Your WGA Update for January

Welcoming a new WGA Officer

We warmly welcome a new Officer to the WGA Executive Committee. Arthur Sit will take on the role of Assistant Treasurer within the WGA Executive Committee.
Dr. Sit is a glaucoma specialist with an interest in clinical science. Dr. Sit graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1999. He is a faculty member at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in the United States.

His current research includes the epidemiology of glaucoma and the evaluation of novel surgical devices for glaucoma. We value his expertise and look forward to his contribution to WGA.

Tube exposure repair 

Sandra Fernando Sieminski, Joseph Ling
Ross Eye Institute, University at Buffalo, USA

Exposure of a glaucoma drainage device tube is a serious, vision threatening complication which can occur due to a multitude of factors including micro-motion of the tube with eye movement, underlying ocular inflammation, melting of the patch graft and a friable conjunctiva. In this video, the authors demonstrate three quintessential steps to achieve success in repairing an exposed tube. The first step includes moving the tube to a different location and then repositioning of the tube is done under a long scleral tunnel into the ciliary sulcus. This is followed by application of a corneal patch graft to cover the tube and finally the conjunctiva is sutured to the edge of the corneal patch graft to avoid excessive traction.

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WGC-2019 Videos: Education Committee Selections

Throughout the year we will be releasing content from the World Glaucoma Congress in Melbourne (WGC-2019) on the Educational Portal. Click here to access the portal and get free access to all the WGC-2013, WGC-2015 and WGC-2017 recordings. WGC-2019 participants have free access to all the Melbourne recorded sessions as well!
The Education Committee carefully selects presentations from the WGC-2019 for your benefit. This month Rajul Parikh introduces the sessions: Spotlight on Glaucoma in Africa and The glaucoma surgery armamentarium - what's in our 2019 bag of tricks.

Spotlight on Glaucoma in Africa

As of 2016, the total population of Africa is estimated at 1.225 billion, representing 17% of the world’s population. According to UN estimates, the population of Africa may reach 2.5 billion by 2050 (about 26% of the world’s total) and nearly 4.5 billion by 2100 (about 40% of the world’s total). Only 1.3% of  ...

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The glaucoma surgery armamentarium - what's in our 2019 bag of tricks

In “The glaucoma surgery armamentarium - what's in our 2019 bag of tricks” session various internationally renowned glaucoma specialist talks about trick and tips about various glaucoma surgeries from “Gold Standard” Trabeculectomy to newer MIGS.

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Tip: when watching the videos, don't forget to access the slides of the lecture at bottom of the page and open them in a different window. This will allow you to appreciate both the slides and the lecturer at the same time.

From the WGC-2019 Photo Exhibition

Shamira Perera - Extreme PAS
This ICE syndrome patient with correctopia and iris hole formation has copious amounts of high and low peripheral anterior synechiae formation. The goniophotos were taken with a RetCam. The view resembles a mountain landscape.

For our Member Societies

The representatives of our Member Societies have recently received an invitation to host their own symposium at the upcoming World Glaucoma E-CongressÂź Beyond Borders. We look forward to connect with our members online and provide a global platform to share local expertise with the glaucoma community. If you have not received the invite, get in touch with us via

The congress, virtually hosted by the Japan Glaucoma Society (JGS), will take place on June 30-July 3, 2021. We are truly excited about the opportunities the online format provides, stay tuned for a reimagined WGC-2021. 

Upcoming Events 

January 29 & 30, 2021
Glaucoma 360

Glaucoma 360 is a series of events uniting research, industry, and philanthropy to prevent vision loss from glaucoma and speed the cure. 

February 9-11, 2021
E-module on Medical Retina

European School for advanced studies in ophthalmology

February 13, 2021
3rd WGA Global Webinar

Diagnosis and management of Angle Closure

February 19-21, 2021
ESCRS Winter Meeting 2021

European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) Winter Meeting Virtual 2021

February 20-21, 2021
ANZGS 2021

 Australian and New Zealand Glaucoma Society (ANZGS) Online
Meeting Calendar
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