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Cataract Surgery Olympics – WOC Barcelona 2018

Sun. 17 June 2018: 16:00  - 17:30 
Invited Symposium 
Hall 8.0 
Room: Room 6 


The 2018 Winter Olympic Games recently concluded in PyeongChang, South Korea. However, this was merely the warm up to the most important and prestigious international competition: the 2018 WOC Cataract Surgery Olympics.

This 90-minute program will feature four regional international teams of cataract surgeons (North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, and Europe/Middle East) competing in a video program highlighting management of cataract complications. An international panel of 4 judges (one representing each region) will score each team. The audience will then vote for the overall individual event and team winners using audience response pads.

Each team has four surgeons that will sequentially present 3:45 minute videos – one in each of the event categories. The team will then receive a score from the judges. Judging criteria include teaching value, presentation quality, surgical technique, and interest/entertainment value.

At the conclusion of the competition, the audience will vote for the individual Gold Medal winner in each of the four categories. They will also vote for the Gold Medal winning team. The judges point totals will determine the Silver, & Bronze Medal Team winners.

The four events:

1. Cataract Pentathlon (3:45 minute video) – Competition for best use of surgical devices. The rules allow use of up to, but no more than FIVE different devices during the case. Extra points are awarded for more devices and for "degree of difficulty". Contestant can alternatively show a new surgical device technology in a routine case.

2. Cataract Marathon (3:45 minute video) – Competition to see who presented the most challenging and agonizingly difficult case. Contestants are encouraged to show surgical complications that require endurance and mental toughness to resolve.

3. Cataract IOL Gymnastics (3:45 minute video) – Competition will be based on demonstration of surgical skill and or creative maneuvers in managing IOL complications.

4. Freestyle Cataract Surgery (3:45 minute video) – Open category.

Learner Outcomes

1. Understand the options and strategies for IOL fixation in the absence of normal capsular support.
2. Understand the use and indications of devices for phaco with small pupils and zonulopathy.
3. Understand the management of IOL complications including lens subluxation. 
View Submission 479


Cataract and Lens Surgery




6737/6738/6739/6740 - Team Latin America


Bruna Ventura


Claudio Orlich, MD
L. Felipe Vejarano, MD
Luis Izquierdo Jr., MMed, PhD

6741/6742/6743/6744 - Team North America


Mitchell Weikert, MD


George Beiko, BMBCh
Kendall Donaldson, MD, MS
Samuel Masket, MD

6745/6746/6747/6748 - Team Europe/Middle East


Boris Malyugin, MD, PhD


Jorge Alio, MD, PhD
Ehud Assia
Saleh Almessabi

6749/6750/6751/6752 - Team Asia Pacific


Soon-Phaik Chee, FRCOphth, FRCS


Gerard Sutton, MBBS, MD
Ramamurthy Dandapani, MD
Tetsuro Oshika, FARVO, MD