Uveitis Unwrapped: What's New in Uveitis?

by Pia Galvante, MD

As doctors we know that to improve our craft, we have to devote ourselves to a life of learning. We have to keep abreast with the changing times and constantly update our knowledge and skills.

With the aim of keeping current in the field of Uveitis, the Philippine Ocular Inflammation Society (POIS), headed by its President, Dr. Vicente Victor Ocampo Jr., hosted two sessions in the recently concluded 2016 PAO Congress.

The first session entitled “What’s New in Uveitis” discussed the latest updates on various infectious uveitis conditions as well as emerging treatments for non-infectious uveitis. Dr. Justine Smith, a uveitis specialist from Flinders University in Australia shared her ten tips for good clinical practice in uveitis, a useful guide for any ophthalmologist encountering uveitic cases in their practice. Dr. Smith also gave updates on ocular toxoplasmosis, ARN, PORN and other infectious retinitis, uveitis in patients afflicted by HIV and new treatments in non-infectious uveitis, with emphasis on the growing number of biologic response modifiers being used in uveitis. Dr. Pia Galvante (DOH Eye Center-East Avenue Medical Center) then gave her updates on emerging diseases in uveitis, discussing the different ocular manifestations associated with Zika infection, Ebola disease, Dengue fever and Chikungunya infection. Dr. Ian Paredes (Legaspi Eye Center) ended the session looking into the management of uveitis patients with low vision.

The second session showcased interesting and challenging uveitic cases encountered by five uveitis experts namely Dr. Carmen Chan (Hong Kong Eye Hospital), Dr. Justin Smith (Flinders University), Dr. Juan Lopez (St. Luke’s Medical Center), Dr. Jessica Marie Abano (UST Hospital), Dr. Vicente Victor Ocampo Jr. (Asian Hospital and Medical Center). This session focused on dilemmas in the diagnosis of uveitic conditions presenting as masquerades, the importance of a good history and the significant role of different imaging modalities such as fluorescein angiography, ICG angiography and OCT. An esteemed panel of local uveitis experts helped to clarify various diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of each presented case.

Dr. Smith also joined other international faculty in a plenary session of different subspecialties, where she discussed some updates on the Standardization of Uveitis Nomenclature.

The Philippine Ocular inflammation Society has nineteen active members and is currently the second smallest subspecialty society under the Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology.

Listening and learning. The audience at the Uveitis Symposium on “What’s New in Uveitis”
Dr. Carmen Chan accepting a certificate of appreciation from POIS President, Dr. Junjie Ocampo and Treasurer, Dr Tin Bacsal-Flores
 Dr. Justine Smith accepting a certificate of appreciation from POIS President, Dr. Junjie Ocampo and Treasurer, Dr Tin Bacsal-Flores
Dr. Justine Smith (7th from left) and Dr. Carmen Chan (8th from left) with the members of the POIS.
Seated L-R): Ian P. Paredes, MD(Vice President), Vicente Victor D. Ocampo Jr. ,MD(President), Jessica Marie R. Abaño, MD(Past President),Kristine Margaret E. Bacsal-Flores, MD(Treasurer)
(Standing L-R): Egidio Jose S. Fortuna, MD(Secretary), Ellen Yu-Keh ,MD(Director),Pia Regina Galvante, MD(Director), Franz Marie O. Cruz, MD,(Director)

Photo Credit: Egidio Jose S. Fortuna, MD


About The Author

Dr. Egidio Fortuna is the Philippine Ocular Inflammation Society Secretary. He is a consultant of the Uveitis Section of The Medical City, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, and Quirino Memorial Medical Center.

A Cornea and External Disease and Uveitis specialist, clinician and teacher, and doting pet-mom to Smokey, a frisky maltese. Pia likes to cook (and eat!) but not bake, shop (what girl doesn't?), grow herbs, read, listen to music, and wrap gifts. She loves shades of blue and purple, japanese food and travelling. She also wants to go on a long vacation, visit the National Museum, and learn how to drive.