In the last two decades, Ophthalmic plastic surgery has earned its special identity in Indian ophthalmology. The skilled oculoplastic surgeons of the yesteryears nurtured their interest and spread the art to others. Today, this elite group has taken the shape of a healthy organization, the Oculopastics Association of India (OPAI). Take a moment to travel down the memory lane to the Orbit meeting in the year 1987. It was during this meeting that the "Orbit Society of India" was formally founded. The name was changed to Orbit and Oculoplasty Association of India during the All India Ophthalmological Society Meeting, and formally assumed its current title Oculoplastics Association of India (OPAI)
Dr Lakshmi Mahesh
At the outset please accept my heartfelt thanks for accepting me as the President of the OPAI. It gives me great joy to pen these lines in the OPAI website which will be an active forum from now on. Members are welcome to send in their posts and have active discussions which can also be retrieved.
Let us embark on this journey of continued learning from each other. It should be an on going process with no destination except the fulfillment and satisfaction of travelling well.
I am indebted to my teacher Professor Nirmala Subramanian who has been and continues to be a great source of inspiration. Her interest and love for the subject together with the spirit of giving the best for every case has been very contagious . I hold many seniors in our Association in great awe and esteem. In tribute to many challenges they faced to bring up this speciality in India , it would be apt to have a segment dedicated to them as Guru Vandana..
I salute all my contemporaries and fellow members who are so enthusiastic and full of energy. Some of them are so accomplished and will take the Association to further heights. My grateful thanks to Dr Gagan Dudeja and Mr Mohammed Naizal for making all this come true. Pray the Almighty to help us in this journey.