Sunday, April 18

The Faco Elche 2021 congress moves its celebration at IFA to June

Last year's edition of FacoElche.

Last year’s edition of FacoElche.
Sergio Ferrandez

The leadership of the FacoElche congress after evaluating and meditating on the current pandemic scenario with the current mass vaccination campaign underway, slowly emerging from the third wave, with Easter in between and without forgetting that the State of Alarm will be in force until 9 May, which facilitates the implementation of new restrictive measures, communicates the decision to move to June 17, 18 and 19, the celebration of our congress in IFA (Institución Ferial Alicantina), in order to obtain, with this new date, a greater margin of safety for its celebration.

Many are the arguments in favor; thus, it is foreseeable that by then all health personnel and the Pharmaceutical Industry and Medical Devices will be vaccinated. Likewise, the warm weather at the gates of summer has shown to reduce the incidence of coronavirus. On the other hand, face-to-face events are announced in May in Madrid (FITUR) and in June in Barcelona (MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS) in which thousands of attendees are expected and where anticovid security measures similar to those provided in FacoElche will also be applied.

To all this is added that the new headquarters chosen, IFA (Institución Ferial Alicantina), It allows to have large spaces, where to ensure social distance and mobility circuits, among other things.

This statement is the fourth in a series of notifications from FacoElche in which measures have been announced to adapt the social reality to the event. Through them, the resignation of the virtual model, the change of headquarters and two changes of date have been notified.

In the event of not being able to be held FacoElche in June in any of its modalities (face-to-face and restricted face-to-face) there will be no more postponements, the 2021 edition will be suspended and the 2022 edition will begin to be prepared, in its traditional February dates.

FacoElche is a scientific meeting dedicated to phacorefractive surgery that is held every year in the city of Elche (Spain). Since its first edition, in 1999, its dates are always those of the first weekend of February and has as its headquarters since its inception the Hotel Huerto del Cura de Elche.

This congress is devoted to the surgery of the anterior segment of the eye in general, but he has a special dedication to surgical procedures on the lens, both as cataract surgery and intraocular refractive surgery.

More than a thousand come ophthalmologists and vision professionals from all over Spain and abroad and it is developed in a communications and conference program, as well as satellite courses and accreditation, as well as a live surgery session.

FacoElche is a very dynamic meeting with a marked character practical and didactic, which has consolidated it as the third most important ophthalmological meeting held on a regular basis in Spain, after the two main official societies.

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