - the virtual Accountable Care Organisation (vACO)
 Prof David Keegan
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin

Eye Care in the non-Acute Setting
 Dr Margaret Morgan
Consultant Medical Ophthalmologist, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin and CHO7

The Role of an Optometrist in a Multidisciplinary team.
 Chriosa O Connor
Optometrist, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin

3.30pm Refreshments

Paper Session

Chairs: Mr John Doris, University Hospital Waterford and Prof Conor Murphy, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin

  • The role of NUAK1 and its inhibition in human glaucoma lamina cribrosa cells
    Sarah Powell
  • The effect of miR-29b expression on ADAM 12 & ADAM19 in the lamina cribrosa in primary open angle glaucoma
    Aoife Smyth
  • Application of a recellularised porcine corneal graft in an in vivo leporine anterior lamellar keratoplasty model
    Robert Brady
  • Hypoxia drives Fibrosis in Pseudoexfoliation Glaucoma via DNA Methylation
    Deborah Wallace
  • Circadian regulation of the inner blood retinal barrier: a paradigm for dry age-related macular degeneration development
    Fionn O'Leary
  • Guardian of the Genome p53 dysregulation in glaucomatous lamina cribrosa cells.
    Kealan McElhinney
  • Autotaxin: A Fibrosis Target in the Lamina Cribrosa in Glaucoma
    Amy O'Regan

Annual Mooney Lecture 2022

Introduction: Prof David Keegan

‘Improving the Outcomes of Surgery for Retinal Detachment’

 Prof Stanley Chang
K.K. Tse and Ku Teh Ying Professor of Ophthalmology
Columbia University Department of Ophthalmology

Tuesday 17th May     

8.00am Breakfast Sponsored Session Neovascular AMD - Kindly supported by Bayer

Ocular Surface Disease Symposium
Chair: Ms Nikolina Budimlija, Institute of Eye Surgery, Waterford

Allergic eye disease: Myths, Mysteries and Modern medicine
 Mr Tom Flynn
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Bon Secours Hospital, Cork

Paediatric Ocular Surface Disease: JOMO to FOMO
 Mr Samer Hamada
Clinical Lead and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Conjunctival Inflammation From Beyond! Diagnosis and Management of Cicatrising Conjunctival Disease.
 Prof Conor Murphy
Professor of Ophthalmology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin

Ménage à Trois: Sex, Sex Steroids and Dry Eye Disease.
 Mr David Sullivan
Chairman, Board of Directors, Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS), Boston, US and former Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

10.45am Coffee

ICO National Training Programme

 Miss Yvonne Delaney
Dean of Postgraduate Education, Irish College of Ophthalmologists


European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) Lecture 2022

Introduction: Ms Patricia Logan

Oculoplastics and Orbit Today!
 Ms Elizabeth McElnea
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, University Hospital Galway


Irish College of Ophthalmologists Annual General Meeting

Chair: Mr Tim Fulcher, President, ICO

ICO Members Only

1.00pm Lunch

Recent Clinical Trials

Chairs: Ms Janice Brady and Dr Muhammed Akram, Waterford University Hospital

The Treatment of Advanced Glaucoma Study - Outcomes at 24 months
 Prof Anthony King
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Nottingham University Hospital, NHS
Honorary Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the University of Nottingham, UK

 Mr Ian Flitcroft
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) Temple Street, and Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin

Clinical trials – trials and tribulations of using the results in everyday practice
 Prof Tunde Peto
Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Queen’s University, Belfast

3.00pm Refreshments

Parallel workshops

Ocular Motility Workshop

The Basics
 Ms Edel Cosgrave
Consultant Ophthalmologist, University Hospital Waterford

Seeing is Believing
 Jaina Byrne
Orthoptist, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin

Strabismic Thinking
 Mr Edward Loane
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin


OCT Angiography in practice
 Mr Tomas Burke
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin


Sponsored Session Uveitis Challenges - Kindly supported by Alimera Sciences

Wednesday 18th May



Paper Session
Chairs: Dr Muhammad Akram, Sligo University Hospital and Ms Elizabeth McElnea, University Hospital Galway

  • Differential experience-dependent plasticity of form and motion mechanisms in anisometropic amblyopia.
    Sean Chen
  • Is point wise analysis of the Humphrey visual field feasible as a primary outcome in idiopathic intracranial hypertension?
    Aine Ní Mhealoid
  • Improving quality of a claiming process for paediatric spectacles: results of a regional healthcare collaborative initiative
    Aniela Krezel
  • The Ophthalmic Care of Children with Intellectual Disability
    Kirk Stephenson
  • Conjunctival Melanoma: Analysis of risk factors and outcomes over 12 years at RVEEH
    Alison Greene
  • What is the prevalence of true papilledema among patients referred to the eye casualty service for suspected disc swelling?
    Bridget Moran
  • Retinopathy Screening in the Republic of Ireland in 2021
    Sarah Chamney
  • Five Year Trends in New Blind Registrations in Ireland (2017-2021)
    Rory Murphy

Planning for the Future 

Chair: Mr Tim Fulcher, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin

The idiosyncrasies of Telemedicine in Ophthalmology
 Ms Dawn Sim
Lead Medical Director of Ophthalmology, Genentech Roche; Director of Telemedicine, Moorfields Department of Digital Medicine; Associate Professor at the University College London, Institute of Ophthalmology.

Transitioning Stable Glaucoma Care to the Community
 Ms Aoife Doyle
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital and St James's Hospital, Dublin

Set up and safe assessment of diagnostic (virtual) clinic pathways
 Mr Jonathan Clarke
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

Transitioning Emergency Eyecare During the Pandemic
 Ms Evelyn O'Neill
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin

11.30am Refreshments

Paper Session

Chair: Ms Niamh Collins, Mater Private Hospital, Cork and Dr Geraldine Comer, The Galway Clinic, Galway

  • Iluvien Use for Posterior Uveitis and Cystoid Macular Oedema: Real-world Experience in RVEEH
    Barry Power
  • Development and launch of the National Uveitis Registry (NUR) of Ireland.
    Mehera Yousif
  • Non-attendance rates of patients attending treatment centres for diabetic retinopathy
    Stephen Kelly
  • Assessment of Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme referrals to Diabetic Retinal Treatment Clinic in Mater Misericordiae University Hospital for the purpose of evaluating pigmented retinal lesions as non-diabetic retinal disease
    Rashid Nahar
  • Report on Multidisciplinary team approach on Genetic Service for Inherited Retinal Diseases
    Julia Zhu
  • The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Number of Cases and Clinical Characteristics of Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment in a Tertiary Referral Centre.
    Amy Coman
  • Outcome of Early Vitrectomy in Endophthalmitis Patients
    Esraa Hegazy
  • The Natural Evolution and Effect of Covid-19 on Referrals from the Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme 2017 to 2021
    Alan Hopkins

Presentation of 2022 ICO Medals

Sir William Wilde Medal for Best Poster

Barbara Knox Medal for Best Paper

John Blake Medal for Best Scientific Research Paper


Conference Close


ICO Annual Conference 2022 Posters

  • An Uncommon Source of Insidious Ocular Toxicity.
    Eimear O'Leary
  • Post-partum haemorrhage associated choroidopathy: https://casereports.bmj.com/content/15/3/e249226
    Sarah Powell
  • Cataractous Intraocular Lens Implants.
    Joseph Keenan
  • Childhood strabismus patterns in North-West Ireland, a ten years review
    Marwa Mohamed
  • Analysis of Cataract Referrals from Community Optometrists and General Practitioners and Subsequent Clinic Visit Outcomes in a University Hospital in The West of Ireland
    Patrick Canning
  • Ataxia with a lot of retinal nerves!
    Aine Ní Mhealoid
  • Audit of Outcomes Following Attendance at the CityWest Drive Through IOP Glaucoma Clinic during the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Sarah Powell
  • Novel potential nuclear genetic modifier in Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy in Wolfram Syndrome-associated variant WFS-1 c.799G>A
    Clare Quigley
  • Complex penetrating eye injury with intra-scleral foreign body; staged surgical management
    Saad Martini
  • Candidaemia and the eye - should we really be screening everyone?
    Brian Woods
  • Poppers retinopathy
    Jay Jun Lee
  • Exercise induced Cluster Migraine with Visual disturbance
    Michael Waldron
  • Posterior staphyloma in the absence of high myopia
    Luke O'Brien
  • Ocular oncology service during the COVID-19 outbreak: uveal melanoma characteristics presenting in 2019 compared to 2020
    Aisling McGlacken-Byrne
  • Leber's Miliary aneurysms
    Michael Waldron
  • The Impact of Covid-19 on the attendance rate to the eye casualty in Cork University Hospital
    Mohammed Mohamed
  • Incidence of Posterior Capsule Rupture (PCR) and Post-PCR Complications in CUH (January 2019 - December 2019)
    Mohammed Mohamed
  • A comparison of outcomes between conventional cyclodiode laser (CL) and micropulse cyclodiode transcleral photocoagulation (MP-TSCPC) in the reduction of intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with glaucoma.
    Sam Quill
  • A rare choroidal metastasis of unknown origin
    Alison Greene
  • Addressing Technical Failures in a Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Programme
    Darragh Garrahy
  • The impact of the National Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme on the training of Ophthalmology Trainees in the performance of diabetic laser procedures.
    Miollie Kelly
  • Central Retinal Vein Occlusion- Four-year follow up of a patient with a poor presenting visual acuity
    Liam Connolly
  • The implementation of a logbook for the documentation of telephone consultations for on-call NCHDs.
    Edward Ahern
  • Eikenella corrodens canaliculitis. A case report.
    Mary Walsh
  • A review of the ‘long waiters’ for ophthalmology outpatient services in Cork University Hospital and its impact on planning for the new Integrated Eye Care Team
    Rubeena N Shaffi
  • Evaluating the Efficiency of the Irish National Diabetic Retinal Screening Service's Treatment Pathway
    Ian Brennan
  • Adherence of patients with age-related macular degeneration to AREDS 2-recommended vitamin supplements
    Ammr Alghamdi
  • Anatomical and Visual Outcomes of Full-Thickness Macular Hole Repair Surgery
    Grace McCabe
  • Investigating inner blood retinal barrier integrity in rare neurological disorders
    Deirdre Harford
  • Bing there, done that! Just another GCA Case?
    Aine Ní Mhealoid
  • Review of The Eye Clinic Liaison Service (ECLO)
    Hilary Devlin
  • Analysis of Metformins effect on Human Glaucomatous Lamina Cribrosa cells
    Daire Hurley
  • Congenital free floating pigmented Vitreous Cyst
    Jay Jun Lee
  • A focus on ocular parameters and their impact on quality of life measures in patients with Primary Sjögrens Syndrome
    Emily Greenan
  • A case report of paediatric Vogt Koyanagi Harada(VKH) treated successfully with adalimumab (Humira)
    Christine Goodchild
  • Evaluating Medical Students Experience of Near-Peer Led Teaching in Ophthalmology
    Alexandra McCreery
  • Review of Prescribing Practices in University Hospital Limerick Ophthalmology Department
    Emilie Mahon
  • Xen Gel Stents – The Cork University Hospital experience
    Mohammed Mohamed
  • 12-year analysis of the microbiological profile of infectious keratitis (IK) in an Irish tertiary hospital.
    Kealan McElhinney
  • Clinical and Genetic Re-Evaluation of Inherited Retinal Degeneration Pedigrees following Initial Negative Findings on Panel-Based Next Generation Sequencing
    Julia Zhu
  • 2.5-year analysis of photo-dynamic therapy for chronic central serous chorioretinopathy in an Irish tertiary hospital.
    Kealan McElhinney
  • Effectiveness, Capacity And Referral Patterns Of Ophthalmology Consultations In A Non-Emergency Service Provision Hospital
    Alexandra McCreery
  • Case Study: The boy with the eyesore tattoo.
    Robert Brady
  • Retinoblastoma in Ireland - A Review of the Caseload, Genotyping and Molecular Profiles of Patients over the Past 20 Years.
    Alison Greene
  • Internuclear ophthalmoplegia secondary to ischaemia in a young patient with ampiginous choroiditis
    Aisling Naylor
  • Students experience and outcomes following a targeted, blended teaching module during their ophthalmology rotation
    Micheál Troy
  • Post-operative outcomes of MRSA positive patients who received intracameral Vancomycin during cataract surgery
    James Morris
  • 12-month analysis of emergency argon laser retinopexy in an Irish tertiary hospital
    Rory Holohan
  • Anterior segment findings in patients with Multiple Myeloma treated with Belantamab
    Mary Walsh
  • Ocular manifestations of syphilis - a case series of six patients.
    Edward Ahern
  • Neurological complications of orbital cellulitis Beware!
    Joséphine Behaegel
  • Cystoid Macular Oedema rates after Artisan versus Scleral Fixated Lens Implantation
    Amy O'Regan
  • Moving Glaucoma Care into the Community - Experience from RVEEH and CH07
    Shane O'Regan
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