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WAEH Newsletter – March 2021

2024-07-03 06:52:26

WAEH Webinar: Thursday 25 March

WAEH Webinar: New Injection Facility Intravitreal Injections


  • 06:00 AM Ann Arbor, Baltimore
  • 11.00 AM London
  • 12.00 AM Stockholm, Rotterdam
  • 19.00 PM – Singapore, Kuala Lumpur
  • 22.00 PM – Melbourne

In these extremely challenging and difficult times, Ophthalmology teams all around the globe, have worked extremely hard to deliver ophthalmology care to their patients, in the safest and most innovative ways.

The Moorfields South Division team
At Moorfields, the South Division Team, responsible for the Ophthalmology services for Moorfields in the South London area, have demonstrated extraordinary resilience by creating a new Injection Facility for their High Risk MR patients that needed to have their intravitreal injections.

The Moorfields Team will share their experience and how they managed to organize an Injection Facility in just 5 days!

Register here

Suggestions or ideas about interesting and important eyecare and eye hospital topics and themes are welcome and can also be submitted via the Registration form. Welcome!!

Moderator: Maaike van Zuilen

Read more here

The WAEH Knowledge Hub is updated!

The 18 February webinar recording and presentations are now online!

The Patient Voice
The 18 February webinar about The Patient Voice is now online on the WAEH Knowledge Hub! WAEH members can login via the Knowledge hub and watch the webinar

Updated Login details – Knowledge Hub
From now on the Hub no longer has a personal login, but now the hub has a central login for all members. You can contact Maaike van Zuilen at: to request the login details.


The WAEH welcomes two New Members:

The University Eye Clinic, Maastricht, The Netherlands (Full member)

Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Chicago, USA (Associate Member)

7 – 13 March 2021

World Glaucoma Week with The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness 

IAPB’s Focus On Glaucoma initiative will take place for the third year running during World Glaucoma Week (7-13 March 2021).

IAPB will be partnering with international organisations and experts in glaucoma care from around the world to draw a spotlight on the fourth leading cause of blindness. “Focus On Glaucoma” will mark the week with a series of activities: including four regional webinars, blog posts – and a live event in Australia!

For full details of the week’s activities, and to download promotional material to use during your own World Glaucoma Week campaign, click here

Source: The IAPB

1 – 30 April 2021

Course: Management Training and Systems Development for Hospital Administrators / Managers Intravitreal

Hosted by Aravind Eye Hospital:

This one month course equips the participants with the knowledge and tools required for effective administration of an eye hospital – an understanding of the various departments of an eye hospital, exposure to management systems and best practices. Read more and apply here

Source: Aravind Eye Hospital

30 April 2021 – Friday

WAEH Webinar – Schwartz Rounds

Time: 13.00 – 14.00 (UK time)

Did you miss the Schwartz Rounds last year on 3 december? This year there will be a LIVE Schwartz Rounds!

What are Schwartz Rounds?
Schwartz Rounds provide a structured forum where all staff, clinical and non-clinical, come together to discuss the emotional and social aspects of working in healthcare. Rounds can help staff feel more supported in their jobs, allowing them the time and space to reflect on their roles. Register here.

Register here
Suggestions or ideas about interesting and important eyecare and eye hospital topics and themes are welcome and can also be submitted via the Registration form. Welcome!!

Moderators: Maaike van Zuilen, Andy Dwyer, Anita Aubrey and Rashmi Mathew

Read more here

20 May 2021 – Thursday

WAEH Webinar – Education in Eye Hospitals


  • 06:00 AM Ann Arbor, Baltimore
  • 11.00 AM London
  • 12.00 AM Stockholm, Rotterdam
  • 19.00 PM – Singapore, Kuala Lumpur
  • 22.00 PM – Melbourne

Patient-Centered Design
“Moorfields Education has designed six educational experiences to empower patients living with AMD, glaucoma and uveitis. They have been developed using Patient-Centered design, where input from patients has been included from beginning to end. Three advisory boards consisting of medical and non medical staff were set up to create and peer review the material made. This content was then designed to be accessible and interactive by educational professionals.”

Marcus Pedersen is the learning technologist for Moorfields Eye Hospital and has overseen the development of this project. 

Register here
Suggestions or ideas about interesting and important eyecare and eye hospital topics and themes are welcome and can also be submitted via the Registration form. Welcome!!

Moderator: Maaike van Zuilen
Speaker(s): Marcus Pedersen


Covid-19: Five ways to avoid lockdown eye strain

Millions of people are using screens more than ever before. Many who are working or studying from home are staring at laptops and other devices all day. Most schoolchildren currently have no other way of accessing classes.

For some, the new ways of working are taking a toll on their eyes. Itchiness, blurry vision and headaches – or eye strain – are among the common problems.

More than a third (38%) of respondents to one survey, carried out for the charity Fight for Sight, said their eyesight had worsened since the start of the pandemic. Another survey put the figure at 22%.

Eyesight experts say people with persistent problems should visit an optician, which are open in lockdown. But there are things that many of us can do to keep our eyes healthy.

Read the full report, with all of the tips here

Source: BBC UK
Date: 14 February 2021

Kellogg Eye Center

We’re Watching the World Go Blind

As the global population grows and ages, so does their need for eye care. But according to two new studies published in The Lancet Global Health, these needs aren’t being met relative to international targets to reduce avoidable vision loss.

As 2020 comes to a close, an international group of researchers set out to provide updated estimates on the number of people that are blind or visually impaired across the globe, to identify the predominant causes, and to illustrate epidemiological trends over the last 30 years.

Image: pupil of eye with world map being reflected in the eye, from Kellogg Eye Center news article

Date: 2 December 2020
Read the full article here
Source: Kellogg Eye Center

Fondation Asile des aveugles

The world seen by our friends the animals

Sight differs in humans and in animals. To each his own powers! How do animals see the world? That’s a good question! Christine Watté, veterinary ophthalmologist at Tierspital in Berne, and Jean-Marc Matter, former professor of molecular biology at the University of Geneva, are trying to unravel the mystery …

Image: Fondation Asile des aveugles

Date: 2 December 2020
Read about the research here
Source: Fondation Asile des aveugles

Orbis – Flying Eye Hospital

2020: Orbis’s Year in review

“2020 was not the year anyone expected – however our generous supporters, dedicated staff and incredible partners helped to make the most of an exceptionally difficult year…” (Orbis, 2021)

Take a look at Orbis’s interactive Year in Review here and see how Orbis and their partners rose to the challenge of the pandemic.

Date: January 2021
Source: Orbis

Singapore National Eye Centre

SNEC Laser Vision Centre has been renovated

The Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) Laser Vision Centre (LVC), Clinic 5C is a newly renovated private clinic for an improved patient experience for refractive surgery, cataract surgery and comprehensive ophthalmology services.

Led by a team of experienced refractive and cataract surgeons and supported by nurses trained in ophthalmology, ophthalmic investigation specialists and administrative staff, the clinic provides quality care for patients in a comfortable environment.

The clinic is also a quaternary care referral centre for complex and difficult cases both locally and from the region. The SNEC LVC continues to perform a very high load of refractive and cataract surgeries in Singapore.

Image: Renovated SNEC Vision Centre, from Singapore National Eye Centre website

Date: 15 January 2021
Read more here
Source: Singapore National Eye Centre

Magrabi Eye Hospital

Magrabi Al Dammam achieves the JCI accreditation

In recognition of their success and continuation to excellence, Magrabi center for eyes is steadily moving forward offering a special treatment service in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. They’ve been awarded the well-deserved JCI certification for utilizing the highest quality standards and safety of patients from December 4th, 2020 to December 3rd, 2023.

The international committee for hospitals accreditation (JCI) is the world’s largest authority for accrediting medical institutions with the quality and accreditation certificate in a commitment to improving healthcare quality, providing all quality standards, leadership, credibility in the healthcare area all over the world

Image: from the Magrabi Eye Hospital report

Date: 3 February 2021
Read more here
Source: Magrabi Eye Hospital

Fondation Asile des aveugles

New in the treatment of retinoblastoma

The Jules-Gonin ophthalmic hospital has developed innovative and increasingly targeted techniques that save the eyes and vision of children affected by this very aggressive cancer. Update with Professor Francis Munier, chief physician responsible for the Oncology, Pathology and Ocular Genetics Pole

Image: Professor Francis Munier

What is retinoblastoma and why does this cancer only affect children?

Teacher. F. Munier
 : Retinoblastoma is a rare cancerous tumor of the eye. It can appear in the unborn child as early as the 22nd week of pregnancy and up to the age of 4. Outside of this time, retinoblastoma cannot occur because the cells of the eye that originate from it are not yet in place or have completed their maturation. However, the disease can develop after the age of 4 if its diagnosis is delayed. One in two times the disease affects both eyes.

Header image: From the retinoblastoma interview, Fondation Asile des aveugles

Date: 4 February 2021
Read the full interview here
Source: Fondation Asile des aveugles

Emory Eye Center

Jessica Shantha, MD, chosen for ARVO Women’s Leadership Development Program

(ATLANTA) – The Emory Eye Center is pleased to announce ophthalmologist Jessica Shantha, MD, has been selected to participate in the 2020-2021 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Women’s Leadership Development Program.

The ARVO Women’s Leadership Development Program aims to prepare women to serve in leadership roles within ARVO and their clinical or academic institutions. It is designed to provide emerging leaders with a highly interactive, year-long learning experience focused on leadership skill development, facilitating leadership opportunities, and networking within ARVO.Image: Jessica Shantha, from Emory Eye Center report

Date: 15 February 2021
Read the full report here
Source: Emory Eye Center

Moorfields Eye Hospital, UK

Moorfields patients use smartphone app to test vision from home during lockdown

Moorfields Eye Hospital and Roche have piloted Home Vision Monitor, a smartphone-based app that empowers patients to remotely test and monitor changes in their vision at home during lockdown.

Designed specifically for people with diseases that affect the macula, including neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetes, Home Vision Monitor® is an interactive smartphone and tablet app that ensures patients can continue to have their vision monitored, whilst in the comfort of their home.

Over 350 Moorfields patients are currently using the app. Moorfields recently surveyed the users and found that:

  • 93% of patients found the app easy to use
  • 85% used it at least 1 or 2 times a week, with some choosing to use it even more frequently
  • 70% claimed it offered them reassurance to know their vision is being monitored regularly during the pandemic

Image: Visualization of how the app is used, taken from the Moorfields report

Date: 25 February 2021
Read the full report here
Source: Moorfields Eye Hospital, UK

Kellogg Eye Center

New name Kellogg International Center

The Kellogg International Center has been re-named: the Jerome Jacobson International Program at the Kellogg Eye Center

The International Program is committed to working toward the elimination of avoidable and preventable blindness and vision impairment by working to strengthen health systems, build human resource capacity, and enhance knowledge about the epidemiology and treatment of eye disease globally.

Image: Fondation Asile des aveugles

Date: No date
Read more here
Source: Kellogg Eye Centre

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