About Us

The Canadian Retina Society is composed of members of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society whose primary area of patient care consists of surgical and/or medical vitreoretinal (VR) disease.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Canadian Retina Society is to maintain the highest quality of patient care and teaching, particularly as it relates to the investigation and treatment of vitreoretinal (VR) disease; promote the interchange of information and scientific material and facilitate meetings of those who have a special interest in the diagnosis and management of VR pathology; work with the Canadian Ophthalmological Society on matters relating to health advocacy, health policy, and clinical guidelines on a national level.

Canadian Retina Society Board Members

Amin Kherani, MD

Amin Kherani, MD



Cynthia Qian, MD

Cynthia Qian, MD



James Whelan, MD

James Whelan, MD



Arif Samad, MD

Arif Samad, MD

Nova Scotia


Alan Berger, MD

Alan Berger, MD



Varun Chaudhary, MD

Varun Chaudhary, MD


Director, Continuing Professional Development

Jason Noble, MD


Co-chair Scientific Meeting

Annual Meeting

The Canadian Retina Society Meeting is our annual opportunity to come together to learn from one another and to socialize as the largest gathering of Canadian retina specialists. We strive to provide an excellent balance of both medical and surgical topics, and feature renowned guest speakers from Canada, the United States, and internationally. Each year's schedule is designed to allow you to optimize both your learning and adventure experiences, as the meetings take place in some of the most popular destinations in Canada.

Meeting Dates:

When: March 1-4th, 2018

Where: The Fairmont Tremblant, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec


Dr. Neil Bressler, Dr. John Kitchens, Dr. Ramana Moorthy, and Dr. SriniVas Sadda


Snapshot of the Month

Fig. 1

Congenital macrovessel Fluorescein angiography (late phase) OS revealing congenital macrovessel coursing temporally and inferiorly from its origin at the central retinal artery, giving off multiple branches with no observable leakage.


The Road Less Travelled


Amit V Mishra MD, Mark E Seamone MSc MD, Hesham Lakosha MD, Rishi Gupta MD


Department of Ophthalmology, QEII Hospital, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia


A 49-year-old male presented after blunt trauma OS. His past medical history was remarkable for blunt ocular trauma OD. Best-corrected visual acuity was 6/15 OD and 6/12 OS. Slit lamp examination of the anterior segment revealed traumatic mydriasis and an area of zonular insufficiency nasally from previous trauma OD. Slit lamp examination was unremarkable OS. Fundus examination OD revealed chronic chorioretinal scarring from previous trauma. Fundus examination OS revealed a retinal macrovessel extending through the macula and just inferior to the fovea. This finding was confirmed using fluorescein angiography (Figure 1A and B).

Congenital retinal macrovessels are large anomalous vessels that cross the horizontal raphe1,2. This is a rare finding3 that has been associated with decreased visual acuity and serous retinal detachments4.


de Crecchio G, Mastursi B, Alfieri MC, Pignalosa B. Congenital retinal macrovessel. Ophthalmologica. 1986;193:143-5.

Jager R, Timothy N, Joseph M, et al. Congenital Retinal Macrovessel. Retina. 2005;25(4):538-540.

Hayasaka S, Katsube T, Ugomori S, Setogawa T. Abnormally Distributed Branches of the Retinal Vessels, Enlarged Macular Arteries and Long Cilioretinal Arteries. Ophthalmologica. 1990;200:194-197.

Arai J, Kasuga Y, Koketsu M, Yoshimura N. Development and spontaneous reolution of serous retinal detachment in a patient with a congenital retinal macrovessel. Retina. 2000;130:527-528.

Canada Retina Society Snapshot of the Month (SOTM) Submission

Each month we publish an interesting and educational Retina-related image. We encourage you to submit your most captivating and informative photo. Please note the following requirements:

  1. Please include a case description and brief discussion of 300 words or less in a Word document, including a figure caption. Please provide a creative title for your photo submission, rather than simply a diagnosis. Please include no more than 5 references.
  2. Only high-resolution images (.tif, .eps, .jpeg) will be accepted. Please send images separately from the Word document. A single image or a related pair of images can be submitted.
  3. Please include the names and affiliations of all authors and photographers involved. Please limit to four authors. Each author should have had a significant contribution to the SOTM. All authors must disclose any potential conflicts of interest.
  4. Submissions including animal and/or human studies require relevant ethics committee or institutional review board approval. Signed forms of informed consent would be needed from all patients if identifiable by the submission. Please note that the CRS reserves the right to edit Snapshot of the Month submissions. Acceptance of the submission is determined by the editorial board.

To submit an image for consideration, please send your submission to

Snapshot of the Month Editors:

  • Ananda Kalevar, MD, University of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • Michael Dollin, MD, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario
  • R. Rishi Gupta, MD, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Please note that the CRS reserves the right to edit Snapshot of the Month submissions

Interactive CPD Retina Case Studies


The link below provides patient information regarding the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of common retinal diseases.

Adverse Event Reporting

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