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February 2017
Ico Insight : News, Resources, and Events fort he World’s Ophthalmologists

In Remembrance: Prof. Peter Watson

Prof. Peter Watson<br>1931-2017 Prof. Peter Watson

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Prof. Peter Watson. A clinician-scientist, Peter was recognized internationally for his world-leading research, and he and John Cairns revolutionized the practice of ophthalmology with their invention of trabeculectomy for the surgical treatment of glaucoma. His textbook on scleritis redefined the field and became the standard reference.

Peter was the ICO’s founding Director for Examinations, a role he held from 1995 to 2008. He served on the ICO Council and Board for 15 years, and he was also President of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis from 2006 to 2010.

In acknowledgment of his contributions to ophthalmology, the ICO presented Peter with the International Duke Elder Medal in 2002 and the Jules François Golden Medal in 2014.

Remembrances have described Peter as an excellent teacher, tireless in his charitable work, a great friend, a mentor, a fountain of inspiration, hospitality, and humor––and one of the giants on whose shoulders we are standing. To read tributes to Peter, including an overview of his life and contributions to ophthalmology, go to:

ICO Member Society Sessions at WOC2018

The ICO is composed of 149 national and subspecialty Member societies from all over the world, and 85 are presenting educational sessions at the World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) in Barcelona, Spain, June 16–19, 2018.

WOC2018 is hosted by the Spanish Society Of Ophthalmology. It is co-hosted by the European Society Of Ophthalmology and the Spanish Society of Implant-Refractive Ocular Surgery, in partnership with the Catalan Society of Ophthalmology and the Barraquer Institute.

See a complete list of ICO Member sessions at WOC2018 at:

Identify Gaps in Eye Care Service Provision with ECSAT

The Eye Care Service Assessment Tool (ECSAT) is intended to help eye care planners and decision-makers identify gaps in eye care service provision in order to strengthen access to high-quality, comprehensive, and integrated eye care service. The tool provides guidance for assessing the status and functionality of a country’s eye care service on the basis of the six areas of the World Health Organization (WHO) framework for strengthening health systems.

The ECSAT can assist in refining and updating national plans and strategies for eye care provision, as its periodic completion can provide data and information for assessing the impact of interventions and identify trends and newly emerging needs.

The ECSAT is available in English, French, and Spanish. Access the tool at:

ICO Educational Sessions and Reception for Exams and Fellowship at the APAO Congress

While in Singapore March 1–5, 2017, for the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO), join us at a reception for ICO Exams and Fellowships. The reception––Thursday, March 2 at 17:30 to 18:30 in the Suntec Convention Center, Room 327––is an opportunity to meet with friends and colleagues and exchange experiences. It is free to attend and drinks will be served.

The APAO Congress, March 1–5 will include four sessions hosted or co-hosted by the ICO; five education sessions organized by the ICO, and a March 1 reception for the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG), which is open to everyone interested in ophthalmic education. Please also visit the ICO at Booth #H39 when you’re in the Exhibition Center.

Review the APAO Scientific Program, and register now for this opportunity to share and gain expertise with clinicians, eye surgeons, and researchers from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. The APAO Congress is co-sponsored by the ICO.

Eyexcel 2017: Training Allied Ophthalmic Personnel

The 2017 Eyexcel Course, “Expanding Global Eye Care Workforce through Excellence in Training” concentrates on the training of allied ophthalmic personnel.

The essential role of allied ophthalmic personnel as committed members of the eye health team––and team members who are critical to the goal of achieving universal eye health––was reinforced by the signing of the 2015 Cambridge Declaration.

The July 11–14, 2017, Eyexcel course––presented annually at the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO) facility in Madurai, India–– focuses on facilitating the development of new allied ophthalmic personnel training programs.

Eyexcel is co-sponsored by the ICO, LAICO, and the Seva Foundation. Detailed information about Eyexcel can be found at:

Deadline to Apply for ICO Advanced Exam is July 31, 2017

Prof. Simon Keightley<br>ICO Director for Examinations Prof. Simon Keightley
ICO Director for Examinations

The deadline to apply for the 2017 Advanced ICO Examination is July 31, and the exam will be held on October 26, 2017. The application process opens on May 1, 2017.

The Advanced ICO Examination is offered to ophthalmologists who have passed all three parts of the ICO Standard Examination, or an examination of similar standard. Passing the ICO Advanced Examination, along with a local face-to-face examination, entitles the successful candidate to use the post-nominal acronym FICO (Fellow of the ICO).

Go to the ICO Examinations website at for more information and to download an application form.

ICO Member Society Spotlight: German Ophthalmological Society

Through ambitious initiatives and partnerships, the German Ophthalmological Society (DOG) is working to enhance eye care in Germany and around the world.

The DOG––who will be holding their annual congress September 28–October 1, 2017, in Berlin––is actively working to improve eye health through: 

  • Programs for Younger Ophthalmologists, such as a dedicated website, grant opportunities, and courses 
  • Education and Training, as exemplified by two annual congresses, an e-learning platform, and development of therapeutic and diagnostic guidelines
  • Ophthalmology Research, incorporating grants, awards, and a focus on subspecialty investigation 
  • International Collaboration, including with developing Eastern European countries, Africa, Asia, and Latin America
  • Promoting Ophthalmology in Public and Politics through advocacy and support of efforts like the ICO’s call for a global ban on fireworks.

Learn more about the DOG at:

WOC2016 Video: Using Femtosecond Laser with Keratoplasty

Keratoplasty for postherpetic leucoma can become more challenging when a cataract is involved. This month’s WOC2016 “Best of’” Video and abstract by Dr. Rafael Paz-Franco demonstrates how femtosecond laser can improve the outcome of this combined procedure.

To see all the videos and posters from the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) in Guadalajara, Mexico, go to:

Do you have an interesting approach to a clinical challenge? Plan to your colleagues know by submitting a poster or video for the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress, June 16–19 in Barcelona, Spain. Abstract submission for WOC2018 opens August 2017.

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