In the year which long promised the hope of eradication of preventable eye disease across the world, 2020 has been overshadowed by the effects of the respiratory virus SARS-CoV-2. The pandemic has profoundly affected us all, our ability to serve our patients, to teach the next generation of doctors, and, for BOPSS, the ability to run our annual meetings.
Although the UK’s national vaccination program is underway, the recent emergence of a more virulent strain of virus, dubbed B117, means that much of the UK will remain under stringent lock-down measures for months longer than anticipated.
Even before this recent development, the BOPSS committee had decided to defer the forthcoming meeting in Oxford scheduled for August 2021. To organize such a meeting, whilst in the throes of a national lock-down, would be a distraction and carries financial risk to the Society. Although BOPSS is committed to physical, hybrid, and virtual meetings, it was considered preferable to hold the physical meeting in Oxford in a few years.
In the interim, we are planning several collaborative meetings throughout the year to continue our professional development. Following the success of November’s ‘6 of the Best’, BOPSS will be hosting a further interactive webinar in November 2021 with a range of sessions including a dedicated section for trainees and short research presentations.
Please also remember that the BOPSS forum, which promotes collegiate interaction, is always available for you to discuss management of complex patients, COVID-related or otherwise. Furthermore, we are glad to report that on-line access to Orbit Journal has been renewed for all our members for 2021.
With every best wish for Christmas and the New Year,
BOPSS Executive Committee.