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Diabetes, ocular trauma main cause for increasing vision loss – COSL President

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Eye diseases or vision loss is in the increase in Sri Lanka due to diabetic and ocular trauma, Dr. Kapila Bandutilake, President of College of Ophthalmologists of Sri Lanka (COSL) and Association of Vitreo Retina Specialists (AVRSSL) said.

Speaking to the Daily News on the sidelines of the 31st annual scientific congress of College of Ophthalmologists of Sri Lanka held recently in Colombo he said ocular trauma is one of the most under-recognized causes of vision loss in Sri Lanka.

He said blunt or penetrating ocular trauma can lead to vision loss through cataract or glaucoma, but added that over 90 percent of ocular trauma was preventable.

Dr. Kapila Bandutilake

Dr. Kapila Bandutilake

Dr. Bandutilake went on to say that two main reasons for ocular trauma were industrialization and lack of awareness.

Common causes of eye injury include domestic or industrial accidents (ex. during hammering or exposure to chemicals or cleaners), assault, sporting injuries, motor vehicle crashes (including airbag injuries) and explosive devices (ex. firecrackers)

Dr. Bandutilake also said that the increase in diabetic patients in Sri Lanka was also contributing to the increase in eye diseases. He emphasized the need to control diabetes.

Dr. Bandutilake went on to say that the COSL has launched campaigns to make the public aware about reasons for eye trauma and the effects of diabetes in causing eye diseases.

The 31st annual scientific congress of College of Ophthalmologists of Sri Lanka, took place with the participation of a large number of local and foreign professionals in the field.

This year it was a combined conference with the Association of Vitreo Retina Specialists. New innovations in the field were unveiled by professionals both local and foreign. The theme this year was ‘Towards a Novel Era of Eye Care’.

“As ophthalmologists, we are fortunate to work in a time of unprecedented innovation. From new surgical techniques to cutting-edge imaging technologies and gene therapies, the possibilities for improving patient outcomes are more exciting than ever before. However, there is still a lot of work to be done with conditions such as cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma on the increase”, Dr. Bandutilake added.

The congress included scientific symposia, pre-congress workshops, plenary lecture, panel discussions, and free paper presentations across various disciplines such as cataract, glaucoma, cornea, medical and surgical retina, neuro, and pediatric ophthalmology.

Private, both local and foreign institutions involved in the field showcased their services and products at the event. One Legacy Pvt Ltd. Chairman Jabir Sally whose company had a stall at the event said that the congress provided a valuable networking experience for those who attended.

He also said the event was a platform to institutions involved in the field to showcase their services, equipment and new innovations.

Sally said One Legacy was the local partner for Bausch and Lomb, one of the world’s largest suppliers of contact lenses, lens care products, pharmaceuticals, intraocular lenses, and other eye surgery products.

Bausch + Lomb Business Unit Director (Surgical) K. Dhatchinamurthy meanwhile said his company, a global leader in the field, has partnered with One Legacy to promote their products and services in Sri Lanka.

He said all the latest products of Bausch + Lomb will be available in Sri Lanka through One Legacy.

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