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5th ESASO Anterior Segment Academy

Main Topics:

Refractive Surgery Complications managements
Dry Eye therapeutic management update

Live streaming sessions – Friday

Live streaming sessions – Saturday

Chairs: R. Nuijts, H. Dua , D. Elies, M. Barbany, M. Morral, J. Güell

Coordinators: D. Elies, M. Barbany, M. Morral, J. Güell


Chairs: M. Barbany, M. Morral, J. Güell, H. Dua, J. Alvarez de Toledo, M. Labetoulle, J. Hjortdal

Coordinators: D. Elies, M. Barbany, M. Morral, J. Güell


Chairs: D. Elies, J. Güell, P. Vinciguerra, F. Malecaze, B. Allan, R. Nuijts, L. Mastropasqua


ESASO Anterior Segment Academy

Director of Cornea and Refractive Surgery Unit – Instituto Microcirugia Ocular (IMO), Barcelona, Spain

ESASO Anterior Segment Academy

Director of the Ophthalmology Department
Humanitas University, Milan, Italy

ESASO Global Executive Director
Lugano, Switzerland

Scientific Programme

Friday, 5th April

09.00 – 09.10 WELCOME

09.10 – 09.20 Mebomian Gland Dysfunction: evaluation tools including HD Analyzer and Topographer – M. Morral
09.20 – 09.30 Beyond BUT: HD Analyzer tear film evaluation – R. Zaldivar
09.30 – 09.40 Update in calibrating ocular surface inflammation – M. Labetoulle
09.40 – 09.50 Neurothrophic Keratopathy: measuring a devastating surgical and non-surgical complication – H. Dua
09.50 – 10.00 The new trend in technology: OCT based, and scheimplug based integrated biometer – P. Rosetta
10.00 – 10.30 DISCUSSION

10.30-11.00 BREAK

11.00 – 11.10 Individualized corneal laser treatments after corneal refractive procedures – P. Vinciguerra
11.10 – 11.20 LASIK complications: how to avoid and treat problems – B. Allan
11.20 – 11.30 How to manage SMILE complications – L. Mastropasqua
11.30 – 11.40 Corneal refractive Surgery and herpes disease – N. Alexandre
11.40 – 11.50 Indications of keratoplasty techniques after corneal refractive surgery – C. Cursifien
11.50 – 12.00 Complications rate comparison between mechanical and femtosecond microkeratomes – F. Malecaze
12.00 – 12.10 Intracorneal lenses are they a safe surgical strategy – B. Cochener
12.10 – 12.40 DISCUSSION

13.40 – 14.00

14.00 – 14.10 How to understand the unexpected visual symptoms with modern diagnostic technology – P. Vinciguerra
14.10 – 14.20 Managing postoperative error with Toric IOL patients: pearls for success – R. Nuijts
14.20 – 14.30 Postoperative Corneal edema: prevention and management and its impacts on IOP measurement – M. Angeles del Buey
14.30 – 14.40 IOL exchange: a relatively common procedure – S. Morselli
14.40 – 14.50 Long-term endothelial cell loss after iris fixated phakic IOL implantation – R. Nuijts
14.50 – 15.00 Fixing refractive surgery complications with phototherapeutics ablation – R. Vinciguerra
15.00 – 15.10 Prevention and management of ICL complications – F. Duch
15.10 – 15.50 DISCUSSION

15.50 – 16.00 Pterigium surgery: how to prevent and how to treat recurrence – H. Dua
16.00 – 16.10 Use of growth-factors-enriched autologous plasma in persistent corneal epithelial defects – J. Alvarez de Toledo
16.10 – 16.20 Terrien disorder: a management update – T. Sabala
16.20 – 16.30 Update in ocular surface reconstruction techniques: the role of keratoplasty – J. Hjortdal
16.30 – 16.40 Management of MGD – B. Cochener
16.40 – 16.50 Special devasting situations in herpes diseases – M. Labetoulle
16.50 – 17.20 DISCUSSION
17.20 – 17.40 New Anterion (OCT based topo/tomographer and biometer) (NO CME) – P. Vinciguerra

Saturday, 6th April

CASES 3D Y 2D: Refractive surgery complication management and what’s new in ocular surface

09.00 – 09.10 D. Elies
09.10 – 09.20 M. Barbany
09.20 – 09.30 M. Morral
09.30 – 09.40 J. Güell

09.40 – 10.10 DISCUSSION

10.10 – 10.15 Ocular Surface papilloma: ten years to treat – H. Dua
10.15 – 10.20 Homologous PKP for multiple rejection – S. Morselli
10.20 – 10.25 Bilateral Corneal Toxicity with 100% chlorhexidine in blepharoplasty – J. Alvarez de Toledo
10.25 – 10.30 Neurothrophic Corneal perforation after PK: Fibrin glue, AM and large diameter DALK – N. Alexandre
10.30 – 10.35 Nightmare after pseudopterygium surgery on a xeroderma pigmentation patient – M. Garat
10.35 – 10.40 Ocular Surface complication managment – L. Mastropasqua
10.40 – 10.45 Ocular Surface complication managment – D. Said
10.45 – 11.15 DISCUSSION

11.15 – 11.30 BREAK

11.30 – 11.35 Laser Corneal refractive surgery complications case report – F. Malecaze
11.35 – 11.40 Toric Artifex post keratoplasty – J.L. Güell
11.40 – 11.45 LASIK Complication – R. Zaldivar
11.45 – 11.50 Corneal refractive surgery complication managment – P. Vinciguerra
11.50 – 11.55 Post LASIK complete flap traumatic loss – M. Angeles del Buey
11.55 – 12.00 Case report: Management of potsrefractive surgery irregular astigmatism – B. Allan
12.00 – 12.05 Decreased vision after Toric and multifocal piggy-back implantation – R. Nuijts
12.05 – 12.10 Corneal refractive surgery complication management – M. Nubile


Master Classes

Friday, April 5th, 2019

Supported by Sooft

Course duration 1 hours

Directors: L. Mastropasqua, M. Nubile


12:40 – 12:50 Update in Diagnosis and current definition of progressive keratoconus – Nataliia Malachkova
12:50 – 13:00 Corneal Collagen cross linking: from Iontophoresis to combined techniques – Mario Nubile
13:00 – 13:10 Femtosecond laser technology in intrastromal keratoplasty for corneal ectasia (SLAK)-  Leonardo Mastropasqua
13:10 – 13:20 Deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty: from basics to the latest evolution in surgical techniques – Ozana Manuela Moraru
13:20 – 13:40 Interactive discussion with participants


The aim of the master class “Updates on diagnosis and management of keratoconus” is to provide to the participating ophthalmologists a comprehensive description of the diagnostic procedure to detect keratoconus progression and overview of the current methods available in the surgical scenario with particular emphasis on high-tech instrumentation and latest development. Selected clinical cases will be presented and discussed with participants.


Upon completion of the master class, the learner should:

  • have a better understanding of the diagnosis and follow-up of keratoconus patient
  • be able to discriminate clinical progressive disease
  • have a better knowledge of current therapeutic options (beyond optical correction with spectacles or contact lenses) among the latest advances in surgical procedures


  • Keratoconus management
  • Tomographical diagnosis of keratoconus
  • Detections of keratoconus progression
  • Corneal Collagen cross-linking indications and literature review
  • Iontophoresis assisted cross-linking in keratoconus
  • Combined refractive surgical techniques with cross-linking
  • Femtosecond laser technology in Intrastromal keratoplasty
  • Corneal remodelling (Stromal lenticule addition keratoplasty: SLAK)
  • Intraoperative OCT in Deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty

Teaching staff

Leonardo Mastropasqua

Ozana Moraru

Nataliia Malachkova

Friday, April 5th, 2019

With the unconditional contribution of Dompé farmaceutici

Course duration 1 hours

Directors: L. Mastropasqua, H.S. Dua


12:40 – 12:50 Definition and Clinical presentation and staging of Neurotrophic Keratopathy – Harminder S. Dua
12:50 – 13:00 Basic and advanced diagnostic procedures and differential diagnosis of NK – Dalia Said
13:00 – 13:10 Conventional medical treatment and surgical indications in NK – Mario Nubile
13:10 – 13:20 Innovations in NK treatment with topical NGF: evidences, results and perspectives – Leonardo Mastropasqua
13:20 – 13:40 Interactive discussion with participants


The aim of this master class “Neurotrophic keratopathy: innovations in diagnosis and treatment” is to describe to the participating ophthalmologists recent updates on neurotrophic keratopathy (NK) including definition, classification and staging, diagnosis, complications, medical management and surgical treatment. Particular emphasis will be dedicated to differential diagnosis and to the presentation of recent NGF on-label treatment available for this orphan disease. and Selected clinical cases will be presented and discussed with participants.


Upon completion of the master class, the learner should:

  • have a better knowledge of neurotrophic keratopathy
  • be able to perform correct differential diagnosis of the diseases and correct diagnostic algorithm for severity staging
  • be able to perform correct therapeutic approach considering medical conservative, etiological treatment, and surgical indications.


  • Neurotrophic Keratopathy
    • Definition of NK
    • Clinical presentation
    • Diagnostic algoithm
    • Differential diagnosis
    • Complications
    • Conventional conservative treatment
    • NGF (Nerve Growth Factor) topical treatment
    • Surgical Procedures

Teaching staff

Leonardo Mastropasqua

Harminder S. Dua

Mario Nubile

Dalia Said

UEMS/EACCME Accreditation:

“The 5th ESASO Anterior Segment Academy, Barcelona, Spain, 05/04/2019-06/04/2019 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 8 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.”

“Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be found at “Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME® for ECMEC®s 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.”


Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is a Mediterranean and cosmopolitan city with Roman remains, medieval quarters and the most beautiful examples of 20th century Modernism and avant-garde. It is no surprise that emblematic constructions by the Catalan architects Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Doménech i
Montaner have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The city’s origins are Roman, and its long history and economic dynamism have made Barcelona a cultural city, which can be seen in the historic-artistic heritage and the promotion of the most innovative artistic trends. A wide cultural programme will take visitors to museums, exhibitions, open-air sculptures and many concerts, plays and dances.

Strolling around the streets of Barcelona brings surprises at every turn. Pedestrian streets in the old quarter, green spaces, and a splendid seafront with a range of modern facilities are a reflection of its multi-faceted character. Barcelona has cleverly succeeded in embracing its past without forgetting its commitment to the future.

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

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 specialised 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.

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

Invitation Letter / VISA

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.
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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! Check it NOW!
  • 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

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If you are requested to have an invitation letter of the conference you can easily print it online once finalized your registration. Invitation letter is available only for regular participants whose payment is received by the Organizing Secretariat.

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We recommend to check your VISA status carefully when evaluating to register to the conference.


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

For details regarding sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please contact:
Ms. Barbara Casirani
Tel. +39 02 56601.233
Fax +39 02 70048578


IMO Instituto de Microcirugia Ocular
Carrer Josep Maria Lladó, 3
08035 Barcelona, Spain

Barbara Casirani
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Tel.: +39 02 56601 1
Fax: +39 02 56609045
Tel: +41 (0)91 921 1154
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April 5, 2019 @ 07:00
April 6, 2019 @ 11:00


Barcelona, Spain

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