The general concept of the Annual Balkan Ophthalmic Wetlab Course is to bring together experienced ophthalmic surgeons from the Balkan countries as well as colleagues from other European countries in the teaching process in assisting young ophthalmologists to improve their surgical skills.

The course is organized by Educational Center in Ophthalmology Resbiomed, Resbiomed Sofia Eye Clinic, together with MTS The Wetlab Company. We are also happy to have the support of the ophthalmic industry.

Medicine moves forward constantly. With the assistance of quality Simulated Surgical Laboratories known as Wetlabs young ophthalmologists as well as experienced colleagues have the opportunity to improve their surgical skills with hands on training enabling them to be better surgeons. 

The 8th Balkan Ophthalmic Wetlab Course promises to deliver an excellent programme which includes five wetlab courses, presented by the world leaders in the field of the ophthalmology. This represents a unique opportunities to share experience with colleagues in other ophthalmic sub-specialties.

We are convinced that by the end of the course you will see the difference in your surgical skills and will have greater confidence in your abilities as ophthalmology surgeon.

What is wetlab and what to expect from it?

The wetlab is a practical course with different modules using the most actual “state-of-the-art” wetlab technology as well as the MTS eye model with daily fresh porcine eyes. During this wetlab you will receive all necessary knowledge by your tutor. The wetlab stations will be fully equipped with machines, disposable and hand instruments.

There will be 2 participants at each station. When you are ”assisting“ you should help and assist your colleague to perform surgery and you will learn a lot by watching the monitors and listening to the instructor. When you are the surgeon your colleague will assist you. The assistant can also practice changing the various settings of the phaco or vitrectomy machine.

What is free practice wetlab and what to expect from it?

During the free practice sessions you will be able to practice the surgical techniques you have learned in the wetlabs and in the workshops. Although you will have no surgical tutor, the MTS staff will be available to supply you with all the instruments and equipment that you may require. Unfortunately there may be occasions when all the free practice stations are temporarily full. If this is the case please take a seat beside a colleague and assist him or her while he or she is going to assist you afterwards during your practice.

What is a workshop and what to expect from if?

The aim of the workshops is to enable you to build on the basic knowledge you have acquired in the wetlabs, in order to develop the surgical expertise you will require prior to performing these procedures on patients.

The workshop programs are shorter and less rigid then those in the wetlabs. This is to allow plenty of times for questions and supervised practice by the participants. Please remember that in addition to these workshops the free practice sessions offer a unique opportunity to perfect your technique.