In October 2020, I had the opportunity to join the Ophthalmic Hub 2020 digital conference, organized by the Ukrainian Alliance of Ophthalmologists, the National Medical University and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. During the conference, many international speakers exposed the most recent advances in ophthalmology and ophthalmic lenses, with different focus groups on the main ocular pathologies, including cataract, corneal conditions, glaucoma and vitreo-retinal surgery.
The communication strategies with the patient were also addressed, due to their rising importance especially in the difficult period we are living worldwide, in which a direct interaction between the clinician and the patient is more challenging.
Dr. Helena Prior Filipe was invited to present our current work in the development of drug-loaded ophthalmic lenses. During her presentation, she exposed the main goals of the Orbital consortium in the development of drug delivery strategies to the back of the eye, as well as the importance of having such a heterogeneous group of researchers and clinicians contributing to the project.
Then, as early stage researchers, me and Ana Topete exposed our current experimental work to give examples of the drug-loaded hydrogels we are developing in the BioMAT – Biomaterials Research Group at Instituto Superior Técnico (University of Lisbon). Two of the main adverse events of cataract surgery were addressed in our presentations, which, if not treated, can lead to serious complications and major visual impairments. In particular, the work of Ana Topete is focused on the prevention of endophthalmitis and ocular inflammation, while my project aims to prevent pseudophakic cystoid macular edema. It was a great opportunity for us to share our research with clinicians in the field, and to present the objectives and achievements of the Orbital consortium internationally!
To learn more about the Ophthalmic Hub 2020 Digital Conference, click here!