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Everybody likes a surprise from time to time,

and one of the most joyous of these is an unexpected visit.

When this occurs via media, we usually describe the unannounced arrival of a welcome visitor as a star guest.

We don’t usually get the opportunity to describe someone as such in the field of ophthalmology,

and especially during well-planned online conferences, but today is a wonderful exception.

It took until Day 3 of the 36th AsiaPacific Academy of Ophthalmology Virtual Congress (APAO 2021) for the stars to align and a guest visitor to appear.

During the ambiguously titled Miscellaneous: YO Symposium (YO referring to young ophthalmologists), a very young potential future eye specialist appeared ลาวสามัคคี.

The seminar’s chair, Associate Prof. Marcus Ang from Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), could barely begin his introduction before his daughter’s interjections stole the show.

Kudos and welcome to the world of eyes, kid. Uveitis in Indonesia This session had far more

to offer than just guest star appearances and we heard from some of the leading ophthalmologists in the Asia-Pacific region.

A particularly interesting presentation was provided

by Dr. Rina La Distia Nora, an ophthalmologist at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta.

Patterns of Uveitis in a Tertiary Referral Center in Indonesia examined rates of the eponymous disease in the country, its phenotypes, and demographic information.

Dr. La Distia Nora reported that uveitis was as common among Indonesian men as with women, but that males were more likely to experience sudden onset (60.5% versus 39.5%).

Infectious uveitis was the most common etiology, with toxoplasmosis being the most common cause in 32.1% of patients, followed by tuberculosis at 19.1%.

Also, she reported that 55% of patients presented with complications, including 44.5% with cataracts and 10.7% with glaucoma.

Uncovering thyroid eye disease Another highlight of this seminar was a deep dive into thyroid eye disease (TED), a condition that can have a significant impact on patients’ quality of life. Presented

by Dr. Anmaria Devassy from Giridhar Eye Institute in Kochi, India, Phenotypic Classification and Disease Activity in TED found that there are six phenotypes of the disease.

 These are congestive, white eye expansion, hydraulic apex, white eye apex, cicatricial active, and cicatricial passive.

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