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



    Wednesday 11th October

    Best of the Best Review Session

    8.30 am–10.45 am

    As a nice way to round up the meeting, a selection of the most interesting presentations given throughout will be reviewed by a panel of physicians, in the ‘Best of the Best’ session first thing on Wednesday. Chairpersons Drs Oliver Findl and Boris Malyugin will introduce two, separate talks: ‘The Best Videos’ and ‘The Best Presentations’, each including two discussants who will run through their favourite slides and discuss some of new ideas that have emerged during the course of the week.


    Exhibition Hall

    The exhibition schedule will run from 7am until 4pm on Tuesday; however, hours are subject to change.


    Six Years On: Is FLACS a Better, Safer Operation than Phaco?

    11am – 1pm

    Answers to this question will be posed by six speakers during Wednesday’s main symposium, the arguments of whom will be chaired by Dr Antonio Marinho of Portugal and Dr David Spalton. Incisions and capsolutomy will be discussed, as well as the ‘Multicentre Cochraine analysis of FLACS results’. ‘Evidence from the French Femcat Study’ is the title of another presentation. “As with SMILE, jury is still out to decide if it is worthwhile to buy or accede to a femtosecond laser,” Dr Fazio comments. “FLACS is here to remain. The question is whether the technology is, in this phase of development, too immature to deliver real benefits to patients.”


    Surgical Skills Training Courses

    Surgical skills will be taught in a series of hands-on experiences, where trainees will have the opportunity to practice surgical techniques on porcine eyes in a wet lab. The courses have limited capacity and pre-booking is advised. The cost per course is €100. A wide range of courses is available on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (10th–13th September).

    Some of the courses on offer this year are: ‘Basic Phacoemulsication’; ‘Basic Suturing Techniques’; ‘Boston Keratoprosthesis’; ‘Corneal Cross-Linking Therapy; ‘DSEK and DMEK Keratoplasty’; ‘Glaucoma Canaloplasty (Enhanced Visocanalostomy)’; ‘Intraocular and Transcleral Suturing Techniques’; ‘IOL Explantation Wetlab’; and ‘Phaco: Management of Complications’. Dr Augustin often attended these courses at the beginning of his career, so feels it’s worthwhile attending: “You not only become better when you learn from experts in a practical setting, but also you see how your peers manage complications and difficult cases.”

    There will also be a Wetlab Practice Room located adjacent to the wetlab rooms to enable participants to further their skills. On a first-come, first-served basis, trainees will have complimentary access to this room. Virtual reality machines will also be available from Sunday until Tuesday, allowing participants to try the basic phacoemulsification procedure in a ‘dry lab’ situation. Again, the machines will be free of charge to use but will operate on a first come, first served basis.  




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