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Bahrain to host global congress of eye disease experts.

Byline: Mandeep Singh

BAHRAIN will host the 10th congress of the Middle East and African Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) next year, it was announced last night. The five-day event will be held under the patronage of Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa from March 26 at the Ritz Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa.

"The MEACO congress is the largest ophthalmic meeting in the Middle East and Africa region and discusses the issues related to blindness, with specific emphasis on preventable blindness," said National Committee for the Prevention of Blindness co-chairwoman Dr Ebtisam Al Alawi on the sidelines of a ceremony to announce the event at the hotel.

Several leading ophthalmologists and eye care professionals from the region as well as other parts of the world will be present at the event.

They will announce the developments in their respective regions and in their respective specialisations, said Dr Al Alawi.

"The success of the last congress in Dubai last year as well as the extensive scientific programme and the participation of several distinguished international societies has prompted us to increase the duration of the meeting to five days instead of four," she said.

"The event will witness stronger collaboration and participation by two major international organisations - the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the International Council of Ophthalmology.

"Both organisations will exclusively organise several symposiums covering different specialties in ophthalmology.

"These will be presented by eminent speakers who are well known in their respective fields.

"There will also be special sessions by Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis, Club Jules Gonin, American Association for Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, International Society of Refractive Surgery, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and European Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery."

Dr Al Alawi said the participation of such a distinguished group of ophthalmic societies would provide a very strong scientific programme.

"They will bring the experiences of prominent experts from around the world to those attending," she said.

Dr Al Alawi said the congress would also feature a two-day meeting of experts on the progress of the Vision 2020-Right to Sight programme.

She said the scientific programme would include symposiums, live surgery, instruction courses, free papers, a video programme, skills transfer courses and poster presentations.

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