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    Advancements and cutting-edge science abound at the XXXV Congress of ESCRS



    Saturday 7th October

    Clinical Research Symposia


    The theme of the first symposium on Saturday will be ‘Continuous Innovation for Better Patient Outcomes’. Chairpersons Dr Jesper Hjortdal of Denmark and Dr Rudy Nuijts from the Netherlands will host talks on new drug-delivery methods, inviting speakers to discuss haematic derivatives in ocular surface diseases; applications of amniotic membrane rings; nanostructured films in glaucoma; and eye drop innovations, among other topics. How to put a drug in the eye might seem like a “trivial issue”, Dr Fazio says, but he points out that “drops are not enough any more…drug delivery to the eye has changed a lot over the past years and continues to do so as techniques evolve”.


    After a half-hour break, the next series of talks will focus on the pupil, and in particular, pupil dynamics in cataract and refractive surgery. Dr Damien Gatinel of France and Dr Thomas Kohnen of Germany will chair.


    Dr Augustin also “strongly recommends” attending this symposium. “We can expect interesting expert reports on latest developments for the therapy of important diseases of both the ocular surface and the anterior segment, including glaucoma.”


    The first afternoon session will focus on what can be learnt from patient-reported outcome measures; this will be chaired by Dr Anders Behndig from Sweden and Dr Nino Hirnschall of Austria. Concluding the sessions will be a series of talks on corneal measurements and how they affect toric IOL power calculations, which will be hosted by Dr Guy Kleinmann of Israel and Dr Thomas Olsen, Denmark. Get there early if you are keen to learn more about calculating toric IOL power in difficult patients, since Dr Fazio predicts this room will be “packed”.


    Instructional Courses


    A series of free-to-attend instructional courses will be offered throughout ESCRS, beginning on Saturday 7th October; it is not necessary to register for these. Catering for all levels, from basic to intermediate and advanced, the courses aim to inform attendees about all manner of surgical techniques, including advice on dealing with complex cases and complications; new surgical approaches; improving outcomes; and avoiding mistakes. Surgeries discussed will include IOL exchange, keratoplasty and glaucoma procedures among others. “As always, the tips and tricks will be helpful in your clinical practice,” says Dr Augustin.


    Exhibition Hall

    The exhibition schedule will be open from 9am to 5.30pm on Saturday; however, hours are subject to change.


    Poster Sessions


    A moderated poster session entitled ‘What is New and Hot by Great Speakers’ will be held from 2pm for one hour on Saturday, while three presented poster sessions will be available from 3pm, entitled: ‘Cataract Complications Management’; ‘Glaucoma’ and ‘Cornea I’.


    ESCRS/EuCornea Symposium: The Irregular Cornea


    The main symposium on Saturday will take an in-depth look at topics such as ‘The keratoplasty cornea’; ‘Corneal incisions’; ‘Excimer laser’; and ‘Rings’. Dr Friedrich Kruse of Germany and Dr Rudy Nuijts will chair the event, which will be rounded up following the last of three short discussions throughout the symposium.


    “The chairs of this symposium are experts in the field,” Dr Augustin observes. “Besides interesting talks, we can expect informative discussions of the latest news in the subspecialty.” Dr Fazio also gives his insights: “In the old days, irregular astigmatism was a synonym of keratoconus. Nowadays, more often, it is the result of an undesirable surgical result. How to fix these patients is very useful knowledge to have”.


    Refractive Surgery Didactic Course

    8.30 am–5.30 pm

    This EBO-accredited, two-part course will address a range of topics and include two case reports, followed by discussion. Part 1 will be moderated by Drs D Epstein of Switzerland and Cynthia Roberts of the USA; Dr V Katsanevaki of Greece and Dr Günther Grabner of Austria will moderate part 2.


    Young Ophthalmologists Programme

    8.30 am–4 pm

    Presenters at the start of their careers will provide their insights on what they have learnt via video cases during this event, so the programme will be useful to young physicians who want to learn from their peers. The session will be introduced with a talk on ‘Preparing for the first operation’, before video authors share their learning points on topics including biometry; incisions; capsulorhexis; hydrodissection; IOLs ‘tricks’; and phacoemulsification. Drs Oliver Findl of Austria, Italy’s Simonetta Morselli and K Vannas of Finland will chair.

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