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September 2016
Ico Insight : News, Resources, and Events fort he World’s Ophthalmologists

ICO WORLD Meeting in Chicago: Transforming Organizations

"The Diversity Challenge: How to Transform Organizations to Reflect Your Community” will be the topic of a lively discussion at the ICO’s World Ophthalmology Roundtable on Leadership Development (WORLD) at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) annual meeting in Chicago.

WORLD will be in the Jackson Park CD at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place on Saturday, October 15 from noon to 1:45 p.m. A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

Speakers include:

  • Wanjiku Matenge, MD, PhD, FEACO, ICO Board Member, Director of the Rwanda International Institute of Ophthalmology, Kigali, Rwanda
  • Pinar Aydin O’Dwyer, MD, PhD, ICO Board Member, Professor of Ophthalmology and Neuro-Ophthalmologist, Ankara, Turkey

To view the WORLD agenda, go to:

Please register for this free and interactive event at:

ICO Ophthalmic Educator Sessions at the AAO Meeting

If you are attending the American Academy of Ophthalmology's (AAO) annual meeting October 15–18, 2016, in Chicago, USA, please join us at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place for the following ICO co-sponsored sessions for ophthalmic educators:

Search the AAO Program for Sym04, Lab143, and Course 662 and add these events to your calendar:

More Global Ophthalmology at AAO Annual Meeting

In addition to the WORLD roundtable, the AAO meeting offers additional symposia for those interested in global ophthalmology:

• “What Is Needed to Finally Conquer Cataracts as the Leading Cause of Blindness in the World?” (SYM03), Saturday, October 15, 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m., Room S405

• “Partnering with Institutions in Developing Countries” (B113), Sunday, October 16, 7:30 a.m.–8:30 a.m., Hall A

• “YOs Making an Impact Around the World!” (227), Sunday, October 16, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Room N135

• “Increased Access to Eye Care Through Technology, People, and Partnerships” (SYM27), Monday, October 17, 8:30 a.m.–11 a.m., Room S101AB

• “Opportunity for Senior Ophthalmologists” (SYM48), Tuesday, October 18, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m., Grand Ballroom S100C.

For more information, including speakers and descriptions, see:


Visit the ICO Booth in the AAO Exhibit Hall

When you are exploring the exhibit hall at the AAO, please stop by the ICO booth, #1100, to:

• Get information about ICO Examinations and ICO Fellowships
• Learn more about WOC2018, June 16–19, 2018, in Barcelona, Spain
• Visit with ICO staff to find out what the ICO offers to ophthalmologists and to ophthalmologic societies around the world.

See you in Chicago!

Purchase WOC OnDemand When You Register for WOC2018

The World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) is the largest and oldest international ophthalmologic meeting, and the WOC2018 OnDemand online-only library will capture over 500 hours of recorded scientific sessions covering all subspecialties from WOC2018 (eg, invited symposia, videos, debates, clinical interest groups, submitted program sections).

In addition to letting you see sessions you might otherwise miss, WOC2018 OnDemand qualifies for CME. OnDemand technology re-creates the live-session experience and makes access and learning convenient for busy health care professionals.

The current rate of €190 is available only for registered WOC participants, and you can purchase WOC2018 OnDemand when you register for the June 16–19, WOC2018 in Barcelona, Spain, by going to: For more information about WOC2018, see:

ICO Educational Sessions at IAPB 10th General Assembly

The ICO will be participating in courses on glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy at the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) 10th General Assembly (10GA) October 27–30, 2016, in Durban, South Africa:

Diabetic Retinopathy:

Part 1: “Evidence-based Clinical and Public Health Care” (Course 3): Friday, October 28, from 11:00–12:30 in Meeting Room 21
Part 2: “A Global Disease in Local Communities” (Course 12): Friday, October 28, from 16:00–17:30 in Meeting Room 22.
"Updated ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care and Practical Applications": Sunday, October 30 at 13:45 in the Knowledge Pavilion. The course will review the ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care.


Glaucoma Clinical Care (Course 21): Saturday, October 29 from 14:00–15:30, Meeting Room 21. This session will include discussion of the ICO Guidelines for Glaucoma Eye Care.

The ICO is a co-sponsor of the 10GA, and we hope that you visit us at booth #16 when you are exploring the exhibit hall in the Durban International Convention Center.

View the 10GA scientific program at:; and register at:

Eyes on Diabetes: World Diabetes Day is Monday, November 14

The numbers are daunting: approximately 415 million adults were living with diabetes in 2015, with that number expected to increase to around 642 million––or one in ten adults––by 2040.

“Eyes on Diabetes” is the theme of World Diabetes Day 2016––Monday, November 14––which will include activities and materials focused on screening for diabetic retinopathy in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The campaign is led by the International Diabetes Foundation.

Learn more, access resources, and find out what you can do about this escalating health threat by going to:

With diabetes and diabetic retinopathy a rapidly increasing problem worldwide, the ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care are a valuable resource for ophthalmologists and eye care providers, including those in low resource areas.

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