India’s Biggest Retinal Conference RETICON held in Chennai

Thiru. Dayanidhi Maran, Central Chennai, Member of Parliament, inaugurated the one-day conference.

Over 1000 eye surgeons from India and abroad attended the event

Chennai, March 19, 2023: The 13th edition of RETICON, India’s biggest annual retinal conference organized by Dr Agarwals Retina Foundation, was held in Chennai today. More than 1,000 Ophthalmologists from India and abroad attended the conference. Thiru. Dayanidhi Maran, Central Chennai, Member of Parliament inaugurated the event by lighting the ceremonial lamp in the presence of Prof. Dr. Amar Agarwal, Chairman, Dr Agarwals Eye Hospital and Dr Ashvin Agarwal, Executive Director & Chief of Clinical Services, Dr Agarwals Eye Hospital.

RETICON 2023 brings together vitreoretinal specialists and fellows to acquire an update on the latest techniques and technologies for the management of vitreoretinal disorder, which is constantly evolving. The sessions revolved around the topics of medical retina, surgical retina, and vitreo-retinal surgeries. RETICON offers a unique opportunity for PG students and general ophthalmologists to understand various state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment options in the vitreo-retinal specialty.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Dr. Amar Agarwal, Chairman, Dr Agarwals Eye Hospitals, said: “The 13th edition of RETICON was a great success, with around 1,000 eye surgeons from India and abroad attending the conference. In India, there is low awareness about retinal diseases. This makes the field of retinal surgery extremely important. With rapid medical advances related to retinal diseases, their management and treatment are becoming much more affordable and effective. The RETICON conference aims to share the latest advancements and innovations in vitreo-retinal surgery available to all retinal surgeons to improve clinical outcomes.”

Prof. Dr. Amar Agarwal added: “Retinal diseases are the major cause of preventable blindness. Retinal diseases can be effectively managed if diagnosed on time, but unfortunately, retinal diseases get a low priority in blindness prevention programs compared to diseases like cataracts. Due to a lack of awareness about symptoms, and ignorance about seeking treatments, there has been a significant rise in patients who are suffering from vision loss. People aged above 40 should take simple tests to examine their vision, by closing one eye and checking for blurred vision. In case of impaired colour vision, decreased contrast or colour sensitivity, patients should consult a Retina Specialist. Especially if one is diabetic, it is important to keep their blood sugar levels under control. Regular retinal examination every 6 months is mandatory to detect early changes in retina.”

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