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

Registration Now Open for WOC2018 in Barcelona!

Take advantage of early-bird registration rates––the lowest registration rates available––and register now for the June 16–19, 2018, World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2018) in Barcelona, Spain.

Ophthalmologists who are a member of an ICO Member Society receive a lower registration rate. For information and to register, go to: Learn more about WOC2018 at:  

WOC2018 is 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 partnership with the Catalan Society of Ophthalmology and Barraquer Institute. Rafael I. Barraquer, MD, PhD, is President of WOC2018.

ICO Updating Data on the Number of Ophthalmologists Worldwide

The number of ophthalmologists in practice and training in each country is a core indicator for monitoring human resources for eye care. Additionally, this indicator was endorsed by World Health Organization (WHO) Member States as one of the key national indicators for monitoring progress in implementing Universal Eye Health: a global action plan 2014–2019. It is critical that we update this data on a regular basis to support eye health advocacy.

The ICO recently emailed a letter to national society presidents requesting that they update their data on the number of practicing ophthalmologists and trainees in their country.

The ICO most recent data on the number of ophthalmologists was collected in 2010, and the article “The number of ophthalmologists in practice and training worldwide: a growing gap despite more than 200,000 practitioners” was published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology in 2012.

If you have further questions, or do not believe your national society received the email request, please contact Lindsey Washburn at The participation of each country is critical to the data collection process, and we thank you in advance for your help.

New ICO Subspecialty Curriculum in Ophthalmic and Facial Plastic Surgery

The ICO Subspecialty Curriculum for Training in Ophthalmic and Facial Plastic Surgery has been finalized and is available for download at:

The Oculoplastics Subspecialty Curriculum Committee strived to present an international consensus on what ophthalmologic subspecialists in training should be taught, with the intention that the curriculum be adapted and modified to meet local and regional needs. The ICO thanks these contributors for their tremendous efforts, and we are grateful for the commitment and involvement of ICO Subspecialty Member Societies in the ongoing development of subspecialty curricula.

Your comments on this and other ICO curricula are encouraged and can be made at; Your feedback will be considered during future revisions.

ICO Strategic Plan for 2016–2020 in Final Stages

The ICO has defined an ambitious mission: to work with ophthalmologic societies and others to improve access to high quality eye care, in order to preserve, restore, and enhance vision for the people of the world.

How can we better achieve this mission? At WOC2016 in Mexico in February, we asked ICO Member Society leaders at the General Assembly, as well as members of the ICO Board and Advisory Committee and other committees for their ideas. That provided a basis for drafting a new strategic plan for the ICO, and we have again asked Member societies and committee members for their input on the ICO’s direction for the next five years.

The draft plan suggests a focus on three main groups: individual ophthalmologists, ophthalmologic societies and leaders, and decision makers. We look forward to sharing the 2016–2020 ICO Strategic Plan when it has been finalized later this year.

See You in Singapore: APAO Congress in March

Themed “Discovery, Innovation, and Practices,” the 32nd Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress, March 1–5, 2017, in Singapore, will focus on new treatments for major eye diseases, novel imaging and surgical techniques, and results of pivotal clinical trials to provide evidence-based practices for Asian eye diseases.

Register now for this opportunity to share and gain expertise and experience with clinicians, eye surgeons, and researchers from the Asia-Pacific region and globally, by going to:

The ICO is a co-organizer of the APAO Congress, which will be held at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre. For information on the scientific program, go to:

Tropical Data: Helping Programs Collect and Achieve More with Their Data

To help reduce the suffering of those with neglected tropical diseases, the World Health Organization (WHO)-led initiative “Tropical Data” supports programs through the full survey process––from planning and protocol development to application of the survey outputs.

Tropical Data helps to ensure that surveys are conducted using WHO-approved methodologies, that outputs are of the highest quality, and that ministries of health have full ownership of their data.

“The WHO has launched a new website for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), including trachoma and onchocerciasis, which offers a suite of resources,” explains Dr. Hugh Taylor, ICO President and internationally recognized leader in trachoma.

“Tropical Data is based on the success of the Global Trachoma Mapping Project and the many clever Internet-based tools that were developed. It aids in mapping and tracking progress and success in the elimination of the various NTDs and will be extremely valuable for those working on these problems.”

For more information, go to:

WHO Priority Assistive Products List

The World Health Organization (WHO) Priority Assistive Products List (APL) includes essential items needed for seniors and people with disabilities to live healthy, productive, and dignified lives (eg, hearing aids, wheelchairs, spectacles, artificial limbs).

The APL provides each country with a model from which to develop a national priority assistive products list, as well as to provide guidance for procurement and reimbursement policies, including insurance coverage. The APL follows in the footsteps of the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines.

The resource was launched at the May 2016 WHO Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, at an event hosted by the governments of China, Ecuador, Germany, Ireland, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, United States of America, and Zimbabwe.

Download the APL in Arabic, Chinese, English, and Russian at:

In Remembrance: Dr. Joaquín Barraquer

Dr. Joaquín Barraquer<br>January 26, 1927–August 26, 2016 Dr. Joaquín Barraquer
January 26, 1927–August 26, 2016

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Dr. Joaquín Barraquer, past president of the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology and an expert in cataract surgery and glaucoma. Dr. Barraquer was a pioneer of intraocular and refractive surgery and revolutionized ophthalmic surgical techniques. 

"Doctor honoris causa" and Honorary Professor of 11 Spanish and foreign universities, Dr. Barraquer has been awarded notable scientific distinctions and prizes both in Spain and abroad. He instituted the Barraquer Foundation and Eye Bank for Treatment of Blindness.

“Joaquín was a third-generation ophthalmologist in a family dedicated to eye health,” says ICO President Hugh Taylor. “On behalf of the ICO, I extend my condolences to his wife, Mariana Compte Andrade, and to their children, Drs. Elena and Raphael Barraquer, who are carrying on their family’s legacy in ophthalmology and are organizing the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress in Barcelona, Spain.” 

To read tributes to Dr. Joaquín Barraquer, and to add your own, go to:

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