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

WOC2016 by the Numbers!

The 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) February 5–9 in Guadalajara, Mexico, offers a wealth of learning opportunities:

  • Over 200 scientific sessions;
  • 1,446 free papers and posters;
  • 26 subspecialty day sessions;
  • 70 contributing societies;
  • Over 900 speakers and participants from over 100 countries; and
  • Over 100 exhibitors.

Do not miss out on this global educational event and opportunity to network with peers from around the world. Register now at and save. Rates increase January 11.

World Sight Day is Thursday, October 8, 2015 : “Eye Care for All”

World Sight Day is Thursday, October 8, 2015 : “Eye Care for All” World Sight Day is Thursday, October 8, 2015 : “Eye Care for All”

World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Giving voice to our collective commitment to universal eye health, this year’s theme is “Eye Care for All.”

New for this year, WSD 2016 will include the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) photography competition #EyeCareForAll. WSD is coordinated by the IAPB as part of the VISION 2020 Global Initiative. For detailed information on WSD, go to:

Asia-Pacific Eye Care Week October 5–11, 2015

In conjunction with the World Sight Day (WSD) on October 8, the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) is organizing its fifth Asia-Pacific Eye Care Week, October 5–11, 2015.

Focusing on the themes of “Childhood Myopia” and “Eyelid Mass/Lump,” the APAO and their subspecialty member societies have produced comprehensive educational materials and a media kit, available at:

APAO member societies are encouraged to translate these resources into the local language for more effective communication and are invited to send photos and highlights of their activities from WSD to:

ICO Collaboration with the AIER Hospital Group Provides New Fellowship and Learning Opportunities

The ICO Fellowships Program is pleased to announce the AIER Eye Hospital Group in Changsha, Hunan, PR China, will sponsor nine ICO Three-Month Fellowships each year. These fellowships are for promising young ophthalmologists from developing countries.

AIER, the largest eye institute in China, providing high-tech eye care on a tertiary level and teaching in approximately 80 hospitals, is also a new ICO authorized training center.

For detailed information on the ICO Fellowships Program, go to:

Eyexcel: Expanding the Global Eye Care Workforce

The focus of the July 21–24, 2015, Eyexcel Course, “Expanding Global Eye Care Workforce through Excellence in Training,” was on the training needs of allied ophthalmic personnel.

Participants defined the skills their students require for eye health care responsibilities, and then the Eyexcel course concentrated on producing specific teaching and assessment methods, program evaluation, and sustainability.

Eyexcel is presented annually in July at the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO) facility in Madurai, India, and is co-sponsored by the LAICO, the ICO, and the Seva Foundation. For information on the 2016 Eyexcel Course, go to:

Africa Leadership and Organizational Development Program

On August 25–26, 2015, the African Ophthalmology Council (AOC), which represents Sub-Saharan Africa countries, presented a two-day, program on leadership and organizational development in ophthalmology. Attending were 22 young ophthalmologists nominated by national associations across Sub-Saharan Africa.

The goal of the Leadership Development Program, which is organized with the support of the ICO and American Academy of Ophthalmology, is to help develop potential leaders who will promote ophthalmology locally, nationally, and across the African continent.

Agenda topics included:

  • Vision Building and Strategic Planning;
  • Advocacy and Influencing Decision Makers;
  • Meta-Leadership and Coalition Building.

The AOC meeting was held just prior to the 3rd College of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (COECSA) Congress August 27–28, in Naivasha, Kenya. To read about the philosophy, principles, and practice of the Leadership Development Program, go to:

Francophone Africa (SAFO) Congress October 19–22

The Tenth Congress of the Société Africaine Francophone d’Ophtalmologie (SAFO) and the joint Congress of the Société Nigerienne d’Ophthalmologie (SNO) will be October 19 to 22, 2015, in Niamey, Niger, at the Palais des Congrès.

Potential formation of a Leadership Development Program for Francophone Africa will be considered at the Congress. For detailed information about the Congress, go to: Register at:

Submit Abstracts for the MEACO 2016 Congress

Registration for the XIII International Congress of the Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) in Bahrain is open and abstracts are now being accepted.

The abstract submission deadline is December 1, 2015, and abstracts should be submitted to:

Register for the MEACO Congress before January 3, 2016, to receive early bird registration rates. The ICO is partnering with MEACO on the May 4–8 Congress, which will be held at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Center.

Find out more at:

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