Dr. Lizette Mowatt


The last 2 years have been that of growth in Ophthalmology in Jamaica. Several new technologies have increased in Jamaica with the introduction and development of pattern scanning micropulse laser, selective laser trabeculoplasty, corneal crosslinking, advances in Micro Incisional Vitrectomy Surgery (MIVS) from 23G to 25G then 27 G vitrectomies, and refractive surgery. Diagnostic investigations such as optical coherence tomography (OCT) and OCT- A (retinal angiogram) have allowed us to make better diagnostic and prognostic evaluation of common ophthalmologic diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, retinal arterial and vein occlusion, macula oedema and age-related macular degeneration (ARMD).


The OSJ has also undergone growth and this year for the first time has invited several eminent UK Medical Retinal and Surgical retina specialists to our meeting and have included a concurrent Diabetic Retinopathy Screening (DRS) Workshop in association with VISION 2020 LINKS. This will enhance the training of DRS photographers and screeners. We are pleased to have collaborated with the Vision 2020 LINKS programme to make this a successful conference. This year our theme is Diabetes and the Eye -Diabetic Retinopathy. This condition impacts all of us, regardless if you practice general ophthalmology or subspecialize. Jamaica has an 11.9% prevalence of diabetes (~300,000 people). All type II DM must have an annual dilated eye examination from diagnosis onwards. Can we manage to screen and treat all these patients effectively?

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OSJ 7th Annual Symposium
The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, 81 Knutsford Blvd

This year's theme will be Diabetic Retinopathy, with several guest speakers from the UK

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Floaters are little black things that move in the vision that can take many forms; spots, lines, cobweb or lacy patterns. They move as the eyes move because they are suspended in a gel (vitreous humour at the back of the eye). Floaters typically occur in people 60 years or older. This is because the vitreous is like a gel, consisting of collagen in young people. As we age the collagen in the eye breaks down (just like the collagen in the skin) and the gel undergoes “liquefaction” becoming liquefied. Therefore, as your eyes move the liquidified vitreous and floaters moves around...

  - Dr. Lizette Mowatt

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Botulinum Toxin is a potent neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. The neurotoxin can cause Botulism which is a serious and life threatening condition in humans.However in small doses it can be used beneficially for certain medical and aesthetic conditions. Botox works by blocking nerve conduction thereby inhibiting muscle contraction causing weakness of the muscle.

  - Dr. Kevin Waite

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A strabismus is present when the eyes are not straight. The term ‘squint’ may be used interchangeably. Incidence: About one in 20 children has a squint. A squint may be congenital,traumatic e.g. (a head injury) or neurovascular (eg. As a result of a stroke). Most squints occur in children and usually becomes apparent after birth up to about age three years.

  - Dr. Albert Lue

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The objective of the Society shall be to promote the best possible eye-care in Jamaica and the Caribbean through corporative efforts by:

Establishing the Society itself
Cooperation with other bodies
Educational Work
Statistics and Reports
  1. Establishing the Society itself
  2. Associations: Encouraging and assisting in the formation of such societies, and forming strong links with existing societies in the Caribbean and world wide.
  3. Cooperation with other bodies: Promoting fraternal and professional relationship between fellow practitioners at home and abroad. Conferring and cooperating with other similar bodies as the occasion may require.

    • Educational Work: Promoting excellence through continued education, in association with other bodies worldwide.
    • Publications: issuing of appropriate publications.
    • Statistics and Reports: Obtaining and disseminating accurate information regarding the various activities of this society.


Ophthalmological Society of Jamaica

The Ophthalmological Society of Jamaica was initially founded in 1985, and has become very active in the past few years. We have annual Ophthalmology conferences and also conferences for medical practitioners and the general public on Eye Health

MEET THE EXECUTIVE (2015 - 2017)

Dr. Leon Vaughan


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Dr. G. Robotham


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Registration & Welcome


Opening Remarks

Dr Donald Rhodd


Welcome Address

Dr Lizette Mowatt


Greetings from the Ministry of Health

Dr Beverley Wright


Greetings from the Diabetic Association

Prof. Errol Morrison O.J

9:05- 9:10am

Greetings from the Vision 2020 LINKS programme

Marcia Zondervan


Corneal Pathology in Diabetics

Dr Andrea Kerr


Update on the management of Diabetes

Prof Wright Pascoe


DiabeticRetinopathy: Journey from Vision to ... 

Dr Lizette Mowatt


Vision 2020 Links DRS Programmes

Marcia Zondervan 


The Importance of  DRS

Dr Zubin Saihan

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 Dr Dawn Sim PhD, FRCOphth   Moorfields Eye Hospital, United Kingdom

Dr Dawn A. Sim, PhD, FRCOphth, currently works as a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital, United Kingdom, specializing in Medical Retina & Cataract. Dr Sim obtained her medical degree from St George’s Hospital, University of London, and did her PhD research at the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London. Dr Sim’s primary areas of interest include retinal imaging, teleophthalmology, and the potential use of regenerative medicine in the treatment of diabetic eye disease.

 Dr Andrej Kidess, MD, FEBO  Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK

Dr Saihan is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK where he is also training director for the Medical Retina service. He works in both the Medical Retina and Cataract services.

Dr Saihan has a PhD in Ophthalmic Genetics from the Institute of Ophthalmology, UCL, London, UK where he is currently an Honorary Research Associate. Specialist interests: Diabetic retinopathy and other retinal vascular disease, retinal therapies, cataract surgery in the presence of retinal disease, retinal imaging and inherited retinal disease. Medical School: University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. Postgraduate training in Ophthalmology: Yorkshire and London Deaneries, UK. 3 years of advanced subspecialist training with fellowships in Medical Retina and Cataract at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Dr Saihan is representing Moorfields Eye Hospital as part of the DR-LINKS project with University Hospital of the West Indies.

 Dr Andrej Kidess, MD, FEBO;  Consultant Vitreoretinal Surgeon, UK

Consultant Vitreoretinal Surgeon Graduated and trained in Athens. Postgraduate higher training in Birmingham and London (Western Eye Hospital). Special interests in vitreoretinal and cataract surgery, trauma and medical retina. .

 Dr Andrea Kerr MB; BS (HONS) (UWI), FRCOPHTH  Consultant Ophthalmologist, Corneal Specialist, Northampton Hospital


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