Dear IGR readers,
We hope to see you online at the upcoming 9th World Glaucoma E-Congress which will take place June 30-July 3, 2021. You can still register for our all-virtual congress up to and during the meeting. This year our regional partner is the Japanese Glaucoma Society and there will be a Japanese theme to the scientific program as well as the social activities.
The Program Planning Committee, chaired by Drs. Tina Wong and Arthur Sit, has created a terrific schedule of symposia and courses which will update you on the latest developments in our field as you learn from the leading glaucoma experts around the globe (Discover the program here). You will be able to participate in and access all of the sessions including our Presidential Symposium, 3 Plenary Symposia, 15 Parallel Symposia, 14 Courses, 2 Rapid Fire sessions, 34 regional Glaucoma Society sessions, Film Festival, Posters, and Grand Rounds sessions.
The topic of our Presidential Symposium is Normal Tension Glaucoma. It is the most common form of open-angle glaucoma in Japan as well as many other regions in the Asia-Pacific. The latest on risk factors and therapy will be discussed. Other symposia and courses will cover angle-closure glaucoma, artificial intelligence, medical therapy, surgical treatments including MIGS, laser and cyclodestructive procedures, new diagnostics, the basic science of glaucoma pathophysiology, and the post-COVID-19 office.
It has been challenging to get the latest update in glaucoma diagnostic technologies and treatments during the pandemic, and we are glad to offer an interactive platform using innovative technology and sessions for participating in the question/answer sessions, rapid fire sessions, and grand round sessions. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, connect with friends and colleagues who are participating in the congress, and vote on diagnostic dilemmas and treatment approaches for case presentations. We also have numerous opportunities to interact virtually with our supporting industry members who have their own symposia, company pages, and question/answer programs after select courses.
If you have not already, we welcome you to register for the WGC-2021 at www.worldglaucomacongress.org/registration. If you miss any live broadcasts, no need to worry. You will be able to enjoy all content on-demand on the virtual congress platform up to and including December 2021.
See you at the meeting!
The WGA is an inspirational organization that is committed to improving glaucoma care in all parts of the world. Whether you are an active member of the WGA community or would simply like to become more involved, there are many opportunities to engage with the WGA to support its educational goals.
It is hard to believe that it has been almost 15 years since I first joined the WGA as an Associate Advisory Board member back in 2006. Since then, I have taken on a multitude of roles and thoroughly enjoyed every step of the way; from becoming Associate Executive Vice President from 2008 to 2012, joining the Board of Governors in 2013, to having the honor of serving as WGA president from 2016 to 2017. I strongly believe in the educational focus of the WGA. Some of my personal highlights over the years have been helping organize and participating in several World Glaucoma Congresses, especially as I enjoy meeting and collaborating with people from all over the world. Indeed, I cannot wait for us to be able to connect in person once more at a future WGC event! I have also been an active participant in many other WGA activities over the years, including the Consensus meetings and serving on the Editorial Board of the International Glaucoma Review. More recently, I am proud to have helped in some of our latest educational initiatives, such as the Angle Closure course under the education committee. It has been wonderful to see the expansion of WGA activities over the years, such as the World Glaucoma Day/Week, the new fellowships for African trainees, improved social media communications and increased engagement with patient support groups. With more and more member glaucoma societies being formed every year, I am confident WGA will only go from strength to strength!