Alicante Refractiva Internacional 2018‘Clinical methodology and practice in corneal and cataract surgery’ is the name of the course directed by Dr. Alio and sponsored by Alicante Refractiva Internacional (ARI) and UMH.

Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH) and Alicante Refractiva Internacional launch a new course ‘Clinical methodology and practice in corneal and cataract surgery’, under the direction of Dr. Jorge Alio. The objective of the course is to introduce participants to the advances in refractive surgery. It is a unique standardized course with university accreditation devoted to refractive surgery.

In this way, great international experts from Lebanon, Cairo, Germany, Holland, United Kingdom and Portual, as well as national ones from Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Almeria, Valladolid and Alicante, meet today and tomorrow at Vissum Alicante Ophthalmological Institute to teach the most innovative techniques under development or in clinical research for immediate application.

During two days, more than 120 attendees, mainly ophthalmologists, from all over the world, will receive large amounts of information, which include live surgery such as Microincisional Cataract Surgery, Phakic Lenses Surgery, SMILE, Surgery with Excimer Laser in special cases, Multifocal Lenses and New Acomodative Lenses Surgery. The course has a diverse program; it is offered entirely in English, with speakers of great level who deal with the indications, diagnoses and therapeutic practice of the most appropriate techniques, as well as the important aspects of cataract surgery, the transparent lens and the cornea, in its application in refractive surgery.

This field of ophthalmology has experienced an extraordinary development over the last 25 years. The usage of a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic technologies and its systematic learning has led to the high level of excellence.

The face-to-face course ARI-UMH 2018, directed by Jorge Alio, the academic of the Royal Academy of Medicine of the Valencian Community (RAMCV), is an addition to the online course ‘Clinical Methodology in Refractive, Cataract and Corneal Surgery ‘, which is delivered in English at the UMH. It is an accredited course with the qualification of ‘University Expert with Academic Certification’, which consists of 250 lecture hours and more than 50 hours of practice. In this way, an anterior segment surgeon is offered a complete overview of the current state of refractive surgery in general, and of the cornea and cataract surgeries in particular.

It should be reminded that Jorge Alio has recently published an article ‘Cellular therapy of the corneal stroma: Real approach or science fiction? ‘ in the prestigious journal ‘Ophthalmology Times Europe’. The article is devoted to the research, carried out by the doctor and his collaborators, into extraocular mesenchymal stem cells, which could be an alternative to the classical cornea transplantation.

Finally, it should be mentioned that the constant study and dedication by Dr. Alio have been key factors for patients to have placed him among the best doctors in Spain within the framework of the ‘Top Doctors’ directory. Also, he was recently chosen by the newspaper El Mundo as one of the ten doctors in ‘The elite of the scalpel’, being the only ophthalmologist selected. He was also awarded in 2015 with the prestigious ‘ISRS Presidential Award’ of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) for his dedication and contribution in the field of refractive surgery and the International Society of Refractive Surgery. In addition, Visión España recognized his work with the Honor Presidency of the association of Refractive Surgery.

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