Dr. Sebag spoke on Vitreous Floaters to the European Society of Ophthalmology, as the Inaugural Robert Machemer Lecturer

Dr. Sebag spoke on Vitreous Floaters to the European Society of Ophthalmology, as the Inaugural Robert Machemer Lecturer

Representing the VMR Institute, a leading facility for treatment of disorders of Vitreous, Macula, and Retina in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas, Dr. Sebag was selected as the keynote lecturer of retina at the 2019 European Society of Ophthalmology’s biennial congress.

“I am humbled and deeply honored to be delivering the first Robert Machemer lecture before this important gathering of ophthalmologists” states Dr. Sebag. He goes on to describe that “In honor of Dr. Machemer, I chose to entitle the lecture ‘Vitrectomy for Vision Degrading Myodesopsia“. 

 The European Society of Ophthalmology was founded on April 26, 1956 and represents 44 national Ophthalmological Societies in Europe. Biennial congresses attract 2 – 3,000 Ophthalmologists from Europe and the world. Each congress features 4 keynote lectures in different subspecialties. In 2019 the retina keynote lecture was named in perpetuity after Dr. Robert Machemer, inventor of vitrectomy, the operation that revolutionized the surgical cure of blindness from many serious eye diseases.

While paying homage to Dr. Machemer’s monumental contributions of the past, Dr. Sebag used this opportunity to alert the audience to the importance of new advances in our understanding of how vitreous can negatively impact vision and quality of life and how Dr. Machemer’s invention has evolved to now be able to cure this condition and restore vision and improve quality of life safely.

“It is truly a great privilege to be able to share the past 3 decades of my research and development in this area with the attendees of this important meeting, and hopefully promote better eye care for their patients in Europe and throughout the world”, reflects Dr. Sebag.

J. Sebag, MD delivered the inaugural Robert Machemer lecture of the European Society of Ophthalmology on June 14, 2019.

About the European Society of Ophthalmology

SOE is an acronym for Societas Ophthalmologica Europea, oe the European Society of Ophthalmology. SOE represents 44 National Ophthalmological Societies iwith the mission “to promote ophthalmology in Europe and to stimulate cooperation between European ophthalmologists via their National Societies”. Over the past 50 years, SOE has grown to represent all of Europe’s ophthalmological societies, serving over 40,000 European ophthalmologists.

Inaugural Robert Machemer Lecture – 2019



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