About the Journal
The Transactions of the Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria an Official journal of the Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria publishes proceedings from the annual congress of the Society. They comprise of referenced abstracts of presentations during the congress. The scope of articles include clinical, laboratory and community medicine, basic medical sciences, medical technology, as well as the economics and management of health care delivery, especially in the African environment as they relate to the eyes. Articles are considered on the basis of subspecialty of Ophthalmology affected, including but not restricted to cornea and anterior segment, glaucoma, low vision, orbit and oculoplasty, vitreoretinal, neuro-ophthalmology, Paediatric ophthalmoloy, and public health ophthalmology.
The Editorial Board is pleased to present the proceedings of the 45th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria (OSN) in this sixth edition of the Transactions of the Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria. The Conference took place between the 1st and 3rd of September, 2021 at the M & M Events Centre, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria.
Specialists and subspecialists in ophthalmology from within and outside Nigeria converged at Ilorin during the Conference. The meeting provided a unique opportunity for ophthalmologists at different levels of training to interact and share ideas with colleagues. The theme of the Conference was “People-centred Eye Care”. The sub themes were “Enhancing training and practice through technology” and “Vision care for the vulnerable groups”.
In line with the major objective of the Journal, this edition features peer-reviewed abstracts of the presentations that were made during the 2021 Conference of the OSN. These short articles are outputs of various research projects carried out by ophthalmologists of different sub-specialities from various public and private institutions in the country and abroad. They cut across the various subspecialties including Retina and Vitreous, Glaucoma, Paediatric Ophthalmology, Community Ophthalmology, Neuro-ophthalmology, Cornea and Anterior Segment as well as Orbit and Oculoplasty.
Also included in this edition are two full length articles, both of which are based on named lectures that were delivered during the Conference. The first full article is based on the Okechukwu lecture which was eruditely delivered by Prof. E. Babalola, while the second article is based on the President’s lecture and is authored by Prof. A.W.O. Olatinwo, a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Immediate Past Chief Medical Director, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Ilorin. The inclusion of these two articles is in furtherance of the drive of the Editorial Board to publish full length articles in addition to the refereed conference proceedings.
In this regard, we solicit more full length manuscripts from members of the Society for publication in subsequent issues of the Journal.
We hope that this volume will be a significant addition to the body of knowledge generated by research conducted locally and which should translate to better methods for managing ocular conditions in our various communities. Many of the articles presented here can comfortably be used as templates for better patient management and further research in addition to being evidence for advocacy to policy makers.
The contributions of the various individuals and groups that worked tirelessly in making this issue a reality are well appreciated. Notable amongst them are the OSN executive council, the NJO crew, the representatives of subspecialties on the Editorial board, our publishing consultant and the authors, who have also been charged a minimal publication fee to partly offset the high cost of publication.