Oxford Eye Meeting..

Just attended the Oxford Congress of Ophthalmology http://www.oxford-ophthalmological-congress.org.uk– my favorite annual meeting.

Around 300 attend ophthalmologists a series of lectures / discussions on various hot topics. Particularly interesting this year was a morning on ocular inflammation and its treatment, also Russell Foster’s(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_G._Foster) Doyne lecture on the third type of photo-receptor (not rods / cones but a ganglion cell photoreceptor). This photoreceptor controls our wake / sleep cycle, and pupil functions but cannot be detected by our conscious brain. Fascinating stuff. You can see a similar lecture at http://www.ted.com/talks/russell_foster_why_do_we_sleep

Also heard great talks by James Talks and Rob Johnstone on the effect of anti-VEGF treatments on AMD in real life patients. Real life data is very different to reported Trials. Important implications for NICE decisions regarding new treatments.

Hope you enjoy.