ESR 7 Visiting UK, 11th-15th July 2016

Alberto Recchioni (ESR 7) had his first visit to the UK during 11-15 July 2016. He had his face-to-face enrolment on the 11 and 12thand now is officially considered as a Postgraduate student of Aston University. Additionally, he had a chance to meet the other fellows from Aston University: Francesco Menduni (ESR 9) and Maria Vidal Rohr (ESR 6) to discuss their projects.

On July 13th he had an interesting visit to Optegra Manchester Eye Hospital during which he attended a course “Update on refractive surgery” held by Dr Say Aun Quah, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Refractive Surgeon at Optegra Manchester Eye Hospital and also had a meeting with his supervisor Dr Clare O’Donnell to discuss the issue of Dry Eye in cataract and refractive surgery. The proposal is a clinical approach based on a questionnaire to evaluate the scale of the problem and possible inclusion of confocal microscopy in the research.

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Furthermore, he visited Optegra Yorkshire Eye Hospital on July 14th and had a chance to meet with Dr Shafiq Rehman who is qualified to use LENSARTM femtosecond laser technology for cataract and Clarivu (RLE) procedures. Alberto said: “It has been really a great opportunity to discuss the applied femtosecond laser technology for cataract surgery with Dr Rehman and it will be remarkable to collaborate with him in the Dry Eye research.” Dr Rehman suggested to consider TearLab® instrument to evaluate tear osmolarity before and after patient’s operation.

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Alberto met the fellows of the University of Manchester Irene Siso-Fuertes and Juan Zapata who are part of the Ageye (Ageing Eye) project from Marie Curie Initial Training Network funded by the 7th EU framework programme. He had the opportunity to visit the Optometry department at Carys Bannister Building and the dedicated Optometry Clinic.

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On the last day prior returning to Berlin, he participated in different theatre sessions at Optegra Manchester Eye Hospital, such as Oculoplastic surgery and LENSARTM femtosecond laser cataract surgery for the first time.

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