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

See You at the APAO Congress in Guangzhou, China

If you are attending the 30th Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress, in Guangzhou, China, April 1–4, we hope you will join us for ICO-sponsored events and educational sessions.

The ICO is also presenting a Conference for Ophthalmic Educators on Tuesday, March 31 in Guangzhou, which will be a day of workshops and discussion for those interested in ophthalmic education. Register now or learn more about the Guangzhou Conference.

We invite you to stop by the ICO booth #303 while in the Convention Hall to learn more about ICO programs and resources, especially about the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® February 5–9 in Guadalajara, Mexico. While at the ICO/WOC booth, take a “selfie” and tag the WOC2016 Facebook or Twitter page, and be eligible to win prizes!

For information on the APAO scientific program, go to:


ICO Fellowship Reception in Guangzhou

ICO Fellowship Reception at WOC2010 ICO Fellowship Reception at WOC2010

Are you an ICO Fellowship alumnus, or are you interested in learning about how an ICO Fellowship can improve your practical skills and broaden your perspectives of ophthalmology? If so, please join the ICO at a Fellowship Reunion for hosts and fellows on Friday, April 3 from 12:00–14:00 at the Guangzhou Convention Center.

The reception will include a welcome by ICO President Dr. Hugh Taylor, an introduction by ICO Director for Fellowships Dr. Peter Gabel, and hosts and fellows discussing their experiences. Learn more about the event and how to RSVP:

To learn more about ICO Fellowship opportunities, go to:

March 31 Application Deadline for ICO Online Course: Transforming Lectures into Effective Teaching Interventions

Dr. Eduardo Mayorga <br> Director for E-Learning Dr. Eduardo Mayorga
Director for E-Learning

The ICO is offering the eight-week online course, Transforming Lectures into Effective Teaching Interventions, April 20–June 12, 2015. Apply by March 31, 2015, to participate!

The course is designed to be valuable for all teachers––even if you have limited experience utilizing online tools and software in your teaching. Participants will learn to generate interactions that foster knowledge and critical thinking, as well as how to use different approaches when teaching facts, concepts, procedures, processes, and principles.

Check out the ICO’s Center for Ophthalmic Educators for educational tools, resources, and ways to share and collaborate with your peers and other ophthalmic educators. Make sure to sign up for the Center’s monthly Ophthalmic Educators Letter to learn about upcoming educational events and courses.

Join the ICO at the SOI Congress in Milan, Italy: May 15–17

The ICO is a proud co-sponsor of the Italian Society of Ophthalmology (SOI) Congress, which will be May 15–17, 2015, in Milan, Italy, at the Milan Congress Center.

The ICO and SOI will be presenting a Summit on Ophthalmology Residency Training in Italy and Europe on Friday, May 15, featuring two informative sessions. For information on the joint Summit, go to:

In addition to the broad scientific program covering all topics across ophthalmology, the Congress will include two Subspecialty Days:

  • Strabismus and Refractive Errors
    Friday, May 15: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.––Plenary Hall Auditorium
  • Intravitreal Therapies
    Sunday, May 17: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.––Plenary Hall Auditorium

The SOI and the European Vitreoretinal Society (EVRS) will be hosting a joint symposium on retinal eye surgery on Saturday, May 16. For more information about the SOI Congress and to register, click on: 13° SOI International Congress-MILAN 2015.

Register Early for WOC2016 and Save!

Register now before rates increase April 15 for the World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2016) of the International Council of Ophthalmology in Guadalajara, Mexico, February 5–9, 2016.

WOC2016 promises to be a world-class educational program for the global ophthalmology community. The scientific program is nearing completion, and the Scientific Program Committee is pleased to announce that over 200 sessions have been scheduled with the collaboration of over 75 ICO Member societies.

Abstract Submission is Open Now
Anyone who wishes to participate in WOC2016 has until June 1, 2015, to submit an abstract for consideration. Read the Abstract Submission Instructions, and submit your free papers, posters, videos, and instruction courses.

For detailed information about the Congress and to register, go to:

ICO Advanced Examination Deadline to Apply is July 31

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

The ICO Advanced Examination will be held Thursday, October 15, 2015, and the deadline to apply is July 31, 2015. To learn more about the ICO Examinations and to apply, go to:

The ICO Advanced Examination is offered to ophthalmologists who have passed the ICO Standard Examinations, or an examination of similar standard recognized by the ICO Examinations Committee.

Candidates who successfully pass the ICO Advanced Examination are allowed to use the postnominal acronym of FICO (Fellow of the ICO) when they have passed a local face-to-face examination.

WHO and ICO Renew Official Relations

The World Health Organization (WHO) has renewed official relations with the ICO. Significantly, the ICO is the only nongovernmental organization that represents ophthalmology among the 202 organizations in official collaboration with WHO.

The ICO is a dynamic global community, with over 130 national and subspecialty Member societies from all over the world. Through our partnership with WHO, ICO Member societies influence and help set priorities and policy for eye care.

The overall goal of the ICO’s collaboration with WHO is to strengthen eye health systems with a view to reducing levels of avoidable blindness and visual impairment in the world. We collaborate specifically to promote the effective implementation of WHO’s “Universal Eye Health: a global action plan 2014–2019.”

Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) Repository

Rapid assessment of avoidable blindness (RAAB) is a rapid, population-based survey methodology designed to assess blindness, visual impairment, and eye care services among people aged 50 years and over.

The website is a repository of RAAB and Rapid Assessment of Cataract Surgical Services (RACSS) studies––essential baseline data for planning of intervention programs to eliminate avoidable blindness and to measure achievements of ongoing intervention programs over time.

RAAB can provide the prevalence of blindness and visual impairment, its main causes, the output and quality of eye care services, barriers, cataract surgical coverage, and other indicators of eye care services in a specific geographical area.

Of related interest, the article “Global Burden of Eye and Vision Disease as Reflected in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews,” encourages that certain conditions get more focus to create a better representation of what is causing the most disability and to better inform future prioritization decisions.

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