OSSA 2017 Congress

Call for Abstracts

Only ophthalmologists & registrars in ophthalmology are invited to submit abstracts for consideration and inclusion in the Ophthalmologists programme. Kindly find instructions for preparation of abstracts below.

  • Papers will only be accepted on the understanding that the main author or a co-author will personally present the paper.
  • Co-authors must agree with the results stated and have consented to be included as authors.
  • All participants must disclose in writing in advance of the meeting any significant financial interest or other relationships they may have with the manufacturers of commercial products discussed in their presentations, panel or written materials.
  • Acceptance and presentation of oral presentations and posters require full payment of registration fees for the congress.
  • OSSA will take it for granted that good clinical practice is observed in the conduct of all research. This applies especially to clinical studies involving patients and patient care, and includes the understanding that the appropriate ethics committee approval has been secured.

Two Options:

  1. Oral presentations: 10 minutes for presentation (Discussion will take place at the end of the session).
  2. Poster: (There will be a poster session during lunch).


Click here to download a template for an abstract »

  • The deadline for submission of abstracts is 16 September 2016.
  • Abstracts should not exceed one A4 page.
  • On a separate page, please state
    • presenting author’s title,
    • first name,
    • surname,
    • postal address,
    • office telephone number, cell number and e-mail address.
  • Authors must state whether they wish their presentation to be considered as oral presentation OR poster.
  • Would you be prepared to do a poster if your oral presentation cannot be accommodated?
  • Registrars who want to be considered for the Registrar Awards, must clearly indicate this and their submissions must be accompanied by a letter from their academic Head of Department confirming that they are registrars or have qualified within the last year and the research being presented was done during their registrar time. Click here to download details and guidelines regarding the registrar awards.
  • Please submit your abstract electronically, using MS Word to ossacongress@telkomsa.net
  • It is YOUR responsibility to ensure that the organisers have received your abstract(s).
  • Authors will be informed of the acceptance of their abstracts by 14 October 2016.



  • Centre the title in capital letters at the top of the page - use Arial font type (bold) and 14 font size.
  • Authors should be listed by surname, followed by initials and affiliation (upper & lower case) – underlining the presenting author’s name.
    Do not include degrees, titles, institutional appointments or addresses. Do not use abbreviations.


  • The body of the abstract must be typed single spacing – use Arial font type and 12 font size.
  • Margins should be 2 cm on all sides.

Structure of Abstract

  1. Objectives
    State the main question / objective of the study / hypothesis tested.
  2. Design and method
    Briefly describe the design of the study and how it was conducted, indicating sampling and inclusion criteria, sample size, treatment, duration of observations, etc.
  3. Results
    Present the main results with an indication of variability (e.g. SD) and precision of comparison (e.g. 95% confidential intervals) where appropriate.
  4. Conclusion
    Limit the conclusion to those findings that are directly supported by the results. Implications and generalisations may be outlined briefly. Do not leave open lines between sections and do not indent headings. Headings should be underlined.


  • Abstracts should not exceed one A4 page.
  • Only standard abbreviations may be used without definition.
  • Use generic drug names although trade names may be given as well in special circumstances.
  • The congress organisers accept no responsibility for copyright infringements.

Acknowledgement and Notification

  • As soon as the abstract has been received, the Congress Organisers will send an acknowledgement to the corresponding author.
  • The Scientific Committee will send notification of the acceptance of your abstract(s) by e-mail by 14 October 2016. Confirmation will also be given as to whether it will be an oral presentation or poster.

Only papers by Ophthalmologists and Registrars will be considered for presentation.

Click here to download a template for an abstract »