ICO Annual Conference 2024

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The Irish College of Ophthalmologists Annual Conference 2024 will take place from noon Wednesday 15th to Friday 17th May 2024 at the Knockranny House Hotel in Westport, Co Mayo.

Symposia at this year's conference will focus on Vision and Strabismus, Orbit and Socket, and Sustainability in Ophthalmology.

Among our guest speakers, the College is delighted to be welcoming Mr Ian Marsh, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Liverpool University Hospital NHS Trust and Dr Arvind Chandna, Senior Clinician Scientist at Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, San Francisco who will present at the Vision and Strabismus symposium, alongside Ms Kathryn McCreery, Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin Hospital.

Mr Manoj Parulekar, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and Professor Geoffrey Rose, Consultant Orbital, Lacrimal and Plastic Reconstructive Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London are guest speakers at the Orbit and Socket symposium. Mr Tim Fulcher, Mater Hospital will chair and present at this session.

A dedicated symposium on Sustainability in Ophthalmology welcomes experts from both home and overseas to share their knowledge with delegates on ways to minimise the carbon footprint of the specialty and plan for the future.

Miss Radhika Rampat, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Royal Free London NHS Trust will discuss the sustainability in ophthalmology journey so far of the American European Congress Of Ophthalmic surgery - Green Working Group, examining “how can I act locally and share globally”. Miss Rampat is the co-chair of AECOS Green Working Group.

Dr Philip Crowley, HSE National Lead for Climate Change, will discuss the Climate Action Strategy 2023-2050 being adopted to reduce emissions and protect population health in the Irish healthcare system.

Dr Emilie Mahon, RCSI Ophthalmology Tutor at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, will outline the findings of her research on the ecological impact of phacoemulsification cataract surgery where she examined the single-use items consumption at University Hospital Limerick.

Mr Arthur Cummings, Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Wellington Eye Clinic, will present on how AI and the allied health professional team can lead to improvements in making ophthalmic practice sustainable.

Mooney Lecture 2024 "TED (Thyroid Eye Disease) Customised Management"

Professor Geoffrey Rose, Consultant Orbital, Lacrimal and Plastic Reconstructive Surgeon and Past Director of the Adnexal Service at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

Workshop sessions, paper and poster presentations and the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) Lecture 2024 also feature on the three day conference programme.

The medals for Best Paper and Best Poster will be awarded at the conference.

Professor Brendan Kelly will share his insights on "Pandemics in Ireland, and Lessons Learned from Covid (If Any)". His recently published book 'Resilience: Lessons from Sir William Wilde on Life After Covid' reflects on the pandemic in Ireland and what we might learn as a society and as individuals from the experience.

Professor Kelly will present the Sir William Wilde Medal to the author of the best poster.

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

Wednesday 15th May      

10.00am Welcome
Mr John Doris President, Irish College of Ophthalmologists

Paper Session

Chair: Ms Janice Brady, University Hospital Waterford

  • Assessing the Impact of Waiting Times on Glaucoma Progression: A Retrospective Study of Patients Referred from Cork University Hospital to Ballincollig Primary Health Care Centre
    Yong Yu Tan
  • Eyes on Spina Bifida: A Two-Decade Retrospective Exploration of Ophthalmic Manifestations in Paediatric Patients at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, Dublin
    Shane O'Regan
  • Optimization of Stereoscopic Vision in Concomitant Strabismus in Children
    Ganna Akhundova
  • High Mobility Group Box 1 (HMGB1) in Glaucoma Pathogenesis: Exploring Nuclear Proteins in Neurodegeneration
    Alexandra McCreery
11.00am Coffee Break
11.30am Vision and Strabismus Symposium
Chair: Mr Sean Chen, Blackrock Health Galway Clinic


Difficult Paediatric Consultations including Consent
Ms Kathryn McCreery
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Children's Health Ireland at Crumlin Hospital, Dublin

Decoding the Process of Strabismus Management
Mr Ian Marsh
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Liverpool University Hospital NHS Trust, Liverpool

Beyond Visual Acuity: Cerebral Visual Impairment - A Structured Approach
Dr Arvind Chandna
Senior Clinician Scientist, Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute San Francisco
Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool.

1.00pm Lunch

Irish College of Ophthalmologists Annual General Meeting
Chair Mr John Doris, President, ICO


European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) Lecture 2024

Ms Louise O'Toole, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

Paediatric Oculoplastics
Michéal O'Rourke
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin


Paper Session

Chair: Mr Edward Dervan, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin

  • Unraveling Chronic Ocular GVHD Through an Analysis of Tear Fluid Cytokines
    Emily Greenan
  • Clinical Presentation, Burden and Outcomes of Dupilumab Associated Ocular Surface Disease, an Irish Single Centre Experience
    Fionnuala Kennedy
  • Optimising Glaucoma Care via Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)- Slaintecare Project 177 and Glaucoma Referral Audit in St Vincent University Hospital (SVUH) 2020- 2021
    Aniela Krezel
  • Surgical Technique and 2-year Clinical Outcomes of the PAUL® Glaucoma Implant at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital
    Ian Brennan
4.00pm Refreshments

Annual Mooney Lecture 2024

Mr Tim Fulcher, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

TED (Thyroid Eye Disease) Customised Management
Professor Geoffrey Rose

Consultant Orbital, Lacrimal and Plastic Reconstructive Surgeon, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

Thursday 16th May          


Breakfast Session  - Kindly supported by Bayer
Aflibercept 8mg, a Turning Point in nAMD? From Clinical Trial to Practical Clinical Experience

 Chair:Professor Richard Gale

Dr Michael Stewart
Professor and Chairman of Ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic, Florida



Paper Session

Chair: Mr Muhamad Akrum, Letterkenny University Hopital, Donegal

  • Genotype-phenotype Correlation of Macular Dystrophies within the Target 5000 Cohort
    Deirdre Harford
  • A Retrospective Analysis of Outcomes of Corneal Anterior Intra-Stromal Ring Segments (CAIRS) with KeraNatural for Keratoconus at the Wellington Eye Clinic, Dublin.
    Rachel Madden
  • Real-World Efficacy of the Hydrus Microstent in Open-Angle Glaucoma: the Irish Experience
    Simon Neary
  • Image-Guided Navigation in Orbital Tumour Surgery: A Comparative Cohort Study
    Amy O'Regan
  • Evaluating Faricimab for Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration- a Bicentre Real World Experience
    Farah Ibrahim
  • Quantifying Circulating Tumour DNA in Uveal Melanoma Patients: A Pilot Project
    Patrick Murtagh

Pandemics in Ireland, and Lessons Learned from Covid (If Any)

Mr John Doris, ICO President; University Hospital Waterford

Professor Brendan Kelly
Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin; Consultant Psychiatrist, Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin


Presentation of Sir William Wilde Medal for Best Poster

11.00am Refreshments

Orbit and Socket Symposium
Chair: Mr Tim Fulcher, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

Why is my Child's Eye Bulgy?
Mr Manoj Parulekar
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Birmingham Women's and Children’s Hospital; Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Oxfordshire

Removing an Eye
Prof Geoffrey Rose
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

Management of Socket Complications
Mr Tim Fulcher,
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin

1.00pm Lunch

Workshop: Disc Assessment - How to Assess an Optic Nerve
Miss Yvonne Delaney
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin



Workshop: Corneal Topography
Mr Brendan Cummings
Cataract and Refractive Fellow, Wellington Eye Clinic, Dublin

4.00pm Refreshments

Uveitis Session - Kindly supported by Alimera Sciences
Chair: Mr Tomás Burke, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

Mr Will Tucker
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

Ms Deirdre Townley
Consultant Ophthalmologist, University Hospital Galway

Mr Tomas Burke
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin

Friday 17th May                


Breakfast Session  - Kindly supported by Roche
Case Studies in Retinal Disease. Real world use of Vabysmo

Chair: Ms Louise O'Toole, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin

Miss Angela Rees
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.



Paper Session

Chair: Mr Sean Chen, Blackrock Health Galway Clinic

  • Education in Focus: Significant Improvements in Student Learning and Satisfaction with Ophthalmology Teaching Delivered Using a Blended Learning Approach
    Andrea Doyle
  • Evaluation of Post-Operative Prescribing Practices in the MMUH Cataract Pathway
    Adan Khan
  • Effectiveness of the Direct Cataract Clinics at Nenagh General Hospital: A Patient-Centred Care Success Story
    Mohammed Mohamed
  • Virtual Doctors in Zambia: An Analysis of 2 years of Ophthalmic Telemedicine Consultations
    Doireann Hughes
  • Enhancing Patient Education on Cataract Surgery via an AI-Powered Chatbot
    Jackson Barret
  • A Computer Vision Model for Classification of Frisén Grade and Assessment of Treatment Response in Papilloedema
    Brian Woods
  • Sustainability in Cataract Surgery
    Alison Greene
  • Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders are Common among Ophthalmologists in Ireland.
    Matthew O'Riordan
  • Elimination of 4 year Community Childrens Eye Waiting list
    Geraldine Comer
11.00am Refreshments

Sustainability in Ophthalmology Symposium
Chair: Mr John Doris, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, University Hospital Waterford

Sustainability in Ophthalmology - How can I act locally and share globally?
Miss Radhika Rampat
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Royal Free London NHS Trust, London

Leadership and Climate Action in the Irish Health Services
Dr Philip Crowley
National Director of Strategy and Research; HSE Lead for Climate Strategy

Optimising Sustainability in Ophthalmic Surgical Care
Dr Emilie Mahon
Ophthalmology Clinical Tutor, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin

Making Ophthalmic Practice Sustainable
Mr Arthur Cummings
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Wellington Eye Clinic, Dublin


Presentation of Barbara Knox Medal for Best Paper


ICO Annual Conference 2024 Posters

  • A Web Application to Quickly Estimate Ocular Perfusion Pressure.
    Pádraig O'Connell.
  • Choroidal Osteoma: A Case Series
    Sarah Powell
  • Ten-year Vision Outcomes of Anti-vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Therapy in Choroidal Neovascularisation
    Emily Whiteside
  • A Quartet of Methods for Regularizing the Irregular in Keratoconus
    Brendan Cummings
  • The Detection of Lens Opacities using the Plusoptix Photoscreener
    Claire McEntee
  • Limbal Granuloma Pyogenicum - A Case Report and Literature Review
    Devanshi Desai
  • Dupilumab Related Ocular Surface Disease (DROSD), Identification Prevention and Management. A Full Cycle Audit with an Educational Intervention between the Ophthalmology and Dermatology Services
    Alan Hopkins
  • Assessment of Quality of The Handwritten Ophthalmic Drugs Prescription at Makkah Eye Hospital
    Eilaf Bakri
  • Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice toward Ocular Trauma among Non-Ophthalmic Practitioners at Emergency Departments of General Hospitals, Elobied, Sudan -2022
    Eilaf Bakri
  • Image Guided Orbital Surgery – A Pre-Clinical Validation Study using a High-Resolution Physical Model
    Kealan McElhinney
  • Resolution of Intractable Steroid-induced Raised Intra-ocular Pressure following Excision of Sub-conjunctival Triamcinolone
    Liam Tomás Mulcahy
  • Observation as a Primary Management Strategy in Valsalva Retinopathy
    Mohammed Mohamed
  • The Management of Intumescent Cataract in an Indian Hospital.
    Devanshi Desai
  • Molecular Analysis of Salivary and Lacrimal Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma
    Sarah Powell
  • Local Tumour Control and Visual Outcomes in Uveal Melanoma Patients Treated with Iodine Plaque versus Ruthenium Plaque versus Proton Beam Radiation: An Ten-Year Review
    Patrick Murtagh
  • Choroidal Neovascularization Secondary to Angioid Streaks in a Patient with Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum: Case report
    Sara Ahmed
  • Analysis of Endoscopic Orbital Decompression with and without Navigation for Graves’ Ophthalmopathy
    Daire J. Hurley
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity Screening in Ireland – A Retrospective Review of Screening in an Irish Hospital
    Aine Kelly
  • Coverage of Diabetic Eye Care in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia
    Ross Layden
  • Choroidal Osteoma: A Case Series
    Sarah Powell
  • Intravenous Catheter for Peritrochlear Steroid Injection in the Treatment of Acquired Brown's Syndrome
    Simon Neary
  • A Case of Irreversible Vision Loss Secondary to a Laser Pointing Device
    Alan Hopkins
  • Real-world Outcomes of Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty in a Tertiary Referral Glaucoma Service
    David Gildea
  • Implementing Best Practice Eye Care in an Intensive Care Unit Setting
    Liam Connolly
  • Veridical Estimates of Incidence and Prevalence of Slipped and Lost Extraocular Muscle in Strabismus Surgery.
    Patrick O'Neill
  • Corneal Hysteresis and its Impact on Glaucoma Severity in Afro-Caribbean and Caucasian Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG) patients
    Fionn O'Leary
  • Augmenting the Informed Consent Process for Intravitreal Injections with Interactive, AI-delivered Patient Information
    Fionn O'Leary
  • "Right in Front of our Eyes" – A Rare Case of Paediatrics Ocular Adnexal MALT Lymphoma
    Azza Mohamed
  • Experience and Trials with Intraocular Magnification Devices.
    Marcus Conway
  • Spontaneous Multi-layer Ocular Haemorrhage of Uncertain Aetiology.
    Aniela Krezel
  • Ocular Adnexal Sarcoidosis
    Pranav Gnanamoorthy
  • Endogenous Endophthalmitis in Myelodysplastic Syndrome: A Presentation with Streptococcus Dysgalactiae and Infective Endocarditis - A Case Report and Literature Review
    Salman Keraidi
  • Incidence of Angle Closure Glaucoma Presentations To an Emergency Eye Department – Pre and Post COVID Pandemic
    Michelle Dunne
  • The Awareness of the Importance of Dilatation Drops in the Eye Clinic: an Audit of Patients from Nenagh General Hospital
    Xinxan Budweg
  • Ocular Cicatricial Pemphigoid with Exclusive IgM Positivity
    Áine Kelly
  • Orbital Implant Exposure Rates after Enucleation and Evisceration.
    Ross Layden
  • A 2-year Trend Analysis of Microbiology Results in all Corneal Samples taken in the Eye Casualty Setting: the University Hospital Limerick Experience
    Amy Coman
  • A First Reported Case of Peripheral Ulcerative Keratitis Superinfected with Actinomyces Oris
    Aaron Donnelly
  • Immediate Sequential Bilateral Cataract Surgery: A 6 Year Review Of Cases at an Ophthalmology Department In The West Of Ireland
    Aaron Donnelly
  • Assessment of the Indirect Environmental and Economic Impact on Patients Attending Intravitreal Injections at Sligo University Hospital
    Jay Jun Lee
  • A Cross-sectional Investigation into the Diagnostic, Treatment and Management Methods used by Irish Consultant Ophthalmologists in the Treatment of Central Serous Chorioretinopathy.
    Daniel Coakley
  • Retinal Detachment in Candida Endogenous Endophthalmitis Managed with Vitrectomy and Silicone Oil
    Aaron Donnelly
  • The Role of ABCC6 Genetic Testing in Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum
    Alexandra McCreery
  • Periorbital and Orbital Cellulitis: The Rise of Virulent Group A Streptococcus
    Glynis Hanrahan
  • Trends in Sports-Related Ocular Trauma Presentations to a Tertiary Eye Centre during the Summer Months of 2019-2023 : A Retrospective Audit
    Bridget Moran
  • Evaluation of Non-diabetic Eye Referrals from a Single Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Programme in Dublin over a 12 Month Period in 2022
    Natalie Ng
  • An Atypical Cause of Recurrent Transient Monocular Vision Loss.
    Edward Ahern
  • Bilateral Diffuse Uveal Mealnocytic Proliferation (BDUMP): A Case Report.
    Mohammed Anwar
  • Cataract Audit Ashgrove House Feb 2024
    Maeve Lagan
  • Optimising Sustainability in Cataract Care
    Emilie Mahon
  • Successful Treatment of a Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment in a Patient with Oculocutaneous Albinism
    Deirdre Harford
  • Inner Retinal Vascular Integrity in Retinitis Pigmentosa
    Rory Holohan
  • Periocular Cancer Care: A Single Centre Experience
    Alison Greene
  • Bechet's Disease Presenting as Neuroretinitis: A Case Report
    Tooba Hameed
  • Never Let a Good Crisis go to Waste'. Have Changes to Practice Since COVID Affected the Proportion of Truly Urgent Presentations to the Eye Casualty?
    Muhammad Ali Bin Muhammad Ariffin
  • The Potential Impact of Digital Surveillance Clinics on Diabetic Maculopathy Referrals to a Regional Treatment Centre
    Miracle Grace Tullao Ong
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