Wednesday, June 2, 2010

WOC 2010 offers something for everybody

The World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC) 2010 promises to offer something for every one of the expected 10,000 international delegates coming to Berlin from all corners of the globe.

WOC president Prof Gerhard K Lang, Ulm University Clinic, Ulm Germany, in an interview with ET Today, the official newsletter of the Congress, said the diversity of the meeting makes it so special.

"Every country has its own set of problems and challenges in ophthalmology. What unites us all, however, regardless of where we come from and which challenges face us, is the conviction that we share the most interesting, aesthetic, and elegant specialty, ophthalmology,” Prof Lang said.

Prof Lang believes that eye doctors who travel from far away to attend the WOC have a right to expect a sterling scientific program. Also, colleagues should be able to discuss topics of interest and hear different viewpoints. Exchanging experiences is highly beneficial and makes the world congress a unique setting for learning and meeting new challenges, he said.

“The challenges met by the pioneering German ophthalmologist Albrecht von Gräfe involved separating ophthalmology from surgery, as its own area of specialisation. Those were very exciting times. Today our challenges are new and different. Today, the ophthalmic industry is so vast and progressive that we have to find ways to pay for the high level of refinement we have achieved. We have worked beyond excimer laser surgery and have now reached the frontiers of macular degeneration and presbyopia. There is hardly another specialty that can keep up with the advancements seen in ophthalmology. We too are living in very interesting times,” he noted.

For the full interview get your copy of ET Today which will be distributed free to delegates on Saturday June 5 in the Congress Centre.

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