Dr. D. Ramamurthy, Chairman of The Eye Foundation, was installed as the President of the ALL INDIA OPHTHALMOLOGICAL SOCIETY (AIOS) for the year 2016 – 2017, at their annual national conference held at Kolkata, between 25-28th February 2016. AIOS was established in the year 1930 and is one of the oldest Ophthalmic associations in the world. With a membership of over 19,000 it is the largest life member association of Ophthalmologists. It is notable that in nearly 87 years of its existence, Dr. Ramamurthy is the first President from this region and only the third President from Tamil Nadu.
Dr. Ramamurthy served as the Chairman – Scientific committee of AIOS, for a record period of 6 years between 2008 – 2014, coordinating effectively the scientific activities of the society.
Dr. Ramamurthy feels though Indian Ophthalmology has its strengths and opportunities, there are also weaknesses they have to overcome. A vast number of highly trained Ophthalmologists, availability of state of the art eye care services and cutting edge technology are some of the strengths.
He feels there are increasing opportunities for upcoming ophthalmologists in tier 3 cities. The vibrant middle class population of nearly ¼ billion, which is likely to touch the ½ billion mark by 2025, want the very best of treatment and their needs have to be met. At the same time providing safe quality eye care through out-reach programs to the underprivileged is also important.
Ophthalmic medical tourism where patients from abroad can utilize the excellent facilities available in India at a fraction of the cost compared to the west, needs to be facilitated. While there are a few excellent Ophthalmic institutions in India, by and large there is no standardization of Post Graduate training or post-doctoral fellowships whose quality varies widely.
Overall the strengths and opportunities outweigh the weakness. The future of Indian Ophthalmology is very bright and every effort should be made towards achieving excellence in this field.Leave a reply →