Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

: 2004  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 337-

Indian ophthalmology : towards becoming a world leader.

Kannan M Narayana, Venkatesh C Prabhakaran 

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Kannan M Narayana

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Dear Editor,

It was with pleasure, pride and excitement that we noted the remarkable presence of Indian ophthalmology at the recently concluded annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology at New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (Oct 22-26). Instrument manufacturers, pharmaceu-tical companies and publishers were well represented apart from the visiting and resident Indian ophthalmolo-gists and ophthalmologists of Indian origin. It is encou-raging and fulfilling to note that there were senior and junior colleagues, as well as clinical and research scientists involved in a number of scientific meetings including free paper presentations, posters and videos. Indian ophthalmologists being invited instructors for courses and panelists for symposia highlights the recognition of the quality of ophthalmology practised in India.

We were impressed by the number of international delegates at the Indian instrument booths attracted at least in part due to the affordable prices. In terms of publishing, one of the Indian publishers has become the third largest publisher in ophthalmic books (personal communication from the company).

During the sessions on international ophthalmology and global blindness, centre stage was occupied by institutes from India that are delivering excellent care to the community. This fact cannot be overemphasised, considering the fact that many other countries and international NGOs are directly adapting the models developed by these Indian institutes. We also need to be proud of the fact that India has been instrumental in making possible cost-effective cataract surgery and many of the international NGOs that conduct camps in various countries are planning to buy intraocular lenses made in India (personal communication).

Lastly a new generation of ophthalmologists with a serious interest in research (with the majority committed to returning to India) are currently in fellowships, residencies or research jobs in various countries. It was a pleasure to meet and exchange ideas.

Again we are really proud of the increased visibility and success of Indian ophthalmology and we believe it is the time to celebrate these achievements.

Let us all be grateful to our teachers, colleagues and patients for making this possible and march toward a new era with zeal and commitment to ethical practice, research and academics!