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Special Issue: WOC2016 Highlights
Ico Insight : News, Resources, and Events fort he World’s Ophthalmologists

WOC2016 Latest News and Numbers

Individuals from more than 100 countries have registered for the World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) February 5–9 in Guadalajara, Mexico!

Demonstrating broad participation in the educational program, 70 ophthalmologic societies are contributing. Other numbers to report include:

  • 3,220 international experts presenting the latest information;
  • 924 e-posters;
  • 379 free papers;
  • 235 invited symposia;
  • 168 section coordinators;
  • 59 submitted videos, and
  • 60 courses.

See the full educational program at:, with more information available at: To view the Programa en Español, visit:

WOC2016 Registration, Lodging, and Online Community

Join us February 5–9 in Guadalajara, Mexico, for WOC2016. Register today before online registration closes on January 10. Reserve your spot at:

Reserve your room now, as hotels are selling out fast. Secure your hotel reservations by going to:

Getting to Guadalajara is easy. The International Airport Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla welcomes 450 daily flights, providing convenient, direct, and connecting flights throughout the world.

Learn more about the Congress at:

Participate in the worldwide WOC community and stay on top of the latest news by liking WOC2016 on Facebook (@attendWOC), subscribing to our YouTube channel (, and following us on Twitter (@attendWOC) and Instagram (@ICOandWOC).  Be sure to share your photos and tag us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram when you attend WOC2016!

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

As rapidly advancing investigations may include results not available previously, “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 review the guidelines and submit a late-breaking abstract, visit, 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.

WOC2016: Special Session Highlights

WOC2016 will feature scientific sessions covering critical issues and interests for all ophthalmologists. Examples include:

  • ICO Fellowships and Exams Joint Symposium (IS-MO-466)
    Through discussion and online demonstration, learn about the ICO Standard and Advanced Examinations, and Foundation Formative Assessment. In addition, gain understanding of the ICO Fellowships Program, including how to apply.
  • ICO WOEC Sessions
    The ICO World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) series of symposia and workshops spotlight a variety of educational techniques. The sessions are designed for a diverse audience, from trained educators to practicing ophthalmologists interested in education. View a summary of the sessions on the ICO website or go to the scientific program’s search page and select “World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium” from the drop-down menu under Category.
  • ICO World Ophthalmology Quiz (IS-SU-2956)
    A favorite event at the Congress, the ICO World Ophthalmology Quiz pits teams of residents and fellows against one another, each competing to prove themselves eye smart in a series of increasingly challenging rounds. Which team will receive the crown at WOC2016? View more information on the ICO website or in the scientific program at ICO Quiz and ICO Quiz Elimination Round.
  • Special Symposium on Leadership (IS-MO-2924)
    Discover how global leadership development enhances professionalism in ophthalmology, with the added side benefit of being a tremendous amount of fun.
  • Young Ophthalmologist Symposium (IS-SU-534)
    International mentors and young ophthalmologists will present topics focusing on career development. From pursuing a faculty position in academic ophthalmology to private practice, you will have access to international leaders in the field.

Social Events You Do Not Want to Miss at WOC2016

The true magic of the World Ophthalmology Congress is the mixing of cultures, people, and ideas, and the WOC2016 Social Program will celebrate this opportunity with memorable events.

  • Opening Ceremony: Friday, February 5 at 18:30, Expo Guadalajara
    The WOC officially begins with the Opening. The program will include welcome remarks from the ICO, the Mexican Society of Ophthalmology, and the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology, as well as the awarding of ICO medals. The Opening Ceremony is open to all registrants.
  • Welcome Reception: Friday, February 5 at 20:00, Expo Guadajalara
    Say hello to both new and old colleagues at the Welcome Reception, which immediately follows the Opening Ceremony and is open to all registrants.
  • Mariachi Gala: Saturday, February 6 at 19:30, Teatre Degollado
    Guadalajara is the homeland of Mariachis, and mariachi music is not only intended to be played and sung, but also to be paired with dances. Enjoy the performance in the neoclassical treasure of the Teatro Degollado, one of the best-preserved theatres in Latin America. This is a ticketed event at $50 per person.
  • Mexican Fiesta: Sunday, February 7 at 19:00, Instituto Cultural Cabañas
    Step into Mexico’s cultural history, and enjoy authentic food and performances in a fun, festive atmosphere. The Cabanas is a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring the frescoes of José Clemente Orozco, who specialized in bold murals that established the Mexican Mural Renaissance. This is a ticketed event at $50 per person.

If you are already registered, please visit the WOC2016 Social Events web page at to purchase your tickets to attend the Mariachi Gala and/or Mexican Fiesta. Note the times for the ticketed events are subject to change.

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