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Dr Chandra Balaratnasingam

Optometry Western Australia’s monthly metro CPD evening is sponsored by Bayer Australia in October.  The presentation will be made by Vitreo retinal surgeon, Dr Chandra Balaratnasingam from the Lions Eye Institute.

Dr Bala will present on Retinal Manifestations of Systemic Disease.

Summary: It is not uncommon for retina changes to be the earliest manifestation of a spectrum of serious and potentially life-threatening systemic diseases. Optometrists are frequently the medical professional to provide the initial assessment of such cases.  This talk will provide a case-based illustration of retinal changes that characterize important systemic diseases that may result in blindness & even death.

Learning Objectives

  • To illustrate the myriad of systemic diseases that present with haemorrhagic retinopathy.
  • To describe the retinal manifestations of important systemic infections.
  • To provide a framework for assessing the posterior segment manifestations of systemic malignancies.

Max points awarded: 3.00


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Assoc. Professor Chandra Balaratnasingam

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Associate Professor Chandra Balaratnasingam MBBS, PhD, FRANZCO

Associate Professor Chandra Balaratnasingam is a consultant ophthalmologist and vitreoretinal surgeon at the Lions Eye Institute (Nedlands and Murdoch Offices) and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. He was awarded his medical degree with Honours and PhD with High-Distinction from the University of Western Australia. He undertook specialist training in ophthalmology in Western Australia after which he completed 3 years of post-fellowship sub-specialty training in retina diseases in North America. This included training at the University of British Columbia, Canada, Vitreous-Retina-Macula Consultants of New York, USA and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, USA. Following fellowship training, Assoc. Professor Balaratnasingam was appointed to clinical faculty at New York University School of Medicine, USA where he worked as a vitreoretinal surgeon prior to returning to Australia. He has over 15 years of research experience in ophthalmology and has published over 100 scientific manuscripts and over 10 book chapters in key retina texts. His research expertise is in the field of retinal vascular diseases with a focus on diabetic retinopathy. He is a regular invited speaker at international meetings and serves on the editorial board of the journal Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology that is published on behalf of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.

CPD Sponsor: Bayer Australia

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Bayer have been long term supporters of Optometry WA CPD evenings, both metro, regional and ECO events. Bayer provide OWA with popular speakers during the year's CPD calendar.

Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation Optometry Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.