Penang: A Diner’s Paradise
Penang is a beautiful island in northern Malaysia famous for its food, culture and numerous tourist attractions. It is also included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Acclaimed by Lonely Planet as one of the top food destinations in the world, Penang’s cuisine reflects the ethnic mix of Chinese, Malay and Indian traditions in Malaysia. It is especially famous for street food served al fresco.
Must-try dishes include char kuey teow (wok fried rice noodles), Penang laksa (a sour spicy noodle broth that was named one of the best dishes in the world by Lonely Planet), nasi lemak (rice cooked in coconut milk with curry), nasi kandar (a variety of curries with rice), rojak (spicy fruit and vegetable salad) and cendol (a shaved ice dessert featuring palm sugar).
Feeling hungry? Penang-style restaurants can also be found in Kuala Lumpur. Be sure to ask members of our APVRS 2017 co-host, the Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology, for their recommendations!
Controversies, Challenges & Evidence on Management of Diabetic Retinopathy Including DME
Start your morning on Day 2 (December 9) of the 11th APVRS Congress with the “Controversies, Challenges & Evidence on Management of Diabetic Retinopathy Including DME” symposium, which will cover screening strategies for diabetic retinopathy, along with current and emerging treatments for diabetic macular edema. It will also feature the latest updates from the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network trials from Profs. Neil and Susan Bressler.
Controversies in Retina
Scheduled on Day 1 (December 8), the “Controversies in Retina” symposium will feature key opinion leaders discussing different management options for proliferative diabetic retinopathy, persistent diabetic macular edema and postoperative endophthalmitis. Compelling arguments will be presented, accompanied by commentary from moderators Prof. Neil Bressler, Prof. Taiji Sakamoto and Dr. Nor Fariza Ngah.
Petronas Twin Towers: 5 Fun Facts
Everyone has seen stunning images of Kuala Lumpur’s iconic Petronas Twin Towers, but what do you know about the history of these landmarks? Check out these 5 interesting facts!
1. The towers were designed by renowned Argentinian architect Cesar Pelli and completed in 1996.
2. From 1996 to 2004, the towers were the tallest in the world. Now they are the tallest twin towers in the world.
3. The towers are joined by a sky bridge at level 41. Limited tickets to visit this area can be purchased on site.
4. The foundations of the twin towers are the deepest in the world. The total weight of the concrete used in the foundations is 35,800 tons.
5. To ensure that the towers were completed on schedule in 6 years, the Malaysian government awarded the contract for the construction of Tower 1 to a Japanese company with Tower 2 constructed by a South Korean firm. Thus ensued an epic race to be the first to complete the towers! To find out which company won, be sure to visit the iconic Twin Towers during APVRS 2017 in Kuala Lumpur.
Mastering Retinal Imaging
Noninvasive imaging is the latest buzz in the field of retinal imaging. This master class will bring participants up to date with the latest in optical coherence tomography (OCT), OCT angiography, digital photography and angiography, including the basics of imaging modalities, abilities, how they work together and what is more recently available. Through a series of lectures and case studies, participants will develop confidence in mastering retinal imaging.
Focus on Retinopathy of Prematurity
Technological advances have allowed new and better ways of detecting retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) and improving outcomes in these cases. Thus, the ways in which we approach the disease have evolved. Learn directly from masters in the field, who will be presenting tips and tricks for the management and treatment of this challenging condition.
Retina Meets Pediatric Ophthalmology
This session will focus on retinal disorders found primarily in the pediatric population, with emphasis on investigation, diagnosis and management. Internationally acclaimed speakers will offer insights into these challenging and rare conditions. Don’t miss this symposium on novel concepts and results in the field of pediatric retina, which are not often covered at other conferences!
Master Class in Ocular Trauma
Serious ocular trauma can be a frightening experience for patients, who often suffer significant loss of visual function. This master class provides an opportunity for ophthalmologists of all experience levels to sharpen their skills and contribute to the discussion on the optimal treatment strategies for such cases. An international panel of speakers led by Dr. Ferenc Kuhn will share their expertise on a wide range of related topics.
Melaka is a historical seaside town located about 2 hours’ drive from Kuala Lumpur. In the 15th century, Melaka was a major trading hub linking Asia and Europe, and it has been strongly influenced by the culture and architecture of India, China, Portugal, the Netherlands and Britain.
As one of Malaysia’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, Melaka is a popular international tourist destination with a range of historical attractions, scenic pedestrian walkways and a myriad of food offerings. It is well worth making the trip from KL to visit this unique town.
For more information about Melaka, please visit: http://www.gomelaka.my/.
Mastering Retinal Detachment Repair
Retinal detachment is one of the most challenging conditions facing retinal specialists. This master class aimed at fellows and trainees will be conducted by world-renowned experts, who will cover the management of various types of retinal detachment cases in a practical and informative manner. There will be ample time for questions and discussion. Don’t miss this exciting new element of the Scientific Program at APVRS 2017!