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

Update on ICO Activities in 2015

The ICO has been working vigilantly to advance our mission to enhance eye health worldwide, and we invite you to review the 2015 ICO Program Update, which outlines this year’s accomplishments.

Reflecting on the ICO’s growing programs and initiatives, ICO President Hugh Taylor, AC, MD, notes, “I am continually amazed by the productivity of the ICO, and I am incredibly thankful for the outstanding individuals who volunteer their time and play such an essential role in our efforts to improve eye care and preserve and restore vision.”

As we near the end of this year and look ahead, the ICO family joins Hugh in wishing our colleagues throughout the world a peaceful and prosperous 2016.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend WOC2016

Ophthalmologists from more than 105 countries are attending WOC2016 Ophthalmologists from more than 105 countries are attending WOC2016

1. From networking opportunities to practical takeaways, scientific sessions at the February 5–9, 2016, World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2016) in Guadalajara, Mexico, have been chosen to cover all subspecialties, offering cutting edge information you can use in your practice. Review the full list of sessions at: Also see highlighted sessions selected by the Scientific Program Committee Chair, Clement Tham, BM, BCh, FCSHK, FCOphthHK.

2. WOC2016 is a global event with ophthalmologists from more than 105 countries and presenters from over 80 countries attending. In excess of 50 scientific sessions at the Congress will be presented in Spanish, and you review the full list.

3. WOC2016 is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) and is designated for a maximum of 24 European CME credits (ECMECs). 

4. Travel + Leisure magazine just voted Guadalajara #2 on their list of Best Places to Travel in 2016. Experience this exciting city and attend the wide variety of social events planned throughout WOC2016. Find out more at:

5. Over 105 companies and ophthalmic organizations are taking part in the WOC Exhibition. Do not miss this opportunity to see first-hand and hear about the latest cutting-edge products and services available for ophthalmologists.

WOC2016 Important Upcoming Deadlines!

Skip the Line, and Register Online
WOC2016 online registration––and the reduced online registration rate––ends January 10, 2016. After January 10, registration will be on-site only.  

Save time, money, and effort by registering now for the February 5–9, 2016, World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2016) in Guadalajara, Mexico. For information about WOC2016, including travel to Mexico, go to:

Late Breaking News Abstracts
Have a Late Breaking News Abstract? Your deadline for submission is Wednesday, December 16, 2015. Find information and the Late Breaking News Abstract submission form at:

New Resource for Improving Diabetes Eye Health

Diabetes Eye Health: A Guide For Health Professionals is a valuable resource for the broad suite of health professionals who work with people with diabetes. The Guide was introduced this month at the World Diabetes Congress in Vancouver, and it is available for free download, along with other resources, at:

The Guide serves to reduce the amount of blindness and vision loss from diabetes by facilitating good diabetes management, early diagnosis, and treatment of diabetic eye disease, as well encouraging integration and cooperation across the health system.

Developed by the International Diabetes Federation and The Fred Hollows Foundation in collaboration with the ICO, the Guide builds upon the ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care that focused the ophthalmologic perspective. The ICO guidelines stress the need for a team approach to the provision of care, and this new Guide highlights what is needed from diabetologists, primary care practitioners, and others involved in the care of people with diabetes.

ICO International Guidelines for Accreditation of Ophthalmology Residency Training Programs

Karl Golnik, MD, MEd <br> ICO Director for Education Karl Golnik, MD, MEd
ICO Director for Education

The ICO Accreditation and Certification Committee has developed guidelines for ophthalmology residency training programs designed for use in accrediting residencies. These guidelines can be used as written or adapted for local needs by residency program directors and departments as benchmarks to strive for, or by accreditation bodies to guide their accreditation process.

The ICO strongly believes that accreditation of eye care training programs at all levels for the eye care team is essential to ensure the quality of training and ultimately delivery of the best eye care.

Download the ICO International Guidelines for Accreditation of Ophthalmology Residency Training Programs here:

New ICO Three-Month Fellowship Opportunity: Diagnosis and Therapy of Retinoblastoma

Veit-Peter Gabel, MD <br> ICO Director for Fellowships Veit-Peter Gabel, MD
ICO Director for Fellowships

Promising young ophthalmologists from India and developing countries are invited to apply for a new ICO Three-Month Fellowship opportunity in the Diagnosis and Therapy of Retinoblastoma at the LV Prasad Eye institute in Hyderabad, India. Candidates who have previously served an ICO Three-Month Fellowship may also apply.

The next application deadline is March 31, 2016. Learn more about the ICO Fellowships Program at:

ICO Fellows in the Diagnosis and Therapy of Retinoblastoma will be exposed to:

  • Examination under Anesthesia
  • Surgical Exposure
  • Pathology Exposure
  • Medical Oncology
  • Ocularistry
  • Vision Rehabilitation/Centre for Sight Enhancement
  • Project Related to Retinoblastoma
  • Didactic Lectures on Retinoblastoma.

Focus on Innovation and Technology at WORLD Meeting in Las Vegas

Mr. David Pyott (left) and Dr. Hugh Taylor (right) at WORLD Mr. David Pyott (left) and Dr. Hugh Taylor (right) at WORLD

What innovations will change the future of ophthalmology? That question was the focus of a lively and stimulating discussion at the ICO World Ophthalmology Roundtable on Leadership Development (WORLD), at the 2015 American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

ICO President, Hugh Taylor, AC, MD, led a dynamic interchange that involved over 80 leaders of ICO Member societies and others who offered perspectives on how ophthalmology has changed, current technologies, and possible innovations that are likely to become available. 

Providing inspiration for the questions and discussion were presentations by David Pyott, President of the ICOFoundation and former CEO of Allergan; and Emmett Cunningham, Jr., MD, PhD, MPH, Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and Founder of the Ophthalmology Innovation Summit. You can read Dr. Cunningham’s presentation here:

ICOFoundation Supporting ICO Programs and Initiatives

David Pyott <br> ICOFoundation President David Pyott
ICOFoundation President

At the annual ICOFoundation Board Meeting held November 15 in Las Vegas, Nevada, discussion centered on the ICO’s thriving Teaching the Teachers initiative. The ICOFoundation has raised close to $1.3 million in donations and pledges towards for ICO Teaching the Teachers, 2015–2017 (Phase Two).

ICO educators reported to the ICOFoundation Board on progress on evaluation of Teaching the Teachers programs, which demonstrates that ophthalmic educators are incorporating ICO tools and methods into their teaching programs.                                                                      

The Board also discussed the progress of the Magrabi-ICO Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI), which is preparing for a spring 2016 launch. The ICOFoundation annual giving campaign focuses on raising funds to assist in the purchase of essential supplies, enable the commencement of operating room surgery, and to facilitate effective community outreach. 

Learn more about MICEI at: www.icoph.org8/refocusing_education/regional_training_centers.html. For more on the ICOFoundation, go to:

Welcome New ICO Member Societies

Frank Martin, AM, FRANZCO <br> ICO Director for Society and Leadership Development Frank Martin, AM, FRANZCO
ICO Director for Society and Leadership Development

The ICO is composed of over 140 national and subspecialty member societies from throughout the world who are working together to eradicate avoidable blindness. Our community is growing ever larger and more impactful with the addition of eight new ICO Member societies in 2015:

  • American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologists and Pathologists
  • American Society of Retina Specialists
  • Asia Pediatric Ophthalmology Association
  • Bolivian Society of Ophthalmology
  • Burundi Ophthalmological Society
  • Cambodian Ophthalmological Society
  • Ophthalmological Society of Jamaica
  • Uruguay Association of Ophthalmologists.

One of the many advantages of ICO Membership is a reduced registration rate for Member society ophthalmologists to attend the ICO’s premiere educational event: the World Ophthalmology Congress®. Learn about all the benefits of ICO Membership at:

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