The International Society for Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (ISMSICS), with chapters in 14 countries, will launch in Australia and New Zealand at the RANZCO Annual Scientific Congress in October.
The college said this would pave the way for fellows, trainees, as well as colleagues from the surrounding south and western Pacific countries, to engage with an expert group, marking a major step forward.
“Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) is the most commonly carried out cataract surgery in the world. Through constant evolution, MSICS refractive results are coming very close to those achieved with phacoemulsification. In the last two decades, the attention that MSICS has achieved is considerable,” RANZCO president Professor Nitin Verma said.
“While many ophthalmologists in Australia and New Zealand are familiar with the technique, many more would like to learn more. It is important for all of us to be familiar with MSICS it so that it can be used when the situation requires it. Phacoemulsification is not always an available or appropriate course of action for cataract surgery.”
The ISMSICS launch is happening during the congress on 29 October 2022 in Brisbane.