Friday the 13th of July 2012 witnessed the curtains going up at the Sri VD Swami Auditorium on OS-KON 2012, the much awaited conference on Ocular Surface and Keratoprosthesis. It was a befitting trailer to the main show to follow in the weekend, with the audience catching a glimpse of the main artists in Ocular Surface and Keratoprosthesis, including the legendary Professor Giancarlo Falcinelli, acclaimed as the Father of Modern Ocular Surface Research and described aptly as the Michael Angelo of Ocular Surface disorders by Dr. Prema Padmanabhan, taking centre stage and regaling the audience with a smattering of Tamil. The gathering on the dais was a veritable who is who in the Ocular Surface care and Keratoprosthesis arena with the likes of Dr. James Chodosh, Dr. Christopher Liu, Dr Rama Paolo and Dr Giovanni Falcinelli having flown from half way down the globe to be present on the momentous occasion
Since then, the use of keratoprostheses for severe ocular surface disorders and corneal opacities has increased significantly, to the point that it has become a standard procedure for corneal specialists worldwide.
The two day conference that followed on the 14th and 15th of July 2012 lived up and even exceeded the expectations created by the curtain raiser. The Abbotsbury Hall at the Hyatt Regency, Chennai witnessed deep deliberations, debates, sharing of knowledge and real time experiences in the field of Ocular Surface disorders and Keratoprosthesis by experts gathered from across the world. The conference also provided an ideal platform to showcase the latest therapeutic and diagnostic aids in the field by the pharmaceutical companies.
OS-KON 2012 was truly an eye opener and a great leap in the understanding and treating of Ocular Surface disorders and Keratoprosthesis, just what its organizers had strived for.
The organizing Secretary of OS-KON 2012, Dr. Geetha Iyer observed that the prevalence of ocular disorders is becoming disturbingly prevalent the world over, she however added that on the positive side significant strides have been made in the past decade toward the management of these challenging disorders. She emphasized that the focus of OS-KON 2012 was to highlight the same among the ophthalmic community, provide an opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge and to take research in this field to the next level. Dr Geetha Iyer introduced Professor Giancarlo Falcinelli, the Scientific Director of the Odonto –Keratoprosthesis Foundation and the inventor of the revolutionary MOOKP process and the other distinguished dignitaries and foreign delegates on the stage to the audience.