jules gonin

Dr. Marta S. Figueroa participated last weekend at the thirtieth meeting of the Jules Gonin Club held in Bordeaux. This international meeting is held every three years and its members are a small group of retina experts who discuss developments in the treatment of retinal diseases.

Dr. Marta S. Figueroa was invited to moderate a discussion on retina surgery and present her results on a new treatment for macular holes in patients with high myopia. These macular holes are harder to close than those occurring in patients who are not myopic and different surgical techniques are currently being investigated with very promising initial results.

A little history: Jules Gonin was a Franco-Swiss ophthalmologist who, in the 1920s, greatly improved retinal surgery, a specialisation that had, up until that time, experienced a low success rate in cataract surgery. Specifically, it was considered that retinal tears were the cause and not the consequence of retinal detachments, and he began to treat them with cauterization techniques. His contribution to retinal detachment surgery was highly important. The International Council of Ophthalmology awards the Gonin Medal every four years for outstanding achievements in ophthalmology.