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

WOC2016 Scientific Program Is Online!

The Scientific Program for the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) in Guadalajara, Mexico, is now online.

More than 330 scientific sessions have been organized, and over 3,000 ophthalmologists, subspecialists, and medical professionals will be presenting at WOC2016, a dynamic educational event that covers more than 25 specialties and related topics. Sessions, topics, speakers, dates, times, and locations for the February 5–9 Congress can be found by going to:, with more information available at:

“Late-Breaking News” Abstracts Accepted December 2–16

Recognizing that rapidly advancing investigations may include results not available earlier, ”Late-Breaking News” abstracts will be accepted December 2–16, 2015. Late-breaking abstracts should highlight novel and substantive studies of high impact to further enrich the WOC. This is not a second deadline for regular abstract submissions, and revisions to previously rejected abstracts will not be considered. 

To submit a late-breaking abstract, complete the Late-Breaking News Abstract Form on the WOC2016 website in the "What's New" section:, and email the completed form to: Note that submissions received before December 2 or after December 16 will not be considered. Authors will be notified of acceptance by January 6, 2016.

ICO Conference for Ophthalmic Educators and Other ICO-sponsored Courses for Educators at 2015 AAO Annual Meeting

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

ICO Conference for Ophthalmic Educators

“Improve Teaching Effectiveness” by attending the Las Vegas Conference for Ophthalmic Educators (SYM02) on Saturday, November 14, from 2–5:30 p.m., at the Venetian Hotel, room Marco Polo 701, during the American Academy of Ophthalmology's (AAO) Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

The Las Vegas Conference is open to all AAO registrants at no additional cost and is intended for anyone interested in education or in improving their own teaching interventions. Participants can choose from a variety of workshops and group discussions based on their own specific interests. Download the ICO Conference for Educators agenda.

ICO-sponsored Courses for Educators at the AAO Annual Meeting

  • Presentation Skills: How to Improve the Effectiveness of Lectures (486)
    Monday, November 16, 2­–3:00 p.m.
    Sands Expo/Venetian, Marco Polo 805
  • How to Use Free Technology to Add Interactivity to Face-to-Face Lectures and Presentations (LAB146)
    Monday, November 16, 3­–4:30 p.m.
    Sands Expo/Venetian, Titian 2201

View the AAO Program and add the ICO Conference for Educators and other ICO-sponsored courses for educators to your AAO meeting schedule by going to:

ICO WORLD Meeting in Las Vegas: Focus on Innovation and Eye Care

2014 ICO WORLD Meeting 2014 ICO WORLD Meeting

“What Innovations Will Change the Future of Eye Care Globally?” is the theme of the ICO’s World Ophthalmology Roundtable on Leadership Development (WORLD), Saturday, November 14, at the AAO Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Presenters will inspire attendees to engage in lively and stimulating conversation about how eye health diagnosis and treatment options are changing because of advances in innovation, technology, and industry.

Speakers and topics include:

  • How Will Ophthalmology Change Globally in the Next 20 Years? David E.I. Pyott, President, ICOFoundation
  • What Technological Innovations Will Have the Greatest Impact on Eye Health Around the World?
    Emmett Cunningham, MD, PhD, MPH, Partner, Clarus Ventures LLC; Founder and Chairman, Ophthalmology Innovation Summit

WORLD has gained an increasingly enthusiastic following, and this year’s event is full.

Global Offerings at AAO Annual Meeting

In addition to the WORLD meeting, the AAO meeting will be presenting other valuable symposia for those interested in global ophthalmology:

Saturday, November 14

  • Novel Glaucoma Screening in an Outreach Eye Camp in the Developing World (V37)
    9 a.m.–1 p.m.
    Sands Expo/Venetian, Hall G
  • Quality Assurance in Global Blindness Prevention: What Is Realistic and Appropriate in Low-Resource Settings (SYM01)
    2–3 p.m.
    Sands Expo/Venetian, Bassano 2701

Monday, November 16

  • Global Forum: Pediatric Ophthalmology Challenges and Innovations in Resource Poor Countries (SYM21)
    8:30–11 a.m.Sands Expo/Venetian, Venetian Ballroom D
  • YOs Serving Globally: How to Start Now! (511)
    3:15–4:15 p.m.
    Sands Expo/Venetian, Galileo 907

Visit the ICO Booths in the AAO Exhibit Hall

When you are exploring the Academy’s exhibit hall in the Sands Expo/Venetian, please stop by the ICO booths #3045/3046 to:

  • Get information about ICO Examinations and ICO Fellowships;
  • Learn more about WOC2016, February 5–9, 2016, in Guadalajara, Mexico.
  • Visit with ICO staff to find out what the ICO offers to ophthalmologists and to ophthalmologic societies around the world.

See you in Las Vegas!

SDGs Set New Global Agenda for Eye Health and Vision Care

Serge Resnikoff, MD, PhD, ICO Director of Advocacy Serge Resnikoff, MD, PhD, ICO Director of Advocacy

At the September United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development defined 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and 169 targets to stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet.

Importantly, the SDGs reference disability numerous times, and disability is increasingly being framed as a human rights issue. This presents a tangible opportunity for the inclusion of people who are blind or vision impaired to be counted. The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and committed partners are working to identify key opportunities for linking the SDGs to the advocacy agenda for eye health.

To read, “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” go to:

See VISION 2020 Australia’s response at:

The IAPB offers more on the SDGs at:

WOC2016 Travel Grants for ICO Fellows

The ICO is giving 11 travel grants ranging from US$3,000 to 4,000 to ICO Fellowship alumni for travel to the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) in Guadalajara, Mexico. The recipients, who have already been identified, will receive their grants at WOC2016.

Participation in the WOC helps these young ophthalmologists provide the best quality care in the developing countries where they practice and could have untold resounding benefits. 

WOC2016 travel grants were made possible thanks to an initial gift to the ICOFoundation from the David Pyott Foundation and additional contributions from members of the ICO Board of Trustees and Advisory Committee.

The ICOFoundation supports ophthalmic education, advocates quality eye care, and advances scientific ophthalmology through support of International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) programs. We are most grateful to the generous supporters of the WOC2016 travel grants and to all those who support the work of the ICO by donating to the ICOFoundation.

To learn more about the ICOFoundation and how you can contribute, visit:

Halt the Diabetes Epidemic:
Participate in World Diabetes Day on Saturday, November 14

By 2035, almost 600 million people may be living with diabetes. Led by the International Diabetes Federation, World Diabetes Day (WDD) is a year-long campaign that unites the global diabetes community to produce a powerful voice for diabetes awareness and advocacy.

Find out what you can do in response to the escalating health threat that diabetes poses by going to:

Download ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care

The ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care serve a supportive and educational role for ophthalmologists worldwide, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of eye care for patients with diabetes.

The Guidelines represent a technical consensus and may be adapted as needed for local use. Download the ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care at:

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