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BEAVRS Programme 2023

9 – 10th November 2023

The British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons (BEAVRS) 2023 meeting will be held in Millenium Point, Birmingham on Thursday 9th & Friday 10th November. 

THURSDAY 9th November 2023


Time Agenda
07.30-09.00 Registration & Welcome Tea/Coffee
09.00-09.10 Introduction by Ajai Tyagi
09.10-10.20 Session 1: Free Paper Session: Macular Hole / Epiretinal Membrane / Retinal Detachment #1
Chair: Arijit Mitra, Rynn Lee & Kam Balaggan
09.10 Boon Lin Teh, Yanda Li, Keean Nanji, Mark Phillips, Varun Chaudhary, David Steel.
The effect of internal limiting membrane (ILM) peel size on functional and anatomical outcomes for idiopathic full thickness macular holes (iFTMH): an individual participant data (IPD) analysis study of randomised controlled trials (RCTs)
09.15 Dong Young Park, Caitlin Howey
Surgical outcomes for the treatment of tractional and degenerative lamellar macular holes: Preliminary report
09.20 Raffaele Raimondi, Nikolaos Tzoumas, Steven Toh, Varun Chaudhary, Gurkaran Sarohia, David H Steel
The Effect of Face Down Positioning in Macular Hole Surgery: An Individual Participant Data Study of Randomized Controlled Trials
09.25 Varo Kirthi, Michael B. Eckstein, Edward H. Hughes
Symptomatic inferior retinal displacement after pars plana vitrectomy and inner limiting membrane peeling for full-thickness macular hole
09.30 Karina Spiess, Myrta Lippera, George Moussa, Tsveta Ivanova, Mariantonia Ferrara, Assad Jalil
Preoperative predictors of surgical outcomes in lamellar macular holes: a volumetric analysis
09.35 Ben Kirkpatrick, Robert Henderson, Louisa Wickham
Amniotic membrane graft in the treatment of refractory full thickness macular holes
09.40 Discussion
09.45 Mohammed Elsayyed, Timothy Cochrane, Alistair Laidlaw, Luke Membrey
Prospective Evaluation of Patient Reported Outcome Measurement of Epiretinal Membrane Surgery Using Cat-PROM5 Questionnaire
09.50 Ryan Ramoutar, Partha Ray Chaudhuri, Al-Akaidi Mohammad, Varune Chariah
Outcomes in combined Phaco-Vitrectomy Surgery for Idiopathic Epiretinal Membrane based on Ectopic Inner Foveal Layer Classification
09.55 Amritpal Chaggar Dong Park, Sergio Pagliarini
Enhanced visualisation of pre- and epi-retinal membranes with multicolour imaging
10.00 Navid Hakim, Francesco Maria D’Alterio, Aruni Makuloluwa, Ivan Sychev Konstantinos Kaprinis, Liverpool VR consultants group, Teresa Sandinha
Day-1 post-operative follow-up in VR surgery: is it always necessary after uneventful procedures?
10.05 Imran H. Yusuf, Amanda Ie, Mayuresh Naik, Peter Charbel Issa, Sher A. Aslam
Rapid posterior proliferative vitreoretinopathy following laser retinopexy
10.10 Aditi Agarwal, Mohamed Elnaggar, David Charteris
Un’buckling the retina: A pleasant surprise!
10.15 Discussion
10.20-11.00 Session 2: BEAVRS Research Projects & Other VR Related Trials
Chairs: Teresa Sandinha, Shohista Saidkasimova, Roxane Hillier, Aman Chandra & David Steel
10.20 BEACON Project: The use of “autologous or allogenic plugs” in vitrectomy for the surgical management optic disc pit maculopathy (OPTIMA Study) Mariantonia Ferrara, David Steel, Roxane Hillier, OPTIMA Study Group.
10.30 BEACON Project: Secondary Macular Hole Study (SHOES)
Haseeb Akram, David Steel, Teresa Sandinha, Michael Mikhail, Aman Chandra
10.40 BEACON Project: Management of large recalcitrant full thickness macular holes – the LARGO study: anatomical and visual outcomes of revision surgery
Francesco D’Alterio, Robert Henderson, David Steel, Teresa Sandinha; BEAVRS LARGO study group
10.50 Suprachoroidal buckling for the treatment of Retinal detachment: VIKING study. BEAVRS grant intermediate report
Shohista S Saidkasimova, David Steel, Alistair Laidlaw, Aman Chandra, Kurt Spiteri-Cornish, Tim Jackson and VIKING study group
11.00 PRIMA Bionic Vision System for Geographic Atrophy in Age-related Macular Degeneration: 4 year Study Results
Mahi Muqit
11.10-11.40 Tea/Coffee/Exhibition
11.40-12.50 Session 3: Free Paper Session: Retinal Detachment #2
Chairs: Kim Son Lett, Roxane Hillier & Assad Jalil
11.40 Nikolaos Tzoumas, David Yorston, D Alistair Laidlaw, Tom H Williamson, David H. Steel;
BEAVRS and EURETINA VR Retinal Detachment Outcomes Group

Improved Outcomes with Heavy Silicone Oil in Primary Retinal Detachment with Inferior Retinal Breaks and/or PVR: A Large-scale Multicentre Matched Cohort Study
11.45 Viktorija Kaminskaite, Amanda Ie Franzco, Sher A. Aslam, Kanmin Xue, Imran H. Yusuf
Short-term heavy liquid endotamponade for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment associated with giant retinal tears
11.50 Korina Theodoraki, Edward Hughes
Posturing for macula off retinal detachments: the “face down plus” approach
11.55 Kim Lawrence Ah-See, Jas Singh, Harry Bennett, Colin Goudie, Ashraf Khan, Manjit Mehat
Five-year experience of short-term retinal tamponade with perfluorocarbon liquid (PFCL) for giant retinal tear (GRT)
12.00 Sam Kanavati, Aman Chandra, Jufen Zhang, David Charteris, Edward Casswell
Impact of Retinotomy on Retinal Displacement after Macula-Involving Retinal Detachment Repair: Post Hoc Analysis of the PostRD Trial
12.05 Jonathan K. Y. Ng, George Moussa, Assad Jalil, Myrta Lippera, Irina-Elena Cristescu, Tsveta Ivanova
SF6 compared to C2F6 for inferior rhegmatogenous retinal detachment repair; The Manchester Pseudophakic Retinal Detachment Study
12.10 Discussion
12.15 Irina Cristescu, Fidan Jmor, Kirti Jasani
Refractive and anatomical outcomes of segmental buckling with or without encirclement as primary surgery for retinal detachment repair
12.20 Karina Spiess, George Moussa, Assad Jalil, Tsveta Ivanova, Myrta Lippera, Mariantonia Ferrara
The long-term recovery of vision in pseudophakic macula-off rhegmatogenous retinal detachments
12.25 Yarrow Scantling-Birch, Adam Hatoum, Juan Ulloa, Cordelia McKechnie, Hadi Zambarakji
Complications of Retinal Detachment Surgery (CORDS) severity classification of postoperative outcomes in removal of silicone oil (ROSO) cases: a retrospective review
12.30 Hedayat Javidi, George Moussa, Assad Jalil, Tsveta Ivanova, Kirti M. Jasani, Niall Patton
The Manchester Pseudophakic Retinal Detachment Study: Expansile gas concentration in primary pseudophakic retinal detachment repair and the effect on intraocular pressure and outcomes
12.35 Mariam El-Abiary, David Yorston, Alistair Laidlaw, Tom Williamson, David Steel
Outcomes and Predictive Factors in Scleral Buckle Surgery for Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachments (RRD)
12.40 Michael Mikhail, J Hany, L Uwemeye, T Tuyisabe, A Sallam
Primary retinal detachment: 360-degree scleral buckling as a primary procedure in Black African eyes with no posterior vitreous detachment and unseen retinal breaks
12.45 Discussion
12.50-14.00 Lunch/Exhibition
14.00-15.10 Session 4: Free Paper Session: Trauma / Secondary IOL / Complex Cataract Surgery / Retinal Detachment #3
Chairs: Dong Park, Teresa Sandinha & Steve Charles
14.00 Katarzyna Chwiejczak, Matthew Raynor
Front to back: when a VR surgeon meets a corneal colleague: combined decompensated corneal graft replacement, vitrectomy, scleral fixated Carlevale lens and tractional retinal detachment repair
14.05 Georgios Tsokolas, Hussein Almuhtaseb
Combined case of anterior segment reconstruction using an artificial iris (HumanOptics) implantation, with implantation of a sutureless scleral fixated intraocular lens (SF-IOL) (Carlevale by Md Tech), in a case of deficient capsule post eye trauma
14.10 Hamza A S Abdou, Aashish Mokashi
Ocular trauma and vitreoretinal Pathology Caused by Elastic Exercise Bands: Case series, Literature Review, and Safety Alert
14.15 Ruth Jones, Stephen Winder
Posterior polar cataracts, how many really require vitreoretinal intervention?
14.20 Konstantinos Kaprinis, Jae Yee Ku, Heinrich Heimann, Rumana Hussain, Paul Chua, Shi Zhuan Tan
The role of Vitreoretinal Surgeons in the Management of Posterior Capsular Rupture
14.25 Chris Tendo, M Alam, R Zakir, G Duguid
1 year experience with sutured scleral fixated intraocular lenses
14.30 Discussion
14.35 Jennifer Hind, Edward J Casswell, Louisa Wickham
Clinical outcomes & complications during introduction of a four-point trans-scleral Gore-Tex suture fixated intraocular lens technique in a teaching hospital environment
14.40 Luke Michaels, George Moussa, Hadi Ziaei, Andrew Davies
Recycling 4-haptic dislocated intraocular lenses with Gore-tex suture scleral re-fixation
14.45 Fernando J. Huelin, Boon Lin Teh, James Convill, Theodora Mantzari, Tafadzwa Young-Zvandasara, Roxane J. Hillier
Real-life outcomes with Carlevale scleral fixated intraocular lens for the treatment of aphakia and intraocular lens dislocation
14.50 Abbas Fahem, Priyanka Pujara, Sajjad Abbas, Y F Yang Clinical
Outcomes of spontaneous unexplained fundus obscuring vitreous haemorrhage
14.55 Johannes Keller, Celia García-López, Alberto Sánchez-Mellado, José Pablo Martínez-Barbero, Santiago Ortiz-Pérez
No correlation found between visual function loss and OCT retinal structural changes after rhegmatogenous retinal detachment
15.00 Shane Whitlow, David Yorston, Tom Williamson, David Steel, Alistair Laidlaw
When do retinal detachments fail?
15.05 Discussion
15.10-15.45 DEBATE: Yamane Technique is the best scleral fixated secondary intraocular lens fixation technique – Stephen Lash (FOR) vs. Aman Chandra (AGAINST)
Chair: Stephen Winder & Tsveta Ivanova
15.45-16.30 Tea/Coffee/Exhibition
16.30-17.00 Guest Lecture – Prof Marc de Smet: Robotics for and by surgeons – opportunities and challenges
19.00-23.00 Dinner at Birmingham Council House


FRIDAY 10th November 2023


08.00-09.00 Registration & Welcome Tea/Coffee
09.00-10.10 Session 5 – Free Paper Session: Haemorrhages (Suprachoroidal, Choroidal and Macular) / Surgical Techniques
Chairs: Soon Ch’ng, Shohista Saidkasimova & George Moussa
09.00 Georgios Tsokolas, Hussein Almuhtaseb, Abdul Hanifudin, Andrew Lotery
Spontaneous resolution of sub-hyaloid haemorrhage from tolperisone
09.05 Beatrice Gallo, Ramy Khader, Julia Fajardo-Sanchez, Paul Sullivan, Evgenia Anikina
Factors affecting anatomical and visual outcomes in Terson Syndrome managed by surgery or observation
09.10 Peng Yong Sim, Rodrigo Anguita, Janice Roth, Achini Makuloluwa, Syed Shahid, David Charteris
Spontaneous suprachoroidal haemorrhage: clinical features, visual outcomes and prognostic factors
09.15 Rabia Bourkiza, Elizabeth Yang, Louisa Wickham
Management of combined rhegmatogenous retinal detachments and choroidal detachments
09.20 Youssef Helmy, Mandeep Bindra, Melissa Chin, Markus Groppe, Marta Latasiewicz
All’s Well That Ends Well; A critical review of the management of a Suprachoroidal haemorrhage with good outcome
09.25 Guy Hunter, Malcolm Woodcock
Valsalva-related Optic Disc Pit Maculopathy in an Attack Helicopter Pilot
09.30 Discussion
09.35 Ariel Yuhan Ong, Yasmin Bakr, Mayuresh Naik, Sher Aslam, Jasleen K Jolly
Charles Bonnet Syndrome in vitreoretinal patients: a novel case series of patients with monocular disease
09.40 David Steel, Boon Lin Teh, Steven Toh, Tom H. Williamson, Boguslaw Obara, Jean-Yves Guillemaut
Gas bubble characteristics for replacing SF6 during vitrectomy surgery
09.45 Anita Muskalska, Niral Karia, Aman Chandra
Vitesse Hypersonic Vitrectomy System – the UK experience
09.50 Brian O Tuama, Akmal Hussain, John Doris
Functional and anatomical outcomes in refractory and large macular holes treated with an intraretinal fluid expansion technique
09.55 Maria Soare, Mostafa Elgohary
Is removal of vitreous cortex remnants necessary during surgery for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment?
10.00 Anahita Dadali, Achini K. Makuloluwa, Edward J. Casswell, Paul Sullivan
Surgical techniques: success of subretinal blue and displacement in identifying occult breaks in rhegmatogenous retinal detachments
10.05 Discussion
10.10-10.40 New VR Curriculum: Shohista Saidkasimova & David Yorston
10.40-11.10 Tea/Coffee/Exhibition
11.10-12.30 Session 6 – Presentations from BMEC and West Midlands Region (previous and current vitreo-retinal fellows/ASTO/trainees)
Chairs: Ajai Tyagi, Rishika Chaudhary, Emma Linton & Hosam Abdalla
11.10 Ibrahim Elaroud (Canada):
Retina Service from North American Prospective
11.15 Walter Andreatta (Switzerland):
Vitreoretinal Epilation
11.20 Emma Linton, Andrew Davies
A management di-LAMA
11.25 Maninee Purohit, Niha Hussain, Madyan Qureshi, Soon Wai Ch’ng
Impact of timing of vitreoretinal surgery on visual outcomes in patients with dropped lens nucleus following complicated cataract surgery
11.30 Kerolos Bassilious, Trystan MacDonald, Neil Shah, Paul Sullivan, Kamaljit Balaggan
Optimised, undiluted high-volume, fully-automated, single-surgeon, air-assisted pars plana vitrectomy biopsy technique
11.35 Jai Gill, K S Balaggan
Initial experience with the Yamane needle stabilizer ring for intrascleral intraocular lens fixation
11.40 Discussion
11.45 Kwesi Amissah-Arthur (Ghana):
PVR-C Retinal Detachments in Only Eyes
11.55 David Karl (Austria):
Flanged Intrascleral Intraocular Lens Fixation using the Novel Forceps Needle: a Modified Yamane Technique
12.05 Kerolos Bassilious, Kim Son Lett, Ash Sharma, Ajai Tyagi, Arijit Mitra, Soon Ch’ng
Indications and outcomes of scleral buckle removal
12.10 Amritpal Singh Chaggar, Mark Hero, James Wolffsohn, Amy Sheppard, Dong Park, Rynn Lee
The outcomes of retinopexy by an Optometrist
12.15 Ruksana Begum, Bethan McLeish, Anshu Sachdev, Kamaljit Singh Balaggan
Current Practice of Vitreoretinal Surgeons for Dilated Fundoscopy
12.20 Muhammed Omar Qadir, Mohamed Nasr, Palpandian Viswanathan
Laser demarcation retinopexy for high-risk retinoschisis…is it worth doing?
12.25 Discussion
12.30-13.30 Lunch/Exhibition
13.30-14.00 BEAVRS AGM – members only
14.00-15.10 Fellows Video Competition
Chairs/Judges: Noemi Lois, Alistair Laidlaw, Marc de Smet, Dara Kilmartin, James Neffendorf & Shohista Saidkasimova
14.00 Mohamed Elnaggar:
Haemorrhage Under Silicone Oil
14.10 Mohamed Nasr:
Optic disc pit maculopathy
14.20 Aditi Agrawal:
Scleral Buckling Challenge
14.30 Shane Whitlow:
Paediatric Retinal Detachment
14.40 Madyan Qureshi:
Penetrating Eye Injury
14.50-14.55 David Yorston
BEAVRS database: Visual outcome predictors
14.55 Results
15.00-15.40 Tea/Coffee/Exhibition
15.40-16.50 Session 7 – Endophthalmitis / Sympathetic Ophthalmia/ Exudative and Tractional RD / Paediatric VR / Miscellaneous
Chairs: Ash Sharma, Rumana Hussain & CK Patel
15.40 Monla-Haidar H, Spackman W, Vouzounis P, Whiteman A, Thompson P, El-Khayat A, Park J, Herbert E 
The impact of adding recent macula-off retinal detachments to regional weekend vitreoretinal service
15.45 Elizabeth Yang, Yvonne Kanna, Rob Henderson, Lyndon da Cruz
Virtual VR New Patient Clinics
15.50 Shahzaib Rehan, Roger McPherson
Comparing the Current Knowledge and Understanding of Vitreo-Retinal Conditions and Associated Practice: Optometrists Versus ST1 Ophthalmic Trainees
15.55 Dimitrios Kalogeropoulos, Abin Holla, Bhaskar Gupta, Stephen Lash, Anastasios Sepetis, Serafeim Antonakis
An Unusual Encounter: Endophthalmitis Associated with Flavobacterium lindanitolerans
16.00 Amr Wassef, Anthony Shinton, Abin Holla, Serafeim Antonakis, Bhaskar Gupta
Surgical management of endogenous fungal endophthalmitis. A multicenter audit results
16.05 Kamaljit Singh Balaggan
Traumatic Tragedy: Surgical treatment of severe exudative retinal detachment (RD) due to sympathetic ophthalmia
16.10 Discussion
16.15 Aditi Agarwal, Paul Sullivan
Sympathising with ‘tear’less retina
16.20 Alasdair Simpson, Emma McAllister, Jackie Wright, Eoghan Millar
Do premature neonates screened for retinopathy of prematurity require enhanced follow-up?
16.25 Theodor Stappler, Francis Munier, Christina Stathopoulos
The Scleral Buckle Soldiers On: Visual Outcomes of Scleral Buckle Surgery for Paediatric Retinal Detachment in Children with Active Retinoblastoma
16.30 Sleiman Abou-Ltaif, Hasan Koujan, Mohamed Abelkader
Road to diabetic delamination What went wrong?
16.35 Dimitrios Kalogeropoulos, Bhaskar Gupta, Farid Afshar, Stephen Lash, Abin Holla, Serafeim Antonakis
Diagnostic and therapeutic considerations in a case with bilateral primary vitreoretinal lymphoma
16.40 Roslyn Manrique, Rebecca Jones, Panayiotis Maghsoudlou
Long-term complications of Sickle cell retinopathy and outcomes
16.45 Discussion
16.50-17.00 Meeting Close and Handover to BEAVRS Hull 2024