The European Neuro-ophthalmology Society (EUNOS) had its 13th biennial meeting in Budapest, Hungary. The hostess Gabriella Szatmáry, MD, PhD (Fig. 1), and the organizing committee made it picture perfect for all attendees at the Danubius Health Spa Resort Helia situated on the east bank of the beautiful Danube River.
The first day of the meeting included teaching courses: “Emergency Neuro-Ophthalmology” and “Practical Tools and Tricks” for honing skills in neuro-ophthalmology. After this, there was a full half-day research symposium which was dedicated to optic nerve disorders and also a symposium on Leber hereditary optic neuropathy.
The meeting had many themes, including genetics and gene therapy, neurodegenerative disorders, vascular disorders, neoplastic disease, eye pain and migraine, disorders of high and low cerebrospinal fluid pressures, eye and brain imaging, unexplained visual loss, and controversies in neuro-ophthalmology.
There were 4 keynote speakers. Balazs Rózsa, MD, PhD, from the University of Budapest, spoke on imaging advances using fast 3D imaging of neuronal and dendritic spine assemblies in the visual cortex. Botond Roska, MD, PhD, from Basel, Switzerland, discussed restoring vision using optogenetics. Randy Kardon, MD, PhD, from Iowa City, Iowa, USA, lectured on assessing progressive neuron loss in veterans with mild traumatic brain imaging using OCT. László Mechtler, MD, from the Dent Neurological Institute at Buffalo State University, Buffalo, New York, USA, spoke on radiation optic neuropathy. Fifty other international speakers gave wonderful presentations.
Posters from presenters in several poster sessions allowed us to see what our colleagues were doing all over the world. There were breaks with colleagues and lively conversations.
The social program was outstanding. The opening reception included a fabulous dinner and a string quartet playing Hungarian music. Professor Németh welcomed everyone for the 216th anniversary of Hungarian Ophthalmology. Professor Csiba described the roles of Hungarian neurologists; great physicians that we all recognize in eponyms including Bálint, Baló, and Jendrassik.
The final gala was on the river boat, Europa—with spectacular views of Buda and Pest and lights galore.
EUNOS president, Professor Klara Landau, gave opening and closing remarks. EUNOS now has an official journal, Neuro-Ophthalmology, published by Taylor and Francis with editors, Gordon Plant, MD, and Walter Jay, MD. It is now cited in PubMed.
There was a near-record attendance, with 400 participants from 43 countries (Fig. 2). Of special note, 75 Hungarian ophthalmology residents attended.
It is really worth a trip to meet our wonderful European and international neuro-ophthalmic colleagues. Consider attending a EUNOS meeting in 2 years in Porto, Portugal, June 16–19, 2019. You will not be disappointed.