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The INSIGHT Glaucoma Program, Beyond the Evidence, is co-chaired by Dr. Andrew Crichton and Dr. Devesh Varma. It consists of four modules developed by respected Canadian glaucoma specialists, in partnership with the Canadian Ophthalmological Society and with an unrestricted grant from Allergan. INSIGHT Glaucoma – Beyond the Evidence is a Royal College accredited program, created after extensive consultations and a needs-assessment sent to ophthalmologists across Canada asking for topics they would like discussed in glaucoma.
Four topics were identified for development:
Although evidence-based medicine is clearly the gold standard in how glaucoma patients are managed, there are certain clinical situations for which there is either no or limited evidence available. The overall objective of the program was to reinforce what evidence is available and to offer guidance through interactive discussion in some of the challenging areas where evidence is lacking.
Each module will last 90 minutes and will be centred around interactive case presentations rather than didactic lecture. At the end of the sessions, participating ophthalmologists will feel more confident in managing the areas of glaucoma discussed.
Dr. Andy Crichton is a clinical professor of surgery at the University of Calgary. After graduating from medical school at the University of British Columbia, he did his ophthalmology residency in Toronto and his glaucoma fellowship in Vancouver with Dr. Stephen Drance and Dr. Gordon Douglas. Past President of The Canadian Glaucoma Society, Dr. Crichton has also assumed multiple roles such as: secretary of the Canadian Ophthalmic Society, president of the Ophthalmology Society of Alberta, and father of two. Dr. Crichton is interested in virtually all aspects of glaucoma.
Dr. Varma is recognized across Canada as an emerging leader in ophthalmology. He specializes in the full range of glaucoma surgery, performing both traditional and a variety of new minimally invasive procedures. In addition to routine and refractive cataract surgery, he has particular expertise in high-risk cataracts, the repair of complications from cataract surgery and reconstruction of the front portion of the eye.
He completed a bachelor’s degree in engineering at Dalhousie University in Halifax where he graduated first in his class and was awarded the University Medal. He went on to complete his medical school training in Halifax and then a residency in ophthalmology in Saskatoon, which he completed in 2009. He pursued further training at the University of Toronto under Dr. Ike Ahmed, as a subspecialist in glaucoma and advanced anterior segment surgery.
After his fellowship, Dr. Varma joined Dr. Ahmed as a partner at the Prism Eye Institute – a large multidisciplinary practice with locations in Mississauga and Brampton. He performs surgery at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga, Kensington Eye Institute, and TLC Mississauga.
Dr. Varma is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Toronto, where he leads undergraduate ophthalmology teaching at the Mississauga campus, teaches residents, fellows and delivers a wide variety of continuing education programs for practising physicians.
He actively conducts research and has special interest in angle closure glaucoma and new technologies, having authored over 20 publications and delivered over 60 presentations at national and international conferences.