Founded in 1991, the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) evolved from the European Intraocular Implant Club which was established in 1981. The ESCRS is Europe's leading organisation for cataract and refractive surgeons and is at the forefront of developments in anterior segment surgery. Anterior segment surgery refers to surgery of the front third of the eye which includes the cornea, iris and lens.
The ESCRS currently has 4,000 members from over 90 different countries worldwide. The ESCRS offers a unique forum for discussion and learning which ensures that international expertise is shared by ophthalmic surgeons all over Europe.

ESCRS Initiatives

The ESCRS attends and organises various congresses and meetings throughout the year. These meetings are an opportunity for ophthalmic surgeons to share new data that can improve the patient experience. You can find full details of these meetings and the data discussed on the ESCRS website (link to ESCRS home page).
ESCRS also co-funds the European Registry of Quality Outcomes for Cataract and Refractive Surgery (EUREQUO) with the European Union. A European network of patient information is being set-up recording results from cataract and refractive surgery. Through this network EUREQUO aims to encourage ophthalmic surgeons to share the best ways to improve treatment and standards of care in cataract and refractive surgery. The project has three phases:

  • Phase one: assessment (2008)
  • Phase two: pilot programme (2009 – 2010)
  • Phase three: roll-out across Europe (2010 – 2011)

ESCRS Board & Executive

The Society is administered by a Board of Ophthalmic surgeons elected by the members of the ESCRS. Board members are elected for an initial four-year term. Members may be re-elected but can only serve a maximum of two terms i.e. eight years.

Executive Board Members

Josep Güell SPAIN

Roberto Bellucci ITALY



To see the full list of board members and past presidents please visit our website: www.escrs.org