Date(s) - September 13, 2008
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‚ÄúThe Inaugural Meeting of the International Society of Bilateral Cataract Surgeons (ISBCS) was held on Sept. 13, 2008, at the recent ESCRS meeting in Berlin. The¬†ISBCS was formally founded on September 1, 2008, and the inaugural meeting was attended by surgeons from 3 continents. The iSBCS exists to foster interest in Simultaneous Bilateral Cataract Surgery (SBCS) and to disseminate peer-reviewed literature on the subject so that ophthalmologists world-wide can be aware of the existence of a reputable body of opinion on SBCS. It also wishes to encourage discussion, and to organise educational meetings. The opinion was expressed that ophthalmologists needed to revisit the subject and to hear all the arguments in favour of simultaneous bilateral cataract surgery and to address fears which may be irrational in the face of modern surgical techniques.
At the meeting, Steve Arshinoff, MD from Toronto, Canada was made founding President, with Charles Claoue, MD from London, England becoming founding Vice-President (president elect), and John Bolger, MD also from London, England accepted the post of Secretary-Treasurer. All these posts carry an initial term of 2 years. It was agreed that the society should establish a website (www.isbcs.org) and that by laws for ISBCS should be formulated. The society is actively seeking charitable status.
Dr. Arshinoff expressed his gratitude to the founding sponsors of the ISBCS: Rayner Intraocular Lenses Ltd and AMO Inc for their generous support, and noted that Alcon Laboratories and Zeiss had also expressed an interest in becoming founding sponsors.¬† The treasurer confirmed that he would write to thank the sponsors and would be launching a yearly sponsorship scheme in the New Year. It was hoped that future developments would become clear before the next meeting during the upcoming ASCRS in San Francisco, where it was hoped to run a course on SBCS. The meeting concluded with the comment from Dr. Claoue ‚ÄúI feel that we are at the start of history being made; we are going to change the way cataract surgery is practiced.‚ÄĚ
Charles Claoue MD
Vice President, President Elect, ISBCS
Steve Arshinoff MD
John Bolger MD