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March 2016
Ico Insight : News, Resources, and Events fort he World’s Ophthalmologists

1. Join the ICO in Bahrain for the MEACO International Congress May 4–8, 2016

Participate in the largest ophthalmic meeting in the Middle East and Africa regions. The Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) is convening its XIII International Congress May 4–8, 2016, at the Bahrain International Convention Center in Manama, Bahrain.

MEACO is offering special all-inclusive packages for attendees of the Congress. The package is US$750 (not including airfare) and consists of:

  • Visa Processing
  • Registration
  • Five nights hotel accommodation at a 4-star hotel
  • Free breakfast and Wi-Fi
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off.

Find out more at:

Download and view the MEACO scientific program: For detailed information about the Congress, see:

The MEACO 2016 Congress is conducted in collaboration with the ICO, the Bahrain Ophthalmological Association, and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. It is supported by the Ministry of Health Bahrain.

2. Ophthalmic Education Sessions at MEACO Congress

MEACO and the ICO are collaborating on numerous sessions dedicated to ophthalmic education at the MEACO Congress in Bahrain. The ICO will offer workshops on:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Performance Assessment Methods (Residents, Faculty, Program)
  • How to Write Multiple Choice Questions, and
  • Large Group Instruction.

The sessions will conclude with the symposium, “Improving Educational Effectiveness.” Learn more about the ICO education sessions at MEACO.

3. ICO Educators Reception at MEACO

The ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG) and MEACO will be hosting a special reception for ophthalmic educators at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Manama, Bahrain, at 7:30 p.m. on May 3––the evening prior to the start of the MEACO Congress.

Open to colleagues interested in ophthalmic education, the reception will provide information about the ICO-OEG and preview the educational sessions at the MEACO Congress. For information and to RSVP, go to:

The ICO-OEG was formed to support educators and teachers of ophthalmology in recognition that ophthalmic education is a distinct subspecialty of ophthalmology. The ICO-OEG will provide a platform for collaboration, networking, and professional development for everyone interested in ophthalmic education. Information about the ICO-OEG is available at:

4. Uncorrected Refractive Error: Lessons Learned

Refractive errors––if diagnosed and treated––can result in good visual function. Yet, according to the World Health Organization, an estimated 153 million persons worldwide have visual loss from uncorrected refractive error.

The ICO Task Force on Uncorrected Refractive Errors and School Eye Health was formed in 2007 to strengthen the involvement of ophthalmology and to provide better access to high quality, low-cost eye care, especially in regions with limited services.

The lessons learned from the Task Force's eight years of work are presented in an informative Learning Document. The resource was launched at the last meeting of the Task Force, which was held during the February 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The ICO is grateful to Light for the World for their support of the Task Force on Uncorrected Refractive Errors and School Eye Health.

5. Eyexcel 2016: Focus on Allied Ophthalmic Personnel

The August 2–5, 2016, Eyexcel Course, “Expanding Global Eye Care Workforce through Excellence in Training,” will concentrate on the training needs of allied ophthalmic personnel. The deadline for registration is June 30, 2016.

Participants will define the skills their students require for eye health care responsibilities. The Eyexcel course will focus on producing specific teaching and assessment methods, program evaluation, and sustainability.

Eyexcel is presented at the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO) facility in Madurai, India, and is co-sponsored by LAICO, the Seva Foundation, and the ICO. See course details at:

6. IAPB 10th General Assembly

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) 10th General Assembly (10GA) is October 27–30, 2016, at the Durban International Convention Centre, in Durban, South Africa.

The assembly focuses on public health issues related to blindness and visual impairment and caters to eye health professionals ranging from ophthalmologists to leaders of ophthalmic pharmaceutical and device companies. An expected 1,600 delegates will have access to an exceptional learning and information exchange. The ICO is a co-sponsor of the 10GA. See the 10GA Preliminary Program.

To learn more about the 10GA and register, go to: Register now and take advantage of early bird prices, which end after May 13.

7. Diabetic Retinopathy Disease Primer and Poster from Nature Reviews

Tien Wong, MD, PhD <br> Chair of the ICO Diabetic Eye Care Committee Tien Wong, MD, PhD
Chair of the ICO Diabetic Eye Care Committee

Nature Reviews Disease Primers cover classic diseases, consequences of aging, behavioral conditions, and developmental disorders.

Tien Wong, MD, PhD, Chair of the ICO Diabetic Eye Care Committee, is co-author of a new Nature Reviews Disease Primer, “Diabetic Retinopathy.” The primer describes the epidemiology of diabetic retinopathy, its underlying pathophysiological mechanisms, its classification and diagnosis, and treatment options. The Primer can be accessed by subscribers at: EMX_NRDP_1603_CONTENTDR_PORTFOLIO.

As an additional resource, a related PrimeView poster presents a concise summary of the material in the primer and is a helpful tool for students and others to use in the clinic and lab. Access to the PrimeView is free for one week and can be downloaded here: EMX_NRDP_1603_CONTENTDR_PORTFOLIO.

8. Thank You for Your Support of the Magrabi-ICO Cameroon Eye Institute

The ICOFoundation thanks the generous individuals who have made donations to support the non-profit Magrabi-ICO Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI) in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Beginning this year, MICEI will provide needed services and training. It will be a center for comprehensive and ophthalmology subspecialty patient care, and for the training of ophthalmologists, ophthalmology subspecialists, and related eye care professionals.

Contributions are still needed to assist in the purchase of essential supplies, the commencement of operating room surgery, and the facilitation of community outreach.

The Africa Eye Foundation (AEF) was formed in 2012 to manage the establishment of MICEI. In an important final step before launching the Institute, Immediate Past President of the ICO and Treasurer-Secretary of the ICOFoundation, Bruce Spivey, MD, traveled to Cameroon late last year to sign the Establishment Agreement between the Government of Cameroon and the AEF.

Learn more about the project at:

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