It is my privilege to welcome you all to the inauguration of the 4th annual conference of APOS. APOS is just four years old , three annual conferences were held at THIRUPATHI, VISHAKAPATNAM, AND VIJAYAWADA.
In a short time it has become a well established and stable organization, thanks to the untiring efforts of our honorary general secretary Dr.V.Sambasiva Rao. The scientific sessions during the annual conferences are of very high standards – as good as the sessions during all India conferences – thanks to the chairman of scientific committee Dr.V.Gopala Raju and his team. As eye care professionals, we have a duty to inform the state government about the deficiencies and lacunae in the field of eye care in our state. There is a dire necessity to establish tertiary care centers for eye diseases on fast track model. The center should provide efficient and modern eye care to all eye diseases with state of the art equipment. This also should be a center for post graduate education and research. One regional eye hospital should be established in each district. These hospitals apart from providing treatment, should be centers for community ophthalmology.
Survey of the eye diseases in our state is essential for strategic planning for prevention of blindness. The three major causes for preventable blindness are cataract, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. The problem of cataract is being tackled by government organizations and nongovernmental organizations to a great extent. Glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy are neglected. Screening of the population for these two diseases should be planned and appropriate treatment should be provided.
Each district should be provided with school health clinics – all the schools should be visited and screened for refractive error and congenital eye diseases. Spectacles can be provided on the spot. Rehabilitation should be planned for the children with congenital diseases for which there is no treatment.
At present we have only few eye banks. More eye banks should be planned to meet the volume of corneal blindness. Education of the public about corneal donation is essential. Voluntary organizations like lions club and rotary club should be involved.
When Nandyal was selected as venue for the 4th conference many doubts were expressed. Let us congratulate the LOC for the excellent job they have done.
We welcome you to the fifth annual conference of APOS to be held at Kakinada during last quarter of the year 2019.
Dr A S R MURTHY