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ISMSICS Launches in Australia and New Zealand

Ophthalmologists are invited to the Australian and New Zealand launch of The International Society for Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (ISMSICS), to be held on 29 October 2022 at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) Congress in Brisbane.

As a global society, with chapters in 14 countries, ISMSICS plays a significant role in the development and adoption of manual small incision cataract surgery (MSICS) by running conferences, and training and mentoring surgeons in-person and virtually.

ISMSICS plays a significant role in the development and adoption of manual small incision cataract surgery…

With the launch into Australia and New Zealand, Fellows, trainees, and colleagues from the surrounding South and Western Pacific countries, will be able to engage with this expert group, and learn more about the technique.

RANZCO President, Clinical Professor Nitin Verma AM, stressed the need for ophthalmologists to be familiar with MSICS so that it can be used when the situation requires it, such as in cases of advanced pathology, or when “geographic location, the availability of facilities and comorbidities add layers of complexity”.

He explained further, “MSICS is not typically done for routine cases in high-resource settings where phacoemulsification is the usual method for cataract extraction. However, surgeons should be encouraged to learn and remain upskilled in MSICS to enable them to use this technique as an alternative method in situations where phaco is unsuitable. In situations where equipment fails or is unavailable, MSICS is extremely valuable as routine surgery. Such situations may include remote or low-resource settings. Many of our Fellows do outreach in remote areas in Australia and New Zealand and in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, where MSICS is required.

“Adding MSICS to your surgery toolkit can ensure there is a good outcome for the patient, regardless of the type of patient and their cataract.”

The launch will take place at the RANZCO Congress morning tea, Saturday 29 October 2022, Brisbane. To secure a spot, email [email protected].