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2018 APACRS Chiang May Daily Thursday

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A welcome from the APACRS President by Ellen Stodola EyeWorld Senior Staff Writer/Digital Editor A welcome from the Organizing Chairman by Ellen Stodola EyeWorld Senior Staff Writer/Digital Editor EyeWorld Daily News • The official APACRS Chiang Mai Show Daily Thursday, July 19, 2018 daily.eyeworld.org continued on page 3 A welcome from the APACRS President by Ellen Stodola EyeWorld Senior Staff Writer/Digital Editor R onald Yeoh, MD, Singa- pore, the president of the APACRS, highlighted what attendees can expect from this year's APACRS annual meeting in Chiang Mai, as well as areas of excitement for this year's program and location. "Attendees at the annual APACRS meeting can always look forward to a most carefully curated scientific program, distilling the best of all that is happening in the world of cataract and refractive surgery," Dr. Yeoh said. "We then, of course, make sure that the content is not Ronald Yeoh, MD Pannet Pangputhipong, MD only topical but also relevant to our physicians and their patients here in the Asia-Pacific." This year's program will cover a variety of cataract and refractive topics and will also feature symposia touching on other subspecialties, like retina, glaucoma, cornea, uve- itis, pediatric cataracts, and more. According to Dr. Yeoh, "an undoubted highlight" will be the Combined Symposium of Cataract & Refractive Societies, which is a joint symposium of the APACRS, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), and the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS). The theme this year, Dr. Yeoh said, is IOL innovations. "Leading IOL researchers and surgeons will present the latest in light- and femtosecond laser-adjustable IOLs, modular and pinhole IOLs, and what the future has to offer," he said. Additionally, the "Achieving Nirvana" session on top cataract surgery tips returns to this year's meeting, with Dr. Yeoh calling it a "perennial favorite." This session features a variety of international surgeons sharing surgical tips and P annet Pangputhipong, MD, Bangkok, Thailand, discussed what attendees can expect at this year's APACRS annual meeting in Chiang Mai. Cataract and refractive surgeries have evolved rapidly, he said, and patients always demand better and safer results. "There is no other better meeting to ensure that we keep up with this legitimate patient's demand than the APACRS," Dr. Pangputhipong said. "As such, we work very hard to ensure you find this year's fantastic scientific program to be focused, rigorous, and relevant." Dr. Pangputhipong added that he believes the quality of the speak- ers on various topics relevant to cat- aract and refractive surgeries seems to be better every year. "APACRS also strives to present useful informa- tion in innovative and interesting formats, such as video contest or live surgeries," he said. One of the themes of this year's meeting in "Enlightenment," which will be seen throughout the pro- gram. "Enlightenment is about new knowledge," Dr. Pangputhipong said. "Enlightenment is also about using old knowledge in a novel way or from a fresh prospective." Most importantly, he said, enlightenment is about the wisdom of discover- ing what you do not know. "The scientific program aims to be worthy of the theme— 'Enlightenment,'" he said. "I hope this year's meeting will spark your enlightenment in all dimensions." Dr. Pangputhipong added that the location is also a big draw. Thailand is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, he said. "Many people would love to visit Thailand, even when they have no other business," he said, adding that it is exciting to be able to attend a meeting in such amazing location. "The culturally rich Chiang Mai, situated in the hilly north, is one of the largest cities in Thailand," Dr. Pangputhipong said. Historically, Chiang Mai was the capital of one of Thailand's ancient kingdoms, he added. "I am certain you will dis- cover why Chiang Mai is very well known throughout the world for its beauty and hospitality." EW

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