ICO Annual Conference 2023

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The Irish College of Ophthalmologists Annual Conference 2023 will take place from noon Monday 22th to Wednesday 24th May 2023 at the Great Southern Hotel in Killarney.

The Conference is a highlight of the College's annual calendar of events and an important opportunity for our members to hear the latest clinical, scientific and service delivery updates taking place in the specialty.

Clinical symposia at this year's conference will focus on Medical Retina, Ocular Tumours, Keratitis and the Assessment and Management of Watery Eye.

Among our guest speakers, we are delighted to be welcoming Dr Carol Shields, Director of Ocular Oncology Service at Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, Prof John Crown, Consultant Medical Oncologist, St Vincent's Medical Group, Dublin and Prof Heinrich Heimann, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, who will present at the Ocular Tumours symposium.

Dr Stela Vujosevic, Head of Medical Retina Unit, MultiMedica Scientific Institute of Recovery and Care, Milan, Prof Usha Chakravarthy, Professor of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, Queen's University of Belfast and Dr Robert Braunstein, Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University New York are guest speakers at the 'Updates in Medical Retina' symposium.

Mooney Lecture 2023 "Mitochondrial Function - a Potentially Modifiable Risk Factor for Glaucoma?"

Professor David Garway-Heath, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon Moorfields Eye Hospital London; Glaucoma UK Professor of Ophthalmology for Glaucoma and Allied Studies at the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London.

Workshop sessions, paper and poster presentations, a talk on Managing the Nuances of Medico-legal Risks and the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) Lecture 2023 are among the many other highlights to feature on the three day conference programme.

A parallel industry partner exhibition will run alongside the scientific conference.

Monday 22nd May      


Official Welcome

Mr Tim Fulcher
President, Irish College of Ophthalmologists


Updates in Medical Retina

Chair: Dr Louise O'Toole, Mater Private Hospital, Dublin

Recent Phase 3 Clinical Trial Results on GA Treatment
 Dr Stela Vujosevic
Head of Medical Retina Unit, MultiMedica Scientific Institute of Recovery and Care, Milan

Can we Address the Discordance between Function and Morphology in GA Clinical Trials
 Prof Usha Chakravarthy 
Professor of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, Queen's University, Belfast

Biosimilars: What are they? Do we need them?
 Dr Robert Braunstein
Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University New York

1.00pm Lunch

The Watery Eye - from Start to Finish

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

Assessment and Investigations of Watery Eye
 Mr Gareth Higgins
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, University Hospital Waterford

Managing the Eyelid Disease
 Mr Micheal O'Rourke
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin

The Great DCR Debate: Endoscopic
 Ms Rizwana Khan
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin

What to do when DCR is not an Option?
 Ms We Fong Siah
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Mater Private Hospital, Dublin

The great DCR debate: External
 Ms Elizabeth McElnea
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, University Hospital Galway


Short Presentations

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

  • The Annual Conference of the Irish College of Ophthalmologists: Examining over a Decade of Trends.
    Khadija Gull
  • A Feasibility Study for the Classification of Diabetic Macular Oedema from Optical Coherence Tomography Scans using Deep Learning.
    Cathal Breathnach
  • Maximizing Corneal Endothelial Integrity.
    Marchien Dallinga
  • Analysis of Metformin’s Effect on Human Glaucomatous Lamina Cribrosa Cells.
    Daire Hurley
  • Patterns of Neuronal and Central Visual Field Loss in Optic Neuritis at Outcome Identified by Machine Learning.
    Brian Woods
  • Ocular Surface MicroRNA Associated with Chronic Ocular Graft versus Host Disease.
    Emily Greenan
  • The Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress Response in Glaucoma Lamina Cribrosa Cells.
    Caoimhe Normile
4.30pm Refreshments

Mooney Lecture 2023

Introduction: Prof Colm O'Brien, Chair Scientific & PCS Committee, Irish College of Ophthalmologists

‘Mitochondrial Function - a Potentially Modifiable Risk Factor for Glaucoma?

 Prof David Garway-Heath
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon,
Moorfields Eye Hospital London

Tuesday 23rd May     


Breakfast Session  - Kindly supported by Bayer

Chair: Miss Marie Hickey Dwyer, University Hospital Limerick

 Dr David M. Brown
Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas


Short Presentations

Chair: Mr John Stokes, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, University Hospital Waterford

  • Optic Nerve Head Perfusion and Optic Neuropathy in Carriers of Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy-Associated Mitochondrial Mutations
    Clare Quigley
  • Uveal Melanoma in Ireland
    Alison Greene
  • Keratoconus Screening in Children with Down Syndrome
    Barry Power
  • Patient Reported Outcomes of Serum Eye Drop Therapy for Ocular Surface Disease at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital
    Aoife Smyth
  • Single Centre Real World Outcomes for Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration of the Use of Faricimab in Poor Responders to Anti-Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor in the United Kingdom
    Christine Goodchild
  • Drive-Through IOP Clinic during the SARS-Cov-2 Pandemic: 18 Month Outcomes
    Emer Doolan
  • Post-Enucleation Outcomes of Patients with Uveal Melanoma
    Hanan Elshelmani

European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) Lecture 2023

Medical Ophthalmology - A Personal Journey
 Dr Geraldine Comer
Consultant Medical Ophthalmologist, CHO2 / Community Healthcare West

11.00am Refreshments

Ocular Tumours Clinical Symposium

Chair: Mr Noel Horgan, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin

Ocular Oncology: Who, When, How Should I Refer?
 Prof Heinrich Heimann
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool

Conjunctival Pigmented Tumours : When to Worry?
 Dr Carol Shields
Director of Ocular Oncology Service at Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia

Uveal Melanoma: Our Current Understanding?
 Prof Heinrich Heimann
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon,Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool

Metastatic Uveal Melanoma: Current and Future Strategies
 Prof John Crown
Consultant Oncologist, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin

1.00pm Lunch

Rapid Fire Posters


Managing the Nuances of Medico-legal Risk

 Ms Alicia Hayes BL
Case Manager, Medical Protection Society


OCT Interpretation in Macular Diseases

 Ms Olya Scannell
Consultant Ophthalmologist, CH07 Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin

3.45pm Refreshments

Workshop Session - Kindly supported by Alimera Sciences

 Ms Deirdre Townley
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Galway University Hospital

 Dr Soma Chakrabarti
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow

Wednesday 24th May



Irish College of Ophthalmologists Annual General Meeting

Chair: Mr Tim Fulcher, President, Irish College of Ophthalmologists


Short Presentations

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

  • Cataract Surgery Outcomes in Uveitis Patients at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital Dublin
    Sarah Powell
  • Ocular Toxicity Secondary to Hydroxychloroquine: Prevalence in an Irish Patient Cohort
    Jill Huang
  • Intra-Operative En-Face Frozen Section for Margin Control during Periocular Basal Cell Carcinoma Excision
    Grace McCabe
  • Outcomes of Low-Risk versus High-Risk Full Thickness and Posterior Lamellar Keratoplasty
    Esraa Hegazy
  • Abnormal Red Reflex Referrals: A Two-year Retrospective Cohort Study of Referrals to a Tertiary Paediatric Ophthalmology Department
    Liam Mulcahy
  • 1 Year Outcomes of Paul Tube Glaucoma Implants in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital
    Ian Brennan
11.00am Refreshments

Diagnosis and Management of Corneal Infections
Chair: Prof Conor Murphy, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital Dublin

Atypical Keratitis: Acanthamoeba
 Mr Tom Flynn
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Bon Secours Hospital, Cork

Update in Bacterial Keratitis
 Ms Sarah Moran
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital, Cork

Fungal Keratitis: An Update on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Fungal Infections of the Cornea
 Mr Barry Quill
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin

Herpes Simplex Keratitis: Challenges in Diagnosis and Clinical Management
 Ms Nikolina Budimlija
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Institute of Eye Surgery, Waterford

Patient Experience

Ms Eleanore O'Gorman



Presentation of ICO Medals


ICO Annual Conference 2023 Posters

  • Characterization of Optic Nerve Swelling with Oral Fluorescein Angiogragraphy and Ultra Widefield Retinal Imaging
    Robert Brady
  • Retrospective Analysis of Presenting Features and Visual Outcomes for Paediatric Patients Diagnosed with Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension in a Single British Centre
    Robert Brady
  • Effectiveness and Efficiency of Nurse-Led Glaucoma Clinics: A Retrospective Service Evaluation at Beaumont Hospital
    Ian Brennan
  • Mini-DSAEK in Macro-Corneal Perforations: Our Experience
    Cian Collins
  • A Treatment Dilemma in a Case of Adult Orbital Alveolar Rhabdomyoscarcoma
    Amy Coman
  • Mechanosensitive Calcium-Ion Channel Piezo1 in Glaucoma Lamina Cribrosa Fibrosis
    Amy Coman
  • Retrospective Study Comparing Response to Treatment Among Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration Patients Deemed Non-Responsive to Bevacizumab and Changed To Aflibercept or Ranibizumab
    Liam Connolly
  • VEXAS, A Recently Reported Haemato-Immune Disease Presenting to an Ophthalmic Emergency Department
    Marcus Conway
  • The Use of Dichoptic Therapy for Adult Amblyopia
    Arthur Cummings
  • Macular Hole 24 Hours Following a Trauma
    Maha Elsayed
  • Vitamin A Deficiency with Visual Loss in Autistic Children
    Richard Farnan
  • A Subacute Right Optic Neuropathy in a Healthy 21-Year Old Male
    Mark Forristal
  • Clinical Validation of Patients Overdue for Outpatient Follow-Up, and Allocation of these Patients to Clinics in a Tertiary Referral Glaucoma Service: A Service Improvement Project
    David Gildea
  • A Case with Retinal Whitening Which Lead to an Unexpected Diagnosis
    Christine Goodchild
  • A 10 Year Review of Open Globe Injuries in a Tertiary Referral Hospital
    Alison Greene
  • Microbiological Profile of Culture Proven Cases of Endophthalmitis: A 10 Year Retrospective Study
    Alison Greene
  • Visual Failure from Hypovitaminosis A in Three Children with Severe Autism Spectrum Disorder; the Need for Vitamin Replacement
    Glynis Hanrahan
  • MOG Igg Optic Neuritis in the Paediatric Population – An Irish Case Series
    Deirdre Harford
  • Serum Eye Drops for Ocular Surface Disease - The Irish Experience
    Deirdre Harford
  • The Use of Amniotic Membrane Transplantation in the Treatment of Stevens-Johnsons Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis in the Paediatric Population
    Esraa Hegazy
  • A Five Year Analysis of Corneal Investigations o ln an Irish Tertiary Hospital
    Rory Holohan
  • "Say What You See", Characteristic OCT and Fundal Changes in a Rare and Underreported Macular Pathology – A Case Series
    Alan Hopkins
  • A Case of Irreversible Vision Loss Secondary to a Laser Pointing Device
    Alan Hopkins
  • Ultrathin Descemet Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty versus Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty - A Systematic Review & Meta-Analysis
    Daire Hurley
  • A Traumatic Tail
    Joseph Keenan
  • Pituitary Adenomas – The Incidence of Visual Field Defects in a Sample of Ophthalmic Patients
    Áine Kelly
  • The Impact of the National Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme on the Training of Ophthalmology Trainees in the Performance of Diabetic Laser Procedures
    Mollie Kelly
  • Extent of Paediatric Ophthalmic Consults in Temple Street Hospital in Dublin
    Aniela Krezel
  • Assessment of Association between Rate of Emergency Retinal Detachment Repair and Weather in University Hospital Limerick
    Emilie Mahon
  • Audit of Patient Wait Times Attending for Intravitreal Injections and Review of the Literature of Patient Psychological Impact of Wait Times
    Emilie Mahon
  • Above the Midline; A Case Describing the Importance of a Clinical Sign
    Grace McCabe
  • Paediatric Orbital Cellulitis Related to Invasive Group A Streptococcus
    Kealan McElhinney
  • Chemical Injuries in University Hospital Waterford: Looking at Lime
    Aisling McGlacken-Byrne
  • A Cluster of Acanthamoeba
    Aisling McGlacken-Byrne
  • The Diagnosis and Treatment of a Rare Case Periorbital Necrotising Fasciitis Caused by Group A β-haemolytic Streptococcus and Herpes Simplex Virus 1 in a Woman with Insulin Dependent Diabetes
    Aisling McGlacken-Byrne
  • Unusual Case of Bilateral Choroidal Effusion
    Diana Minasyan
  • Visual Outcome of Early Diagnosis and Vitrectomy in Toxocariasis Panuveitis
    Mohib Naseer
  • Printed Biomechanical Model of the Human Lamina Cribrosa
    Simon Neary
  • Functional and Anatomical Outcomes in Refractory and Large Macular Holes Treated with an Intraretinal Fluid Expansion Technique
    Brian Ó Tuama
  • Surgical Trends in Glaucoma: An Analysis of Glaucoma Procedures Performed in MMUH from 2012 to 2022
    Pádraig O'Connell
  • Identifying Keratoconus Using an Automated Machine Learning Model
    Pádraig O'Connell
  • The Role of TAX1BP1 in Fibrosis of the Optic Nerve Head in Glaucoma
    Eabha O'Driscoll
  • Review of the Glaucoma Service Referral Process in a Major Specialist Centre in Ireland
    Eabha O'Driscoll
  • Six Month Pilot Data from the NERIECS High Volume Cataract Surgery Pathway in MMUH
    Fionn O'Leary
  • Clinical Audit of the Rapid Access Clinic - Mater Misericordiae
    Eimear O'Leary
  • A Case of Retinal Detachment Due to Myopic Traction Maculopathy Treated with Macular Buckle Surgery
    Amy O'Regan
  • Timing of Surgery and Visual Outcomes in Primary Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment
    Amy O'Regan
  • Circadian Regulation of the Inner Blood Retina Barrier as a Mechanism for the Development of Dry AMD
    Matthew O'Riordan
  • Radial Keratotomies and Primary Open Angle Glaucoma – A Case of Keeping Focus under Pressure
    Sarah Powell
  • Orbital Tumor - A Case Series
    Qirat Qurban
  • White Retinal Tumour
    Maedbh Rhatigan
  • Improving Sustainability of Diabetic Retinopathy Screening
    John Smith
  • Safety and Effectiveness of Intravitreal Dexamethasone Implant for the Treatment of Refractory Cystoid Macular Oedema in Galway University Hospital
    Addon Teye-Botchway
  • Measuring Outcomes in Lamellar Corneal Transplantation
    Addon Teye-Botchway
  • Evaluation of New Onset Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration at Sligo University Hospital
    Julia Zhu
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