CJO: June 2024 Issue Highlights

The June 2024 CJO is now available online. Here are some of the highlights: 

Resident Perspectives + visual abstract: Our talented team of residents have summarized 4 articles with a focus on what’s most relevant to ophthalmology learners here in Canada and around the globe. In addition, our April visual abstract provides a visual summary of an article on Comparison of pain perception in patients undergoing manual cataract surgery versus refractive laser-assisted cataract surgery

Original research articles:

Photo essays and case reports:

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World Ophthalmology Congress 2024

Join the International Council of Ophthalmology for their 39th World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2024®), taking place in the exciting city of Vancouver, Canada from August 16th to 19th 2024. The Vancouver Convention Center is a stunning waterfront landmark that offers convenient access to all the major visitor amenities in downtown Vancouver.

WOC2024® will once again bring together the world ophthalmology community and those who work with them for a uniquely immersive learning experience designed to shape the future of sight. Benefit from the WOC2024® scientific program comprising all eye care subspecialties to stay up to date with the latest research and trends in ophthalmology.

Enjoy interactive sessions with society symposia, surgical wetlabs, subspecialty days, industry symposia, and poster presentations, as well as invaluable networking opportunities

For more information, CLICK HERE.

55th Sally Letson Symposium

Join us for the 55th Sally Letson Symposium chaired by Dr. Ian Clark, University of Manitoba, and Dr. Solin Saleh (Co-Chair), University of Ottawa.

This year’s topic is “Pediatric Ophthalmology – Making a difference that lasts a lifetime.” Over the course of 2.5 days, the program will delve into the realm of paediatric ophthalmology. Esteemed guest speakers will deliver captivating lectures and presentations, fostering interactive learning and encouraging critical thinking. Seize the opportunity to enrich your knowledge and skills in this vital field.

Location: Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 9H4

Date: September 19 – 21, 2024

For more information, please visit the Sally Letson Symposium Website.

QUESTIONS? For inquiries relating to the scientific program and CPD credits, please contact Jill Garner [email protected]

Walter Wright Symposium 2024

The Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto is pleased to announce that they will be hosting the 63rd Annual Walter Wright Symposium from December 6th to 7th, 2024!

The 63rd Annual Walter Wright Symposium will encompass an action-packed agenda for cataract surgeons and the comprehensive ophthalmologist. With this meeting, you will look at cataract surgery innovations and inspirations since it is the 75th anniversary of the 1st IOL inserted by Sir Harold Ridley! You will delve into preop diagnostics and discussion with patients and take the journey to intraoperative technologies and techniques, and finally finish by exploring post op care and dealing with surprises. The University of Toronto has some of the most highly regarded international cataract surgeons invited who will inspire you and guide you through all these steps and challenging cases as well.

They will also have the Cataract Coach symposium and some amazing talks on cataract surgery challenges and complications. Also, cataract surgery in eyes with other co-morbities, unexpected outcomes and how to best manage. Through these different viewpoints, they aim to provide key practical pearls for residents, fellows, community, and academic ophthalmologists as well as allied health personnel. The University of Toronto look forward to connecting and engaging with you at this year’s symposium.

The symposium will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front St W)

For more information regarding registration, please visit: https://www.cpd.utoronto.ca/walterwright/

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by Continuing Professional Development, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. You may claim a maximum of 10.0 hours (credits are automatically calculated).


The podcast features guest speakers from across Canada and innovative practitioners from around the world discussing diverse topics and how they impact ophthalmology. Topics range from emerging techniques and technologies to building individual resilience as Canadian physicians. Through it all, this podcast aims to build connections within the ophthalmological community, share our experiences, and to truly promote the value the profession brings to the lives of patients.

EyeCan Podcast – COS-SCO

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Episode Guide Season 4

Episode 1: Sustainability in Ophthalmology w/guest Dr. Marie-Claude Robert

Episode 2: Age-related Macular Degeneration w/guest Dr. Ravi Dookeran

Episode 3: Dr. Phil Hooper, COS President – President’s Episode

Episode 4: Myopia – Can we slow down the growth? w/guest Dr. Vivian Hill

Episode 5: Upcoming Challenges in Retina w/guest Dr. Shaheer Aboobaker

Episode 6: Genetic Testing w/guest Dr. Sarah Chorfi

Episode 7: Barriers to Corneal Donations w/guest Dr. Samir Jabbour

Episode 8: Physician Wellness w/guest Dr. Nina Ahuja

Episode 9: Dry eye disease w/guest Dr. Louis Racine

Episode Guide Season 3

Episode 1: Dr. Phil Hooper, COS President – Vision for 2023 and Beyond

Episode 2: Fixing Canadian Health Care w/guest Dr. Robert Bell

Episode 3: Advocacy, Awareness and the National Vision Health Desk w/guest Dr. Vivian Hill

Episode 4: The Patient’s Journey w/guest Doug Purdy

Episode 5: Women in Ophthalmology w/guest Dr. Yvonne Buys & co-hosts Dr. Mona Dagher and Dr. Hady Saheb

Episode 6: Physician Health and Wellness, w/guest Susan Biali Haas

Episode 7: Dealing with Complaints Against your Practice w/guest Rishi Gupta

Episode 8: Ocular Oncology w/guest Dr. Carol Shields

Episode 9: Innovations in Retina Therapies w/guest Dr. David Brown

Episode 10: Artificial Intelligence w/guest Dr. Netan Choudhry

Episode 11: Tele-ophthalmology w/guest Dr. David Maberley

Episode 12: Canadian Ophthalmological Society Foundation w/guest Dr. Guillermo Rocha

Episode Guide Season 2

Episode 1: Intro to Season 2 and Part 1 of w/guest Lauren Brecher

Episode 2: Intro to Season 2 and Part 2 of w/guest Lauren Brecher

Episode 3
: Being a resident today w/guest Dr. Michael Nguyen

Episode 4
: Host Dr. Guillermo Rocha interviews another host, Dr. Setareh Ziai.

Episode 5: 
Strabismus Surgery w/guest Dr. Yi Ning J. Strube

Episode 6: 
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion w/guest Dr. Nupura Bakshi

Episode 7: 2022 at the Canadian Ophthalmological Society w/guest Dr. Colin Mann

Episode 8: Talking Markets and Investments with MD Financial w/guest Craig Maddock and Ian Taylor

Episode 9: Bioinformatics, deep learning, and clinical epidemiology w/guest Dr. Cecilia Lee

Episode 10: Mindfulness and Physician Wellness w/guest Dr. Agnes Wong

Episode 11: Global Ophthalmology w/guest Dr. Vivian Yin

Episode Guide Season 1

Episode 1: Podcast introduction and working in COVID

Episode 2: Gene Therapy ft. Dr. Robert K. Koenekoop

Episode 3: Innovation in Glaucoma ft. Dr. Hady Saheb

Episode 4: COVID-19 Second wave and beyond ft. Dr. James Chodosh

Episode 5: Navigating Retirement ft. Dr. Yvonne Buys

Episode 6: Physician Wellness w/guest Dr. Nina Ahuj‪a‬

Episode 7:The COS in 2021 w/guests Dr. Colin Mann and Elisabeth Fowle‪r‬

Episode 8: Competence by Design w/guest Dr. Stephanie Baxter

Episode 9: The Eye Bank w/guest Dr. Clara Chan

Episode 10: Innovating During a Pandemic w/guest Dr. Ike Ahmed

Episode 11: Physician-focused Financial Advice w/MD Financial Management

10th Global Ophthalmology Meeting

Date: October 10-11, 2024

Location: Madrid, Spain

Welcome to the 10th Global Ophthalmology Meeting, happening on October 10-11, 2024, in Madrid, Spain. This conference serves as a vital platform for ophthalmologists, researchers, clinicians, educators, and industry professionals worldwide. Attendees can expect an engaging program featuring scientific sessions, keynote presentations, workshops, and poster sessions covering various facets of ophthalmology. Key themes include advancements in surgery, diagnostic technologies, management of ocular diseases, and public health initiatives. The event offers an opportunity to network, share insights, and collaborate with peers, experts, and industry leaders. With Madrid’s rich cultural heritage and vibrant atmosphere as the backdrop, attendees will also have the chance to explore the city’s landmarks and culinary delights. Join us for two days of learning, innovation, and camaraderie at the 10th Global Ophthalmology Meeting in Madrid.

For more information, please visit: https://globalophthalmology.conferenceseries.com/

Zeiss Beyond – Shaping Ophthalmology Together

Date: Friday, May 31st 2024

Location: Hockey Hall of Fame – Toronto, ON

Don’t miss this session with renowned experts sharing their experience with the latest digital and surgical innovations to improve patient outcome and optimize clinical workflows.

This session includes:

For more information, visit: https://www.zeiss.ca/meditec/en/news-events/events/cos_2024_zeiss.html

MOC Learn & Connect

The Royal College is excited to launch the MOC Learn & Connect Series which will provide details on the new changes to the MOC framework, as well as share the educational strategies that will support the medical community.

At the end of this session, you will be able to:

In addition to these virtual events, the MOC Learn & Connect series includes pre-recorded videos and opportunities for live Q&A with MOC team members.

MOC Credits

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by the Royal College Learning Improvement Unit. You may claim a maximum of 1 hour.

Dates (English)

Tuesday, May 14th at 12:00 – 13:00 EDT

Friday, June 21st at 12:00 – 13:00 EDT

Wednesday, July 10th at 12:00 – 13:00 EDT

Tuesday, August 13th at 12:00 – 13:00 EDT


Thursday, May 16th at 12:00 – 13:00 EDT

Wednesday, June 19th at 12:00 – 13:00 EDT

Friday, July 12th at 12:00 – 13:00 EDT

Thursday, August 15th at 12:00 – 13:00 EDT

To register, CLICK HERE.

Questions? Contact the Royal College Services Centre at (613) 730-6243, 1-800-461-9598 or [email protected]

CJO: April 2024 Issue Highlights

The April 2024 CJO is now available online. Here are some of the highlights: 

Resident Perspectives + visual abstract: Our talented team of residents have summarized 4 articles with a focus on what’s most relevant to ophthalmology learners here in Canada and around the globe. In addition, our April visual abstract provides a visual summary of an article on OCT outcomes as biomarkers for disease status, visual function, and prognosis in diabetic macular edema.

Original research articles:

·        Development and validation of the first Canadian Aboriginal syllabics visual acuity chart

·        Zonular dialysis and cataract surgery: results from a UK tertiary eye care referral centre

·        Development of a standardized Canadian undergraduate medical education ophthalmology curriculum

·        Incidence of ocular surface squamous neoplasia in pterygium specimens

·        Effect of race and ethnicity on surgical outcomes for rhegmatogenous retinal detachments

Photo essays, correspondence, and case reports:

·        Bilateral conjunctival melanosis in diffuse melanosis cutis and metastatic melanoma

·        Unilateral acute idiopathic maculopathy in hand, foot, and mouth disease

·        Laser pointer-induced maculopathy with secondary macular neovascularization

·        A virtual Canadian Ophthalmology Mentorship Program (COMP) for medical students

·        Surgical technique enhancements for successful subretinal gene therapy delivery

·        Ocular syphilis with coincident Bartonella infection

·         Unveiling ocular surface squamous neoplasia within a conjunctival epithelial inclusion cyst

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