Virtual Saudi Ophthalmology Symposium 2021




Virtual Saudi Ophthalmology Symposium 2021 has been launched today, which is organized by the Saudi Ophthalmological Society, King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital and the Department of Ophthalmology at King Saud University, College of Medicine. The symposium will be held for three days.

The symposium sheds light on the latest developments in ophthalmology in the areas of Cataract, Cornea, Refractive Surgery, Glaucoma, Optometry, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Prevention of Blindness, and Retina.


 The meeting includes (40) scientific sessions, (170) scientific papers and (75) scientific posters. with the participation of a large number of ophthalmologists, optometrists and specialists, 25 international ophthalmology speakers, in addition to (153) international speakers from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Arab countries.

The symposium was certified by twenty-four hours from the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.

CEO Receives Vision Excellence Award


Dr. Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim AlRajhi, Chief Executive Officer of King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, received Vision Excellence Award of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

The Vision Excellence awards recognize achievements of people whose vision, motivation, commitment and quality of their work contributed to achieve VISION 2020 program goals during the last twenty years.


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KKESH participates in a workshop under sponsorship of the Department of the Care of Persons with Disabilities. This is one of national transformation program initiatives to enable persons with disabilities and enhance their role in the Kingdom. The workshop under title of “Health Services for Persons with Disabilities Between Realty and Hope” is made to raise the level of medical services provided for this distinguished category.






One Awareness Minute


Two episodes of the Awareness Minute program were launched. This is a program made by KKESH. It does not exceed one minute and addresses issues related to ophthalmology to the public.

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Are sunglasses necessary to wear?


World Sight Day


In line of KKESH celebration of 2020 World Sight Day, KKESH has started organizing many activities and events to raise the level of health awareness among community members about eye diseases and the diseases that lead to blindness that can be avoided and how to prevent these diseases.

In cooperation with King Khalid International Airport, KKESH has raised many awareness messages on airport lounge screen relating eye diseases and how to prevent them. Similarly, it has raised another group of awareness messages relating Cataract- Amblyopia - Glaucoma and ways of treatment and prevention at Al-Nakheel Mall - Khurais Mall - Al Hamra Mall - Al Salam Mall.

In a continuation of our interest to activate the role of social responsibility, KKESH has entered into a community partnership with Dr. Cafe to be the official sponsor of the World Sight Day under the supervision of KKESH to raise public awareness about this day. Dr. Cafe has contributed in printing a custom code on the mugs as any customer can scan the code with his phone to reach an integrated educational content related to eye diseases and how to prevent them.

KKESH social media platforms have also been harnessed to raise and emphasize this awareness through periodic publications. In addition, a live broadcast was presented by some of KKESH ophthalmologists relating children's eye diseases and glaucoma, and ways to treat and to prevent them.In order to interact and communicate with international bodies, KKESH participated with a set of its photos in the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. KKESH obtained an advanced position. Within the same framework, KKESH held a meeting for the Keratoconus Patients Group through Zoom App.

KKESH annual participation on Sight International Day comes as result of its societal responsibility in raising awareness among community members about eye diseases and ways to prevent them.

Among package of international health events, KKESH is keen to participate in these events in order to raise the level of health awareness in the community about eye diseases, in order to eliminate the causes of visual impairment that can be avoided either with treatment or prevention.

Conclusion of the Saudi Ophthalmology Meeting and Exhibition 2020



The virtual Saudi Ophthalmology meeting concluded its scientific sessions, which lasted three days from 16-18 Dhu al-Hijjah 1441 AH corresponding to 6-8 August 2020 CE. Saudi Ophthalmology meeting was organized by the Saudi Society of Ophthalmology and King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital in cooperation with the Ophthalmology Department, College of Medicine at King Saud University. Such scientific efforts aim to achieve the Kingdom’s vision 2030.

The meeting reviewed the latest developments in all ophthalmology specialties, and included 38 scientific sessions, 112 scientific papers, 10 training courses, 6 workshops, 26 scientific posters, and 6 video presentations, with the participation of 13 international ophthalmology speakers, and 60 local speakers the meeting was accompanied by virtual international exhibition of ophthalmic and optical devices and equipment.

More than 1000 ophthalmologists, optometrists, and those interested in ophthalmology were also registered in the meeting.

During which a number of distinguished ophthalmologists and optometrists and the medical companies that participated in the medical exhibition were honored.

The meeting was concluded with the King Khalid Memorial Lecture given by Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Oxford, Consultant, Fellow of Vitreous Surgeon at Merton College, (United Kingdom) Professor Dr. Robert McLaren.

That memorial lecture addressed annually in memory of King Khalid – God’s mercy – who instructed for the construction of King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital in 1979.






Virtual Symposium of Saudi Ophthalmology 2020


Virtual Saudi Ophthalmology Symposium 2020 and the accompanying medical exhibition were held on Wednesday 05/08/2020, and organized by the Saudi Ophthalmological Society (SOS), King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) and the Department of Ophthalmology- Faculty of Medicine, King Saud University (KSU.)

The CEO of KKESH, Dr. Abdulaziz Al Rajhi, welcomed the attendees at the beginning of the symposium. He pointed out that this symposium is a joint meeting for both the annual symposium of KKESH in its 37th session and the scientific meeting of the Saudi Ophthalmological Society in its 32nd session, noting that the hospital has played a major role in organizing international ophthalmology meetings in Saudi Arabia since 1982.

The CEO of KKESH pointed out that the hospital has a long history of excellence and influence in the field of eye medical care since its establishment, with more than 81% of the Kingdom's ophthalmologists and 38 ophthalmologists from the GCC countries received training at the hospital. Indicating that at the beginning of 2019, the hospital obtained the institutional re-accreditation of the residency program from Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education- International(ACGME-I), in addition to the institutional accreditation from the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.

Dr. Al Rajhi added that in late 2019, the hospital became the first health facility outside the United States and Europe to use (Luxturna) gene therapy to treat inherited retinal dystrophy caused by a defect in the gene “RPE65.” He emphasized that this is part of the hospital's plan to expand the scope of services for the treatment of congenital and genetic diseases.

He stated that the hospital has launched the Retinopathy of Prematurity National Program (ROP), which contributes to preventing 400 cases of preemies blindness annually.

He explained that KKESH is a leading institution in the field of research in the region according to the number of publications in the field of ophthalmology published in peer-reviewed journals. A total of 117 research projects and 73 publications were published in 2019.

He drew attention to the fact that the hospital's latest achievement is obtaining Stage 7 on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (HIMSS Stage 7), that relies on the classification of electronic medical records and the evaluation of advanced and comprehensive safety characteristics of medical information.

The hospital was also ranked the first in the Middle East and the ninth outside the United States of America to achieve the seventh level in 2017, and it is on standby with regard to direct medical care for patients.

He indicated that the hospital seeks to implement the Kingdom's Vision 2030, to develop the care provided in the field of ophthalmology at the national level, hoping that it will reach its impact at the regional level. Dr. Al-Rajhi emphasized that the goal of this virtual meeting is to organize a comprehensive and up-to-date scientific program, in cooperation with SOS and KSU.


“Awsefha” Twitter Account


One of the services provided by King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital is “Awsefha” Twitter account. The account provides access to awareness content and data for blind and visually impaired individuals by describing images and movies.

Kicking Off the First Episode of Eye Podcast


The first episode of Eye Podcast was launched under the title "The Invisible Visitor."

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Precautionary Measures Taken by KKESH during the Beginning of Corona Crisis


COVID-19 committee, which is made up of all concerned departments under the leadership of the Chief Executive Officer, conducts a daily meeting and continues to communicate remotely around the clock to follow up on all that is agreed upon and what is new by eye heroes.

The precautionary measures taken immediately and proactively during the beginning of the crisis include the following:

  1. Postpone all non-urgent appointments and operations until further notice, along with communicate with the concerned patients, clarify the reasons and answer their questions.


  1. Work towards reducing the visit to ER for non-urgent cases by providing a remote answering service through a unified number announced on the social media.


  1. Inpatients visit has been suspended, except those who are allowed through the medical staff and provide tablet devices for patients who do not have smart devices to communicate with their families.


  1. Limit and minimize all hospital entrances. In addition to, maintain a limited number of people with doing the necessary examinations for them.


  1. The hospital entrances used during this crisis are equipped with thermal cameras, a sophisticated technology equipped with face recognition to measure temperature, and its capability of measuring a temperature of 25 persons per second.
  2. Rearrange medical teams as needed for each subspecialty to reduce the number of clinics requiring emergency screening.


  1. Health Education Committee publishes various written, audio-visual information and guidelines related to the crisis, especially for patients with eye diseases, including the blind and visually impaired individuals.


  1. Coordinate psychological support lectures for all hospital staff in both Arabic and English to deal with this crisis remotely by highly qualified consultants.


  1. Ensure that there are all personal protective equipment (PEE) for medical staff and patients such as masks, hand sanitizer, googles and gowns at the time of examination.


  1. Prevent ingress of any companion with the patient unless necessary to reduce congestion within the clinics.


  1. To take precautionary measures for KKESH’s Housing Compound.


  1. Close all gathering places in the hospital, such as restaurants, coffee shops and unimportant waiting rooms.


  1. Rearrange the waiting areas and put “Leave Enough Distance” posters.


  1. Close all prayer rooms inside wards and provide inpatients with disposable prayer mats.


  1. Provide the main prayer room of clinics with instructions to use disposable prayer mats and leave enough distance with the presence of a supervisor to make sure of following the instructions, cleaning and disinfecting the place periodically.


  1. Provide all self-service machines, whether electronic or banking services, with hand sanitizers.


  1. To ensure that security guards and housekeepers are trained and educated about the most important points of sterilization and hand hygiene to protect themselves and others.


  1. To open several channels to re-fill and order medications in advance in order to prepare them before coming to get them or send them to the patient.


  1. Work on activating virtual clinics for all sub-specialties.


  1. Work on a virtual meeting with all staff by COVID-19 committee, update them with all procedures and receive their questions and suggestions.


  1. All academic activities continue to be remotely while ensuring quality as much as possible.
  2. Continue to encourage all staff around the clock at the hospital and instill a sense of responsibility and enthusiasm in them.


  1. Quarantine all staff coming from affected countries, follow-up their conditions by a specialized medical team and provide them with all their needs by the operating team.


  1. Train staff on infection prevention and control standards.


  1. Utilize staff free time while the reducing of clinic numbers by reviewing patients' records.


  1. Create a Command Center.


  1. Sterilization of the hospital according to the highest standards to ensure the safety of patients and staff.


  1. Activate remote work platforms.



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