Vienna awaits ESCRS

Congress will showcase exciting developments in ophthalmology

Beatrice Cochener-Lamard

Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2018

Thousands of ophthalmologists from all over the world are attending the 36th Congress of the ESCRS in Vienna, Austria. The Congress, which convenes from 22-26 September 2018, will showcase some of the most exciting developments in cataract and refractive surgery, with presentations from some of the key opinion leaders in the world of ophthalmology.

“We are very excited to be returning to Vienna for our annual Congress,” ESCRS President Béatrice Cochener told EuroTimes. “We last held our Congress in Vienna in 2011 and we look forward to renewing acquaintances with old friends and also building new friendships,” said Dr Cochener.

The highlights of this year’s Congress include the Main Symposia, Clinical Research Symposia, Best of The Best Review Session, the Video Awards and the Young Ophthalmologists Programme.

This year’s Ridley Medal lecture, “Facts First”, will be delivered by Prof Rudy MMA Nuijts, the Netherlands. “I want to point out the value and the importance of evidence-based medicine in anterior segment surgery. Nowadays we really need to prove why we are doing a certain treatment and why we believe this treatment has value in comparison to another treatment,” said Prof Nuijts.

“We are also delighted to announce that for the first time we will be presenting the ESCRS Heritage Lecture,” said Dr Cochener. “The lecture will celebrate the rich history of anterior segment surgery and the inaugural lecture ‘The Capsulorhexis’ will be delivered by Thomas Neuhann, Germany. Prof Neuhann is a former president of ESCRS,” said Dr Cochener, “and it is fitting that he should be invited to deliver this lecture.”

Dr Cochener said that it was important to acknowledge the invaluable support of the ophthalmic industry for the Congress, and she looks forward to seeing the latest technologies during the exhibition, which has become an integral part of the Congress.

“Finally,” said Dr Cochener, “let us remember that at the end of long days of discussion and debate, we should take the opportunity to explore Vienna. It is truly a beautiful city and part of the experience of attending the Congress will be to visit the city’s historical sites and sample its cuisine. We look forward to seeing you!”

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