Worldwide reach of Lublin school of ophthalmology

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Lublin Ophthalmology Clinic is appreciated in the world for pioneering operations of the most difficult cases of cataract treatment, hybrid retinal vitrectomy, eyeball injuries, macular diseases and innovative glaucoma treatment. Outstanding specialists share their knowledge with domestic and foreign physicians who take part in regular courses organized as part of the Lublin branch of ESASO school, which is located in Lugano, Switzerland.

Until recently, nowhere else but Switzerland and Singapore, ophthalmologists had the opportunity to learn how to perform extremely complex procedures in the field of microsurgery of retinal diseases. The chance to improve their qualifications in this field appeared in Poland with the establishment of a branch of the European School of Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology (ESASO), based in Lugano, Switzerland, several months ago, on the initiative of Professor Robert Rejdak. Professor Rejdak has been a lecturer there for almost 12 years.  At the same time he conducts regular courses and trainings in the Lublin branch of ESASO.

Doctors with completed ophthalmology specialization come to Lublin for specialist training in eye microsurgery. Under the supervision of Prof. Robert Rejdak, head of the Lublin ophthalmology clinic SPSK1, they perform less complicated procedures on their own and assist in microsurgical operations carried out by the professor, who is a recognized international authority in this field.

The surgeries are performed in three-dimensional technology, with extraordinary accuracy. The most modern equipment in the world enables observation of the vitreous body structure and retina in very high resolution and at high magnification. This allows doctors to make precise surgical maneuvers during three-dimensional retinal surgery.

The training has been taking place since the beginning of this week and is attended by ophthalmologists from Italy and the Arab Emirates. Next week doctors from Greece and Romania will come to Lublin. Such practices will be conducted successively throughout the year. Professor Robert Rejdak has already trained a large group of ophthalmologists from many countries of the world in the latest techniques and operating methods.

– The participants also take part in lectures, presentations, learn surgical techniques on simulators in a well-equipped academic Medical Simulation Centre, or train on pig’s eyeballs under a microscope – informs Professor Robert Rejdak. – For almost two years we have been organizing courses in vitreoretinal surgery with many participants. This year we continue online trainings for ophthalmologists from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Lithuania and Latvia.

Cyclical trainings will be conducted in the form of videoconferences with the participation of the best domestic and foreign centres. Hundreds of people can take part in them at the same time, after registering and obtaining an access password. The subject of the trainings will be cataract surgery, vitrectomy, AMD drug program, DME treatment, AOCT, anterior eyeball surgery, glaucoma and plastic surgery.

In the age of the pandemic, many procedures have been verified. The principles of diagnosing and treating eye diseases have changed, so all these issues will be discussed in detail also during the training sessions at the Academy of Ophthalmology online, conducted in partnership with the Association of Polish Ophthalmologists Surgeons.

– We cannot wait until the end of the epidemic with the training, because it would be to the detriment of the ophthalmologic community and patients, that is why we have taken the initiative to organize such meetings online – summarizes Professor Robert Rejdak. – We will share our knowledge about the latest achievements and innovative methods of treatment such as glaucoma and cataracts, retinal diseases, as well as achievements in telemedicine.  Videoconferencing will enable us to communicate directly and consult with international authorities on many different eye diseases. Our whole environment will benefit from this. (JC)

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