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2nd ESASO Anterior Segment Academy


The 2nd ESASO ESASO Anterior Segment Academy will take place from 28-30 April 2016 at the Istituto Clinico Humanitas in Milano, Italy.


Scientific Programme

Scientific Committee: Paolo Vinciguerra; José L. Güell

Wet Lab

28 April 2016
Excimer Laser (Group I), 09:00 – 13:30
Anterior Segment Surgery (Group I), 08:30 – 12:30

28 April 2016
Excimer Laser (Group II), 14:00 – 18:30
Anterior Segment Surgery (Group II), 13:30 – 17:30

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29 April 2016, 08.30 – 18.00
30 April 2016, 08.30 – 13.00

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What is astigmatism and the evaluation
• How different instrument measure it an the source of error (autoref., skiascopy, keratometer (jawal, hemolz) aberrometer, topographer, tomographer
• Topography: how to evaluate it in different algorithm (elevation, instantaneous, sagittal, pupil position and angle K)
• Tomography: When is pure astigmatism

  • How much come from anterior cornea, how much from post
  • Is it always astigmatism?
  • How to detect early stages of ectasia and/or other corneal pathologies

• Aberrometry: Can we identify what is astigmatism and what is coma and other HOA that can apparently increase the amount of refractive astigmatism
• Refracting a pts with astigmatism, which is the best way? (Aberrometry approach)
• Anterior segment OCT and astigmatism are different layer in cornea make a difference?
• Internal astigmatism what is it?

  • Posterior cornea
  • Lens
  • Retinal surface

The Cause
• How to analyse an astigmatism
• The source of astigmatism:

  •  Congenital
  •  Trauma
  •  Leucomas/scars
  •  Cataract
  •  Keratoconus
  •  Corneal Graft
  •  Refractive surgery
  •  Dry eye
  •  Pellucid marginal degeneration and Muren

The correction on the cornea
• Surface ablation
• Intra-stromal ablation
• Custom ablation or optimized ablation
• Relaxing incision
• Intra-stromal lens
• Complication and their solution
The correction with intraocular surgery
• Toric IOL
• Phakic IOL
• Iris fixated
• Posterior chamber IOL
• Piggy back implants

Which instruments help us?
• Complication and their solution

The follow up : what is useful to look in the post –op?
Corneal Correction
• Did I change the corneal shape as planned, how to measure it?
• The way to predict regression
• The evaluation of effective O.Z. optical qualities and their implication
• The epithelial lens and OCT

Intraocular correction
• How to measure the axis of IOL
• The refraction is not the planned! Is it an biometric error or a toric misalignment?
• How to make a vectorial analysis of sphere and cyl post-op

• IOL exchange or alignment
• Corneal retreatment

Post-op therapies


The official congress language is English: simultaneous translation will be provided only from English into Italian.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)


The 2nd ESASO Anterior Segment Academy 2016 has been accredited with 9 ECMEC Credits by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME).

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CME accreditation granted by the UEMS-EACCME® provides a guarantee to participants from all over the world that the content of the CME provided is of a high quality, unbiased and didactic and, for European doctors, that this quality will be recognised in their home country.

The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Conversion of EACCME credits to AMA credits
Through an agreement between the European Union of Medical Specialists and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert EACCME credit to AMA credit can be found at

Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognized by the UEMS-EACCME for ECMEC credits are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

About Milan

Probably it is not the most legendary of the Italian top cities, but it is a captivating metropolis and an engine of the country, being an important city of commerce. We can mention three concepts that sum up its hottest features and where the Italian taste is recognizable.

Congress Venue

Humanitas is a highly specialized hospital, research and teaching center (Humanitas University). Built around centers for the prevention and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular, neurological and orthopedic disease – together with an Ophthalmic Center and a Fertility Center – Humanitas also operates a highly specialised Emergency Department

Istituto Clinico Humanitas – Congress Center
Via Manzoni 56, Rozzano (Milan)

Travel Information

Milano is convenient to reach and just a step away!

By Plane
From Malpensa Airport
Public transport: Take Malpensa Express to Milano Cadorna or Milano Centrale, then take the underground M2 to Abbiategrasso. Take the bus to Istituto Clinico Humanitas (private service every 20 min, cost: € 1)

From Linate Airport
Public transport: Take bus 73 or X73 to Milano San Babila M1, then take the underground M1 to Milano Cadorna, then take the underground M2 to Abbiategrasso. Take the bus to Istituto Clinico Humanitas (private service every 20 min, cost: € 1)

By train
From Central Station
Public transport: Take the underground M2 to Abbiategrasso. Take the bus to Istituto Clinico Humanitas (private service every 20 min, cost: € 1 )

By car
Motorways: From all the motorway exits follow indications for tangenziale ovest (west ring road) and, once on it, exit at Ticinese/Rozzano. After the stop from the ring road onto dei Giovi road (ss35), turn right. Turn right again at the traffic light, in via M. Amiata which becomes via Isonzo, then right again following the indications for Istituto Clinico Humanitas.



Registration Fees (including VAT 22%)

Before After
 WETLABS 10/1/2016 10/1/2016
Ophthalmologists/ Residents and Fellows €300,00 €400,00
The registration fee includes: admission to the wet lab chosen, personal badge
Ophthalmologists €300,00 €370,00
Residents and Fellows* €100,00 €150,00
The registration fee includes: admission to the scientific sessions, access to the exhibition, congress kit with final program, personal badge, pen and notepad, box lunch on 29 April
* Certificate from University to be submitted to the Organising Secretariat


Cancellation Policy
Notification of cancellation must be sent in writing to . Cancellations of registration will be accepted until 28 March 2016, subject to an administrative charge of 30% of the registration fee. No refund on cancellations sent after 28 March 2016.

VISA / Letters of Invitation

Invitation Letter

If you are requested to have an invitation letter of the conference you can print it online once you have completed your registration. The invitation letter is only for regular delegates whose payments are received by the congress secretariat. The invitation letter may not be sufficiet to obtain VISA to enter Italy.

ESASO recommends to check your VISA status carefully when evaluating to register to the conference.

If you are a citizen from China (RPC –  中華人民共和國-  中华人民共和国 ) in accordance to the agreements between the Authorities, you are requested to obtain a guarantee letter issued by our congress secretariat. Please contact us at for more instructions.


All foreigners intending to enter Italy must provide the documentation required to justify the reasons and duration of their stay as well as, in some prescribed cases, the availability of adequate economic means and lodging. If you need a visa, the application can be made at the Italian Diplomatic and Consular Representations in your country of residence.

Don’t you have an EU passport or EU valid documentation? Do you need a Visa ?

If you have doubts visit NOW the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

– find out whether, depending on your citizenship, country of long-term residence, and the duration and reasons for your stay, you need a Visa to enter Italy.

– find out which documents are required in order to apply for your visa.


  • VISA application may take up to 120 days ! Check the requirements as soon as possible to be sure.
  • VISA application fee is from Euro 35 to Euro 116 per person to be paid at application, in local currency, to the Consulate or Embassy directly.
  • presentation of the documentation requested does not necessarily ensure issuance of the visa

The congress secretariat will be glad to assist you further, if you need any written invitation or other document to support your visa application.

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The ESASO Congress of Anterior Segment Academy, adheres to current industry compliance guidelines and follows transparency and integrity policies. The organization interacts with the industry on an ethical, appropriate and professional level at all times.

The ESASO Congress of Anterior Segment Academy will be assessed by the following industry associations:
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Congress Contacts

Congress Organiser

ESASO / Organiser Villa Saroli, Viale Stefano Franscini 9
PO Box 5269
6901 Lugano, Switzerland


Organising Committee

Scientific Director Paolo Vinciguerra
Director of the Ophthalmology Department
Istituto Clinico Humanitas
Milan, Italy
Director José L. Güell
Director of Cornea and Refractive Surgery Unit
Instituto Microcirugia Ocular (IMO)
Barcelona, Spain
Director Giuseppe Guarnaccia
ESASO Global Executive Director
Lugano, Switzerland


Scientific Committee

Members Fabrizio Camesasca, Italy
Riccardo Vinciguerra, Italy
Daniel Elies, Spain


Congress Secretariat 

Contacts Gaia Santoro, Elisabetta Di Felice
Tel. +39 02 566011


Event Tags


April 27, 2016


April 30, 2016

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