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Modules overview


Orbital, Lacrimal and Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery

Goals: this is a quite new and, for many ophthalmologists, unknown subspecialty, with a raising demand from patients. ESASO offers an academically strong program, in order to improve the ophthalmic plastic surgery field in the world.

Educational Content

The module covers all eyelid, lachrymal and orbital diseases. It is designed for whoever is new to this field, but also for the experienced oculoplastic surgeons.

The programme covers:
- the most basic concepts in anatomy and physiology
- the semiology aspects of the most common pathologies found in every day practice
- the way to approach each one in order to reach the proper diagnosis and offer the patients the best treatments.

The module is divided in theoretical and practical sessions.
Morning: lectures given by well-known and experienced surgeons
Afternoon: practical sessions on fresh frozen heads: after a detailed demonstration of different surgical techniques performed by one of the professors, the students, by pairs, practice under supervision and with the close support of all the involved teachers.
Fruitful opportunities to discuss new techniques, tricks and pitfalls!



Cornea and Corneal Refractive Surgery

Goals: to review, with the most updated information, some key areas in the medical and surgical management of corneal diseases as well as the most recent advances in corneal refractive surgical techniques.

Educational Content

The most useful and attractive “hot” topics in medical and surgical cornea as well as in corneal refractive surgery are discussed through theoretical updated exposition and practical clinical cases presentation. Participants can benefit from “hands-on” experience in the dry and wetlabs.
The course has a dynamic structure: topics may change from one edition to another, with special attention to future clinical and surgical research areas which are implemented in the newer ones.

The programme covers:
- the most basic concepts in anatomy and physiology
- the semiology aspects of the most common pathologies found in every day practice
- the way to approach each one in order to reach the proper diagnosis and offer the patients the best treatments.

The module is divided in theoretical and practical sessions.
Morning: lectures by well-known and experienced surgeons
Afternoon: practical sessions carried on fresh frozen heads: after a detailed demonstration of different surgical techniques performed by one of the professors, the students, by pairs, practice under supervision and with the close support of all the involved teachers.
Fruitful opportunities to discuss new techniques, tricks and pitfalls!



Cataract and Intraocular Refractive Surgery

Goals: to review, with the most updated information, some key areas in the results and complications management of most cataract and intraocular refractive surgical techniques.

Educational Content

The most useful and attractive “hot” topics in the modern techniques for phacoemulsification, as well as the classical ones such as extracapsular surgery and intraocular refractive surgical procedures are discussed through theoretical updated exposition and practical clinical cases presentation. Participants can benefit from “hands-on” experience in the dry and wetlabs.
The course has a dynamic structure: topics may change from one edition to another, with special attention to future clinical and surgical research areas which are implemented in the newer ones.

Programmes offer:
- basic level is addressed to surgeons initiating their skills i
- intermediate/advanced level is addressed to surgeons with significant experience on cataract surgery aiming at updating their skills, discuss complications management and explore the new trends in the intraocular refractive surgery field.



Medical Retina

Goals: to provide the method for the correct application of the guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of retinal diseases, and the unique opportunity to take advantage of the extensive clinical experience made available by leading experts in the field.

Educational Content

Programme offers:
- a different topic each day with clinical cases illustrating the disease in all its clinical variables: how to provide a prognosis, how to choose the most suitable therapeutic approach, how to identify all types of response to treatment and its possible complications
- a session on para surgical techniques (Laser, Intravitreal Injection Therapy, etc.) to present the treatment of retinal diseases
- imaging courses with technical explanation of clinical engineers about the correct use and potential of the most up-to- date instrumentation.



Surgical Retina

Goals: to identify the surgical indications and to train the participant to face the surgical pathologies of simple or high complexity in a correct and rational manner.

A particular module aiming to help the surgeon to highlight the essential elements to read the specific characteristics of a surgical pathology, to choose the most suitable surgical approach, to foresee and face possible difficulties and complications and to manage the response to treatment.

Educational Content

Different daily topics discussed and segmented into didactics and videos.

Practical instruction carried out in laboratories on wet lab stations fully equipped with the most up-to- date equipment
Technical improvement carried out in virtual reality on dry-lab stations that allow the perfect reproduction of surgical techniques
Clinical engineers explaining the operation and optimal use of machinery and surgical instruments

In wet and dry labs, a rational learning pathway:
- management of manual skills in the vitreous-retinal space
- retina approach
- execution of real vitreo-retinal surgery techniques.



Glaucoma

Goals: To review and discuss with the participants the diagnosis as well as the medical, laser and surgical management of glaucoma, with a focus on the well-being of individual patients.

Participants are expected to increase their knowledge, enhance their clinical judgement and improve their surgical skills.

Educational Content

- Four days of interactive lectures, case presentations or videos
- One day of surgical wetlab skills transfer.

Internationally recognized experts with a proven record of a teaching background will share their knowledge, following a dynamic Module structure: a variety of topics for a continued update. This module has registered great popularity for the last 10 years and we trust that it will continue to do so.
Main topics: disease definition, diagnostic techniques, epidemiology, quality of life, medical treatment, laser treatment, surgery for glaucoma, genetics, research opportunities, cataract surgery in glaucoma, resource optimization, prevention and management of complications of any type of treatment, evidence-based management.

Main assets:
- interactive lectures
- discussion adjusted according to the knowledge of the participants
- skills transfers surgical lab for training in trabeculectomy as well as on surgical devices


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