It was a day of glory and recognition for an eye care institution which was among the earliest in the country to understand the criticality and role of ocular anesthesia in major ophthalmic processes and to its representative anesthesiologist Dr VV.Jaichandran at the “World Congress of Ophthalmic Anesthesia” WCOA 2012, held at Ankara, Turkey. The man and the institution he represented had played a key role in the formation of the Ophthalmic Forum of Indian Society of Anaesthiologists (OFISA) with the objective of promoting quality anesthesia for patients undergoing eye procedures, perform collaborative research and to act as a vibrant platform for the exchange of information, latest findings and real time experiences of anesthetists and ophthalmologists from eye care centers around the world.
Dr SS.Badrinath was among the first to realize the need to develop ocular anesthesia as a sub-specialty on par with obstetrical anesthesia, cardiac anesthesia, pediatric or orthopedic anesthesia at a time when the ophthalmologist would himself/herself administer the anesthesia and carry out the required process. He played a key role in getting the due importance to this field by involving leading Ophthalmologists and Anesthesiologists to jointly form the OFISA as a platform between the two. The high recognitions at an international anesthesia Congress were a fitting culmination to these efforts.
Dr V.V.Jaichandran, represented Sankara Nethralaya at the “World Congress of Ophthalmic Anesthesia” WCOA 2012, held at Ankara, Turkey, his talk titled “Tips and tricks for managing difficult patient under local anesthesia” was very well received, appreciated by the participants and highly interactive. His workshop on “Simulation in regional blocks using ‘Eye-Practicing Orbital Device’ (POD) conducted with the help of Mr. Biswarup Mukherjee, from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras was a first of its kind simulation in eye blocks to be demonstrated in an international Congress. It won great praise from distinguished international dignitaries, with many of them wondering openly on the modalities of the technique and enquiring about the mechanism and cost involved in its making.
The Free paper, co-authored by Dr V.V.Jaichandran, titled “A Novel way of teaching Orbital blocks- Eye ‘Practicing Orbital Device” (POD) was adjudged as the Best Free Paper at the Congress. The final feather on the cap for Dr VV.Jaichandran known for his organizational skills was being chosen to be the Organizing Secretary of the 4th World Congress of Ophthalmic Anesthesiologists (WCO) to be held in 2016 at Chennai jointly by the British Ophthalmic Anesthesia Society, BOAS, UK and Sankara Nethralaya.