Walking the Talk

by Erika Jean A. Salvame, MD

The Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology's Annual Convention was held last November 24, 25, & 26, 2016 at the Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom. This year’s theme is Building Links and Bridging Gaps.
And while advances and symposiums on different fields were simultaneously held in various halls, a steady fixture outside was beckoning ophthalmologists to take a moment to take part in its cause. The Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) Working Group’s stall featured informative fun in one stop. They also held an ROP Screening Workshop at the convention, enticing general ophthalmologists to become ROP Screeners, in line with country’s goal of 0 blindness secondary to ROP by 2020.


Taking at heart this concept is Manila Doctors Hospital (MDH) Department of Ophthalmology. Translating the convention’s theme of building links and bridging gaps, the department has teamed up with the MDH Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in bringing the ROP information to high risk expectant mothers.

In line with this, our OB-Gyne counterparts incorporated a ROP lecture to its monthly Mother’s Class. This was held last November 25, 2016 at the MDH Metrobank Foundation Hall, with the ROP lecture delivered by Dr. Karen Lee-Ong, a pediatric ophthalmologist from MDH. Coincidently, the lecture is also aligned with this month’s celebration of World Prematurity Day, held last November 17, 2016. This is only the beginning of the department’s stance on a more pro-active fight against ROP.

With this activity, we look forward to building bridges not only to our physician counterparts, but also to link the information to the gaps of knowledge of our patients. We are one with PAO and ROPWG in achieving zero blindness secondary to ROP by 2020, one baby at a time.

About The Author

Dr. Erika Jean A. Salvame is an incoming second­ year resident at Man­ila Doctors Hospital,­ Department of Ophtha­lmology.