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33rd International Congress of German Opthalmic Surgeons (DOC)
June, 17th – 19th 2021, Nürnberg Convention Center, NCC Ost

Welcome Address Dr. med. Armin Scharrer

Dear colleagues,

the 33rd International Congress of German Ophthalmic Surgeons (DOC) will take place in Nuremberg from June 17-19, 2021

The development of the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the congress landscape in 2020. The success in controlling and containing this disease makes the possibility of a presence event in 2021 seem likely. The pandemic is currently under control in Germany and continental Europe. The enormous development in the diagnosis of the disease (PCR rapid tests) and the probability that vaccinations against this disease can be started on a large scale in the foreseeable future will in all probability make it possible to hold face-to-face events, subject to conditions.

We are therefore looking forward to seeing you again in person at the DOC 2021 in Nuremberg in June.

What can you expect?


The DOC is one of the most important events in ophthalmic surgery in Europe.

Internationally renowned experts present innovations and further developments and discuss the gold standards in ophthalmic surgery with the auditorium.

This year, the conference content is composed of the following main topics:

Glaucoma surgery Corneal surgery
Cataract surgery Eyelid/orbit surgery
Retina Refractive Surgery

The scientific programme was rounded off by the seminar series Management in Clinics and Practices as well as symposia in the fields of anaesthesia, contact lenses and strabology.

The programme for doctors was supplemented by a comprehensive programme for ophthalmic assistants, i.e. medical assistants and OR nursing staff.

The special highlights this year were the Video Live Surgery in 3D on two days of the event and the extension of the Master Class courses to the areas of glaucoma therapy, refractive surgery and eyelid surgery.

In 2019, the DOC was able to welcome around 6,100 participants and 125 exhibitors, who were represented on around 4,630 square metres of exhibition space.

After careful consideration, the Congress of German Ophthalmic Surgeons was cancelled.

In view of the risk situation in the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the situation in Europe, it was not possible to hold the congress in June 2020 with over 6000 participants and approx. 125 exhibitors as planned.

The Presidium of the DOC saw itself having the special ethical and moral responsibility to exclude a possible risk of infection with subsequent potential quarantine of a majority of the staff within the ophthalmology sector in the German-speaking countries of Europe including their managers.

The DOC Congress continues to be an important resource for your continuing education in ophthalmology and especially in ophthalmic surgery.

However, we are all the more pleased to invite you already today to the 33rd International Congress of German Ophthalmic Surgeons from June 17th - 19th , 2021 in Nuremberg.