About the ICO
The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) represents and serves professional associations of ophthalmologists throughout the world.
The roots of the ICO date back to 1857 when 150 ophthalmologists from 24 countries convened in Brussels for the first World Ophthalmology Congress. Participants in the Congress founded the ICO in 1927 in Scheveningen, Holland.
The International Council of Ophthalmology works with ophthalmologic societies and others to enhance ophthalmic education and improve access to the highest quality eye care in order to preserve and restore vision for the people of the world.
World Alliance for Sight
The ICO is working to build a “World Alliance for Sight” by leading, stimulating, and supporting the efforts of ophthalmologic societies, eye departments, and related organizations worldwide to enhance ophthalmic education and eye care.
History of International Ophthalmology and the ICO
International ophthalmology dates back to 1857. The International Ophthalmology 1982-2007 offers a condensed view of international ophthalmology preceding 1982, while focusing on more recent key considerations and decisions at annual Council meetings, the development of the Assessments (now Examinations) and ICO Fellowship Programs, and other important ICO milestones.
International Ophthalmology 1982-2007 was written by ICO Immediate Past President G.O.H. “Fritz” Naumann, MD, with contributions from former Director for Fellowships Balder Gloor, MD and Director for Assessments Peter Watson, FRCOphth.
The online version of International Ophthalmology 1982-2007, by G.O.H. Naumann, Balder P. Gloor, and Peter G. Watson, is available at www.flippingpages.de/live/naumann_1_online.