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

ICO Advocates Global Ban on Consumer Fireworks

The ICO has called for a global ban on consumer fireworks. The ICO position paper, which was endorsed by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), encourages ophthalmologists and national ophthalmology societies to advocate for a ban on consumer fireworks by their governments as a strategy to prevent unnecessary blindness and visual impairment from firework-related injuries.

Eye injuries related to consumer use of fireworks is a global problem, and as many as half of those affected are children, with one third of eye injuries from fireworks resulting in permanent blindness. Download the ICO position paper here:

2018 World Ophthalmology Congress in Barcelona

His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain

Preparations are underway for the XXXVI World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the International Council of Ophthalmology, June 16–19, 2018, in Barcelona, Spain.

Held in a different region of the world every two years, each Congress brings a unique cultural experience––and WOC2018 will be no different. España is officially the Kingdom of Spain, and His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain will serve as honorary president, bringing the country’s majestic history to the fore.

WOC2018 will be hosted by the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology (Sociedad Española de Oftalmología–SEO). The European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) and the Spanish Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (SECOIR) will be WOC2018 co-hosts, in conjunction with the Catalan Society of Ophthalmology and Barraquer Institute. Rafael I. Barraquer, MD, PhD, is President of WOC2018.

Sign up for WOC2018 updates at:, and follow the WOC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

WOC2016 Scientific Sessions and Congress Highlights Online

If you missed a session or talk at WOC2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico, browse content and find more than 200 presentations online and available for free at WOC On Demand:

What are some of your favorite memories from WOC2016? Was it a particular session in the scientific program? The opening ceremony? The opportunity to meet colleagues from around the world? Watch the movie and be reminded:

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 ICO is a co-sponsor of the 10GA, and the course, Glaucoma Clinical Care, will provide an update on clinical care for glaucoma patients and feature the ICO Guidelines for Glaucoma Eye Care.

The 10GA is a global event discussing public health topics related to blindness and visual impairment. The 10GA scientific program will celebrate the theme of “Stronger Together”––by fostering collaboration and partnership as a key path to success.

See the 10GA preliminary program at: Register for the Assembly by going to:

World Sight Day is October 13

“Stronger Together” is also the theme for this year’s World Sight Day (WSD), which is on Thursday, October 13. WSD is the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) annual event to raise public awareness of blindness and vision impairment as major international public health issues.

Get ideas, promotional material, and an implementation pack to give voice to our collective commitment to universal eye health For detailed information on WSD, go to:

ICO and MEACO Working Together to Improve Eye Health

At the May 4–8, Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) Congress in Bahrain, the MEACO Board unanimously approved having ICO representation on the MEACO Board, further strengthening joint efforts in education and other programs to benefit ophthalmologists and improve community eye care.

The ICO and MEACO collaborated on a series of well-attended and varied sessions at the Congress focused on ophthalmic education, in addition to a reception for the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG). The ICO-OEG provides a platform for collaboration, networking, and professional development of ophthalmic educators in recognition that ophthalmic education is a critical component of ophthalmology. Learn more about the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group.

The ICO also organized the session "2016 ICO Guidelines for Glaucoma Eye Care," and distributed English and Arabic translations of the ICO’s Guidelines for Glaucoma Eye Care. In addition, the ICO held a strategic planning session and will report on discussions in the next few months.

MEACO Congress Pays Tribute to Achievements in Ophthalmology

In recognition of their significant contributions to global eye health, the following ophthalmologists received awards at the 2016 MEACO Congress in Bahrain:

  • Dr. Adrian Hopkins, USA
    Prince Abdulaziz Ahmad Al Saud Prevention of Blindness Award

    For substantially contributing to prevention of blindness in the developing world
  • Dr. Marilyn Miller, USA
    MEACO Lifetime Achievement Award

    For regional and international contributions and longstanding dedication to the improvement of ophthalmology and ophthalmic care
  • Dr. Ali Abdulla Al Rajhi, Saudi Arabia
    MEACO Distinction Award

    For the contributions of an ophthalmologist from the Middle East and Africa regions to international relations and collaboration between ophthalmologists and the advancement of ophthalmology in his or her country or region
  • Dr. Farhad Hafezi, Switzerland
    El-Maghraby International Award

    For contributions towards advancing and improving ophthalmology
  • Dr. Caleb Damilep Mpyet, Nigeria
    ICO Mark Tso Golden Apple Award

    For outstanding work in regional training and for innovation and leadership in ophthalmic education within each of the four supranational regions

Plan Now and Attend the Chicago Conference for Ophthalmic Educators

Attend the Conference for Ophthalmic Educators "Improving Teaching Effectiveness" on October 15, 2016, from 2 p.m.–5:30 p.m., during the American Academy of Ophthalmology's (AAO) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

The Conference offers expert instruction, interactive workshops, and group discussion for ophthalmic educators and provides an opportunity for educators to connect with colleagues from around the world.

The Conference for Ophthalmic Educators is co-sponsored by the ICO, the AAO, and the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology. See specific topics at:

Deadline for ICO Fellowship Applications is September 30

Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Elebiary <br> 2014 ICO Fellow Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Elebiary
2014 ICO Fellow

The ICO and committed partners offer three-month and one-year fellowship opportunities for ophthalmologists from developing countries. Fellows are expected to bring the acquired knowledge and skills back to their home countries and take part in programs to preserve vision and prevent blindness. The next deadline to apply for all ICO Fellowships is September 30.

ICO Three-Month Fellowships

  • Approximately 60 ICO Three-Month Fellowships are awarded each year and provide US$6000 (maximum) for three months of travel and living expenses, with the exact amount subject to actual student-style living expenses in the host country.

ICO One-Year Fellowships

  • Two ICO-Retina Research Foundation Helmerich One-Year Fellowships are presented each year to commence within 15 months after notification. The award of US$25,000 provides support for one year of training in any ophthalmology subspecialty. The fellowship honors Mr. W. H. Helmerich III and is sponsored by the Retina Research Foundation in cooperation with the ICOFoundation. 
  • One ICO-Fred Hollows Foundation One-Year Subspeciality Fellowship at US$24,000, which is supported by The Fred Hollows Foundation.

For detailed information about the ICO Fellowships program and to apply, go to:

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