Thank you to Dr Dai for providing us with this overview of his recent trip to Mexico.
The 35th World Ophthalmology Congress, joined by the 32th Pan American Ophthalmology Congress and the Mexico Ophthalmology Society annual congress was held in the beautiful city of Guadalajara, the second largest city in Mexico between 5 - 9th of February.
Over 7000 delegates from all over the world attended the congress. The breaking news during the congress was the report from Brazil of the linkage of optic nerve abnormality, macular scar to the Zika virus epidemics. In addition to many updates in other areas of ophthalmology, prevention of visual impairment in young children, especially from myopia and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) were well represented in the congress scientific program. Dr Dai both chaired and spoke at the International Council of Ophthalmologists invited symposium on ROP. The ROP symposium was well attended by over 500 ophthalmologists and the call for urgent worldwide action to prevent ROP related visual impairment (30,000 blindness cases annually) was discussed.
Beside the learning opportunities during the congress the richness of Mexican history and culture was superbly illustrated at the Mexican Kermesse (cultural night) which took place at Centro Cultural Cabañas, a World Heritage site, and one of the oldest and largest hospital complexes in the Americas.