DOVS CORNEA ROUNDS – Goretex Use in Anterior Segment Reconstruction

Date: Thursday, July 29, 2021

Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Title: Goretex use in anterior segment reconstruction

Speaker: Dr. Mauricio Perez

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Main differences between the different types of sutures used in anterior segment reconstruction
  2. Goretex use in the management of zonular weakness
  3. Goretex use in the management of aphakia

Guidelines for Supply Triage During Visudyne (Verteporfin) Shortage

Guidelines for Supply Triage During Visudyne (Verteporfin) Shortage

July 16, 2021

Visudyne is an essential therapeutic agent for the treatment of specific sight-threatening retinal and choroidal diseases, including choroidal tumours, anti-VEGF resistant neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) and centroserous choroidopathy (CSR). There is an active global shortage of Visudyne, and the next resupply is not expected to be available in Canada until the end of January 2022 (see:

The Canadian Retina Society (CRS) and Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) are working with Health Canada’s Drug Shortages Unit on this issue. Further, the CRS and the COS are suggesting the following mitigation strategies and suggest that the remaining supply of Visudyne be prioritized as follows:

The CRS and COS provide this information for guidance and urge all treating Ophthalmologists to collaborate with their local and regional oncology and retinal specialist groups to ensure careful triage of this agent to those patients in most dire

Registration Now Open! 52nd Sally Letson Symposium Focusing In: Ophthalmology and Wellness Practice Pearls

Sally Letson Symposium Registration NOW OPEN!
Note: Early Bird Deadline Ends August 16th 

The 52nd Sally Letson Symposium is scheduled to be held virtually on September 11th, 2021.

Symposium Organizers:

Chair: Deepinder K. Dhaliwal, MD, L.Ac

Co-Chair: Saama Sabeti, MD, MPH, FRCSC

Program Description:

The 52nd Sally Letson Symposium Focusing In: Ophthalmology and Wellness Practice Pearls will consist of a full-day virtual program focused on clinical and surgical pearls in ophthalmology, with applications to both general and subspecialty practice. Part One of the program will review key concepts pertaining to cataract surgery, including preoperative planning and IOL selection, management of comorbidities presenting with cataract, intraoperative techniques applicable to standard and challenging cases, and postoperative management; as well as an overview of current technologies in the field of refractive surgery. Part Two of the program will cover high-yield subspecialty topics in Oculoplastics, Cornea and External Disease, Glaucoma, Neuro-Ophthalmology, and Retina/Uveitis, highlighting key points relevant to the comprehensive ophthalmology practice. Guest speakers will include an esteemed cohort of experts in the vanguard of their respective fields who will guide attendees through current best practices in the diagnosis and management of important “conditions not to miss”. Special sessions will also be dedicated to physician well-being and prevention of burnout, aiming to empower physicians with effective tools to better care for themselves and their patients. Multiple high-yield educational formats, including didactic lectures, panel discussions, and case-based presentations, will be employed in a virtual environment that will encourage audience interaction and foster critical thinking.

Full preliminary program

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Target Audience:

This symposium is designed for attendance by ophthalmologists, ophthalmology fellows and residents, optometrists, medical students, technologists, nurses, and other allied health professionals.

Program Learning Objectives:

At the end of the symposium, participants will be able to:

  CanMEDS Roles: Health Advocate, Scholar

Sally Letson Registration fees

ParticipantEarly-bird rate
until Aug. 16
Regular rate
as of Aug. 17
Allied health personnel (nurse, assistant, technician,
orthoptist, PhD researcher)
Medical student (proof required: i.e., student card or letter from supervisor)$50$100
Industry representative (additional representative registrations passes for sponsors)$225$225


On Demand Webinar: The New Management of IRD Patients in the Era of Gene Therapy – A Team Approach

Learning Webinar Available on Demand

A medical education program for a broad Canadian medical audience focused on inherited retinal diseases and gene therapy. It will include 6 short talks (~ 10 min each) on IRD patient journey + Panel discussion on the Multidisciplinary Management of a IRD patient.

Archived Webinar Content

Access Details

Please click below to register for the archived webinar content: Available Online until October 17, 2021

This program is supported by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc.

Teaching Skills For Ophthalmic Educators Online Series

This 12-month online series will address the needs of anyone that is interested in teaching ophthalmologists in training and allied ophthalmic personnel. The series consists of 12 individual modules that will cover the foundational principles of instructing adult learners. Topics will include adult learning principles, principles and tools for assessment and online learning, teaching critical thinking, and more

Modules in This Series

Module 1: Applying Adult Learning Principles to Maximize Your Teaching
Module 2: Giving Effective Feedback to Enhance Any Teaching Activity
Module 3: Assessment Drives Learning: Principles & Tools to Embrace
Module 4: Teaching & Assessing in the Clinic
Module 5: Teaching & Assessing in the Operating Room
Module 6: Tips to Enhance Your Lectures
Module 7: Designing an Effective Flipped Classroom
Module 8: Fostering Critical Thinking
Module 9: Professionalism & Communication Skills: Teaching & Assessing
Module 10: Technology Assisted Teaching & Learning
Module 11: Creating Effective Continuing Professional Development Programs
Module 12: Generational Teaching: Tips to Increase Learning

Learning Objectives
By the end of the series, participants should be able to:

Course Format
This is a self-led series with 12 independent modules. Participants can choose to participate in the entire series, or choose to join the modules that will be most useful to them. Modules are self-paced. Each module in the series will be released consecutively on the first week of each month. Modules consist of a recorded asynchronous presentation with activities and assessment with a live (synchronous) meeting at the end of the month. Each module will offer a certificate and CME credits after completion of the mandatory activities. The estimated time to complete each module is 3-4 hours.

Access Details

Inherited Retinal Dystrophies, Clinical Breakthroughs and Gene Replacement Therapies: Entering a New Era of Medicine


This is an Educational Webinar Series available on demand. There are Series of 3 webinars focusing on inherited retinal disease presented by Canadian experts discussing inherited retinal dystrophies from symptoms, to diagnosis and treatment options. The role of genetic screening and genetic counseling as part of the patient journey are also presented. Each of the webinars lasts approximately 60 minutes inclusive of Q&A.

Target Audience

This program is open to retina specialists, general ophthalmologists, and pediatric ophthalmologists.

Learning Objectives

The objectives for each of the webinars are as follows:

1. Reimagining the Treatment of Inherited Retinal Dystrophies
• Recognize the signs and symptoms of IRD
• Describe the IRD patient journey to diagnosis, and referral pathway
• Understand the value of genetic screening in patients who present with an inherited or a
suspected genetically-based ocular disease

2. Advances in Inherited Retinal Dystrophies and Gene Replacement Therapy – The Future is Now
• Understand the mechanism of action of gene replacement therapy and its potential application
in various genetic diseases
• Gain knowledge in various clinical studies for IRDs: therapeutic, gene editing and stem cell
• Define the clinical end-points and measurements used in different trials

3. Best Practices for Virtual Genetic Counselling and Testing for Inherited Retinal Dystrophy
• Gain knowledge about virtual ocular genetic counselling and testing clinic
• Understand the patient journey from referral to genetic confirmation for individuals with a
suspected IRD
• Recognize the value of genetic counselling and/or testing for patients who present with an
inherited or suspected genetically based ocular disease

Access Details
The series of webinars can be accessed via the following link, IRD Learning Series

This program is supported by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc.



Date: Thursday, July 22, 2021

Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Title: Mystery Cases

Speakers: Drs. Larissa Gouvea, Nizar Din and Shai Gendler

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understanding the indications and complexities surrounding Laser Vision Correction on the background of endotheliopathies
2. A review of the management involved in femto LASIK flap dislocation

36th Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress

The first-ever APAO 2021 Virtual Congress will be held from 5 – 11 September 2021.

The APAO Virtual Congress will be a seven-day online meeting with a highly-focused Scientific Program chaired by Prof. Charles McGhee, for ophthalmologists and visual scientists to explore new medical technology and other virtual options in the era of pandemic.

22nd International Society for Genetic Eye Diseases and Retinoblastoma (ISGEDR) Meeting

22nd ISGEDR Meeting, will be held hybrid (virtual and in person) from September 2nd to 4th 2021 in Lausanne, Switzerland, jointly with the European Retinoblastoma Group (EURbG), the Société de Génétique Ophtalmologique Francophone (SGOF), and the European Reference Network dedicated to Rare Eye Diseases (ERN-EYE).

The scientific program promises to be outstanding, covering the hotest topics in ocular genetics and retinoblastoma. This will include three named lectures, the Jules-François Lecture by Jean Bennett and Albert Maguire, the Franceschetti Medal and Lecture by Ian MacDonald and the Ellsworth Lecture by David Abramson. Looking forward to meeting you soon.

Please download the Lausanne 2021 Flyer from the link below: Download Lausanne 2021 Flyer