The IMO will be showing five surgical procedures from its operating theatres live on the Internet

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Internet users will be able to watch cataract and refractive surgery streamed live, while the IMO’s operating theatres will be connected via satellite to 1,500 attendees at the VCR Congress in Milan and 100 guest surgeons in the IMO’s auditorium

For the second consecutive year, Dr José Luis Güell and Dr Daniel Elies, cornea and refractive surgery specialists at the Ocular Microsurgery Institute (IMO) in Barcelona, will be showing, on Friday, 18 October, from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, five surgical procedures live on the Internet, coinciding with the VCR Congress (Video Cataratta and Refrattiva) in Milan.

Those attending the conference will be able to see the operations live via satellite, while, at the same time, 100 guests surgeons will be watching the procedures on the screen of IMO’s auditorium as part of a conference organised by the pharmaceutical company Alcon. Coinciding with the next edition of the VCR Congress, IMO will be repeating its pioneering initiative, not only to share with colleagues around the world the latest surgical techniques in the field of cataract and refractive surgery, but also to show them to any Internet user interested in finding out about the latest developments in this field.

The technique that will be used by the surgeons performing the cataract operations will be the femtosecond laser, which has been used for little more than a year in this type of surgery. This pioneering technique provides the procedure with greater simplicity, accuracy and safety, making it less directly dependent on the dexterity of the surgeon, explains Dr Güell, one of the few ophthalmologists in the world that has been involved in its development. The 1,500 international attendees at the 23rd edition of the VCR Congress, the most important ophthalmology event in Italy, will also be involved and will be able to follow the procedures via a real-time satellite connection between Barcelona and Milan.

Another new development this year is that the pharmaceutical company Alcon will be organising a professional event in the auditorium of IMO at the same time, where the surgical procedures being performed in the operating theatres will be broadcast to a hundred guest specialists. The session will be moderated by Dr Elena Arrondo, an IMO ophthalmologist, and will conclude with three round tables, in which leading ophthalmologists will share their experiences on matters as relevant as the new era of phacoemulsification with active fluidics, the contribution of new surgical guidance systems in cataract surgery and the management of low astigmatism with multifocal intraocular lenses.

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