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January 2015
Ico Insight : News, Resources, and Events fort he World’s Ophthalmologists

Thank You ICO Volunteers for Advancing Vision

Dr. Hugh Taylor <br> ICO President Dr. Hugh Taylor
ICO President
Because of the dedicated efforts of our volunteer ophthalmologists, the ICO is making tremendous strides in improving ophthalmic education, enhancing eye care, and advancing leadership.

On behalf of the ICO, I extend my gratitude to our esteemed volunteers who are the core of the ICO’s workforce. Thank you volunteer members of the Board of Trustees, Advisory Committee, and all the committees and task forces for partnering with the ICO to help us achieve our ambitious mission.

I would also like to shine a spotlight on the ICO’s small and committed group of staff members who work tirelessly behind the scenes to support our efforts to preserve and restore vision.

New ICO Subspecialty Curriculum for Glaucoma Available

Dr. Andrew Lee Chair <br> ICO Committee on Curricula and Expectations for Training Programs Dr. Andrew Lee Chair
ICO Committee on Curricula and Expectations for Training Programs

The ICO Subspecialty Curriculum for Training in Glaucoma is now available for download and online viewing at:

Intended to ensure that better eye care is accessible to more people worldwide, the curriculum was recently finalized by its international committee under the direction of Neeru Gupta, MD, PhD, MBA, Chair, ICO Glaucoma Subspecialty Curriculum Committee, and with the support of Christine Graham, ICO Education Manager.

The ICO curricula strive to present an international consensus on what ophthalmologic subspecialists in training should be taught, with the intention that the curricula be adapted and modified to meet local and regional needs. In addition to the glaucoma curriculum, the ICO has developed or is developing additional subspecialty curricula:

The ICO welcomes your feedback and comments regarding the accuracy, adaptability, and regional relevance of all the ICO curricula––both drafts in development as well as finalized curricula. Comments will be reviewed prior to the curricula being finalized or considered for future updates. Visit the ICO subspecialty curricula blog at:

Glaucoma Guidelines: We Want to Hear From You

Dr. Neeru Gupta <br> ICO Glaucoma Subspecialty Curriculum Committee Dr. Neeru Gupta
ICO Glaucoma Subspecialty Curriculum Committee

The ICO will review guidelines to assess and manage glaucoma as part of a new initiative to reduce worldwide vision loss from this “silent thief of sight” and wants to hear from you.

Are you aware of organizational or institutional guidelines to assess and manage glaucoma? Do you have reports on glaucoma public health programs and their outcomes? If so, please send your information to:

Neeru Gupta, MD, PhD, MBA, will chair the ICO Task Force on Glaucoma, which will define international guidelines that outline expectations for assessment and treatment of glaucoma in low, medium, and high resource areas.

The ICO Task Force will work to:

1. Collect existing guidelines and develop consensus on technical guidelines to evaluate and manage glaucoma.

2. Incorporate the critical competencies into ICO curricula and stimulate improved training and continuing professional development to meet public needs.

3. Develop a framework to evaluate public health approaches and stimulate, develop, strengthen, and monitor relevant health systems.

Thank you for supporting the ICO’s efforts to collect available glaucoma guidelines so as to gain a better understanding of what is expected worldwide.

ICO and CBM/EMR Collaborate on Diabetic Eye Care Program and Manual

The ICO is working with the Eastern Mediterranean Region of CBM (CBM/EMR) on a project to define a diabetic eye care program and manual for the region based on the February 2014 "ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care.

At a workshop on November 20–21, 2014, in Singapore, representatives of CBM/EMR and the ICO considered which aspects of the ICO guidelines were most relevant for low and medium resource areas and outlined a program for implementation. Among the key outcomes of the workshop were definition of indicators for success of diabetic retinopathy programs and benchmarks to ensure uniform and high quality implementation with all CBM/EMR partners. CBM/EMR plans to have a manual drafted by the end of February, with a perspective of piloting one or two projects.

The ICO would like to stimulate adaptation and implementation of the ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care in other regions and countries in order to improve eye care for people with diabetes. We would be very interested to hear about any other efforts to adapt or implement the ICO Guidelines. Please send information to

Participants in the Singapore workshop were:

  • Mohammed Babar Qureshi, MD, BMBCh, MSc, Workshop Chair, Senior Medical Advisor, CBM Eastern Mediterranean Region
  • William Felch, Jr., ICO Chief Executive Officer
  • Tanja Kern, Regional Director, CBM Eastern Mediterranean Region
  • Ecosse Lamoureux, MD, PhD, Director, Population Health, Singapore Eye Research Institute
  • Serge Resnikoff, MD, PhD, ICO Director for Advocacy
  • Tien Wong, MD, PhD, Chair, ICO Committee on Diabetic Eye Care and Medical Director, Singapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore National Eye Centre.

Submit Your Abstracts Now for WOC2016!

Prof. Clement Tham <br>Chair, WOC2016 Scientific Committee Prof. Clement Tham
Chair, WOC2016 Scientific Committee

The Scientific Program Committee is now accepting abstract submissions for presentation at the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the International Congress of Ophthalmology, February 5–9, 2016, in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Online submission of abstracts is now open at: Abstracts may be submitted in English or Spanish, and the deadline for submission is June 1, 2015. Primary authors will be notified if their abstracts have been accepted or denied in July 2015.

The following abstract presentation types will be considered:

  • Free Papers: Presentations of five minutes, followed by three minutes of discussion
  • Posters: Electronic display of the latest research results
  • Videos: Videos 1–5 minutes in length
  • Instruction Courses: Submit a topic and a suggested list of speakers for these 90-minute sessions. In a short synopsis, describe the content of the course, target audience, and educational goals.

Please read the Abstract Submission Instructions at:  For detailed information about the Congress and to register, go to:


2015 Supranational Congresses and Related ICO Conferences for Educators

2012 Conference for Educators<br>Busan, Korea 2012 Conference for Educators
Busan, Korea

Three supranational ophthalmologic society congresses––the APAO, SOE, and PAAO––are scheduled for 2015. In conjunction with each congress, the ICO will be offering a Conference for Educators to help educators improve their teaching effectiveness and provide an opportunity for ophthalmic educators to make connections with others in the region:

The ICO Conference for Educators in Guangzhou will be Tuesday, March 31, 2015, one day prior to the start of the APAO. Register for the Guangzhou Conference for Educators now at:

The Guangzhou Conference for Ophthalmic Educators is co-sponsored and organized by the ICO, the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO), and the Chinese Ophthalmological Society (COS)

The Vienna Conference for Ophthalmic Educators is co-sponsored and organized by the ICO and the European Society of Ophthalmology.

The Bogotá Conference for Ophthalmic Educators is co-sponsored and organized by the ICO, PAAO, and the Colombian Society of Ophthalmology.

Mark Your Calendars: 2016 Supranational Congresses

Three ophthalmologic supranational congresses––PAAO, APAO, and MEACO––are scheduled for 2016:

  • PAAO: February 5–9, 2016
    The 2016 Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) Congress is in Guadalajara, Mexico.

    The PAAO is the co-host of the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the International Council of Ophthalmology. The two congresses will occur in conjunction, February 5–9, 2016, in Guadalajara.
  • APAO: March 25–29, 2016
    The 2016 Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress will be in Taipei, Taiwan.
  • MEACO: May 4–8, 2016
    The Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) is holding its XIII International Congress at the Bahrain International Exhibition Center in Manama, Bahrain.

    As the largest ophthalmic meeting in the Middle East and Africa regions, the 2016 Congress will attract the participation of ophthalmologists and eye care professionals from the MEACO regions as well as other parts of the world.

    Ahmed Abdulla Ahmed, MD, MPH, FRCS (Ed.), is the Interim President of MEACO.

Global Health Vision Lecture

Dr. Alfred Sommer <br> ICO Director for Eye Care Delivery Dr. Alfred Sommer
ICO Director for Eye Care Delivery

Alfred Sommer, MD, ICO Director for Eye Care Delivery, presented the December Global Health Vision Lecture, “Perambulations through Global Health with an Emphasis on Vision.”

The lecture was presented at the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, to international and national colleagues and collaborators via a live videocast. Watch Dr. Sommer’s Global Health Vision Lecture at:

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