The long felt need of the ophthalmologists of Kerala to have a forum for expressing their views and to discuss with each other professional matters was fulfilled on 22-12-1974, the day of inauguration of the Kerala State Ophthalmological Society (K.S.O.S.) Now we are in the 38th year and we have changed our name to Kerala Society of Ophthalmic Surgeons, keeping the short form as K.S.O.S.
On December 20th & 21st , 1974 a two day workshop on ‘Keratoplasty and Glaucoma Surgery’, ‘Ptosis Surgery & Orbit reconstruction’ was conducted at the Little Flower Hospital Angamaly. Dr Benedict Rizzuti and Dr. Martin Bodian conducted live surgeries and 26 eye specialists who participated were really fortunate to see these surgeons in action.
On 22nd December 1974 at Hotel Dwaraka, Ernakulam, Dr. Benedict Rizuti inaugurated and installed Dr. C.E.Oommen as the Founder President. A Symposium on Cataract was also conducted.
“Well begun is half done” so goes the saying and so it was proved. The KSOS is growing from strength to strength since then and has been conducting annual conferences and many CME programs regularly.
We had hosted SROC in 1975 at Kanyakumari, in 1978 at Kozhikode and in 1994 at Ernakulam along with our Annual conferences.
In 1984.under the dynamic leadership of Dr.Tony Fernandez and Dr. T. Gopinath Menon, the K.S.O.S conducted the 43 rd annual conference of All India Ophthalmological Society at Ernakulam, which was a grand success with a record attendance. In 1999 January the 57th annual conference of AIOS
Dr.K.Eapen was the founder editor of our journal (1974).Dr.K.Narayanankutty took over as the editor in the middle of the term, when Dr.Eapen went Vienna for Post-Graduate training in Vitreoretinal surgery and continued for two more years. Dr.T.P.Ittyearah (1978-83) and Dr.N.S.D.Raju (1983-88) had long stints of five years each. Both of them are highly successful in raising the standard the journal published in quarterly format .Dr.K.Krishnankutty of Trichur was editor for two years (1988-’90).He converted it a bi-monthly in the first year and a monthly journal in the second year of his editorship. Not only was he successful in bringing out the journal regularly, but also raised the popularity of the journal among the ophthalmologist of Kerala and outside the state through his regular column on innovative techniques .The next editors Dr.P.I.Mohan (1990-’91), Dr.K.Mahadevan (1991-’94), Dr.A.Giridhar (1995-99) reverted to the quarterly format and have strived hard to maintain the high standard of the journal. Dr.Sasikumar (1999-2001) and Dr.Saikumar (2001-’03) were successful in publishing the journal in strict quarterly schedule .They changed the outlook and the content in the current style of Kerala Journal of Ophthalmology.
Dr.P.T.Chacko, the Founder Secretary did an excellent work in putting the society on a firm footing in the early years of its inception and drafted the constitution of KSOS on the lines of AIOS with necessary changes. Dr.V.S Gopinath, during his tenure designed the emblem of K.S.O.S and tried to put some order in the working of the society. Dr.N.Radhakrishnan, during his tenure enrolled about 200 life members, bringing the total membership to 300 from 99.He also succeed in improving the day to day work of the society by proper documentation and maintenance of all registers. Members were given life membership numbers and were supplied with Identity cards.
To streamline the scientific activities, scientific committee was formed in 1999 with Dr.T.A.Alexander as it’s first chairman. Later Dr.A.Giridhar and Dr.Noel Moniz were instrumental in setting high standards for the scientific activities. In the year 2001, the then executive committee directed Dr. Noel Moniz to host a web site for the society. Drishti 2001 general body elected Dr. B.Radha Ramanan as the first web site Editor, who later modified it in to an interactive forum.
Dr.K.C Sankara Menon Memorial Award was regularly given and also instituted was the Dr.C.E.Oommen Memorial award in 1989. Six senior Ophthalmologists were honored for their outstanding contributions to the society in the field of ophthalmology. Dr.Siva Reddy award was also started with contribution from Dr.Siva Reddy. Dr. C.K.Revi, during his tenure instituted the T.K.Alexander Oration award from the contributions of Dr. T.A.Alexander. Dr.N.Jayanth has been instrumental in instituting the “Dr.C.E.Oommen Oration” and Dr.K.S.Subramanian Memorial award for post-graduate students with the contributions from his family members. Both of them have contributed to the society in increasing its popularity and membership which is now more than 650.
Many stalwarts of the profession had adorned the presidential chair with distinction and some of them have left us namely, Dr.C.E.Oomen, Dr.K.S.Subramanian, Dr.V.Sankaran, Dr.T.A.Joseph, Dr.T.Gopinath Menon, Dr. G.Vijayan, Dr.George Puthooran. We have fond memories of them and we remember with gratitude their selfless service to the society. One of our dynamic leaders Dr.Tony Fernandez had served as Editor of AIOS Journal and rose to become the President of AIOS in 1994. He has also been showered with many awards including Dr.B.C.Roy award. Dr. N.S.D. Raju got elected as the Editor proceedings of AIOS in 2002. Many of our past presidents and senior members of the society have actively participated in various National and International conferences by presenting papers, chairing sessions and conducting workshops.
K.S.O.S. regularly gives many awards to our stalwarts as well as our junior colleagues. The Dr.C.E.Oommen Memorial Award, T.K Alexander memorial award are both oration awards to senior colleagues. The Dr. K.C Sankara Menon award, Dr. K.S. Subramanian & Dr.SivaReddy award are awarded to our junior colleagues.
The organization is growing strong day by day not only in memberships but also in the standard of scientific publications, presentations and CME programs. Here we must remember that while imbibing the new techniques in ophthalmic surgery and treatment, we should strive hard to make available the best to all by a combine effort so that our society scales to new heights in service to the people of Kerala.