UKISCRS 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Lecture
XLII Annual Congress, Jury's Inn Hinckley Island Hotel, UK
Thursday, 8 November 2018
"How Shakers and Movers I Had the Privilege to Know Shaped My 50 Years in Ophthalmology"
Patrick I Condon, MCh, FRCS, FRCOphth
Following his interview with Arnold Sorsby, Professor of Ophthalmology at the Royal College of Surgeons , London in 1964, Patrick Condon did a 6 year residency program in ophthalmology at the Royal Eye Hospital, London which involved a rotation to the Croydon Eye Unit and Lambeth - St Thomas's Hospital group , where he finished up as a senior registrar to the Medical Ophthalmology Unit and involved in an animal research project to study corneal wound healing and suture materials with Prof. David Hill at the Research Department of Ophthalmology, Royal College of Surgeons, London.
He subsequently became a consultant at the Bromley and Farnborough Hospital group for 2 years before returning to Waterford, Ireland to a newly opened south-east of Ireland regional eye department. He was also a part-time consultant with the Medical Research Council Sickle Cell Unit at the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica and published 36 papers on aspects of sickle-cell retinopathy in conjunction with Dr Graham Serjeant over a 13 year period.
During his Waterford appointment, he introduced IOL implantation in the 70s, followed by phacoemulsification surgery which he initiated in Ireland in 1987 reporting on his first 150 cases a year later. He also collaborated with local business people to establish a charitable organisation, Irish Fight for Sight, and was instrumental in setting up and directing the first National Eye Bank in Ireland and many other eye public awareness prevention of blindness programs.
In conjunction with Prof. Michael O'Keeffe at the Mater Hospital in Dublin, he was the first to introduce LASIK to Ireland in 1993 with the use of the Automated Lamellar Keratoplasty microkeratome. During the late 90s he became actively involved with UKISCRS, becoming president in 1994 and delivering the Choyce Medal Lecture in 2004 . Following his appointment in 1982 by Dr Cornelius Binkhorst as the Irish member of the European Intraocular Implant Council , forerunner of the ESCRS , he became congress chairman and treasurer of the ESCRS for almost 10 years, for which he was awarded the Grand Medal of Merit medal in 1999, followed by the Ridley Medal Lecture in 2005. Being a member and a constant contributor to each yearly meeting of ASCRS and involved in the amalgamation of the European and American Journals to form the JCRS, he was presented with the ASCRS Hon. Guest Award in 2009 at the annual meeting in San Francisco.
In his lifetime achievement lecture, he intends to cover the 50 years with anecdotal pieces of interesting information with photographs and video sequences which he has collected from his wide world travels and experiences.