MEACO 2009 – Innovation in focus, Serbia in touch

Around 3000 of the world’s finest refractive surgeons and ophthalmic experts from around the world were present at the 10th Middle East African Council of Ophthalmology International Congress held in Manama, Bahrain.

Your ophthalmologist, Dr. Mirko Jankov, as head of refractive surgery in the most sophisticated centre for eye microsurgery in the region, LaserFocus, was invited to be an honorable guest speaker and delivered a series of lectures on Ultra B2 treatment methods, new laser technology, and rectifying complications in refractive surgery.

The Congress, which ran from 26th to 30th March, composed of 74 symposia, 120 training sessions and a vast number of other lectures and presentations covering all of the key ophthalmic issues, ranging from publications of important case studies performed by recognized experts, to the display of the most recent laboratory research findings.

Another enticing event at the gathering was the Leadership Development Program for the further education of young students, the budding generations of young ophthalmologists, who will not only follow in the footsteps of their mentors, but also contribute to discovering new methods of ophthalmic treatment and care. It’s main aim is the promotion of transparency and responsibility in both the personal and professional aspects of the doctor-patient relationship.

Dr. Jankov contends: “Being an excellent physician isn’t just a question of leadership, dedication and hard work but also realizing an honest channel of communication with every patient throughout the entire surgical procedure, from the pre-operative to the post-operative period. Listening to the patient, being their for him and conveying relevant information in the correct manner is what defines an expert as being successful.”