I had the honour of being one of the invited international faulty members to a conference in Israel last month. The local glaucoma specialists who had organized the 2 day symposium were Shlomo “Choka” Melamed from Tel Aviv, and Eytan Blumenthal, from Jerusalem. Over the next few posts, I will discuss some of the key concepts that were presented including some debates over best treatment options such as whether or not drainage devices should be used for primary surgery, to some experimental treatment modalities.
From what I learned, there are approximately 700 Ophthalmologists practicing in Israel which has a population of 7 million. To put that in perspective, there are not much more than 1000 Ophthalmologists in Canada for a population of 35 million. 240 of Israel’s Ophthalmologists were in attendance for this meeting, several of whom also gave talks and many of whom actively participated in the discussions.
Keep checking back as I write articles to summarize different aspects of the conference in the coming weeks.