South African Ophthalmology

Pre-congress Masterclasses

Wednesday, 28 Feb 2024


Thursday, 29 Feb – Saturday, 2 Mar 2024

Boardwalk Convention Centre


Early bird expires after 10 Nov 2023


Invitation & registration brochure


Preliminary academic programme


Dear Friends and Colleagues, both locally and from afar

It is a great privilege to invite you to the 52nd OSSA congress which will be held in Gqeberha (previously named Port Elizabeth). We would like to invite you to our city which is affectionately known as the Friendly City. The congress will be held in the Boardwalk Convention Centre which has been newly renovated and offers fantastic facilities along with spectacular views over the Indian ocean.

As always, we strive to provide a world class faculty of speakers and we look forward to the mutual sharing of knowledge and skills. We have confirmed international speakers of the highest calibre already and look forward also to our local speakers adding African spice to the programme.

Confirmed speakers include, amongst others:

  • Prof Srinivas Sadda (Director, Artificial Intelligence & Imaging Research, Doheny Eye Institute and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California – Los Angeles)

  • Prof Steven Yeh (Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Retina and Uveitis, University of Nebraska)

  • Dr Tarek Shaarawy (Head of the Glaucoma Unit and the Glaucoma surgery research group at the University of Geneva Hospitals, President of the International Society of Glaucoma surgery)

  • Prof Farhad Hafezi (Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Geneva, Switzerland)

  • Prof Gerd Auffarth (Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Heidelberg University Eye Hospital and Head of the David J Apple Center for Vision Research which includes the David J Apple International Laboratory for Ocular Pathology)

  • Dr Ronald Yeoh (Medical Director Camden Eye & Retina Surgeons, Singapore and Adjunct assistant professor at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School)

We have entertaining Masterclasses planned to kick off the congress. A Corneal masterclass will lead the way with interactive discussions on optimizing corneal cross-linking followed by lamellar corneal surgery training from novice to expert (This also includes wetlabs). The corneal masterclass will be followed by a retina and uveitis imaging masterclass with interactive case discussions.

This promises to be as diverse a programme as our city’s many monikers, and I look forward to seeing you all and welcoming you to the land of the so called “Big 7”.

Please join us for a few days to share ideas and meet up with old friends and colleagues.

Best wishes


Schalk du Toit

Congress Chair, Eastern Cape Branch OSSA


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Programme at a glance

Wednesday, 28 FebThursday, 29 FebFriday, 1 MarSaturday, 2 Mar
AM8:00Registration until 17:00Office7:00RegistrationOffice7:00RegistrationOffice7:00RegistrationOffice
7:30Pretoria AlumniRoom 1
7:30Wits AlumniRoom 2
8:00College of OphthalmologyRoom 47:30Bloemfontein AlumniRoom 3VariousWETLAB slotsRoom 57:30WOSA Breakfast*Room 2A
& HOD meetings7:30UKZN AlumniRoom 48:00UveitisRoom 18:30PresbyopiaRoom 1
Morning MasterclassesVariousWETLAB slotsRoom 58:00Glaucoma 2 - ControversiesRoom 28:30SASOPSRoom 2B
9:00Masterclass 1: CorneaRoom 18:15Ocular TraumaRoom 19:00Retinal surgery 1 - RetinawsRoom 18:30SAVRSRoom 5
Sponsored by HOYA8:15SASPOSRoom 29:00Cataract & refractive 2Room 2
9:00Masterclass 3A: WOSA Botox and FillerRoom 28:15SAGSRoom 38:00Allied health Session 4Room 38:00Allied health Session 6Room 3
Sponsored by TBC8:15Young OphthalmologistsRoom 48:00Administrators Session 4Room 48:00Administrators Session 6Room 4
11:15RefreshmentsFoyer9:15Refreshments & ExhibitionLevel 110:15Refreshments & ExhibitionLevel 110:15Refreshments & ExhibitionLevel 1
AMAM Masterclasses continueRoom 110:00Session 1: Opening plenaryRoom 111:00DJ Woods lectureRoom 111:00Ethics lectureRoom 1
11:45Cornea10:15A blind man with vision!12:45Congress closure
11:45WOSA Botox and FillerRoom 211:00Cataract 1Room 113:00Shuttle departs to airport
Allied joins OphthalmologyRoom 1
11:00Glaucoma 1Room 2
11:00Administrators Session 1Room 4
13:15LunchFoyer12:30Lunch & Exhibition RetinaSA Advisory board TBCLevel 112:00Lunch, Exhibition & Poster sessionLevel 1
PMAfternoon Masterclasses13:30Trade symposium 1 - AbbVieRoom 113:00Trade symposium 3 - DORCRoom 1
14:00Masterclass 2: RetinaRoom 113:30Trade symposium 2 - SOSRoom 213:00Trade symposium 4 - AlconRoom 2
Sponsored by Alcon14:30Medical retina & UveitisRoom 114:00Retinal surgery 2Room 1
14:00Masterclass 3B: WOSA Botox and FillerRoom 214:30SASPOSRoom 214:00Registrar sessionRoom 2
(Duplication of 3A)13:30Allied health Session 2Room 313:00Allied health Session 5Room 3
Sponsored by TBC13:30Administrators Session 2Room 413:00Administrators Session 5Room 4
15:30RefreshmentsFoyer15:30Refreshments & ExhibitionLevel 115:30Refreshments & ExhibitionLevel 1
PMPM Masterclasses continueRoom 116:00CorneaRoom 116:00OSSA AGMRoom 2B
16:00Retina16:00IRD SessionRoom 2A17:00OMG AGMRoom 2B
16:00WOSA Botox and Filler PM (Duplication of AM)Room 2Public sector sessionRoom 2B
17:45Adjourn16:00Allied health Session 3Room 3
16:00Administrators Session 3Room 4
18:30YO SymposiumRoom 218:00Welcoming FunctionLevel 119:00OSSA BanquetRoom 1
18:30Bausch & Lomb SymposiumRoom 3