The 39th Congress of the ESCRS Opens its Gates to Participants

October 08, 2021

October 8, 2021 - The 39th Congress of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) has started to welcome its guests for the first time at the RAI Congress Centre in Amsterdam. This marks the first ESCRS Congress since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world back in 2019.

The number of participants is greatly reduced due to still high numbers of virus infections around the globe. For this reason, as well as for those who are unable to attend the event, the Congress will also be held virtually, making the chance to participate in some capacity a reality for all.

Based on current venue limitations, ESCRS anticipates a total of 3’000+ registered participants on-site in the venue. The virtual component of the congress is planned for a further 2’000+ registered participants which will increase the audience to 5’000+ participants in total.

So, what is in store for attendees today? Let’s have a look.

The Main Symposium to be held on the opening day of the Congress will be on the interesting-sounding topic “Managing Herpetic Keratitis” from 1.45 pm to 3.15 pm.

Following this, participants will take part in the ESCRS Glaucoma Symposium as well as Industry Satellite Symposia between 3.45 pm and 4.45 pm. To see the detailed program please click:  

Between 5.15 pm and 6.45 pm, there will be a Clinical Research Symposium titled "Stem Cells: Basics and Clinical Perspectives”.

There are also two symposia scheduled for the afternoon called the “JCRS” (Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery) and the “ISRS” (International Society for Refractive Surgery).

During the same period, a Video Session will showcase “Challenging Cases”, a topic that proves popular every year at the ESCRS, as ophthalmologists seek to learn how to manage the more difficult patients and/or surgeries.

Learning opportunities will also present themselves during the three courses planned for Day 1, the themes of which have not yet been revealed.  

Meanwhile, the Exhibition Hall will open between 9 am and 5 pm.