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Summary of activities

  • Joint EGS-AGS Members’ Meeting in Bordeaux
    • Insights into Glaucoma Pathogenesis through New Diagnostic Methods
    • Transforming glaucoma care: the power and pitfalls of artificial intelligence
  • New initiatives
    • Grants for training at the Tays Eye Centre Surgical Wetlab
    • On-line CME counter coming soon
    • Formation of European network of Patient Support Organization

  • 13th EGS Congress in Florence
    • Record number of abstracts submitted
    • Launch of MyEGS app: lists all EGS’s activities, meetings and congresses
  • New initiatives
    • On-line surgical registry coming soon
    • Train-the-trainers educational cascade
  • Greater involvement of Next Generation Partners in EGS Committees and SIGs
  • Greater patient participation: new Patient Support EGS SIG

  • Updated website
    • New look
    • On-line applications e.g. membership and training support
    • ‘EGS Likes’ stamp for training centres and meetings
    • International and national ophthalmic meetings calendars
    • Links to national societies’ websites
    • Educational materials with videos
  • EGS Education Continuum with development of Curriculum and Evaluation forms
  • Inaugural Next Generation Partnership meeting, London, September 7
  • Members’ Meeting, London, September 8-9 with new interactive format
  • 5 Travel Grants and 5 Fellowship Grants in 2016-17
  • New Imaging Book (eds. Iester, Garway-Heath, Lemij)
  • BJO publishes EGS Guidelines chapters; Guidelines translated in 9 languages, including Arabic

  • 12th EGS Congress in Prague
    • Record 3250 attendances
    • Introduction of EGS Show case
  • Missions and action plans defined for 4 Themes, 11 Committees and 9 SIGs
  • Full-time Secretary engaged

  • Members’ Meeting, Tampere, Finland
    • New EGS vision, missions and structure defined
    • New EGS Theme “Implementation”
  • The 1st ever European subspecialty exam with EBO (curriculum continuum from residency)

History of glaucoma

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Controversies in the history of glaucoma: is it all a load of old Greek?

History of the EGS

Founder members the European Glaucoma Society (EGS) in 1978

At the initiative of J. François, W. Leydhecker and E.L. Greve a proposal was made in 1977 to create a European Glaucoma Society. An invitation was sent to a number of glaucoma specialists representing all European countries. This group of glaucoma specialists met in Ghent in 1978. Founding members of the European Glaucoma Society were: R. Etienne, J. François, E.L. Greve, W. Leydhecker, R. Smith and J. Stepanik.

The 13th Congress in Florence, Italy 2018
The 12th Congress in Prague, Czech Republic 2016
The 11th Congress in Nice, France 2014
1. Biomarkers and clinical markers
2. What matters beyond IOP?
3. The IOP appears low and there is continued worsening: what comes next?
4. Evolving glaucoma surgery
5. Is less more? Can we be more efficient using high tech?
6. Controversies in angle closure glaucoma
7. Structure and function for diagnosis and follow-up
8. Special surgery for special patients
9. Let’s challenge the IOP concepts
The 10th Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark 2012
1. Epidemiology and Risk Factors
2. Glaucoma Biomechanics: From experimental to Clinical evidence and relevance
3. Glaucoma beyond IOP
4. Imaging and Visual Field for initial Glaucoma Diagnosis: A controversy?
5. Issues in the Diagnosis and Management in Primary Angle Closure
6. Medical Therapy and Quality of Life
7. New and Old surgeries: The conflict between efficacy, side effects, and Half-Life - The Present State
8. Real Life and Management Pearls
9. IOP Measurement.
The 9th Congress in Madrid, Spain, September 2010
1. Epidemiology, screening, health economics
2. Glaucoma mechanisms and pathophysiology
3. Glaucoma progression
4. Unmet needs in glaucoma management
5. Medical and surgical treatment
The 8th Congress in Berlin, Germany, June 2008
1. Neuronal mechanisms and processes
2. Health economics
3. Ophthalmoscopy, imaging and perimetry
4. Surgery
5. Angle closure
6. Secondary glaucomas
The 7th Congress in Florence, Italy, June 2004
1. Trabecular meshwork and genes
2. Structural aspects, blood flow, neuroprotection
3. Optic nerve head imaging
4. Anterior segment imaging: angle closure
5. Management: intraocular pressure
6. Medical treatment: RCTs
7. Management: laser treatment, pseudoexfoliation
8. Management: surgical treatment
The 6th Congress in London, United Kingdom, June 2000
1. Subjective assessment
2. Ocular imaging
3. Genetics and childhood glaucoma
4. Blood flow and miscellaneous
5. Medical treatment
6. Antiproliferatives
7. Glaucoma surgery/NPFS
8 A few notes about EGS
The 5th Congress in Paris, France, June 1996
1. Visual function
2. Optic nerve head, imaging
3. Medical treatment
4. Blood flow
5. Laser
6. Filtering surgery
Selected papers from this meeting were published on International Ophthalmology.
The 4th Congress in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, May 1992
The Glaucoma course was introduced that year
1. Visual function
2. Optic nerve and retinal nerve fibre layer
3. Medical treatment
4. Fibrosis inhibition
5. Glaucoma and cataract
Selected papers from this meeting were published on International Ophthalmology.
The 3rd Congress in Estoril, Portugal, May 1988
This was also the 10th anniversary of the European Glaucoma Society
1. New developments in surgery
2. Optic nerve head measurements
3. Relation between reduction of IOP and progression of glaucoma
4. Pharmacotherapeutic developments
Selected papers of this meeting were published in International Ophthalmology
The 2nd Congress in Hyvinkaa, Finland, May 1984
1. Surgery and surgical documentation
2. Laser trabeculoplasty
3. Computer assisted perimetry
4. Psychophysical tests
The papers of this meeting were published in Documenta Ophthalmologica Proceedings Series
The 1st Congress in Brighton, England, April 1980
1. Social aspects of glaucoma. Prevention and epidemiology
2. Medical therapy and pharmacology
3. Indication for surgery
4. Anatomy of the outflow system
5. Ocular hypertension
6. Perimetry

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