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  • Writer's pictureAtanas Bogoev M.D. and Maria Cholakova

Ophthalmology Conferences in 2023 (+Abstract Submission Deadlines)

Updated: Mar 26, 2023

Ophthalmology is a rapidly evolving medical field, with new research, treatments, health tech, and advancements happening all the time. Attending ophthalmology conferences is a great way for ophthalmologists to stay up-to-date on the latest developments, share their own research, and network with colleagues from around the world.


In this publication, we have compiled a list of some of the biggest and most exciting ophthalmology conferences happening in 2023, along with their abstract submission deadlines.


Upcoming Ophthalmology Conferences Timeline


Some of the yearly congresses, annual meetings, and conferences in the ophthalmology field have already taken place. So let's pay attention to the upcoming ones! Whether you are a seasoned researcher or a new practitioner in the field, these conferences are sure to offer valuable insights and opportunities for professional growth:


Annual Congress on Controversies in Ophthalmology (COPHy 2023)

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COPHy2023 is a prestigious international conference. The event brings together leading experts in the field of ophthalmology to discuss controversial topics and emerging trends in research, diagnosis, and treatment of eye-related diseases and disorders.


The conference provides a platform for open debates and discussions, enabling attendees to gain new insights and perspectives on some of the most pressing issues facing ophthalmology today. Attendees can also participate in various workshops and networking events to exchange ideas and connect with colleagues from different countries.

  • Dates: 24 March - 25 March 2023

  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal

  • Venue: Epic Sana Hotel

  • Abstract Deadline: 31 January 2023

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting (ARVO 2023)


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ARVO2023 is one of the largest and most influential gatherings of ophthalmologists and vision researchers in the world. The ophthalmology conference facilitates the sharing of cutting-edge research and discoveries in the field. The focus is on advancing the understanding of the visual system and developing new approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of eye-related diseases and disorders.


The event features a meeting program that includes symposia, workshops, paper presentations, and poster sessions on a wide range of topics, including genetics, optics, neuroscience, and clinical ophthalmology. Attendees can also participate in networking events and discussions to connect with other professionals in the field and collaborate on new research projects.

  • Dates: 23 April - 27 April 2023

  • Location: New Orleans, USA

  • Venue: New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

  • Abstract Deadline: 6 January 2023

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Annual Meeting (ASCRS 2023)

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ASCRS2023 is the largest U.S. gathering for anterior segment surgeons and brings together top experts in the fields of cataract and refractive surgery. The ophthalmology conference is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of these two specialties. Attendees receive the latest knowledge and advancements in surgical techniques, technologies, and clinical outcomes.


The program for ASCRS2023 includes symposia, instructional courses, and roundtable discussions, covering topics such as surgical complications, presbyopia correction, and lens-based refractive surgery. Attendees can also participate in hands-on training sessions and product demonstrations to gain practical experience with new technologies and devices. This ophthalmology conference is a unique opportunity to connect with colleagues, exchange ideas, and collaborate on new research initiatives.

  • Dates: 5 May - 8 May 2023

  • Location: San Diego, USA

  • Abstract Deadline: 14 October 2022

Royal College of Ophthalmologists Annual Congress (RCOphth)

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RCOphth is a major event in the UK ophthalmology calendar, attracting ophthalmologists, scientists, and healthcare professionals from across the country. The conference offers a diverse program featuring keynote lectures, workshops, and panel discussions on the latest clinical advancements, innovative treatments, and scientific research.


Attendees can expect to gain insights into topics ranging from ocular oncology, pediatric ophthalmology, and glaucoma, to medical retina and cornea. The ophthalmology conference also provides ample networking opportunities for attendees to exchange knowledge and collaborate on new research projects.

  • Dates: 22 May - 25 May 2023

  • Location: Birmingham, UK

  • Venue: International Convention Centre

German Ophthalmological Society Congress (DOC 2023)

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The German Ophthalmological Society Congress (DOC 2023) is the biggest ophthalmology conference in Germany. The event brings together ophthalmologists, scientists, and other healthcare professionals from across the country and around the world.


The ophthalmology conference offers a program featuring lectures, workshops, and symposia on a wide range of ophthalmological topics, including retina, cornea, glaucoma, and more. DOC 2023 provides a platform for scientific exchange and discussion, facilitating the translation of new research into clinical practice. The congress also features an exhibition hall showcasing the latest innovations in ophthalmic technology.

  • Dates: 15 June - 17 June 2023

  • Location: Nuremberg, Germany

  • Venue: Nuremberg Convention Center, NCC East

  • Abstract Deadline: 16 April 2023

European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE 2023)

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SOE2023 is the biennial congress of the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) and is one of the largest and most comprehensive ophthalmology conferences in Europe. The event is essential for ophthalmologists who want to stay up-to-date on the latest advancements in ophthalmology and connect with their fellow professionals.


SOE2023 features a broad program with an emphasis on clinical and research excellence. Attendees are able to participate in symposia, instructional courses, and poster sessions on topics ranging from cataract surgery, neuro-ophthalmology, and ocular inflammation to glaucoma and refractive surgery. The conference also provides ample networking opportunities to connect with eye doctors and industry representatives.

  • Dates: 15 June - 17 June 2023

  • Location: Prague, Czech Republic

  • Venue: Prague Congress Centre

  • Abstract Deadline: 18 January 2023

Canadian Ophthalmological Society Annual Meeting

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The Canadian Ophthalmological Society Annual Meeting is a major ophthalmology gathering that brings together ophthalmologists and healthcare professionals from Canada. The ophthalmology conference agenda features keynote lectures, workshops, and symposia on a wide range of ophthalmology topics.


This is one of the ophthalmology conferences that provides a platform for scientific exchange and discussion, facilitating the translation of new research into clinical practice. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in networking events to connect with colleague doctors and other industry representatives.

  • Dates: 15 June - 18 June 2023

  • Location: Québec City, Canada

  • Venue: Quebec Convention Center

World Glaucoma Congress (WGC 2023)

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The World Glaucoma Congress is an international conference that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. WGC2023 is an essential event for any ophthalmologist or eye surgeon with a focus on glaucoma who wants to stay at the forefront of their field.



The conference provides an opportunity for ophthalmologists, researchers, and healthcare professionals to network, exchange knowledge and collaborate on new research and projects. The program for WGC2023 includes keynote lectures, workshops, and poster presentations on the latest advancements in glaucoma diagnosis, management, and surgical techniques.

  • Dates: 28 June - 1 July 2023

  • Location: Rome, Italy

  • Venue: La Nuvola Convention Center

  • Abstract Deadline: 16 January 2023

American Society of Retina Specialists Annual Meeting (ASRS 2023)

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ASRS 2023 brings together retina specialists, ophthalmologists, and healthcare professionals from across the globe. The ophthalmology conference focuses on advancing the science and practice of retina care, providing attendees with the latest updates and advancements in surgical techniques, technologies, and clinical outcomes.



The program for ASRS 2023 includes symposia, instructional courses, and roundtable discussions on topics such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal detachment. Attendees are welcome to participate in hands-on training sessions and product demonstrations to gain practical experience with new technologies and devices.

  • Dates: 27 July - 1 August 2023

  • Location: Seattle, WA, USA

  • Abstract Deadline: 2 February 2023

European VitreoRetinal Society (EVRS 2023)

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The European VitreoRetinal Society meeting is an annual congress that assembles leading experts in the field of vitreoretinal surgery and research. EVRS2023 is one of the ophthalmology conferences that stands out with an agenda featuring keynote lectures, symposia, and hands-on workshops. The event also provides ample networking opportunities for attendees to connect with other professionals.

  • Dates: 31 August - 3 September 2023

  • Location: Cappadoccia, Turkiye

  • Venue: Perissia Hotel Cappadocia

  • Abstract Deadline: 22 February 2023

European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Congress (ESCRS 2023)

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The European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS2023) Meeting is a highly anticipated event in the ophthalmology calendar. The conference program covers various aspects of cataract and refractive surgery, including the latest surgical techniques, technologies, and clinical outcomes.


The conference offers ample networking opportunities for participants to exchange knowledge and collaborate on new research projects.

  • Dates: 8 September - 12 September 2023

  • Location: Vienna, Austria

  • Venue: Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Centre

  • Abstract Deadline: 20 March 2023

European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ESOPRS 2023)

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The ESOPRS 2023 meeting is an annual congress for experts in the field of oculoplastics, orbit, and lacrimal surgery. The conference program features keynote lectures, symposia, and workshops on topics such as eyelid surgery, orbital tumors, and facial reconstruction. Networking opportunities also make the conference a great place to meet colleagues and industry representatives.

  • Dates: 14 September - 16 September 2023

  • Location: Naples, Italy

  • Venue: Nuremberg Convention Center, NCC East

  • Abstract Deadline: 15 April 2023


Deutsche Ophthalmologische Gesellschaft (DOG 2023)

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The DOG Congress 2023 is a significant event in the field of ophthalmology, organized by the German Ophthalmological Society. It offers a diverse scientific program with practical sessions for skills exchange, including Wetlabs, hands-on training, and practical clinical courses. It is one of the largest ophthalmology meetings in Europe, where ophthalmologists, scientists, and industry partners can exchange knowledge and explore the latest developments. The congress features international partner sessions from other societies, a huge exhibition center, and networking opportunities for attendees. The main language of the congress is German and English, but it is primarily aimed at German ophthalmologists. The DOG Young Ophthalmology session is also a great opportunity for young professionals in the field.

  • Dates: 27 October - 28 October 2023

  • Location: Berlin, Germany

  • Venue: Estrel Congress Center

  • Abstract Deadline: 03 April 2023


EURETINA Congress 2023

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The EURETINA Congress 2023 is one of the largest and most comprehensive ophthalmology events in Europe, attracting leading experts and researchers worldwide. The main focus is on the latest advancements in retina research, diagnosis, and treatment. The conference also provides ample networking opportunities.



The agenda for the conference includes keynote lectures, symposia, instructional courses, and poster presentations covering topics such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vascular disease. Participants can also engage in hands-on training sessions and product demonstrations to gain practical experience with new technologies and devices.

  • Dates: 5 October - 8 October 2023

  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Venue: RAI Amsterdam

  • Abstract Deadline: 13 March 2023

European Association for Vision and Eye Research Conference (EVER 2023)

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EVER2023 is an international conference for leading experts in the field of vision and eye research. The comprehensive program covers a wide range of topics, including retinal disease, glaucoma, and corneal disorders. This is one of the ophthalmology conferences that provides a unique platform for researchers, clinicians, and industry professionals to network, exchange ideas, present new research, and discuss the latest advancements in the field.


  • Dates: 27 October - 28 October 2023

  • Location: Valencia, Spain

  • Venue: Palacio de Congresos de València

  • Abstract Deadline: 30 May 2023

American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting (AAO 2023)

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The American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting (AAO2023) is one of the major ophthalmology events in the world. Thousands of ophthalmologists, researchers, and healthcare professionals from around the world gather in the U.S. annually, for this conference. The event covers all aspects of ophthalmology. That includes the latest surgical techniques, innovative technologies, and clinical outcomes.


The program for AAO2023 includes symposia, instructional courses, and roundtable discussions on topics such as cataract surgery, glaucoma, and refractive surgery. Attendees will also be able to take part in training sessions and product demonstrations to gain practical experience with new tech and devices.

  • Dates: 3 November - 6 November 2023

  • Location: San Francisco, USA

  • Venue: Moscone Center

  • Abstract Deadline: 11 April 2023

Middle East African Council of Ophthalmology Congress (MEACO-MIOC 2023)

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MEACO-MIOC 2023 is an international ophthalmology conference bringing together local ophthalmologists and healthcare professionals from the Middle East and Africa. This event provides a unique platform for scientific exchange and discussion, facilitating the translation of new research into clinical practice. In addition to the educational sessions in the program, attendees are also welcome to participate in networking, to connect with other industry professionals.


  • Dates: 29 November - 2 December 2023

  • Location: Muscat, Oman

  • Venue: Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre

  • Abstract Deadline: 15 July 2023


FloRETINA-ICOOR 2023

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FloRETINA-ICOOR 2023 is one of the most anticipated and prevalent ophthalmology conferences with a focus on medical and surgical retina in Europe. The conference is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of retina care. It provides attendees with the most recent knowledge and advancements in surgical techniques and clinical outcomes.


The agenda for FloRETINA-ICOOR 2023 includes symposia, instructional courses, and roundtable discussions.

  • Dates: 30 November - 3 December 2023

  • Location: Rome, Italy

  • Venue: Rome Cavalieri Congress Center

Summary of Ophthalmology Conferences in 2023


To sum up all the major events in ophthalmology this year, we made this timetable sheet, sorted by date. It contains important information about the conferences and their abstract submission deadlines:

Timetable schedule of ophthalmology conferences in 2023 by ophthalmology24
Conference Sheet for 2023*, by Opthalmology24

*This sheet is valid as of 24 March and may be subject to change. To keep up with relevant information about upcoming ophthalmology events, access the live sheet by clicking the button down below.


Do you want to access the Ophthalmology24 conference sheets? Our online resources are absolutely free to access. Click the button down below to see all ophthalmology conferences in 2023 as well as their abstract submission deadlines:



Did we miss any important international conferences on our list? Let us know in the comments so we could add it to this article and to the conference sheet. Let's expand this list together!
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