UP-TO-DATE OPHTHALMOLOGY 2020
On June 5 and 6, 2020, organized by the University Eye Clinic of Clinical Hospital “Sveti Duh”, its ninth, but the first virtual international symposium of the traditional name Up-to-date Ophthalmology was held under the organization, scientific and professional guidance of prof. Mladen Bušić, MD, PhD, head of the Clinic and director of the Clinical Hospital "Sveti Duh".
As part of the COVID-19 pandemic, symposia in their traditional forms were postponed, but the team of the University Eye Clinic of Clinical Hospital "Sveti Duh" led by prof. Mladen Bušić , MD, PhD, found a way not to interrupt, now a traditional series of annual symposia of the Clinic.
Like previously-invited lecturers, they were from four prestigious American universities and ophthalmology clinics along with lecturers from the University Clinic in Graz, Austria; University Clinic of Tübingen, Germany; Lusidas Hospital of Lisbon, Portugal; Meir Medical Center from Kfar Saba, Israel; University Clinic of Martin, Slovakia; General hospitals from Novo Mesto, Slovenia; Croatian Institute for Brain Research from Zagreb and from University Eye Clinic of Clinical Hospital “Sveti Duh” Zagreb.
The symposium was attended by 240 participants from 20 countries, including the United States in the west and Russia in the east.
Of particular interest, given former and current epidemiological situation, is the presentation of the largest database of patients with neuroophthalmological complications of COVID-19 infection.
In addition, the symposium presented the most recent knowledge in ophthalmology in the world with an emphasis on the treatment of oncological ophthalmic conditions, diabetic eye disease, senile macular degeneration, minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, oculoplastic surgery and prevention and treatment of vitreoretinal complications.Particularly significant were the innovations in the field of absolutely revolutionary gene therapy of hereditary retinal diseases, which was reflected in the opening of the first Luxturna® application center in this part of Europe, at the University Eye Clinic of Clinical Hospital “Sveti Duh”. This is a particularly great success, if it is noted that the drug Luxturna was approved in the EU in December 2018, and only a year and a half later the Clinical Hospital "Sveti Duh" became one of the few licensed centers in the world that meet all clinical, scientific, technological and bath conditions for the application of this drug.
Since the holding of this symposium, gene therapy has been given to five patients in both eyes, including two patients from Slovakia. The successful application of Luxturna® in 2020 is the crown of previous achievements, which marked the first five years of constant activity of the Reference Center of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Croatia for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.
The lectures were in the format of interactive presentations, and over the next three months the symposium participants could follow the entire congress, as arranged videos on the official website of the Symposium. Using state-of-the-art high-resolution 4k data display and transmission technology, participants were able to watch the symposium both on a computer and on smart TVs and smartphones. It should be noted that the entire technical and technological support for this symposium and its flawless presentation was provided by the staff of the Clinic.
With this approach, the goal of the University Eye Clinic of the Clinical Hospital "Sveti Duh" was to provide not only easily accessible, but also superior, evidence-based knowledge, proving that even when boundaries are insurmountable, distances do not matter if there is will, knowledge, work and, of course, the idea.