EuCornea holds successful independent face-to-face conference in Grand Hyatt Hotel, Athens, Greece
President, The European Society of Cornea and Ocular Surface Disease Specialists
EuCornea is delighted to announce that over 400 delegates attended the 13th EuCornea Congress in Athens, Greece on June 25 – 26. This was the first face-to-face meeting of EuCornea after two successful virtual conferences during pandemic lockdowns in 2020 and 2021. In addition, the Athens event marked the first face-to-face stand-alone EuCornea conference since 2010.
The Scientific Programme was warmly received by the delegates and included three symposia:
Keratoconus – Managing Progression chaired by Ingemar Gustafsson, Sweden, Theo G, Seiler, Switzerland, and Miltos Balidis, Greece:
Endothelial Keratoplasty chaired by Harminder Dua, United Kingdom, Jose Guell, Spain, and AJ Kanellopoulos, Greece & USA
Complex Infectious Keratitis chaired by Jennifer Rose Nussbaumer, United States, Claus Cursiefen, Germany, and Miltos Papathanasious, Greece
In addition, the programme included Instructional Courses and Free Paper sessions. Hot Topic Roundtables featured discussions between EuCornea leadership and YO members of EuCornea.
The EuCornea Medal Lecture was given by Vincenzo Sarnicola, the University of Siena on Surgical Approach to Acanthamoeba Infection.
An Industry exhibition and Industry sponsored Satellite Symposia were warmly welcomed by the delegates.
EuCornea are very pleased that 15 Ukrainian ophthalmologists were able to avail of our offer of free registration and accommodation and join our Congress in Athens.
Symposia and sessions will be available to view shortly on the EuCornea website.
The 14th EuCornea Congress will be held from May 26-28, 2023 at the AXA Auditorium in Barcelona, Spain
EuCornea Medal Lecture
Dr. Vincenzo Sarnicola is the Director of the Clinica degli Occhi Sarnicola (“Sarnicola Eye Clinic”) in Italy and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Siena. He attended the University of Florence of Medicine and trained in Ophthalmology at the University of Siena.
Dr. Sarnicola was the founding President for the Eucornea in 2009. He now serves as the President of S.I.C.S.S.O. (Italian Society of Ocular Surface and Stem Cells), and as a board member of Eucornea (European Society of Cornea and Ocular Surface Diseases).
He has a national and international reputation for his knowledge and expertise in the field of cornea and external disease, especially in the context of lamellar keratoplasty.
In this year’s EuCornea Lecture Dr Sarnicola will highlight the benefits of performing early deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) in cases of acanthamoeba keratitis refractory to medical therapy with substantial optical zone ulceration.
Dr Sarnicola believes early DALK surgery can be considered in cases where there is the presence of significant ulcer in the optical zone and the eye is unresponsive to medical treatment. He believes at this time there is a window of opportunity to treat these patients with early DALK and save them from the consequences of a potentially sight-threating infection.