Advanced FEBOS-CR Exam/Diploma (Cataract & Refractive Surgery)

Applications open

Deadline for applications: 29 March 2024

The FEBOS-CR Subspeciality Exam has been developed by the EBO and ESCRS to certify the expertise and advanced knowledge of experienced cataract and refractive surgeons. Successful candidates earn the right to use the post-nominal title FEBOS-CR to show they:

  • hold a superior theoretical and practical knowledge
  • can deal with more challenging cases and a complex case mix
  • appreciate the importance of evidence-based medicine, and its purpose in developing scientific knowledge and clinical practice of the subspeciality
  • are, or have the ambition to become, trainers and leaders in the cataract and refractive surgery subspeciality 

Candidates must therefore be independent surgeons with a varied case mix who regularly deal with complex situations, and who are willing to be challenged by having their expertise and theoretical knowledge tested by a rigorous theoretical examination and interviews with some of the opinion leaders in European and worldwide ophthalmology.

Please note: the FEBOS-CR is open to cataract and refractive subspecialists from UEMS member countries – ESCRS membership is not required.

EBO-ESCRS Subspecialty Examination


The Subspecialty Exam in Cataract & Refractive Surgery is intended to provide formal recognition of subspecialty training and expertise in the field. Ultimately it will help to harmonize and improve cataract and refractive surgical care across Europe.


  • To have a structure within which ophthalmologists who specialise in cataract and refractive surgery have their skills and expertise assessed, acknowledged and certified
  • To define the knowledge that the specialist in cataract and refractive surgery holds
  • To be recognised as a quality examination and consequent qualification for cataract and refractive surgery specialists
  • To encourage standardised training/teaching and standardised care across Europe


The European Board of Ophthalmology (EBO), in collaboration with the ESCRS, organizes an annual Subspecialty Exam in Cataract & Refractive Surgery with the aim to formally recognizing subspecialty training and expertise in that field. By introducing exam criteria and standards, the EBO-ESCRS wish to harmonize and improve training across Europe.


Specialists in Ophthalmology with particular interest and experience in cataract and refractive surgery have the opportunity to have their knowledge and expertise tested and officially acknowledged by sitting the EBO-ESCRS Cataract & Refractive Surgery Subspecialty Exam. Successful candidates will be awarded a diploma: the Fellow of the EBO Subspecialty Cataract & Refractive Surgery Diploma (FEBOS-CR diploma). This diploma is recognized as a proof of advanced knowledge and competence in this field.

Examination deadlines

  • Monday 22 January 2024: applications open
  • Friday 29 March 2024: all materials submitted by applicants, as well as the non-refundable deposit (€150) paid and applications close
  • Friday 17 May 2024: confirmation for eligible candidates to sit the examination
  • Friday 14 June 2024: candidates confirm intent to sit examination, and pay balance of examination fee (€700)
  • Thursday 5 September 2024: date of examination

How to apply and supporting materials required by the applicant

The candidate must complete the form below themselves and submit it before the deadline stated above. First payment will be sought by the EBO following the application period. It must include the following:

  • A letter from a director/head of department/other senior figure in your institution that recommends you as a surgeon of advanced experience and expertise. If you are in this role, the practice manager can sign and stamp the letter instead.
  • One video of a complex case you operated on, which demonstrates your current skillset. This video should meet the criteria given below (failure to do so will lead to rejection of the video and thus the application).
  • A section of text providing the following information about the complex surgery video: background case data and a short description of what makes the surgery complex for you.
  • Completed CV, which lists surgical, teaching and publication experience.
  • A copy of your medical diploma (in PDF format) proving that you qualify as a cataract and refractive subspecialist from a UEMS member country

Video criteria

  • One good quality video of a complex case you operated on
  • MP4 format, no more than 500 MB (megabytes)
  • Titled as follows: LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_CASE TYPE.mp4
  • Maximum 4 minutes. Editing should not affect the core surficial procedure.
  • The video must be the sole work of the candidate, and must state that this is the sole work of the candidate
  • There must be no music, watermarks or credits on the video
  • The video must include narration, including explanation of missing steps (steps mentioned below)
  • Include the following steps (videos will be judged to determine suitable candidates for the examination): incision, capsulor rhexis, hydro dissection, nuclear disassembly, irrigation/aspiration, IOL implant and closure. More information is available in the curriculum.
  • FLACS procedure is accepted provided it is applied on a complex cataract case.
  • No patient-identifiable information should be included/ remain in the video
  • In case you cannot erase your own name on the video, you agree that it might influence the objectivity of the reviewers

If you have any queries please email

FEBOS-CR Exam Application Form

Personal Information
Street Address City State/Province Postal/ Zip Code
Documents required
Listing surgical, teaching and publication experience
Must prove you qualify as a cataract and refractive subspecialist from a UEMS member country
Must meet criteria and no larger than 500MB maximum 4 minutes
Surgical Experience
(minimum 400, including complex cases)
Typical Surgical Practice
In the below questions click on the dropdown, then select one of the following: No experience, Experience, Manage regularly, Referred to you by others.
Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery (Where applicable)
In the below questions click on the dropdown, then select one of the following: No experience, Experience, Manage regularly, Referred to you by others.
Complex Case Mix
Percentage of cases that have complicating factors
Percentage of complications encountered in case mix.
Cases with coexisting eye disease
In the below questions click on the dropdown, then select one of the following: No experience, Experience, Manage regularly, Referred to you by others.
Cases with complicating comorbidity
Teaching Experience
Provide details of your experience as teaching faculty in each of the following settings. Please include course title, presentation title/ subject and year.
Include free papers and posters presented at national/international meetings
Consent for storing data

Please click submit to finalise the application. Please be aware this may take some time due to the video uploading to the server, do not close the window until you have reached the confirmation of submission page