Educational Platform for patients and physicians

Polish “Presbyopia 21” Club section


About the Club

The Polish “Presbyopia 21” Club was established in April 2016 in Poznań, Poland, by Professor Andrzej Grzybowski. The creation of this first-ever Polish group of experts on presbyopia was motivated by the ophthalmologic community’s virtually unanimous view that access to reliable knowledge on modern presbyopia correction methods was insufficient.


The club brings together Polish and international ophthalmology practitioners and professors interested in modern methods for presbyopia correction.

Mission of the Polish “Presbyopia 21” Club

We educate ophthalmologists and optometrists through conferences, workshops, and courses:

2017 Presbyopia Conference (November 8–9, 2017, Poznań, Poland)
2018 Presbyopia Conference (November 9, 2018, Poznań, Poland)

“ABCs of Presbyopia” courses:
– 2nd Ophthalmology Journal conference. Updates in Ophthalmology — Lublin, Poland.
– Case Reports in Ophthalmology — Poznań, Poland
– 49th Polish Ophthalmologists’ Congress — Katowice, Poland
– JWO Autumn Ophthalmology Workshops — Jachranka, Poland.

While educating physicians, we educate patients. We are present in the media, press, and on the Internet. We are constantly improving our patient education platform to create a comprehensive, reliable source of knowledge on presbyopia.

We have invited many experts from renowned international academic centers to Poland, so they could share their knowledge and experience with us.

We follow the latest technological solutions that can help in presbyopia correction.

Projects of the Polish “Presbyopia 21” Club

Developed by the experts and supporting members of the Polish “Presbyopia 21” Club

The “ABCs of Presbyopia” course
developed by the Polish “Presbyopia 21” Club

Courses provided in 2018

– 2nd Ophthalmology Journal conference. Updates in Ophthalmology — Lublin, Poland.
– Case Reports in Ophthalmology — Poznań, Poland
– 49th Polish Ophthalmologists’ Congress — Katowice, Poland
- JWO Autumn Ophthalmology Workshops — Jachranka, Poland.

Courses planned in 2018
– 8th International Ophthalmology Conference — Controversies in Ophthalmology — Wrocław, Poland

We talk about presbyopia in the media.

Every year, in Poznań, we hold a national conference on PRESBYOPIA, open to ophthalmologists, optometrists, and industry and technology professionals.

See what happened in 2017


Our workshops are dedicated to Club members and led by international experts invited by the Polish Scientific Committee.
They are held once a year.

The structure of the Club consists of two pillars:

The Polish Scientific Committee

Specialist in ophthalmology, Greater Poland Regional Consultant for ophthalmology (2010–2015), Head of the Ophthalmology Department at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn. He has won a number of prestigious national (e.g. from the Poznań Medical University) and international academic awards. Awarded the Bronze and Silver Cross of Merit by the President of Poland. Member of multiple scientific societies, including the European Association for Vision and Eye Research (EVER) — as Lens and Cataract Section Chair, European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS), American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), European Society of Retina Specialists (Euretina). European University Professors of Ophthalmology (EUPO) lecturer; organizer and co-organizer of courses at international ophthalmology congresses such as the ESCRS and AOO congresses. He has published more than 350 scientific papers in peer-reviewed international journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Ophthalmology, Retina, Acta Ophthalmologica, Survey of Ophthalmology, British Journal Ophthalmology, Eye etc. Member of the editorial boards of Acta Ophthalmologica, Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, TVST (ARVO), Neuroophthalmology, and other journals.

Professor Andrzej Grzybowski specializes in complex cataract surgery and certain vitreous body and retinal surgery procedures (vitrectomy). He performs approx. 150 cataract surgeries each month.

Head of the General Ophthalmology Department at the Department of Ophthalmology of the Lublin Medical University.

Professor Robert Rejdak graduated from the Lublin Medical University, where he also obtained his doctoral (2000) and postdoctoral degree (2009). On June 26, 2013, he was granted a professorship in medicine from the President of Poland. Now, he heads the General Ophthalmology Department of the Lublin Medical University and is an assistant professor at the Institute of Experimental and Clinical Medicine of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. Professor Robert Rejdak has completed numerous international internships and scholarships, e.g. in Tübingen, Erlangen, Frankfurt, and Bremen in Germany, and in Pisa and Ravenna in Italy.

He has authored approx. 120 full-text scientific publications (IF>110) and more than 200 contributions in national and international conferences, in all continents. He has received many awards and distinctions for his scientific work, e.g. in London, Berlin, and Lindau. He has won multiple collective awards of the Polish Minister of Health. Since 2011, he has worked as a professor and practical training coordination in vitreoretinal surgery at the European School for Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology (ESASO) seated in Lugano, Switzerland.

He specializes in cataract surgery and vitreoretinal surgery. He has performed more than 25,000 surgical interventions, including 18,000 cataract surgeries and 6,000 vitrectomies, and he is the first Polish surgeon ever to have performed a Scharioth macula lens implantation.

Ocular disease specialist, graduate of the Faculty of Medicine of the Military Medical Academy in Łódź.

He obtained his doctoral degree in medicine in 2004. In 2008, he completed an internship at the Jules Gonin Eye Hospital in Lausanne, supervised by Professor Andre Mermoud, one of the world’s best-known and most renowned specialists in glaucoma surgery, and especially nonpenetrating procedures. His professional interest in glaucoma surgery was reflected in his postdoctoral thesis on the subject, which allowed him to obtain his postdoctoral degree in 2009. In 2014, he was granted professorship.

In the years 2013–2016, he was the Ophthalmology Consultant for the Health Service of the Polish Armed Forces. In 2016, he was appointed by the Polish Minister of Health as the National Consultant for ophthalmology.

For many years, he headed the Department of Ophthalmology at the 2nd Faculty of Medicine of the Warsaw Medical University. He has authored or co-authored nearly 290 scientific publications and 16 textbooks, worked as editor-in-chief of 2 medical journals, and spoken at more than 325 Polish and international conferences. As an ophthalmology pioneer, Professor Jerzy Szaflik has created the Ocular Tissue Bank in Warsaw, which opened in 1995. Together with an international team of researchers, he has investigated ophthalmic genetics and introduced a technique of extracapsular cataract extraction. As one of the first Polish surgeons, he performed modern cataract removal surgery using phacoemulsification, and recently, he has been removing cataracts using a femtosecond laser. In 2012, the Polish Academy of Sciences decided to present Professor Jerzy Szaflik with the Medal of the Polish Academy of Sciences for his exceptional contributions to Polish and international science.

Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the Bydgoszcz Medical Academy in 1999.

Completed a postgraduate course in Healthcare Management and Organization (2000–2001).
Holds a doctoral (2005) and postdoctoral degree (2010)
with specialty in Ophthalmology (2006).

Since 2001, he has been a research assistant and assistant professor at the Ocular Disease Department of the Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Since 2003, he has been working as an ophthalmologist at the OFTALMIKA Ophthalmology Clinic in Bydgoszcz.

Head of the Department of Ophthalmology of the Silesian Medical University in Katowice; Head of the Adult Ophthalmology Ward at the Professor K. Gibiński University Hospital of the Silesian Medical University in Katowice; Head of the Postgraduate Training Center at the Faculty of Medicine of the Silesian Medical University in Katowice.
She graduated from the Katowice Silesian Medical Academy’s Faculty of Medicine in Zabrze. She completed her basic and advanced specialist training in Ophthalmology in 1992 and 1995, respectively.
She obtained her doctoral degree in 1996, and her postdoctoral degree in 2007. In 2013, she was granted professorship by the President of Poland.
She is a member of numerous Polish (e.g. Polish Physiological Society; Polish Ophthalmological Society — board member since 2010, Head of the Refractive and Cataract Surgery Section since 2014) and international scientific societies (e.g. ESCRS — board member since 2014; Deutsche Ophthalmologische Geselschaft, American Academy of Ophthalmology, EuCornea, Cornea Society, Presbymania Club)
She has authored or co-authored more than 200 scientific publications, including 3 monographs and 2 book chapters; as well as more than 500 contributions presented at
world, European, and Polish conferences and congresses.
Her scientific interests include: corneal and ocular surface diseases — diagnostics, non-invasive and invasive (laser or instrumental) treatment; refractive errors — diagnostics, laser refractive surgery, intraocular surgery (phakic, aspheric, multifocal, toric, add-on, and bioanalog lenses); imaging techniques in ophthalmology, including corneal topography, aberrometry, confocal microscopy, OCT, UBM; glaucoma and its treatment; surgical treatment of cataracts, presbyopia, and premium artificial intraocular lens implantation.

She is an accomplished micro-surgeon with many years of clinical experience in cataract and refractive surgery, as well as glaucoma and AMD treatment.
In the years 1994–2011, she was a research assistant and assistant professor at the Ophthalmology Department of the Wrocław Medical Academy. She has completed numerous internships in renowned institutions in Europe (Switzerland, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Belgium) and the United States (Indianapolis). Member of the German Ophthalmological Society (DOG) and European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS). Author of numerous scientific publications and a handbook for ophthalmologists on laser therapy in diabetic retinopathy. An experienced surgeon, she uses state-of-the-art surgical techniques and innovative intraocular lenses.

Clinician with many years of experience in refractive surgery. He has completed numerous internships, e.g. in England, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, and the Netherlands
He received his doctoral degree in 2000, and became a specialist in ocular diseases in the same year. In the years 1994–2001, he was a research assistant and assistant professor in the Ophthalmology Department of the Wrocław Medical Academy. In the years 2001–2002, he was the head of the Spektrum clinical ophthalmology center. He has completed numerous traineeships and internships, e.g. in general ophthalmology in Windsor (United Kingdom), Athens (Greece), Milan (Italy), Budapest (Hungary), Amsterdam (Netherlands); in refractive surgery in Antwerp (Belgium), Ahaus (Germany), Kleinostheim (Germany); in glaucoma in Prague (Czech Republic), Lugano (Switzerland), Basel (Switzerland), Würzburg (Germany), London (United Kingdom); in AMD treatment (photodynamic therapy) in Prague (Czech Republic). In the Spektrum clinic, he performs refractive surgery and laser treatments.

Dr Paweł Klonowski is a specialist in Ophthalmology and a micro-surgeon with many years of professional experience. He graduated from medical school in 1995. Subsequently, he completed basic and advanced specialist training in Ophthalmology, passing the final exams in 1998 and 2003, respectively.

Beside his professional practice, doctor Klonowski works in education as a senior assistant at the Department of Ophthalmology at the Lublin Medical University. He also continues to expand his expertise during numerous scientific congresses and symposiums.

The International Scientific Committee

Chairman of The International Scientific Committee


Professor Barbara Krystyna Pierścionek is a professor of Optometry at the University of Ulster and holds a doctorate in Biochemistry and Optics from the University of Melbourne. After a nomination from the University of Melbourne School of Medicine and the National Institute of Vision Research, professor Pierścionek became the youngest NHMRC RD Wright Fellow and created an innovative eye research program supported by NHMRC grants at La Trobe University (Department of Engineering) and Monash University (School of Medicine). After returning to the UK in 1998, she worked as a senior lecturer at the University of Bradford. Professor Pierścionek successfully directs the Vision Science group and a comprehensive research program in optics, biomechanics, nanotechnology, image processing, psychology, and ethics. Her research focuses on the optical elements of the eye: the lens
and cornea; with a view to building a device that mimics the eye’s focus mechanism. She also works on fiber-optic sensors for direct measurement of the refractive index in the lens and cornea. Professor Pierścionek has worked at the Monash and La Trobe Universities in Australia and the University of Bradford. Her research has been supported by research councils in Australia and the United Kingdom, and the British Council. She has been invited as a speaker in more than 60 scientific conferences and symposiums.

Pablo Artal studied physics at the University of Zaragoza and obtained his doctorate at the CSIC “Instituto de Optica” under the supervision of Javier Santamaria. He was a doctoral student at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and then at the Institut d'Optique in Orsay, France. He was a researcher at the Instituto de Optica (CSIC) in Madrid, and in 1994, he became the first professor of Optics at the University of Murcia, Spain, where he founded the “Laboratorio de Optica”. Pablo Artal has long been involved in collaborative research in laboratories in Europe, Australia, South America, and the USA. This included a two-year research leave in Rochester (USA) and Sydney (Australia).
Doctor Artal’s scientific interests include the optics of the eye and retina and the development of optic and electronic imaging techniques for use in optics, ophthalmology, and biomedicine. Pablo Artal is responsible for highly innovative advances in optical studies of the eye and has greatly contributed to our understanding of factors that limit the human visual resolution. Several of his findings and concepts in the area of ophthalmological equipment have recently been implemented in instruments and devices that are now used in clinical ophthalmology.
He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers which accumulated over 7800 citations (H-index: 46), presented over 200 contributions in international conferences, and gave approx. 150 seminars in research institutions around the world. He was elected as a fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) in 1999, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in 2009 and 2013, and the European Optical Society (EOS) in 2014.
In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Edwin H. Land Medal for his scientific contribution to the development of diagnostic and corrective alternatives in visual optics. The award was established by the Optical Society of America (OSA) and Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS & T) in honor of Edwin H. Land. The medal is awarded in recognition of pioneering work supported by scientific research, resulting in the creation of new inventions, technologies, and products. In 2014, Pablo Artal received an Advanced Research grant from the European Research Council. In 2015, he received the “King Jaime I” Award for New Technologies (applied research). He is a co-inventor of 25 international patents in the field of optics and ophthalmology. Doctor Artal is a co-founder of three spin-off companies that develop their own concepts and ideas. He edited the two-volume “Handbook of Visual Optics” published in 2017.

Professor Sunil Shah is a consultant ophthalmologist at the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre of the Birmingham City Hospital and an honorary consultant at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

He is also an honorary professor at the University of Ulster and a visiting professor at Aston University, Birmingham.
He specializes in complex corneal and refractive surgery. He independently developed the laser eye surgery technique now called LASEK, was the first person to use it in Britain, and continues to pioneer this technique.

Professor Sunil Shah has authored more than 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals and numerous book chapters.

He was a section editor at the British Journal of Ophthalmology, and is on the editorial boards of “Ophthalmology Times” and “European Ophthalmic Review”.

He is an examiner for The Fellowship British Contact Lens Association and European Ophthalmology Council, and contributes to the development of a refraction assessment program for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

He is the President of the British Society for Refractive Surgeons and council member of the British Contact Lens Association.

He recently became the International Medical Chairperson for the Khmer Sight Foundation, a Cambodian charity, and will provide scientific supervision to 120 surgeons in Cambodia this year.

George H. H. Beiko graduated from the Oxford University Medical School and completed specialist training in Ophthalmology at the Queen’s University in Canada.
After completing his residency, he worked for one year at the St. John Ophthalmic Hospital in Jerusalem. He is currently a cataract, anterior segment and refractive surgeon practicing in St. Catharines, Ontario.
His research interests include the development of advanced cataract surgery techniques and innovative intraocular implants. He has extensively researched multifocal, accommodating, and aspheric intraocular lenses.
. He is a founding member of the International Society for Intraocular Lens Safety.
Dr Beiko is an assistant professor at the McMaster University
and a lecturer at the University of Toronto.
He has published 32 peer-reviewed papers, authored 12 book chapters, and given more than 500 presentations at conferences throughout the world. He has won four best paper awards at annual ASCRS meetings, the Winning Video in Cataract Implant Surgery award at the ASCRS film festival, and 4 awards for best surgery video in team competitions. He is on the editorial boards of around 30 ophthalmological journals.

Doctor Beiko has been elected to membership in the International Intraocular Implant Club, named one of the “premier surgeons” of North America (a group which includes 250 surgeons), and has been made an Officer of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem by the Queen of England, He is a former Hospitaller for the St. John’s Ophthalmic Hospital in Jerusalem. Recently, he has received a Gold Medal from the Indian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (on three occasions), an Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, an Achievement Award from the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, a Presidential Recognition Award from the International Society of Refractive Surgery, and the Boberg-Ans Award of the Danish Ophthalmological Society.

Doctor Marco Fantozzi completed his medical studies and specialization in Ophthalmology at the University of Pisa, Italy. He participated in numerous scientific and surgical research projects as an advisory board member, and supervised the first procedures using the SMILE technique in professor Eschin’s clinic in Russia. He has authored numerous publications in ophthalmological journals, and both participated and given presentations in scientific conferences.

Samuel Arba-Mosquera obtained his Master’s degree in 1998. In 2000, he joined the KERA Technology company which develops and manufactures laser systems used in refractive surgery. He has been responsible for improving the efficacy and safety of devices and reviewing future technological solution concepts for devices made for Emory Vision (Atlanta, Georgia, USA), with a view to developing customized surgeries and clinical tests for the US Food and Drug Administration. In 2004, he joined the research and development team at SCHWIND as a researcher responsible for product efficacy and safety. At the same time, he completed a Master’s course in Visual Science at the University of Valladolid, presenting a thesis titled “Cyclotorsion effects during refractive surgery”.

In the years 2007–2012, he was a member of the “Cirugía Refractiva y Calidad de Visión” research team at the Instituto de Oftalmo-Biología Aplicada (University of Valladolid). In 2012, he completed his doctoral studies in visual science, as a member of the “Grupo de Investigación Reconocido de Técnicas ópticas de Diagnóstico” research team at the University of Valladolid. Doctor Arba-Mosquera has published over 100 papers on refractive surgery in peer-reviewed journals and 12 book chapters, and submitted 10 international patent applications with 5 patents granted.

The Club also has a number of supporting members, including technology professionals and representatives of clinical centers specializing in modern presbyopia correction methods.

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Polish “Presbyopia 21” Club section

The Polish “Presbyopia 21” Club was established in April 2016 in Poznań, Poland, by Professor Andrzej Grzybowski. The creation of this first-ever Polish group of experts on presbyopia was motivated by the ophthalmologic community’s virtually unanimous view that access to reliable knowledge on modern presbyopia correction methods was insufficient.

The club brings together Polish and international ophthalmology practitioners and professors interested in modern methods for presbyopia correction.

The Foundation for the Development of Ophthalmology “OPHTHALMOLOGY 21”

Adam Mickiewicz Street 24/3b
60-836 Poznań
Greater Poland Voivodeship
NIP: 7811880464

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