With the desire to improve together optometry in Europe and worldwide, the University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica and the European Academy of Optometry and Optics have agreed to organize a large joint optometry conference.

In an effort to keep the identity of EAOO and OCCSEE, both sides have entered this project as equal partners. This joint Optometry Conference 2018 will be organized under the common slogan Optometry and Optics for Better Vision.

The joint EAOO Optometry Conference and the 4ᵗʰ Optometry Conference of Central and South-Eastern Europe will provide support to a large number of foreign partners by networking the interested parties for the OCCSEE&EAOO 2018. This conference will gather lecturers and participants from more than twenty countries of Europe and the world.

The University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica is investing a lot of effort in order to succeed in strengthening further this important conference. Therefore, through this partnership with EAOO you are invited to participate in the realization of this goal which will benefit all of us.

Topics of the Conference:

  • Binocular Vision & Paediatrics
  • Ageing Eye
  • Lifestyle Dispensing
  • Contact Lenses & Ocular Surface
  • Clinical Technology
  • Leadership, Shaping Your Future
  • Education


Series of clinical skills workshops, some of these to be supported by headline sponsors.

We would like to remind you that the 1st Optometry Conference of Central and South-Eastern Europe was held in 2012, gathering 424 participants from 19 countries of Europe. It had been the first time in Europe that the experts in the fields of eye optics, optometry and ophthalmology gathered in one place.

The 2nd equally successful Optometry Conference was held in 2014 and it further developed the continuity of life-long learning in the fields of optics and optometry. There were 378 participants from 20 countries gathered at the 2nd Optometry Conference of Central and South-Eastern Europe held from the 29th of May till the 1st of June 2014 in Rovinj, at the beautiful Lone hotel. The second conference in the field of optometry confirmed the large interest shown for this new profession in the region. The conference was organized by the University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica, the only higher education institution in the Republic of Croatia that provides the university study of Optometry. The contents of the conference were even richer and more notable than the first OCCSEE Conference in 2012.

Hotel Lone provided the premises for 14 different workshops, over 30 lectures, some 80 papers, and a round table on the topic of legislation, education and competences in the field of optometric profession. The conference was held under the auspices of the Croatian president – Mr. Ivo Josipović, and with support of the European Council of Eye Opticians and Optometrists, and with the financial support of foreign and domestic sponsors and exhibitors. The Platinum Sponsor ESSILOR, Ltd., the Golden Sponsor Alcon & Splendor, Bronze sponsors E-Lab, Oktal Pharma, Johnson & Johnson and numerous exhibitors and partners firmly supported the organization of the OCCSEE 2014 Conference.

The 3rd OCCSEE 2016 Conference was held in Split – Croatia from the 14th to 16th of April 2016 at the Hotel Radisson Blu Resort. There were 373 participants from 21 countries: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The Hotel Radisson Blu
Resort provided the premises for lectures from five fields of eye optics, optometry and ophthalmology, 20 different workshops and a round table on the topic Opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists – level of collaboration needed to provide better eye care. More than 90 papers have been presented at this conference and numerous exhibitors and partners provided firm support to the organization of the OCCSEE 2016 Conference. Among them were the Platinum Sponsor ESSILOR Ltd., the Silver Sponsor Topcon Europe Medical BV and the Bronze Sponsors Oktal Pharma, Optinova, Splendor, Dea Lens Project.

The OCCSEE Project has great importance for the further development of the profession of optics and optometry in the region of Central and South-Eastern Europe. By organizing the international scientific conferences OCCSEE 2012, OCCSEE 2014 and OCCSEE 2016 the University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica has ranked very high along with eminent European institutions, thus enabling the continuous transfer of knowledge from the most developed European countries. Those who received the greatest benefits from this knowledge transfer have been the conference participants – opticians, optometrists, ophthalmologists, students of Optometry as future optometrists and the entrepreneurs and companies in their important role as logistical supporters of the profession of optometry and eye optics.

We hope to see you in Pula, Croatia at the OCCSEE&EAOO 2018 Optometry Conference.


Scientific Committee OCCSEE&EAOO:  Josip Čulig, Rajko Pokupec, Branimir Cerovski, Snježana Kaštelan, Sonja Drugović, Matjaž Mihelčič, Annemarie Brouwer, Daniela Nosch, Peter Gierow, Liat Gantz, Roger Anderson, Ariela Gordon-Shaag, Sotiris Plainis, José Manuel González-Méijome and Ellen Svarverud
Program Working Group: Sonja Drugović, Kristijan Pili, José Manuel González-Méijome, Daniela Nosch and Ellen Svarverud
Education Committee Academy: Ellen Svarverud (Chairman), José Manuel González-Méijome (Vice Chairman), Eduardo Teixeira (President EAOO), Nicholas Rumney (Vice President EAOO), Annemarie Brouwer, Peter Gierow, Ignacio de Costa Gonzales, Rupal Lovell-Patel and Daniela Nosch


Round Table Summary 2018