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International Conference on Ophthalmic Photography - Singapore March 3-5th 2017

Posted By Chris Barry, FOPS, Friday, October 28, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, November 1, 2016

I first visited Singapore in 1975, a long time ago, and possibly before many of our potential delegates were born! Even then, Singapore was a dynamic bustling Asian port. Today, Singapore is an international metropolis and gateway to Asia.


Spectacular waterfront of modern Singapore


The Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC)  started operations in 1990. Today, the SNEC has almost 250,000 outpatient visits, 14,000 major eye surgeries and 13,000 laser procedures per year. The SNEC is a major centre in Asia for ophthalmic practice, research and teaching.




Dennis Orlock with Joseph Ho, Paul Chua
and Kasi Sandhanam at the Imaging
Department of the Singapore National
Eye Centre (circa 2008).

The Singapore National Eye Centre
officially opened 1990.





The entrance to SNEC (circa 1980).


The International Conference on Ophthalmic Photography has a long and distinguished heritage. Originally the idea came from Don Wong (one of our illustrious OPS founders) and in 1996 the first ICOP took place in Rome. Every four years since, there has been an ICOP. The year 2000 in Singapore, then Adelaide Australia, Oxford (UK), San Francisco (X2) and Toronto (X2).

What should we expect at ICOP?

Firstly, it is a totally different format with only one lecture timeline. Therefore we are all in the same room, share breaks and mingle continuously. The format is engineered for making friends, having fun and being exposed to different knowledgeable and experienced speakers from across the globe. It is often surprising how other photographers solve problems and find answers to those things that just drive you crazy! Plenty of time is left open to sample the delights that Singapore has to offer. There will be a photographic competition for delegates, see the details on the OPS website ( ICOP is a jointly organized conference by the OPS, British, Dutch and Australian ophthalmic photographers. It will be held in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) which attracts high profile speakers worldwide including the latest in ophthalmic research.

Singapore 2000 was my first ICOP, what did it offer?

For a start, Singapore is a fabulous place, melding Asian/European and far Eastern cultures with a huge range of food, peoples and experiences: a true "melting pot” of  traditions from around the world tempered by an Asian/Oriental outlook.  It is easy to get around in Singapore, most people have English as a first language. There is an excellent transport system with English signage. Most good airlines go to Singapore and for the more adventurous Asia is only a short plane ride away (Ankor Wat is one hour away!). Power voltage is 220 (So you will need a transformer if you use 110V), the plugs are UK style three pin, so a converter is necessary. Singapore has a friendly and helpful population with an extremely low crime rate. It is a high energy and hectic lifestyle whilst you feel safe at all the local tourist spots.

ICOP remains a highlight of learning and interacting with like-minded ophthalmic photographers. Many of the people that I met at the previous Singapore have remained good friends and I look forward to seeing many of them again and to making new friends 16 years later.

Stay tuned for more information as we roll out this truly wonderful opportunity. There will be updates on Social Media, the OPS website and any other way we can send you details.

Singapore is safe, central to all of Asia, English speaking, westernized yet with the flavour of an exotic and exciting experience. Don’t miss out, start your planning now this could be the experience of a lifetime!

Tags:  2017  blog  education  Educational Meeting  ICOP  Singapore  Travel 

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John M. Gerty Jr says...
Posted Wednesday, November 2, 2016
An ICOP conference is one of the most professionally enlightening experiences you can have. Meeting colleagues from around the world will expand your horizons immensely. I have had the great privilege to attend 4 ICOP gatherings, Toronto, Edinburgh, Adelaide and San Francisco. I missed Oxford because I had an earlier trip to the UK that year and had retired by the time the second Toronto ICOP was held. If the expense seems a hinderance, check out whether the costs are tax deductible for you.
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