The ASCRS programme committee regrettably has not accepted the submitted course “Simultaneous Bilateral Endophthalmitis:overrated Bogeyman or barrier
to Immediate Sequential Bilateral Cataract Surgery in the United States” for the ASCRS congress 2013, submitted by Olivia Li, Charles Claoué, Steve Arshinoff & Björn Johansson. In spite of increased interest for ISBCS in the literature and among colleagues and care providers worldwide, including USA, the ASCRS has rejected course submissions every year since 2009. ESCRS on the other hand accepted course submissions 2009, 2010 and 2011. Steve Arshinoff presented more data in his presentation at the ISBCS course at ESCRS congress 2011, Vienna.
Charles Claoué has now proposed a meeting with ASCRS officials to discuss the reasons for the difficulties to have ISBCS courses accepted, in an attempt to increase the probability for successful course submissions in the future. Updates will follow.