Back to Hanoi
After my trip to Vietnam last year where I spent time teaching contact lens fitting in the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology (VNIO) Eye Hospital, I was back in Hanoi recently as an Invited Speaker at the 2nd Congress of the ASEAN Ophthalmology Society. I presented lectures on both 'Managing Keratoconus After Cataract Surgery' and 'Contact Lens Fitting Following Refractive Surgery' and there were about 1000 eye specialists from all over Asia at the congress. One of the major topics at the meeting was Orthokeratology and I spent time talking to a number of contact lens specialists at the conference who are getting great results with this procedure using some new and innovative contact lens designs.
I also caught up with the optometrist (Minh Anh) who I spent time with at the VNIO last year and she and her support staff at the hospital are as busy as ever. They continue to see many babies for contact lens fitting, as well as many patients with keratoconus and ocular trauma. Minh Anh is now very much an expert in the area of contact lens practice and her management of these challenging patients is very impressive.
On my last day in Hanoi I had brunch with my good friend and colleague Laurie Sullivan who had just arrived in town. Laurie had very kindly volunteered to spend a week at the VNIO working with the local ophthalmologists. Laurie is one of our leading corneal and cataracts specialists and I have no doubt that the staff at the VNIO would have benefited greatly from his teaching and professional advice. Talking to Laurie upon his return revealed that he did indeed have a busy week, however it was also very fulfilling and most rewarding.