12th International course on Ophthalmictrainings

In-depth lectures and 14 hours of highly realistic hands-on trainings on the unmodified human tissue

Dear colleagues,

we would like to invite you to the twelfth Viennese ophthalmic trauma surgery course in January 2024.

Trauma surgery in ophthalmology is of utmost importance and, as trauma is not a scheduled surgery, training possibilities are rare. The goal of this course is to provide the participants with theoretical and practical know-how to perform self-critical and self-sufficient trauma and reconstructive surgery. To achieve this goal a very limited number of participants will be supplied with in-depth information on anterior segment, eye lid and lacrimal trauma / reconstructive surgery. The very successful prior courses have clearly shown that this advanced training course is sustainable and outstanding due to the special focus on the unique and comprehensive microsurgical hands-on training on human tissue (cadaver) that is not preserved and known worldwide for its unique quality.

Take the opportunity to combine state-of-the-art hands-on training with a visit to the wonderful city of Vienna. An attractive social programme will give you the possibility to exchange with colleagues on an international level. We are looking forward to welcome you personally to this international advanced training course in Vienna.

Roman Dunavölgyi MD, Prof. | Gerald Schmidinger MD, Prof.

January 10th 2024

> Opening remarks
> Introduction and course overview
> Trauma Terminology
> Corneoscleral injuries, wound treatment and corneal suture techniques
> Keratoplasty à chaud
> Lid reconstruction – basics and techniques
> Personal configuration microscopes 

January 11th 2024

> Video Session: Cornea surgical technique
> Corneal injuries, PKP - Hands-on Training
> Lid reconstruction –Hands-on Training
> Free practicing
> Cornea case studies 
> Chemical burns 
> Transplantation of stem cells 

> Social evening at a typical Viennese location with authentic food

January 12th 2024

Lecture: lacrimal system
Lacrimal system – Hands-on Training
> Free practicing
> Farewell



Proficiency in the theoretical foundations, the performance of different surgical techniques and the management of complications within complex oculoplastic and reconstructive operations of cornea, sclera, lids and lacrimal system.

Content and programme:

The 3 day course consists of compact lectures which cover the theoretical basics for the following extensive hands-on wet-labs. The main topics are:

  • Suturing techniques (corneal, scleral, lid, lacrimal)
  • Lid reconstruction (skin grafts)
  • Lacrimal reconstruction (silicon ring intubation, bicanaliculary intubation to the nose)
  • Corneal laceration and perforations
  • Scleral rupture
  • Corneal transplantation
  • Keratoplasty à chaud
  • Globe rupture

The microsurgical training modules will be accompanied by lectures. Each participant will have a minimum duration of 14 hours for extensive hands-on surgeries on the human tissue.

The programme of the first day concentrates on the theoretical background. In addition to lectures, the second and third day focus mainly on intensive practical trainings.


This in-depth workshop is addressed to hospital based ophthalmic surgeons and ophthalmologic practitioners to improve their theoretical and practical competence in a unique manner. Please note: Due to the extraordinary course setup the number of participants is limited to a maximum of 15 persons.

Approach and method:

The lectures are followed by a step-by-step approach. Assisted with video equipment the course directors will demonstrate live how to perform the adequate surgical procedure before you will work directly on your own human specimen. A team of medical instructors will respond to your questions taking your individual skills into consideration, give advice and personal assistance. Employees of advanced ophthalmic trainings will assist you with the surgical equipment. To keep concentration on a high level, several coffee breaks and lunch are included.


Participants from Austria will receive probably 30 DFP points. All participants will receive a certificate at the end of the course.

Whether you are a medical specialist or an assistant doctor: the demand for high individual professional expertise and its execution under considerable strain in today’s clinical day to day business has grown significantly during the last years. Reasons can be found in the continuous expansion of day clinics, the financial pressure on health care systems, rapid medical developments and technical advances of medical technologies.

Especially the internalized handling of standard and exceptional surgical situations is considered to be an essential key factor in line with the high professional, systemic and patient-oriented requirements within ones individual career.

Our goal: your success – each advanced training course is characterized by exactly balanced determining factors:

  • high professional and didactic skills of the medical supervisor
  • compact and well-balanced content
  • state-of-the-art medical technology
  • innovative products
  • relaxed atmosphere
  • service
  • according to our slogan: enhance your theoretical and practical competence.

Ophthalmo-surgical workstations

Within the comprehensive hands-on parts of the advanced training course you will work in a state-of-the-art medical laboratory with most modern equipped workstations providing every comfort – including master workstations with video transmission.

Each participant will work on her/his own workstation which is fully equipped with:

  • Human tissue
  • Microsurgical instruments and medical appliances from leading suppliers (e.g. Bausch & Lomb®, Alcon, etc.)
  • Zeiss® microscope

One single workstation for each participant guarantees you a pure individual hands-on training of a minimum of 14 hours.


Clinical situations and the work on unmodified human tissue

Self-sufficient and self-critical surgical work is of paramount importance.

The ultimate goal of this unique hands-on advanced training course is to transfer state-of-the-art medical knowledge and practical surgical skills through the knowledge and expertise of leading experts in combination with the extensive direct surgical work on human specimen to reflect clinical procedures and surgical interventions as close to reality as possible.

The surgical trainings are conducted on human tissue (cadaver) that is not preserved or modified in any way and through very special and careful handling ensured to be not older than 24-48 hours.

This guarantees that the haptic difference between the work on the human tissue the participants work on and the work on real patients is – from the surgical point of view – marginal.

As a participant you will experience pressure free true “hands-on” surgical knowledge that is simply unique.

Hosted by

Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth MD, Prof.

Course directors:

Roman Dunavölgyi MD, Prof.
Gerald Schmidinger MD, Prof.


Roman Dunavölgyi MD, Prof.; Gerald Schmidinger MD, Prof.; Reinhard Told, MD; Jan Lammer MD, Prof.; Eva Stifter MD, Prof.


Vienna General Hospital (AKH) / Neurosurgical Laboratory


September 13th - 15th 2023

Course language:



Via registration form under tab "registration"

Closing date:

July 31st 2023 | Please note: limited number of 15 participants

Participation fee:

EUR 2.890,- (+ 20% VAT)

Dress code:

Comfortable; laboratory clothing will be provided


Participation is subject to available places. The General Terms and Conditions of advanced ophthalmic

trainings are valid (available for download at the homepage of advanced ophthalmic trainings).


    I hereby register for the „12th International course on ophthalmic and oculoplastic reconstruction and trauma surgery“,
    September 13th - 15th 2023, Vienna General Hospital, at the participation fee of EUR 2.890,- (+ 20% VAT):

    This personal registration is binding. Within 3 days after the registration and subject to free places I will receive a written confirmation of my registration together with the invoice and the bank details for the transfer of the participation fee. I will be informed if the training course is already fully booked and if there is an alternative date for this training course. In this case I may disregard my registration.

    • Days
    • Start Date
      10. Januar 2024 8:00
    • End Date
      12. Januar 2024 19:30
    • Address
      Vienna General Hospital (AKH) / Neurosurgical Laboratory
    • Participation fee:

      € 2.890,- (+ 20% VAT)

    • Organisation

      BMMC - Brands Minds Media Communication GmbH
      Inkustrasse 1-7/3/2.OG3400 Klosterneuburg

      Tel.: +43 (0) 2243/20 898 60
      Mail: office@bmmc.at