European Society of Ophthalmology

The Society is made up of 44 national member societies in geographical Europe organising the biennial SOE Congress as well as awarding educational grants, organising the EuLDP programme, sponsoring lectures for clinicians and scientists across Europe and forming the SOE Young Ophthalmologists.





Official Statement from The SOE Executive Committee

SOE 2021 Congress – Cancellation and Announcement of SOE Webinar series

Due to the on-going pandemic and considering the  changing travel restrictions across Europe and the world, the Executive Committee have come to the very difficult decision to cancel the SOE 2021 Congress as a face-to-face meeting. SOE propose instead to hold a series of webinars later in 2021 and will announce the full planned programme shortly.

Our next live meeting will be SOE 2023 from, Thursday 15 – Saturday 17th June 2023 and will remain in Prague at the Congress Centre. We look forward to seeing you all in person and sharing our common goals of bringing together European and International ophthalmologists in the continued education of general ophthalmology through live sessions and discussion.

The SOE Congress not only offers an excellent scientific programme but also significant networking opportunities and our priority is to hold a live event where we can all meet once again in safety and share our learning through live sessions and discussion.

We look forward to welcoming you to Prague in June 2023.

With very best wishes



Wagih Aclimandos, SOE President

And the SOE Executive Committee


SOE 2023 A truly comprehensive Ophthalmology meeting,

delivering a world class scientific programme


Latest News

The first issue of the 2021 Video Journal of Cataract, Refractive, & Glaucoma Surgery

Posted on 04th May 2021 in Society News

The first issue of the 2021 Video Journal of Cataract, Refractive, & Glaucoma Surgery entitled “History and Evolution of Contemporary Refractive Surgery” is available for viewing.All ophthalmologists have unlimited access to the Video Journal via SOE. Simply visit and enjoy the programs, which have educated ophthalmic surgeons for nearly four decades, edited by Robert

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European Journal of Ophthalmology

The European Journal of Ophthalmology (EJO) is the official journal of SOE.

For more information on EJO  click here.



European Society of Ophthalmologists
Young Ophthalmologists

The SOE Young Ophthalmologists group (SOE YO) aims to serve the collective needs of YOs in Europe who are in training or in their first 5 years of independent practice.

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Please note: 

There are an increasing number of fraudulent websites that impersonate SOE 2019. We would like to alert all participants to be aware of possible scams and to strongly advise you to only use the official SOE 2019 Website as well as the official SOE 2019 accommodation agency A111.

Any other companies are in no way connected with SOE 2019, the European Society of Ophthalmology or A111 and we therefore cannot vouch for the services they are offering. We strongly advise you to not share any credit card details with them. Unfortunately, these fraudulent websites cannot be prevented and we sincerely regret all your inconveniences

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