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2015

2015

More than 1,600 delegates from 88 countries defied the snow to attend the 19th ESCRS Winter Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. (check this figure).
The large attendance was especially commendable as many delegates had to change their travel plans after unseasonal blizzards forced the temporary closure of Istanbul airport in the run-up to the meeting.
ESCRS president Roberto Bellucci said the society was very pleased to be returning to Istanbul for the second time in five years, and to be once again joining with colleagues from the Turkish Ophthalmology Society.

The founder of the Barraquer family of ophthalmologists was José Antonio Barraquer Roviralta (1852-1924), who graduated from medical studies at the University of Barcelona in 1877 and became a PhD in Madrid. 
He then devoted himself to studying histology and collaborated with Santiago Ramón y Cajal. His many histological studies contributed to topographical anatomy and histopathological studies, mostly based on eye injuries.

As ophthalmologists, we often have the feeling that we can ignore the rest of the patient’s body and concentrate exclusively on the eyes. Nothing could be further from the truth. 
Systemic symptoms or abnormalities can often furnish the clinician with important information useful in the diagnosis of ophthalmic disease. On the one hand, these situations are admittedly rare. On the other hand, the diagnoses involved are often serious, and missing them can have devastating consequences. 

Good prognosis for macular hole fellow eyes 

Unpredictability will remain a feature of highly individualised photoablative laser refractive treatments until more reliable means become available to evaluate patients’ preoperative vision, their cornea’s biomechanical properties and the likely effects of corneal epithelium healing on the refractive outcome, said Michael Mrochen PhD, Zurich, Switzerland.

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 A review of the Swedish National Cataract Register shows about four per cent of patients in 2012 and 5.5 per cent in 2013 received 2nd-eye cataract surgery without a discernible clinical indication.

A convergence of mobile and cloud-computing technology with new diagnostic techniques for glaucoma has the potential to greatly improved access to expert clinical opinion for glaucoma patients in remote parts of the world, and their capabilities will only expand as the technology improves, according to presentations at the 11th Congress of the European Society of Glaucoma in Nice.

The possibility that the incidence of herpes zoster-related disease may be increasing is focusing attention on the value of prevention using the herpes zoster vaccine (Zostavax), according to Marc Labetoulle MD.
Dr Labetoulle, professor of ophthalmology, Hôpital Bicêtre, University of Paris-Sud, Paris, France, provided an update on the epidemiology, prevention and treatment of herpes zoster ophthalmicus (HZO) at the 5th EuCornea Congress in London.

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