Oculoplasty, also known as ophthalmic plastic surgery or oculoplastic surgery, refers to the plastic and reconstructive surgery of the orbit (bony socket), eyelid, tear ducts and the face. Oculoplastic surgeons are trained to treat droopy eyelids, trauma, tumour removal and infectious diseases including trachoma, amongst other conditions.
TRAINING FELLOWS IN FIVE COUNTRIES
Sight For All has trained oculoplastics specialists as part of our sub-specialty fellowships that have been conducted in Australia, with the newly-skilled fellows returning to India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Nepal to treat in local communities.
We have also trained oculoplastics fellowships in-country through our reverse fellowship projects.
This included Drs Nguyen Thanh Thuy and Bui Dao Quan from the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology (VNIO), Hanoi, in 2013 and Drs Siphett and Phompanya at the National Ophthalmology Centre, Vientiane, in 2015.
TRAINING IN 2020
This year, Sight For All is training Drs Theary and Vecchey in oculoplastics at Cambodia’s Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh, made possible through the valuable support of the Geok Hua Wong Charitable Trust.
Sight For All has ensured that each of the participating hospitals and trained doctors have the necessary clinical and surgical equipment to practice this ophthalmology sub-specialty.