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33rd APACRS-SNEC 30th Anniversary Virtual Meeting

SNEC and the APACRS (Asia-Pacific Association of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons) co-hosted the online event on 30 and 31 July 2021.

Originally slated to be held in 2020, the 33rd APACRS and SNEC 30th Anniversary Meeting was postponed and brought online due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Themed ‘Beyond 2020: Progress to Perfection’, the virtual conference saw the attendance of more than 1,800 delegates from 43 countries. This conference was hosted by APACRS and SNEC, and the live streaming set-up was at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.

In his Guest-of-Honour address, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and a past Medical Director of SNEC, emphasised that in these times of COVID-19, the world is more dependent on the progress of medical science to find the perfect solution for such as well as future novel diseases.

APACRS and SNEC share a similar mission to give patients the best vision possible, said Prof Wong Tien Yin, Medical Director of SNEC, in his welcome speech. He also urged all participants to make use of the presentations to learn new techniques, equipment, and ways of treatment — all while keeping patients at the heart of their intent.

APACRS’s annual meetings are carefully tailored to the needs of the ophthalmic community in the Asia-Pacific. The two-day event consisted of keynote lectures and symposia on numerous topics, as well as master classes and video sessions, all presented by leading clinicians and researchers from around the world.

The programme highlights included:

  • APACRS LIM Lecture
  • Master Classes & Instructional Courses
  • TOP GUN — Top Cataract Surgery Tips
  • APACRS Film Festival
  • Subspecialty Symposia
  • Cornea Symposium
  • 2021 APACRS Gold Medal

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