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3rd ESASO Anterior Segment Academy


The ESASO Anterior Segment Academy is a world-class forum on the diagnosis and treatment of anterior segment diseases. From Friday 21 to Saturday 22 April next year, the Instituto de Microcirugía Ocular (IMO) is delighted to host the 2017 Academy.
Located in Barcelona, Spain, the IMO is a leading ophthalmological institution boasting state-ofthe-art facilities and audio-visual equipment. The focus of next year’s Academy is on the science, diagnosis, and management of dry eye disease and selective corneal surgery. Internationally renowned specialists in corneal and ocular surface surgery and dry eye management will share their knowledge and discuss the latest scientific developments and technical advances in corneal and ocular surface surgery. Long focused lectures will provide in-depth insight into a range of topics including the management of the ocular surface before and after the implantation of high technology IOLs, anterior lamellar surgery utilising the latest laser technology, posterior lamellar surgery, and future approaches for epithelial and endothelial culturing and stimulation. In addition, delegates will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in focused wet labs, and interact with the expert panel in ‘nearlive’ surgery sessions and case presentation sessions – with several cases presented in 3D!

Join us in Barcelona!

Scientific programme


21 April 2017, 08.00 – 19.30
22 April 2017, 08.30 – 13.30


  • Dry Eye
  • Selective Corneal Surgery


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

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

UEMS logoThe 3rd ESASO Anterior Segment Academy, Barcelona, Spain (21-22 April 2017), has been granted 9 European CME credits (ECMEC) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME).

The 3rd ESASO Anterior Segment Academy is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to provide the following CME activity for medical specialists. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS),

The 3rd ESASO Anterior Segment Academy is designated for a maximum of 9 hours of European external CME credits. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

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 Barcelona


Barcelona is one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world.

Barcelona is the cradle of Catalan culture, amongst many other cultures and civilizations, and a witness to major transformations such as the Industrial Revolution or the Civil War amongst many others, Barcelona has a fascinating history.

It has a huge number of attractions including a city center which retains its medieval street plan; some stunning modernist architecture including several buildings by Gaudí – Spain’s most famous architect; dozens of museums including one dedicated to Picasso, another to Miró and yet another to Barça, Barcelona’s world famous football club!

Barcelona is almost as lively at night as it is during the day and it has a unique, exciting atmosphere, which provides the visitor with a truly unforgettable experience.

The city enjoys an almost perfect climate making it an ideal place to be at any time of the year. It even has its own sandy beaches, which are less than 15 minutes away from the school.

The city’s geographical position also makes it the easiest (and cheapest) Spanish city to reach from the rest of Europe and there are direct flights from most cities in the world to its prize-winning international airport.

Congress Venue

For over 25 years, IMO has sought to find solutions to all ocular disorders through the expert application of the best treatments.
It has a highly specialized and committed medical team, the most advanced technology and spacious, comfortable and modern facilities. IMO is driven by medical excellence and quality customer service, embodied in a team committed to optimal patient care.
On-going training and research are other cornerstones of IMO medical commitment.
They enable IMO to discover new therapeutic opportunities and make advances in the diagnosis and treatment of eye problems in a pioneering and effective manner.

Instituto de Microcirugía Ocular (IMO)
Carrer Josep Maria Lladó, 3, 08035 Barcelona, Spain

Travel Information

The IMO is located near Junction 7 of Barcelona’s Ronda de Dalt ring road (mountain side) and can be accessed directly from Josep Maria Llado street.
Nearest bus stations:

  • Rotonda de Bellesguard. Bus 60. Bus stop 1540
  • Ronda de Dalt – Bellesguard. Buses 60, 123, 196. Bus stop 0071 0071

VISA and Invitation Letter


All foreigners intending to enter Spain 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 Spanish 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 Spanish 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 Spain
  • find out which documents are required in order to apply for your visa


  • VISA application may even require 120 days, so please check as soon as possible
  • VISA application fee is from Euro 35,00 to Euro 116,00 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

AIM Group will be glad to assist you if you need any written invitation or other document to support your VISA Application.
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Invitation Letter

If you are requested to have an invitation letter of the conference you can easily print it online once you have finalised your registration. The invitation letter is available only for regular registrants whose payment is received by the conference. The invitation letter may not be enough to obtain a VISA to enter Spain.
We recommend to check your VISA status carefully when evaluating to register to the conference.




Industry Sponsored Satellite Sessions


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:

  • EFPIA, e4ethics
  • Eucomed, EthicalMedTech, VCS

Congress Contacts

Congress Organisers

ESASO / Organiser Villa Saroli, Viale Stefano Franscini 8
PO Box 5296
6901 Lugano, Switzerland
Congress Secretariat Rossella Salvoni; Elisabetta Di Felice; Federica Liso
Tel. +39 02 566011


Organising Committee

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

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Event Tags


April 21, 2017 @ 06:00
April 22, 2017 @ 15:00


Barcelona, Spain

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