Anaesthesiologists from leading Indian eye institutes have come together to establish a one-of-its kind forum — the Ophthalmic Forum of Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists (OFISA).
Inaugurated by Prof. Chris Dodds, Academic Department of Anaesthesia, The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK, at Sankara Nethralaya on December 27, 2009, OFISA is affiliated to the Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists (ISA).
Delivering the inaugural lecture “Vision of the future: Ophthalmic Anaesthesia,” on the occasion, Prof. Chris Dodds said India would have to put together clear standards for ophthalmic care delivery for the elderly as the burden of common eye disorders among the elderly could increase three-fold in the coming decades. Later on, Prof. Chris Dodds unveiled the OFISA logo.
Prof. Chandra M Kumar, The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK; Dr. GV Rao, Director, ORBIS International, India; Dr. Babu Rajendran, President, All-India Ophthalmological Society and Dr. Manjushree Ray, President, ISA also participated at the inaugural function.
OFISA president and consultant, ophthalmic anaesthesiologist, Sankara Nethralaya, Dr. V. Jagadeesh, said the forum would promote quality anaesthesia for patients undergoing eye procedures and focus on collaborative research. The inaugural OFISA conference would be held in 2012.
Prof. Dodds presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Ian Sundara Raj, consultant, ophthalmic anaesthesiologist, Sankara Nethralaya.