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


    Tuesday 10th October

    Exhibition Hall

    The exhibition schedule will be open between 9am and 5.30pm on Tuesday, with an additional evening session from 6pm until 10pm; however, hours are subject to change.


    Intrastromal Lenticule Extraction: To smile or to Cry?


    Over the course of Tuesday’s two-hour main symposium, participants will have chance to learn more about the differences between lenticule extraction and LASIK; the impact of intrastromal lenticule extraction on corneal biomechanics; and preliminary results seen in hyperopia and astigmatism, among other subject areas. Chairpersons will be Dr Béatrice Cochener of France and Dr Simonetta Morselli.

    Dr Augustin “strongly recommends” this symposium. “Biomechanics are still an important issue, especially in SMILE.”

    Dr Fazio regards this session “the star of the day”.

    “SMILE has been an earthquake in the relatively quiescent world of laser refractive surgery. After years of ‘cold war’ among PRK and LASIK with no victims and no winners, Zeiss introduced a completely different way of removing tissue from the cornea in order to change its shape. It seems none of the other laser companies want to, or can follow, Zeiss on the same path,” Dr Fazio said. “For surgeons, offering their patients such a procedure means they have to use a completely different laser from the usual one. SMILE has to prove to be head and shoulders taller than LASIK and PRK to convince the surgeons to make such a difficult change.”


    Poster Sessions

    Various times

    Moderated and presented poster sessions will be held at various times throughout the day. At 9.30am, three presented poster sessions will cover ‘FLACS & Others’; ‘Keratorefractive Results II’; and ‘Cornea IV’. One moderated poster session at 2pm will cover news related to the cornea.


    Presbyopia Workshop


    After lunch on Tuesday, attendees will have chance to visit the ‘Presbyopia Workshop’, which provides an in-depth look at accommodation – whether it can be non-invasively restored and what such non-invasive strategies might be for these patients. The second half of the workshop will focus on the possible treatment options, including contact lens technology. Switzerland-based Dr D Epstein and Dr I Pallikaris of Greece will be the chairpersons.

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