Vision and Mission

  • The purpose of the BSCRS-BCLSO Society is to present ophthalmologists with learning opportunities that can promote positive change in physician performance or competence, thus enabling such physicians to maintain or improve their knowledge, skills and professional performance needed to provide the best possible eye care for their patients. Therefore we will continue to hold our BSCRS winter or spring congress dedicated to the more challenging topics in Cataract & Refractive Surgery.
  • BSCRS-BCLSO is working in close collaboration with the ESCRS. There is a long tradition of having BSCRS board members involved in ESCRS board or workgroups.
  • BSCRS-BCLSO is a recognised Professional Defense Society. As such we will form front with the other Professional Defense Societies as BBO-UPBMO and SOOS syndicate to defend our profession.
  • BSCRS-BCLSO has been recently VAT exempted, similar to the Belgian recognized Professional Defense Societies. It is therefore not in the position to be included in the unique OB fee. BSCRS-BCLSO will, however, continue to support and work with OB and AOB.


Topics of interest

The topics of interest of the BSCRS-BCLSO are:

  • Cataract and Anterior Segment
  • Cornea and External Disease
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology and Surgery
  • Refractive Management and Intervention
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Contactlenses and Drye Eye Disorders

Additionally, the BSCRS-BCLSO program provides contents for topics such as effective management of an ophthalmic practice, medical ethics, risk management and other areas deemed relevant by the needs of the membership.


Target Audience

The BSCRS-BCLSO is the largest national membership association of Eye M.D.s with special interest in the anterior segment diagnostics and surgical therapy. The primary target audience for the BSCRS-BCLSO is the practicing ophthalmologist working in comprehensive and specialized practices across a variety of settings in Belgium.


Types of Activities

  • Courses & Surgical skill transfer
  • Seminars dedicated to Cataract & Refractive Surgery
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology and Surgery
  • Refractive Management including contact lenses
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Nurses & Technicians Skill transfer Courses.
  • Ethical and Economic Courses.


Expected Benefits

The generally expected result of the diverse BSCRS-BCLSO programs is a broad array of ophthalmic knowledge that contributes to the lifelong learning of members and that advances physician performance, competence or patient outcomes. Specific expected results include increased knowledge across the ophthalmic community, a desire among practicing ophthalmologists to pursue lifelong learning, the refinement of already employed techniques or skills and the application of new techniques or skills for the improvement of practice and patient care.


BSCRS-BCLSO and Research

BSCRS-BCLSO supported the FRO since its creation as founding member, more than 20 years ago. BSCRS-BCLSO sponsored travel grants and scientific programs selected by the external jury in the field of cataract, refractive and cornea.

The new FRO initiative to support multicentric collaboration in clinical studies in Belgium was accepted by the BSCRS-BCLSO board with great enthusiasm. Joined effort in science, socio-economic organization and internationalization has always been supported by BSCRS-BCLSO board members from the past and will be in the future.


Future Initiatives

BeCornea :BCLSO was since its creation dedicated to study  the cornea through  contact lens correction and refractive surgery procedures. But the cornea is not only a refractive surface. Pathology and treatment is currently advancing. New techniques for transplantation and investigation tools for treatment and diagnosis of the cornea pathology are now available. As such there is need for a specialized society.


Dr Johan Blanckaert,
In the name of the Board-members of BSCRS-BCLSO