A group of senior surgeons with more than 600 combined years of training, held a special meeting at Henley-on-Thames on Thursday.
The Southern British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons (BEAVRS) met at Phyllis Court to discuss latest trials, surgical strategies and research.
Vitreoretinal surgeons operate on patients with diseases of the vitreous, the jelly that lies behind the lens of the eye, and the retina, the thin membrane at the back of the eye. The surgeons are concerned with many different conditions, including macular disease. They are extremely specialised in their field, each taking about 17 years to train.
Throughout the event, which was sponsored by Spire Dunedin Hospital, 20 lectures were held. Topics included new techniques such as mirco-incision sutureless surgery (surgery without sutures) and latest treatments for eye disease.
Mr Vaughan Tanner, who is a surgeon at Spire Dunedin and Royal Berkshire Hospitals, was host of the event. He says feedback from delegates indicated the meeting was a success. “This was a great opportunity to present the latest trial data and discuss recent surgical advances.”
The first meeting of the BEAVRS was held in 1986. The society was initially established to informally meet and openly discuss field related issues.
Between them, the BEAVRS look after thousands of pairs of eyes. They operate on both NHS and private sector patients and pride themselves on keeping abreast with latest developments, techniques and training to benefit their patients.