Fellowship in Refractive Surgery

As a member of the world-leading Institute for Refractive and Ophthalmic Surgery (IROC), Dr. Mirko Jankov conducted, with his prestigious colleagues Joachim Loffler, Prof. Michael Mrochen and Prof. Theo Seiler, a Fellowship in Refractive Surgery in Zurich, Switzerland from 27th to the 30th of November, 2009. This comprehensive, three-day course offered participants a detailed program covering not only the theoretical and clinical aspects of ophthalmology and refractive surgery but also the administrative, business side to running an ophthalmic institution.

Topics discussed included aberrations theory, topography, optical coherence tomography, measuring devices and their calibration, ablation pattern design as well as physiological and geometric optics specifically related to refractive surgery. Guidance was also offered on clinical factors that influence aberrations, topography and measurements as well as pre-operative assessments and patient selection. In relation to the latter, Dr. Jankov gave a lecture on his area of expertise – ‘Decision Tree in Excimer Laser Surgery’.

In addition to theoretical discussion and training, participants also had the opportunity to engage in practical work and gain hands-on experience with both diagnostic tools and operational instruments such as the microkeratome and laser in a controlled, ‘wet-lab’ environment. They were then assessed and evaluated for their overall performance in multiple-choice theory tests and practical activities.

The entire program was a resounding success, and certainly won’t be the last of its kind. We would like to wish Dr. Jankov and his IROC colleagues all the best in their goal to initiate aware, competent and critical refractive surgeons who, in addition to providing the best technological and surgical skills, also possess the ability to dealing with and improving vision quality of even the most challenging patients!

Training programme for colleagues overseas

As Alcon/WaveLight’s Global Ambassador of Ophthalmology, it is Dr. Jankov’s honour and privilege to conduct educational training courses in refractive surgeries at LaserFocus for fellow colleagues eager to either enter into the field or perfect their technique, just has done for over a decade in Brazil, Greece and England. In addition to the traditional group practical course in Zurich that Dr. Jankov has conducted for many years in co-operation with Prof. Seiler, Prof. Mrochen and Dr. Lofler, the individual one-to-one training that he affords colleagues in his own place of work is of immense value to the technical side of procedure performance and understanding the complexities of this particular branch of ophthalmology.

To this end, LaserFocus was pleased to welcome two excellent ophthalmologists from neighbouring Romania in April and June. Dr. Gavris and Dr. Galan, along with associates from Alcon, are the latest budding refractive surgeons to have benefited from a visit to our clinic where they each spent three days observing and learning from Dr Jankov’s approach to and treatment of various refractive aberrations. As always, Dr. Jankov was only too keen to give advice and answer any queries our guests may have had regarding refractive surgery. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavours!

Continuation of LaserFocus’ educational programme in ophthalmology and refractive surgery

In the months of April and May 2009, LaserFocus Centre for Eye Microsurgery and FJ International Consultants, in cooperation with Oculus ophthalmological hospital, continued with their refractive educational program, organizing the IV and V Round Tables in Ophthalmology and Refractive Surgery.

V Round Table in Refractive Surgery

Lecturer: Mirko R. Jankov, MD PhD

A sizeable number of ophthalmologists from Serbia and around the region attended LaserFocus’ V Round Table in Refractive Surgery, the latest in a series of educational meetings offered by our centre to ophthalmologist throughout the region. This gathering was held on 29th May at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Belgrade from 6.30 pm to 9 pm. During the introductory lecture on keratoconus and cross-linking, Dr. Mirko Jankov thanked his colleagues for their sustained interest and attendance.

Bearing in mind that around 20% of patients, mostly young people, suffering from this corneal disease, keratoconus, must undergo a corneal transplant, and seeing as Serbia lags far behind the developed world in this particular medical area (as there does not exist an organized donor organ bank) one cannot overestimate the importance of discussing and applying new methods of arresting the development of keratoconus, thereby avoiding the need of a transplant.

Traditionally, the V Round Table also consisted of a range of interesting lectures and presentations given by Dr. Mirko Jankov and other chosen colleagues from other medical institutions in Serbia and around the region; these were followed by an ‘open case discussion’ – a forum in which participants were able lead the way by putting forward cases from their own practice and discussing possible solutions and treatments with the experts.

IV Round Table in Refractive Surgery

LaserFocus held their fourth educational meeting, or Round Table in Refractive Surgery, on 10th April at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Belgrade. It consisted of several presentations and open discussions on specific practical situations and cases brought forward by both lecturers and participants, focusing on the various ways of choosing the right form of preparation and treatment for refractive patients, as well as on the guidance aspect of the doctor-patient relationship with the goal of avoiding possible pitfalls and improving communication.