Medical University "Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov"-Varna was the host of a national project for enhancement of the qualification of young doctors-ophthalmologists. More than 100 postgraduates in Ophthalmology from Eastern Bulgaria took part in the training, held at MU-Varna this weekend. Its objective was to combine the theory, studied at University, with the practical expertise of proven ophthalmologists.
The training entitled "Practical Approaches in Ophthalmology" was opened by the Vice Rector for Innovations and Translational Medicine and head of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at MU-Varna Prof. Dr. Hristina Grupcheva. The training programme included a wide range of eye diseases. The lecturers were both professors at the University and ophthalmologists from Varna and Burgas, reputed for their extensive clinical experience: Prof. Dr. Hristina Grupcheva, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aleksandra Tsukeva, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zornitsa Zlatarova, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dobrin Georgiev, Dr. Yana Manolova, Dr. Antonia Barbukova, Dr. Rumen Mutavchiev, Dr. Nikolay Ivanov.
The young doctors were impressed by the demonstration of eye diseases by means of simulation glasses, which enabled them to get aware of the way their patients, suffering from cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment and so on, actually see the world around them.
The training is a part of the national project with the participation of the Bulgarian Society of Ophthalmology. This year it has focused its efforts in two directions - raising patients' awareness of the most common eye diseases within the campaign "The right to eyesight" and improving the qualification of ophthalmologists throughout the country. Such seminars have already been organised in Sofia and Plovdiv. The end of the project will be in December with a three-day workshop in a simulation operating theatre. There young doctors will be able to perform cataract operations on models - silicone eyes resembling to the highest level human eyes.