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Thessaloniki, Greece – The 12th TVRS recently concluded with great success, leaving lasting impressions on all participants. A diverse group of participants, ranging from novices to experienced VR surgeons, attended the course.

The summer school boasted an impressive line-up of 53 subject matter experts (coaches), who catered to the needs of the 48 participants. The course format offered a combination of high-level didactic sessions along with hands-on coaching in a wet lab environment. Participants were able to engage, one-on-one with the coaches in an informal setting, fostering an understanding for each individual participant.



Covering a broad spectrum of topics, the TVRS explored the posterior segment of the eye with reference to relevant anterior matters. Ground-breaking technologies were showcased, providing valuable insights into the future of retinal surgery. The event featured close to 30 wet lab stations along with a state-of-the-art VR Magic retinal surgical simulator.

A highlight of the programme was the scoring of participants’ proficiency using the VR simulator, along with a comprehensive final exam covering all subjects presented during the week. Eighteen participants represented South Africa. In addition, two South African members, Dr. Marissa Willemse and Dr. Bernard Wolff, served on the Scientific faculty and eloquently delivered insightful presentations in their respective areas of expertise.



After long and rewarding days, participants were treated to the renowned Greek hospitality, reinforcing Thessaloniki’s reputation as the food capital of Greece. The event concluded with a sense of accomplishment and a desire to build on the knowledge gained in the field of Vitreo-Retinal surgery.



The larger-than-life TVRS director, Prof. Athanasios Nikolakopoulos succeeded in delivering a world-class learning experience, as well as making each and everyone feel as if they were part of the TVRS “family”.

The Envision Africa team, consisting of Amy Prinsloo and our CEO James Wright were extremely proud to be part of this event and enjoyed showcasing the Oertli OS 4. Three advanced Oertli OS 4’s were made available to participants in the wet lab. This was an exceptional experience for Envision Africa and we cannot wait for the next TVRS.