logo 2014 euroretinaDrs. Carlos Mendez and Pablo Carnota Euretina attended the XVI Congress (European Society of Retina) held in Copenhagen (Denmark) 8-11 September 2016. During the congress the latest developments in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the retina were addressed and several sessions of complex clinical cases were held (both medical and surgical cases).
A large number of communications concerning the new scanning method called angio-OCT (optical coherence tomography) were readed. Such test is aimed to reduce the number of scans using fluorescein angiography (which requires an injection and, therefore, is an invasive test compared to the new angio-OCT that does not require that injection). The need for a multimodal Fundus examination by different imaging techniques (fluorescein angiography indocyanine green, OCT, autofluorescence ...) to achieve greater diagnostic accuracy in complicated cases was also postulated.
As usual in recent years, several conferences dealt with the use of intravitreal injections of anti-angiogenic as well as the latest dexamethasone intravitreal implant used for degenerative and vascular diseases of the macula and retina (macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, etc.).
The main novelty in terms of surgical techniques was the use of intraoperative OCT, which can display the layers of the retina while the procedure is performed. This greatly facilitates macular surgery, in which accuracy is critical to achieving a good visual outcome.
The conference featured more than five thousand attendees from all around the world and concluded with a view to the next congress to be held in Barcelona next year.