Advanced FEBOS-CR Exam/ Diploma (Cataract and Refractive Surgery) The FEBOS-CR Examination

FEBOS-CR has been developed by the EBO and ESCRS to certify the expertise and advanced knowledge of experienced cataract and refractive surgeons. Successful candidates earn the right to use the post-nominal title FEBOS-CR to show they:

  • hold a superior theoretical and practical knowledge
  • can deal with more challenging cases and a complex case mix
  • appreciate the importance of evidence-based medicine, and its purpose in developing scientific knowledge and clinical practice of the subspecialty
  • are, or have the ambition to become, trainers and leaders in the cataract and refractive surgery subspecialty
Candidates must therefore be independent surgeons with a varied case mix who regularly deal with complex situations, and who are willing to be challenged by having their expertise and theoretical knowledge tested by a rigorous theoretical examination and interviews with some of the opinion leaders in European and worldwide ophthalmology.

The 2020 examination will take place immediately before the 38th Congress of the ESCRS in Amsterdam, on 2nd October, 2020. The 2020 examination fee is €850.

Free online learning platform for ESCRS members ESCRS iLearn

ESCRS iLearn is an online learning platform free for ESCRS members. There are 22 courses available, offering nearly 50 hours of content covering visual optics, cataract surgery, refractive surgery and cornea topics.

The courses are designed to be user-friendly and engaging with clinical images, surgical videos, quizzes to test your knowledge as you proceed, and final assessments so that you can be confirmed in what you’ve learned. Many courses also have CME accreditation.

This is an invaluable tool for young ophthalmologists, trainers and trainees who want to learn about anterior segment surgery.

Also available: the ESCRS iLearn Tasklist allows trainers to assign courses to trainees, and monitor their progress over the assigned period.

Portals & information ESCRS Research Portals

The ESCRS funds and help to run several research projects at any one time.

This page brings you information on all the projects currently underway, and also collates all presentations, publications and interviews with projects leaders on projects that have been completed.

Where relevant, all study reports and guidelines related to these projects will also be available here.

Important Publications Landmark Articles

Single articles from a range of journals (selected by members of the ESCRS Publication Committee) are made available to download from a dedicated page on the ESCRS Education website. The papers chosen will be updated each quarter. Each listing will include the title, authors, publisher and a short description.

We will also be introducing an online journal club element to this project.

Click here to show your interest.

May 2019Rethinking astigmatism analysis for intraocular lens-based surgery (Also contains link to download Astigmatism Double Angle Plot Tool)

Astigmatic change analysis after IOL-based surgery (cataract surgery with IOL, or refractive lens exchange) is challenging for several reasons. There is a range of analytical approaches, analyzing astigmatic change after an IOL surgery is necessarily more complex than in corneal refractive surgery, and there are 4 scenarios in which cataract surgery alters ocular astigmatism (nontoric […]

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May 2019Similar five-year results with SMILE and FS-LASIK

The results of a prospective, comparative nonrandomised clinical study indicate that small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) and LASIK with femtosecond laser-created flaps (FS‐LASIK) have similar efficacy, safety, predictability and long-term stability. The study included 68 eyes of 37 patients that underwent SMILE and 55 eyes of 30 patients that underwent FS‐LASIK between December 2011 and […]

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May 2019Triamcinolone acetate reduces CME after cataract surgery in diabetic patients but bevacizumab has no additive effect-PREMED Study

Diabetic patients have an elevated risk of CME after cataract surgery that persists to a certain degree even among those receiving the optimum bromfenac and dexamethasone regimen identified in the first PREMED report. The second report from the PREMED study group indicates that the addition of subconjunctival triamcinolone acetate (TA) can provide a more pronounced […]

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May 2019Artificial iris implantation in various iris defects and lens conditions

Winner of the 2017 Rosen Award for best technical article on the JCRS We describe 6 surgical techniques used to implant a silicone iris prosthesis: sector-shaped iris segments that require suturing, injector-assisted sulcus fixation, injector-assisted capsular bag fixation with an intraocular lens (IOL) and capsular tension ring, folded iris tissue implanted with a forceps and […]

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ESCRS EuroTimes Podcasts

Jul 2020The EPICAT study: Effectiveness of Periocular drug Injection in CATaract surgery’

In Europe, over 4 million cataract surgeries are performed each year. A major cause of suboptimal vision following cataract surgery is cystoid macular edema (CME). In patients with CME, fluid accumulates in the central retinal area, due to leakage of blood vessels. Multiple cyst-like (cystoid) areas of fluid appear in the retina and cause retinal swelling or edema. Symptoms of CME are blurred and decreased vision. Anti-inflammatory eye drops are used after cataract surgery to prevent CME. However, noncompliance with eye drops is a major issue and may compromise the effectiveness of treatment.   Noncompliance is often unintentional and related to forgetfulness or incorrect instillation, particularly in the elderly cataract surgery population. Because many patients have difficulty with self-instillation of eye drops, formal or informal care is often required. Administrating anti-inflammatory drugs with an injection in or around the eye during cataract surgery may obviate the need for eye drops after surgery.   To investigate the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory drug delivery in or around the eye during cataract surgery, we propose to conduct a study in which 540 patients scheduled for cataract surgery will participate. Patients will be randomly divided over 3 treatment groups. One group will receive standard anti-inflammatory eye drops after cataract surgery. The other groups will receive a single or a combination of two anti-inflammatory drugs by injection in or around the eye during cataract surgery.   Before and after cataract surgery we will measure the thickness of the central area of the retina, and compare this between groups. In addition, visual acuity and quality of life will be evaluated. We expect that administration of anti-inflammatory drugs during cataract surgery improves vision and comfort for patients and decreases costs. It may also alleviate the burden on homecare organizations.    

Jul 2020What I Wish I Knew When I Was An Ophthalmology Trainee, with Sorcha Ní Dhubhghaill

Richard Packard talks to Sorcha Ní Dhubhghaill about preparing for a future career in ophthalmology.

Jun 2020Influence of posterior vitreous detachment on retinal detachment after lens surgery in myopic eyes (MYOPRED)

Sean Henehan talks to Oliver Findl about this ongoing clinical research project, sponsored by ESCRS.

Jun 2020Cataract Surgery In Eyes With Diseased Corneas, with Jesper Hjortdal

Massimo Busin talks to Jesper Hjortdal about performing cataract surgery in eyes with diseased corneas.

Jun 2020The vRESPOND study: Virtual REfractive Surgery for the Prevention Of Negative Dysphotopsia

The overall goal of the vRESPOND study is to provide a clinically feasible and cost-effective method to manage negative dysphotopsia (ND). The study aim to use MRI-based patient-specific eye-models to uncover the underlying optical origin of ND through ray-tracing simulations. They subsequently aim to develop a Virtual Refractive Surgery application for the prevention and treatment of ND. In terms of specific research aims:  comprehensive clinical evaluation will be made of 60 ND patients and 60 pseudophakic controls both in terms of objective ophthalmic measurements and standardized questionnaires.  Based on these data, ray-tracing analyses will be performed using the patient-specific, MRI-based, eye-models to: elucidate the mechanism for ND determine the key aspects of IOL design to prevent ND develop the Virtual Refractive Surgery model to preoperatively select high-risk patients and guide to the optimal IOL-type to prevent ND for these high-risk patients   Further details:

Jun 2020Phakic intraocular lenses in the management of keratoconus with José Güell

Aidan Hanratty talks to José Güell about the use of phakic IOLs in the management and treatment of keratoconus.

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Previous Congress Presentations ESCRS on Demand

ESCRS on Demand is an online library of presentations, ePosters and videos from ESCRS Congresses and Winter Meetings going back over 10 years. It’s a free online service for all ESCRS members. When you load a presentation, you’ll be able to see all the slides and hear the speakers lecture as they proceed.

This is an invaluable tool for anyone who attends ESCRS Congresses. You can look back on interesting presentations, or even find something that you may have missed, which is easy at such a busy congress.

JCRS Updates Latest JCRS Online Case Reports

AuthorsStudy TitleDate PublishedLink
Athota, Prashanth Kumar; Yekollu, Srinivasulu Reddy; Raju, Vadrevu K.; Kheirkhah, AhmadRecurrent intraocular inflammation after cataract surgery associated with retained lint fiber Apr 2020 View Report
de la Presa, Martin; McCafferty, Brandon; Page, Michael A.Refractory keratitis from Beauveria bassiana—Successful treatment with intrastromal amphotericin B and micafungin Apr 2020 View Report
Kodavoor, Shreesha Kumar; Deb, Bijita; Ramamoorthy, DandapaniAn unusual presentation in pellucid marginal degeneration Apr 2020 View Report
Ezzeldin, Mona; Steinberg, Johannes; Frings, Andreas; Linke, StephanSmall-aperture intraocular lens implantation in a patient with cataract and keratoconus Apr 2020 View Report
Nagy, Khaled; Elshorbagy, Sameh; Eldorghamy, Alaa; Mounir, AmrUltrathin nonectatic cornea with normal slit‐scanning and Scheimpflug-based tomographic findings with suspicious corneal biomechanical properties Apr 2020 View Report
Hassouna, Abdallah K.; Wahba, Sherine S.; Hermina, Marian S.; Samy, Sameh N.Customized miniflap for a nondissected flap island during femtosecond laser–assisted laser in situ keratomileusis Apr 2020 View Report

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Latest ESCRS Videos & Interviews ESCRS Player

Latest Videos from the official ESCRS Player. For a full list of videos and interviews please visit


With our new range of online resources, you can continue your education year-round with ESCRS.

All of our resources together in one place:

iLearn, On Demand, Player, Landmark Journal Articles, Case Studies  and more…

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