European Society of Ophthalmology 2023: Explore vision in the heart of Europe


The European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) 2023 Congress will convene from June 15 to 17 in Prague, Czech Republic.

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The European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) 2023 Congress will convene from June 15 to 17 in Prague, Czech Republic. The conference venue is the Prague Congress Centre in Prague, Czech Republic, located at 5. května 1640/65, 140 21 Praha 4-Nusle.

Wagih Aclimandos, MBChB, FRCS, President, European Society of Ophthalmology, and consultant ophthalmic surgeon at King's College Hospital, London, touts the offerings of the SOE. This multi-specialty in-person meeting delivers a world class scientific program that features symposia, Young Ophthalmologist sessions, workshops, live surgery, debates, mystery cases, and updates on all topics, he pointed out and urged ophthalmologists to join the activities in the “City of a Hundred Spires,” which renowned for its historic Old Town Square, brightly decorated baroque buildings, Gothic churches, and the medieval Astronomical Clock among numerous treasures.

“For three days in June 2023, Prague will be the focal point of European ophthalmology,” he said.

Those interested in attending, can access the website to register for the event:

Keynote lectures

Three keynote addresses are planned for the Congress.

The José Barraquer Lecture. Gerd Auffarth, MD, FEBO, will deliver a Cataract lecture titled “Current and Future Developments in Intraocular Implants for Cataract Surgery” on Thursday, June 15 from 13.30 – 14.15 Central European Time (CET).

The Robert Machemer Lecture. Marc de Smet, MDCM, PhD, FRCSC, FRCOphth is scheduled to present a Retina address titled “Greatness Comes from Tiny Footsteps” on Friday, June 16 from 13.30 – 14.15 CET.

The Richard Collin Lecture. The Oculoplastics lecture titled “Periocular Cancer (any cancer) Treatment: From Control to Prevention” will be delivered by Michèle Beaconsfield, FRCOphth FEBO, on Saturday June 17 June from 13.30 – 14.15 CET.

Scientific sessions

The following sessions run throughout the course of the conference. Attendees can use the Programme Planner Guide available at ( online to determine the times and places for the sessions of interest.

The following is a listing of the topics that will be covered by specialty.

Cataract & Refractive Surgery
Cataract Surgery and Comorbidities
Cataract Surgery in the Short and Long Eye
Complex Optics IOLs and How to Understand the Shift Multifocal/ EDOF IOLs
How Important are Floater Complaints for the Cataract Surgeon?
Lens Based and Kerato Refractive Surgery in the New Age
New Approaches to Anterior Segment Disease
New Developments in Anterior Segment Surgery
Video Session on Complicated Cataract

Corneal Infections – What’s New? or Update on Infectious Keratitis
Challenging Treatment of Ocular Surface Disease
Essentials of Managing Common Anterior Segment Conditions
New Ideas in Corneal Disease
Understanding Corneal Topography – A Comprehensive Course
What Every Ophthalmologist Needs to Know about Contact Lenses

2am Emergencies and the Next One: How to Prevent Complications and What to Do?
Artificial Intelligence versus Natural Intelligence
Eye Health for All
Global Ophthalmology for All
Leadership in Ophthalmology: Development, Politics and Global Challenges
Maximizing Teaching Effectiveness: Cataract Emphasis
Surf the Way – Learn How to Surf through Surgery by the Pro
Teleophthalmology in Various Settings within Europe
Who We Are, What We Do, Where We Go

A User-Friendly Guide to Visual Electrophysiology (course)
Visual Electrophysiology in the Clinic

Choosing Wisely in Glaucoma Management
New Surgeries (course)
OCT in Glaucoma Management (course)
Solving Complications of Trabeculectomy (course)
What Makes Me Change Therapy and What Should I be Aware of…?
What’s Next in Glaucoma?
Where do we Stand on Glaucoma Surgery for a Progressive Glaucoma case?

A&E in Ophthalmology
AHP Macular
Cataract Session
Myopia, The New Epidemic
Janet Marsden Symposium for Education in Ophthalmology

Challenging Cases in Paediatric Neuro-Ophthalmology (course)
Diagnostic Dilemmas
Neuro-ophthalmological Pearls (course)
Neuro-Ophthalmology cases: What went wrong?
The top 6 Neuro-ophthalmologic Emergencies you should never / you are not allowed to miss
Three Point-Counter-Point Topics
State-of-the-Art Approach to the Patient Presenting with: …… (course)
Updates in Neuro-Ophthalmology

Basic Principles of Eyelid Surgery (course)
Blepharoplasty (course)
Oculoplastic and Orbit
Pediatric Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery
Periorbital Tumours
Update on Graves’ Orbitopathy

Oncology & Pathology
Intraocular Neoplasia
New Findings/Technics/Genetics in Eye Pathology

Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus
Assessment and Management of Strabismus in Cranial Nerve Palsies
Challenging Cases in Strabismus
Complicated Strabismus Problems and Management
Myopia, Risk Factors, Complications, Development and Control
Surgical Techniques in the Treatment of Restrictive Strabismus

Artificial Intelligence in Ophthalmology
Challenging Vitreo Retina Surgery
Current and Future Applications of Images and Artificial Intelligence in Ophthalmology
Macular and Vascular Diseases of the Retina
Management of Infrequent Cases in Vitreoretinal Surgery
Modern Trends in Treatment of Age-related Macular Degeneration
Ocular Traumatology: An Update
Pathologic Myopia

Challenges in the Diagnosis of Uveitis (case based) – (course)
Imaging in Uveitis
Innovations in Uveitis Research and Clinical Practice
Managing Complication of Uveitis
New Developments in Uveitis Management
Paediatric Uveitis (course)

Special Sessions
Live Surgery

SOE Young Ophthalmologist sessions

2 am Emergencies and the Next One: How to Prevent Complications and What to Do?

Artificial Intelligence versus Natural Intelligence

Global Ophthalmology for All

Surf the Way – Learn How to Surf through Surgery by the Pro

Suturing courses

These hands-on courses will be available on Thursday and Friday, June 15 and 16. Attendees can access the SOE website to determine availability.

This instruction helps trainees and junior doctors learn the core skills to perform ophthalmic suturing. The course will cover the basics of ophthalmic eye surgery, an overview of microsurgical instruments, and the theory of different suturing techniques.

Step-by-step video tutorials will guide the participants through their training, which is conducted at a personal workstation equipped with a microscope and suturing materials.

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