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

Join the ICO at the SOI Congress in Milan, Italy

The 13th International Congress of the Italian Society of Ophthalmology (SOI), will be May 15–17, 2015, in Milan, Italy.

The ICO is a proud co-sponsor of SOI Congress, which will be held at the Milan Congress Center, located five minutes from the city center. The ICO Board of Trustees and Advisory Committee will meet in conjunction with the Congress.

The SOI scientific program will cover topics across ophthalmology, including glaucoma, cataract, traumatology, cornea and ocular surface, cataract and refractive surgery, uveitis, pediatric ophthalmology, strabismus, orbit, ophthalmic plastic surgery, medical and surgical retina, optics and refraction, contactology, hypovision, and tumors.

The 20th Annual Joint Meeting of the SOI, Ocular Surgery News (OSN), and Italian Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (AICCER) will include special Live Surgery Sessions on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 offering participants an international update on new technologies.

Find out more about the SOI Congress.  Ci vediamo a Milano!

SOI-ICO Summit on Ophthalmology Residency Training

The ICO and Italian Society of Ophthalmology (SOI) will be presenting a Summit on Ophthalmology Residency Training in Italy and Europe on Friday, May 15, at the SOI Congress in Milan.

Summit Chairs, Emilio Campos, Karl Golnik, and Leonardo Mastropasqua, have developed two dynamic sessions offering valuable presentations followed by group discussion:

  • Session One: Teaching Principles and Realities
    11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Room Yellow 3
  • Session Two: E-Learning, Evaluation of Residents, Accreditation of Programs
    4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Room Yellow 3

Registration to the SOI Congress is required to attend the Summit. For more information about the SOI Congress and to register, click on: 13° SOI International Congress-MILAN 2015.

Guangzhou Conference for Ophthalmic Educators

Gabriela Palis, MD Gabriela Palis, MD

Will we see you in Guangzhou? If you are involved in teaching and plan to attend the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress in Guangzhou, China, we encourage you to join us for the Conference for Ophthalmic Educators on March 31, 2015.

The Guangzhou Conference for Educators will be the ICO’s fourth Conference in conjunction with the APAO. The one-day Conference will feature workshops and special-interest discussions on a variety of topics considered to be of particular interest to educators in the Asia-Pacific region.

A light lunch will be provided and attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conclusion of the session. The Conference is organized and co-sponsored by the ICO, the APAO, and the Chinese Ophthalmological Society. Register now or learn more about the Guangzhou Conference.

ICO-Sponsored Events at APAO Congress

In addition to the Conference for Ophthalmic Educators, the April 1–4 Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress in Guangzhou, China, will feature three stimulating ICO-sponsored events at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center, which is located at the foot of Baiyun Mountain:

  • ICO Fellowships and Exams Symposium
    Wednesday, April 1: 11 a.m. to Noon
    Room 3410

    This symposium will provide attendees with specific information about the ICO Fellowships Program and ICO Examinations.

    The fellowship portion will focus on: who is eligible for an ICO Fellowship; types of ICO Fellowships offered; elements needed for a “good” fellowship application; placement opportunities; and how an ICO Fellowship broadens opportunities for both the ICO Fellow and their home county.

    The examination section will discuss: how to achieve the best possible results in the ICO Examinations (ie, Basic Science, Optics and Refraction, and Clinical Sciences); and how to use the ICO Foundation Assessment as a tool to gauge knowledge of basic and practical ophthalmology learned in the first year of training.
  • ICO Instruction Course: Planning Attractive CME–CPD Programs to Improve Quality of Eye Care
    Thursday, April 2: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    International Conference Room 2

    This course offers practical information and advice on designing continuing medical education (CME) and continuing professional development (CPD) programs for ophthalmologists. Course topics include a review of CPD past, present, and future; revalidation; organizing a CPD event; needs of CPD teachers; and more.
  • ICO-APAO Symposium: Tackling Chronic Eye Disease and the WHO Eye Health Action Plan 2014–2019
    Friday, April 3: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    International Conference Room 2

    The ICO/APAO symposium will highlight the growing burden of chronic eye disease as a major cause of blindness, and will review the guiding framework of the 2014–2019 WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention of Avoidable Blindness and Visual Impairment. Challenges and unmet needs related to assessment and management of open and closed angle glaucomas, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy will be presented. Unique opportunities to reduce vision loss from chronic eye disease, including potential ways to measure progress, will form the basis for stimulating discussions.

    Watch for the March ICO Insight for more anticipated highlights of the APAO Congress.

Be Part of WOC2016

Enrique L. Graue, MD <br> WOC2016 President Enrique L. Graue, MD
WOC2016 President

Make sure you participate in the World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2016) of the International Council of Ophthalmology in Guadalajara, Mexico, February 5–9, 2016.

Register now before rates increase April 15. Submit an abstract for consideration, so you can demonstrate your expertise at one of the most prestigious and long-running international ophthalmic congresses in the world.

At WOC2016, you will gain an international perspective on the latest ophthalmic advancements and how to apply those innovations to your practice. You will participate in expert-led, interactive sessions and make connections with ophthalmologists from around the globe.

Don’t miss this chance to experience the culture, history, beauty, and fun of Guadalajara, Mexico, the capital of the State of Jalisco located in the western-Pacific area of Mexico.

WOC2016 is hosted by the Sociedad Mexican de Oftalmologia and co-hosted by the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology.

World Glaucoma Week: March 8–14

“Beat Invisible Glaucoma” Is the theme for this year’s the World Glaucoma Week (WGW), March 8 to 14.

Since it was received with such enthusiasm, WGW is continuing last year’s campaign to further glaucoma awareness through breakfasts, sporting events, and other creative concepts.

To register your event or to assist you in planning your B-I-G WGW breakfast or other activity during World Glaucoma Week March 8–14, go to

Eyexcel Workshop: July 21–24, 2015

Karl Golnik, MD, MEd <br> ICO Director for Education Karl Golnik, MD, MEd
ICO Director for Education

The next Eyexcel Course, "Expanding Global Eye Care Workforce Through Excellence in Training," is July 21–24, 2015. Eyexcel serves to increase the availability of regional eye care by helping to facilitate the creation or enhancement of ophthalmic training programs.

Course modules at the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO) facility in Madurai, India, include: Designing an Effective Training Course; Effective Training Administration; Technology in Training and Team Training; and Sustainability of Training.

Eyexcel is presented annually and is co-sponsored by the LAICO, the ICO, and the Seva Foundation.

Instructional exercises, case studies, group discussions, and small group work help facilitate learning and encourage application of the concepts upon completion of the course.

Course size is limited, and the deadline for registration is June 30, 2015. For information about Eyexcel, go to: or contact Ms. Dhivya Ramasamy at:

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