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July 2015
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Hurry! Now is Your Last Chance to Register for WOC2016 at the Lowest Possible Rate

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

For just a few remaining days, rates to attend the World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the International Council of Ophthalmology are the lowest they will ever be. Register now for WOC2016 before costs increase after July 31, 2015.

Ophthalmologists from almost 100 countries have already registered for the Congress, February 5–9, 2016, in Guadalajara, Mexico. It is strongly recommended that you reserve your room today, as hotels are selling out fast.

The WOC2016 Scientific Program is well underway with more than 1,800 abstract submissions, 60 free paper sessions, and 36 instruction course sessions––almost 100 submitted program sessions in total. For questions related to the Submitted Program, please contact:

Join 30,000 of your friends and colleagues by following WOC2016 on Facebook. “Like” us so that you too can stay updated on the latest news and information. For detailed information about WOC2016, go to


Deadline to Apply for ICO Advanced Exam is July 31!

Simon Keightley, MBBS, FRCOphth, FRCS <br>  ICO Director for Examinations Simon Keightley, MBBS, FRCOphth, FRCS
ICO Director for Examinations

The deadline to apply for the 2015 Advanced (FICO) ICO Examination is July 31, and the exam will be held on October 15, 2015. Go to the ICO Examinations website at for more information and to download an application form.

The ICO Examinations are steadily increasing in popularity as a means for ophthalmologists throughout the world to evaluate their knowledge in the basic and clinical sciences related to ophthalmology. The 2015 ICO Standard Examination, which has three components, saw the highest number of examinations conducted to date: 

  • Basic Science: 1,883 examinations
  • Theoretical Optics and Refraction: 1,865 examinations
  • Clinical Sciences: 1,177 examinations.

The application period for the 2016 ICO Standard Examination opens on September 1 and closes on January 24 for individuals and January 30 for groups. The Exam will be offered at centers around the world in April 13, 2016.

The ICO is dedicated to promoting excellence in eye care worldwide by encouraging individuals to acquire and maintain the highest standard of knowledge for the practice of ophthalmology. This commitment is being supported by Ahmad Hassan Batal, MD, an ICO Examinations Committee Member from Saudi Arabia, who is providing financial sponsorship to all Syrian candidates for ICO exams while the war in that country continues. We thank Dr. Batal for his extremely generous and welcomed support of these young ophthalmologists.

Bogotá Conference for Educators: Trends and Evidence to Improve Your Teaching Skills

Gabriela Palis, MD <br> Chair, ICO Teaching the Teachers Committee Gabriela Palis, MD
Chair, ICO Teaching the Teachers Committee

Learn more about modern educational theory, methods, and tools at the ICO’s upcoming Conference for Ophthalmic Educators on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, in Bogotá, Colombia.

Conducted in both Spanish and English, the Conference will present four workshops:

Session I:    Effective Large Group Instruction, Student Assessment

Session II:   Faculty and Program Assessment, Professionalism and Communication Skills

Plenary sessions will highlight adult learning principles, e-learning, continuing professional development, and how to develop a research program in your training program. Special-interest group discussions will consider resident educational standards, continuing professional development, and subspecialty training. To see the agenda, go to:

Dynamic and interactive, the Conference for Ophthalmic Educators is a valuable learning opportunity for teachers and anyone involved in ophthalmic education. Register for the Bogotá Conference now at:

PAAO Congress August 5–8, 2015

The XXXI Pan American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) Congress will convene in Bogotá, Colombia, August 5–8, 2015, at the Corferias International Convention Center.

Two sessions at the Congress may be of particular interest:

  • ICO Examinations Symposium
    Wednesday, August 5 from 10:30 a.m.–noon, Room 6 (main floor)
    Learn about the value of ICO Examinations and online Assessments, including essential information to help you successfully pass the ICO Examinations.
  • Regional Initiatives in Prevention of Blindness: Role of Institutions
    Saturday, August 8 from 8–10 a.m., Room 1 (main floor)
    This session will highlight how focused and coordinated regional efforts can serve to eliminate avoidable blindness.

Please visit the ICO booth #84 at the PAAO Congress to learn more about ICO programs and resources and booth #4 for more on the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) February 5–9 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The PAAO Final Program is available online in PDF format at:


Cataract Included in Global Reference List of 100 Core Health Indicators

The Global Reference List of 100 Core Health Indicators contains indicators of relevance to country, regional, and global reporting across the spectrum of global health priorities relating to the post-2015 health goals of the Sustainable Development Goals. These include the Millennium Development Goals agenda, new and emerging priorities such as noncommunicable diseases, universal health coverage, and other issues in the post-2015 development agenda.

In this 2015 version, cataract surgical rate and coverage are included among additional indicators (page 132), and are defined as “percentage of people who received cataract surgery among those in need in a specific time period.” By adopting cataract surgical coverage as a key indicator, the World Health Organization is acknowledging that eye health is an important part of universal health.

The list will be reviewed and updated periodically as global and country priorities evolve, and measurement methods improve. Download the Global Reference List of 100 Core Health Indicators at:

ICOFoundation and Colleagues Supporting Recovery Efforts in Nepal

Hugh Taylor, MD, AC <br> ICO President Hugh Taylor, MD, AC
ICO President

Thank you friends for joining the ICOFoundation to support our colleagues in Nepal following the deadly temblor that shook the region in April.

The Nepal Ophthalmic Society (NOS) let us know that donations received enabled the NOS to provide approximately US$15,000 to Namrata Gupta, MD, a young ophthalmologist who lost her parents, younger brother, and home to the earthquake. With these funds, Dr. Gupta now has the financial means to complete her residency.

“The Nepal Ophthalmic Society would like to extend heartfelt appreciation to all the ophthalmologists, hospitals, and the International Council of Ophthalmology for the support extended to Dr. Gupta,” said Dr. Lila Raj Puri, General Secretary of the NOS.

More work still needs to be done. Eye care infrastructure was affected in some eye hospitals and support is needed for reconstruction and repair. If you would like to help the NOS in these rebuilding efforts, please send assistance to:

The Nepal Ophthalmic Society
Himalayan Bank Limited
Thamel Branch
Account No: 01900119560017
Swift code: HIMANPKA

Thank you for your consideration and continued support of these important recovery efforts.

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