The 31st Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

JAPANESE

GREETING

根岸 一乃 慶應義塾大学医学部眼科学教室

The 31st Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of
Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Chair Katsuya Mitooka
Mitooka Eye Clinic

I have the honor of serving as chairperson of the 31st Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (JSCRS). I am deeply grateful to the Board of Directors and members of the JSCRS for giving me this opportunity. The theme of this year's Annual Meeting is "Artisan" as it aptly reflects our endeavor to master our craft.

Every year the doctors on the JSCRS Board of Directors take the lead in planning a relevant and appealing program. This year, too, we will host the ASCRS・ESCRS・JSCRS Joint Symposium with the help of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) and European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS). Renowned doctors from both societies have been invited to give speeches, ensuring that the meeting will offer an international atmosphere and the latest information. The meeting also includes symposia covering the latest in cataract and refractive surgery, as well as paper sessions where findings of leading-edge studies are presented and discussed. In addition to practical education seminars by JSCRS, which provide a clinically useful understanding of the basic knowledge and technologies necessary to clinical ophthalmology, we also have instruction courses designed by individual organizers, and programs especially suited for orthoptists and nurses. We have planned as rich a program as possible given the time available.

The highlight of the Annual Meeting, the Special Lecture, will be delivered by Dr. Kotaro Oki of Oki Eye Surgery Center, who will be speaking on “The analysis of capsular breakage risk in phacoemulsification.” In recent years, people have come to view cataract surgery as a brief and safe surgical procedure that restores clear vision by the very next day. That is not true when encapsulation occurs. While certain kinds of encapsulation can be avoided, others cannot. Given Dr. Oki's extensive experience, we can look forward to hearing him speak on the nature of "Artisan" like no one else. Likewise, the JSCRS Exhibition Square, with its various corporate exhibits focused on "Artisan," has been redesigned better than ever to provide attendees with useful information.

Amid the character and charm of Kyoto, I hope our Annual Meeting gives everyone a meaningful opportunity to experience the many facets of "Artisan" in cataract and refractive surgery, and to engage in lively discussion of new forms that "Artisan" may take in the future.