Between June 26 and 29, the World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC) 2020 Virtual Meeting was held as an alternative to the original WOC Meeting planned in Cape Town, which had been cancelled because of COVID.
The Meeting was very well virtually attended by colleagues and trainees from all over the globe.
Dion Paridaens, Phd MD, Chief Executive of the European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (ESOPRS) and oculoplastic & orbital surgeon in the Rotterdam Eye Hospital and Erasmus Medical Center took part in the organization in his role as a Subspecialty Coordinator for Orbital, Oculoplastic, and Lacrimal Diseases. Many subspecialty courses and symposia were organized, each with contributors from all continents.
Besides the organization, he took part as a moderator in two sessions and held three teaching presentations. In the session “The Latest in Thyroid Associated Orbitopathy” he spoke about “Novel developments in the Treatment of Thyroid Eye Disease”, including the latest on the role of Teprotumumab and Nanocort.
He also co-organized the session on “Eyelid Malpositions and Malignancies: Basic to Complex”, where he spoke on the management of lower lid entropion, with emphasis on the surgical technique “lateral block excision combined with retractor reinsertion”. Finally, he was organizer and speaker in the ESOPRS symposium on Eyelid Reconstruction, where he discussed the various surgical techniques for the reconstruction of small to medium sized eyelid defects, including several developed by himself.