Dear Friends and Colleagues
At the outset, let me express my sincere thanks and gratitude to the members of the College for electing me as the 26th President of the College of Ophthalmologists of Sri Lanka. I thank them, for the confidence and trust, placed in me to steer the college during the year 2017.
Considering the eminent Ophthalmologists that adorned the chair of the President in the past, it is with great humility that I accept this responsibility. I will do my best to fulfill the expectations of the membership and strive for excellence in the field. It is certainly not an easy task, but I am confident that with the support of all the members and the council, I will be able to meet their expectations and aspirations.
I also take this opportunity to congratulate the outgoing president and her council for a wonderful year filled with several activities culminating in the annual scientific sessions celebrating 25 years of excellence.
The college of Ophthalmologists of Sri Lanka celebrated its silver jubilee in 2016.
However its roots, the actual origins of the college run further back into the history. The Ophthalmological society of Ceylon the forerunner of the College was founded as the 2nd oldest specialist medical body in the country at a meeting held in the Victoria memorial eye hospital, Colombo in 1957.
Later the society according to the founder president Dr P Sivasubramaniam “metamorphosed” into the College of Ophthalmologists of Sri Lanka in 1991. Incidentally year 2017 marks 60 years after its inception. We look back with a sense of pride and remember our predecessors with deep respect and gratitude for all the hard work that had gone in, to bring our college to what it is today.
This year too along with the council and of course the support of the members we would strive, to keep up the standards fulfilling the objectives of the College.
The theme chosen for this year is
“To see the world in a better way through Competence, Commitment and Collaboration”
The annual academic program spanning over the year would include the major topics such as Cataract, Glaucoma, Cornea, Diabetic retinopathy, orbit and Oculoplasty etc.
Placing more emphasis on collaboration we hope to organize joint workshops with several other professional bodies and societies as well as joint projects with corporate sector.
The annual scientific congress of College of Ophthalmologists of Sri Lanka will be held between 28th of September and 01st of October 2017.
With the help of the scientific committee I am sure we will be able to organize an array of informative and interesting updates where both international and local speakers will show case the latest in management protocols as well as global research.
Clinical meetings and journal clubs will be strengthened and continued for the benefit of the trainees.
Trainees will be given more opportunities to join in the activities of not only participating but in the organizing and conducting of the academic events of the college.
Collaboration will be a keyword this year. The college will join hands with the ministry of Health and NGOs in providing health care to the nation.
As Eye surgeons, our mission is vision. Therefore, we would be more than willing to extend our corporation towards eliminating blindness. We are thankful to the ministry for initiating a timely addition to free health care in Sri Lanka by providing free Intra Ocular Lenses for cataract surgical patients.
As the College of Ophthalmologists we have pledged our support in this venture wholeheartedly and we have supported this in an advisory capacity in the process of selection of good quality lenses as well as showing our willingness in performing the surgeries.
At the same time the college has enlightened the Ministry of the drawbacks of this project such as lack of Phaco machines, scan machines and other necessary equipment at government hospitals.
Dr Madhuwanthi Dissanayake
26th President, College of Ophthalmologists of Sri Lanka
22nd January, 2017, Colombo