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

2017 Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care Now Available

Proper screening, assessment, and treatment of diabetic eye disease are critical to reduce worldwide vision loss related to diabetes. And the 2017 Update: ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care present a revised consensus for both high resource and low/intermediate resource settings.

The updated Guidelines––introduced at this month’s 10th General Assembly of the International Association for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) in South Africa––are designed to be adapted as needed to meet local eye care needs and will be revised on an ongoing basis.

CBM in Collaboration with ICO

How do you take a valuable resource like the ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care and translate it into practice?

The CBM Regional Diabetic Retinopathy Programme Manual, developed in collaboration with the ICO, does just that, focusing on low-resource areas. Download the CBM Regional Diabetic Retinopathy Programme Manual.


ICO Guide to Effective CPD/CME

The ICO Guide to Effective CPD/CME is a new, practical resource covering concepts and questions regarding continuing professional development (CPD) and continuing medical education (CME), reinforcing that medical education goes far beyond accreditation.

Dr. Helena Filipe, Chair of the ICO Continuing Professional Development Committee, will be presenting the ICO Guide to Effective CPD/CME on Friday, November 11 at the European CME Forum in Amsterdam.


Educators Gain Valuable Skills at ICO Conference

ICO Educators at AAO 2016 ICO Educators at AAO 2016

Exploring the latest tools and techniques of modern education was the focus of the ICO Conference for Ophthalmic Educators, “Improving Teaching Effectiveness,” at the 2016 American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting. Workshops and plenaries covered a range of topics, including “Tools for Teaching and Assessing Ethics and Professionalism” and “Stimulate Deep Learning: Utilizing Mind Maps for Learning and Performance Support.”

ICO educator sessions and receptions for the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG) will be offered at the 2017 Congresses of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, the European Society of Ophthalmology, and the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology. Anyone interested in education is welcome to attend. Event information will be presented in future issues of ICO Insight.

Transforming Organizations Discussed at ICO WORLD Meeting

Dr. Wanjiku Dr. Wanjiku "Ciku" Matenge, flanked by Dr. Pinar Aydin O'Dwyer and ICO President Prof. Hugh Taylor, speaking at WORLD

Two talks exploring transitioning to new organizational paradigms and having more inclusive representation within organizations were the focus of lively and stimulating discussion at the ICO World Ophthalmology Roundtable on Leadership Development (WORLD), at the 2016 American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

ICO Board members Drs. Wanjiku Matenge and Pinar Aydin O’Dwyer shared personal stories with over 90 attendees that dynamically addressed this year’s theme: “The Diversity Challenge: How to Transform Organizations to Reflect Your Community.” Their talks, and the thoughtful and intriguing perspectives that followed, made this year’s WORLD a truly memorable event.

Honored for Leadership at AAO

Congratulations to ICO leadership who were recognized for their contributions to ophthalmology at the 2016 American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) meeting in Chicago:

  • International Blindness Prevention Award: Van C. Lansingh, MD, ICO Director for Advocacy
  • The Visionary Society Award: David E.I. Pyott, CBE, MD(Hon.),  ICOFoundation President

WOC2016 Video: A Different Surgical Approach for ACCS

Surgical strategies can reduce the more severe consequences of anterior capsular contraction syndrome (ACCS). In his video accepted into the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) Submitted Program, Dr. Nikhil Gandhi demonstrates an alternate surgical approach for managing ACCS.

Read Dr. Gandhi’s abstract “Anterior Capsular Contraction Syndrome–A Different Surgical Approach” and watch his related WOC2016 "Best of Video". Consider submitting one of your own videos for WOC2018 in Barcelona, Spain.

NASEM Study on Making Eye Health a Population Imperative

A figure on improving eye care from NASEM's report brief. A figure on improving eye care from NASEM's report brief.

The report, “Making Eye Health a Population Health Imperative: Vision for Tomorrow,” from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Health and Medicine Division (NASEM), finds that millions of people have undiagnosed or untreated vision impairments, and eye health remains relatively absent from national health priority lists.

The report introduces a population-health approach that promotes eye and vision health beyond the clinical setting, with an emphasis on minimizing preventable and uncorrected impairment. It is also a model for action that provides specific examples of how population health strategies can be translated into cohesive areas for action at federal, state, and local levels.

Read the report at:

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