Dr. Ignasi Jürgens

Retina and Vitreous


Member Nº: 27.539

Ophthalmologist with more than 20 years of experience, is a specialist in retina and vitrioretinian pathology.

Current medical director of the Institut Català de Retina and is the head of the Retina and Vitreous Department of the ICR. He has received several national awards in recognition of their profession. Dr. Ignasi Jurgens was a pioneer in the introduction of techniques of minimally invasive surgery in retina, which allow a less aggressive eye surgery with a faster postoperative recovery and better results.

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  • Languages

Catalan, Spanish, English, German, French and Italian.

  • Training

Degree in medicine and surgery at Universitat  Autònoma de Barcelona in June 1990.

Doctor of Medicine and Surgery for the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona 1998 with the doctoral thesis “Study of the ocular textiles by means of skills based on the electrical impedance” with the qualification of Cum Laude.

Training as a specialist in ophthalmology in the Ciudad Sanitaria i Universitària de Bellvitge (Barcelona) 1991-1994.

Examination of degree in medicine and surgery from the United States (USMLE – United States Medical Licensing Examination.

  • Training abroad

Stay in the Retina Service of the Department of Ophthalmology of the University of California at San Francisco, United States.

Stay in the service of Retina of the Retina Consultants to Sacramento, United States.

Stay in the Retina Service of the University Eye Clinic in Frankfurt-Hoechst.

  • At present

Medical Director of the Institut Català de Retina.

Head of the Department of Retina and Vitreous of the Institut Català de Retina.

  • Teaching

Professor of ophthalmology at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya.

Director of the Master Fellowship in Medical and Surgical Retina of the Institut Català de Retina and at Universitat de Barcelona.

  •  Awards

Extraordinary award of Licentiate granted by Junta de Gobierno de la Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona.

National first prize of Completion of University studies granted by the Science and Education Department.

Better examination in the Selective Tests to the Specialized Health Care Training for Doctors (review M. I. R). Number 1 of the notice.

Award to the best original video for retina Detachment by intrusion of silicone band. VII biennial of Video-ophthalmology. Hospital Mútua de Terrassa. Terrassa.

Award for the best oral communication: Oral communication Millor by treatment of AMD amb Avastin ® in: search results to 2 anys. 40E Congrès de la Societat Catalana d’ Oftalmología.

Second Prize ICR to the best research work 2007: “Vitrectomy 20G versus vitrectomy 25G in the membrane treatment epirretinianas (MER): a comparative study”.

ICR second prize for the best work of 2009 research “treatment of AMD with Avastin in neovascular subretinal membranes: resultados a 2 Años”.

Second prize ICR the best research work 2010 “Sd-OCT in the postsurgical follow retinal detachment”.

Angelini Awards 2010 – accessit ocular primary amyloidosis in the uveal effusion syndrome (Montserrat Gonzalez Sastre, Ignasi Jurgens Mestre).

Award for the best Oral communication: “Anàlisi tomogràfica coronal: mètode diagnòstic no invasiu i fiable per a corioretinopatia serosa central“. 42 Congress of “Societat Catalana d’Oftalmologia”. Barcelona.

Prize for the Best Oral Communication: natural evolution and results of the surgery in the foveosquisis myopic. XVIITH Congress of the Spanish Society of retina and vitreous. Madrid, 8 and 9 March 2013.

  • Medical associations

Member of the Societat Catalana d’Oftalmologia.

Member of Sociedad Española de Oftalmología.

Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Member of the Sociedad Española de Retina y Vítreo.

Member of the European Vitreo-retinal Society.

Member of the European Retina Society – Euretina.

Member of Acadèmia de Ciències Mèdiques de Catalunya i Balears.

Member of the European Vitreo-retinal Advisory Board.

Member of the European Vision Institute – Clinical Trials – Sites of Excellence: representative of the section of Retina.

Secretary of Junta Directiva de la Societat Catalana d’Oftalmologia de 2000 a 2004.

  • Additional information

Multiple national and international publications.

Informative publications, clinical trial and research projects.

Multiple courses, workshops and national and international round-table.

Scientific reviews of journals and scientific reviews of books.

Organization of congresses, courses and scientific events.

Translations, panel presentations, oral and video.

Assistance to congresses and monographic courses.

Participation to courts of squares of titular teacher.

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Dr. Jürgens will take part in the 2017 Vitreous-Retina Symposium

Next March 2nd, Madrid’s Casino will hold the 2017 Vitreous-Retina Symposium On this occasion, the event will focus on 6 round tables and on highly interesting ophthalmic clinical cases. The discussions initiated in these round tables will address the use of image diagnosis in Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD), a degenerative disease that usually has its […]

Dr. Jürgens gives presentation on latest advances for treating macular diseases in patients with high myopia

On May 19th and 20th, Oviedo will play host to the V Professional Development course in Retina and Vitreous at the Fernández-Vega Institute. At midday on Friday 19, as part of the course, Dr. Ignasi Jürgens, Medical Director at the ICR and head of its Retina and Vitreous Department, will give a presentation on the […]

Dr. Jürgens: “Artificial retinas or retina chips have not proven to improve the patients’ quality of life”

What is an artificial retina or retina chip? Artificial retina or retina chip is a device that electrically stimulate the retina. The system is based on a pair of glasses with an integrated camera that the patient must wear. The camera sends information to a chip that has been surgically implanted in the retina. This […]

Dr. Rey receives the award for best video communication at the 47th SCOFT Congress

Dr. Amanda Rey, member of the Department of Retina and Cataracts of the Catalan Institute of Retina, has won the award for best video communication during the 47th Congress of the Catalan Ophthalmology Society. The video, titled Intraoperative Optical Coherence Tomography in vitreoretinal surgery, was made in collaboration with Dr. Ignasi Jürgens, medical director of […]

Interview with Dr. Jürgens at RAC1 Radio Station

Last August 25th, Dr. Ignasi Jürgens, ICR Medical Director, took part as a guest in the section El consultori mèdic of the El Món radio program of RAC1 Radio Station . You can read the complete interview below: Radio speaker: Today in the medical consulting room, we will talk about Ophthalmology. Let me introduce you to […]

Live surgery performed by Dr Jürgens at FacoElche 2016

On February 5th, Dr Ignasi Jürgens, ICR Medical Director, took part on the 18th edition of FacoElche 2016, which took place in Elche (Alicante). Over the course of this well-known scientific meeting, Dr Jürgens performed and commented a live surgery in which he used the most innovative existing microscope with integrated OCT that allows the […]

The American Academy of Ophthalmology chooses an article by Dr. Jürgens and Dr. Rey as one of the highlighted articles of the month

Every month, the American Academy of Ophthalmology choses five articles considered relevant among articles on ophthalmology published worldwide. This month, the association has chosen an article written by Dr. Ignasi Jürgens, Medical Director at Institut Català de Retina, and Dr. Amanda Rey, which was published at Retina, The Journal of Retinal and Vitreous Diseases under […]

Publication in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery of the new surgical technique designed by Dr. Jürgens

The Doctor Ignasi Jürgens, director medical of the Institut Català de Retina (ICR) and head of the Department of Retina and Vitreous, has designed a new surgical technique to the patients operated of cataracts that have a permanent or intermittent entrapment of the lens with the iris (pupillary capture). Cataract surgery currently consists of phacoemulsification […]

“Confined we use more screens and this can cause an increase of myopia”

Dr. Jürgens has commented that the use of screens and technological devices in excesses can increase myopia.

Confinement has worsened the sight of more than half the population

A study made by the association Visión y Vida confirms that the three month confinement we have experienced has had a negative impact on the population’ s visual health. Thus, according to the results of this study, more than half of the population has had their vision worsened, especially young people between 12 and 19 years old and people with early presbyopia.

Dr Ignasi Jürgens to present world-pioneering technique at the XXII Congress of the Spanish Retina and Vitreous Society

The XXII Congress of the Spanish Retina and Vitreous Society, which takes place in Santander on Thursday 1 March, will bring together distinguished ophthalmologists from around the world. It is one of the most important annual meetings in the ophthalmology sector and its objective is exchanging and analysing experiences related to medical and surgical treatment […]

Dr. Jürgens and optometrist H. Haulani in RTVE’s report about screens and eye health

A team from Radiotelevisión Española (RTVE) visited the ICR center to carry out a report on the ocular pathologies derived from the increase in the use of screens. Dr. Ignasi Jürgens and the optometrist Hanan Haulani also participated and were interviewed.

Dr. Jürgens gives presentation at the 4th Scientific and Training Conference “OCT In Ophthalmology”

The 4th Scientific and Training Conference “OCT In Ophthalmology”, organized by the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, was held this weekend in Bydgoszcz, Poland. This university has been one of the pioneers in the development of OCT technology in ophthalmology. Dr. Jürgens, one of the first surgeons in the use of OCT in ophthalmology Dr. […]

Dr. Santamaría and Dr. Jürgens publish an extremely rare case of intraocular hemorrhage

Dr. Juan Francisco Santamaria, member of the ICR’s Department of Retina and Vitreous has published, together with Dr. Ignasi Jürgens, Medical Director of the Institut Català de Retina, the article titled Vitreous hemorrhage due to optic disc macroaneurysm, which describes the clinical case of a patient with a spontaneous vitreous hemorrhage without apparent reason.

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