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May 2, 2017 In Remembrance: Kathleen Miller, ICO Executive Director

The ICO family mourns the loss of Executive Director Kathy Miller, who passed away on April 20th following a battle with cancer that lasted more than two decades. She died peacefully in her home in San Francisco, surrounded by loved ones.

“Despite the battle she was fighting, Kathy maintained her positive spirit and sense of humor and was a superb leader and role model for the staff,” said ICO Chief Executive Officer Bill Felch.

Kathy began working with the ICO in 2010 as a consultant focusing on education and was named ICO Executive Director in 2012. Among many accomplishments, Kathy played a key role in development of the ICO Teaching the Teachers initiative to improve ophthalmic education and meet the growing need for eye care worldwide.

“I am very, very sorry to hear this sad news,” said ICO President Prof. Hugh Taylor. "It is a great loss of a wonderful woman and friend.”

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Kathy’s name be made to the American Cancer Society.

Learn more about Kathy’s life.

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May 2, 2017 First Nonprofit Subspecialty Eye Hospital and Training Institute Opens in Francophone Africa

Dedicated to delivering comprehensive, high-quality, and affordable eye care and to training ophthalmologists and allied ophthalmic personnel, the Magrabi-ICO Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI) in Yaoundé was officially inaugurated on March 29, 2017.

MICEI is the first not-for-profit subspecialty and training eye hospital in the Central Africa Region and offers services––independent of a patient’s ability to pay––for cataract, glaucoma, retina and vitreous surgery, pediatric ophthalmology, cornea, refractive surgery, orbit and oculoplastic surgery, and neuro-ophthalmology.

In conjunction with the University of Yaoundé, MICEI will offer hands-on training to educate the eye care experts of tomorrow for Cameroon and the region. The Institute is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and is operated in accordance with the strictest international standards.

Prime Minister Philemon Yang presided over the inauguration on behalf of the President of Cameroon and recognized the critical contributions of the primary donor, chairman of the Africa Eye Foundation, and leader of the project Dr. Akef el-Maghraby; MICEI Chief Executive Officer Prof. Daniel Etya’ale; and MICEI Medical Director Dr. Henry Nkumbe.

Also participating were government ministers, and representatives from key partners, such as the ICO, CBM, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Latham & Watkins, Lions Club, Orbis, Seeing is Believing, Sightsavers, Thea Foundation, and the University of Yaoundé 1, as well as ophthalmic industry.

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May 2, 2017 Working Together to End Trachoma by 2020

Can we eliminate trachoma by 2020? Cautious optimism was in the air at the April 2017 Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) summit in Geneva, Switzerland. Hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO), attendees included Bill Gates, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, and other leaders in the field, including ICO Board members.

“If we are able to operate on all the patients with trichiasis and prevent them from developing new corneal scarring and blindness, we would end all new cases of blindness from trachoma by 2020,” said ICO President Prof. Hugh Taylor, a featured speaker at the summit.

With this once in a lifetime opportunity to end a major blinding eye disease, the ICO has asked each national ophthalmic society in a country where trachoma is still present to eliminate trichiasis in the next three years by looking at the trichiasis surgery programs in their country and doing whatever they can to mobilize ophthalmologists and harness the necessary resources.

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May 2, 2017 ICO’s Declaration on Trachoma and Trichiasis Surgery

Trachoma affects approximately 150 million people worldwide, and the ICO is dedicated to its eradication. The ICO outlined this commitment in our 2009 Bahrain Declaration on Trachoma and Trichiasis Surgery. The declaration builds on the ICO’s long history of leadership in the prevention of trachomatous blindness: 

  • The organization that became the ICO grew out of actions in 1857 to address the problem of trachoma in Europe. 
  • In 1928, the ICO led international efforts to focus on trachoma around the world. 
  • The ICO is a founding member of the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness. 
  • The ICO is a partner in VISION 2020: The Right to Sight. 
  • ICO President Prof. Hugh Taylor literally wrote the book on trachoma.

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May 2, 2017 WOC2018: By the Numbers

A little more than a year away, the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2018), June 16–19 in Barcelona, Spain, will offer a compelling scientific program bringing together top specialists from around the world to share their expertise and experience.

Here are some relevant numbers: 

  • 86 ICO Member Societies (46 subspecialty, 36 national and 4 supranational) will participate in the scientific program with 71 sessions. 
  • WOC2018 co-host, the Spanish Society of Implant-Refractive Ocular Surgery, will have 32 sessions over the 4-day Congress. 
  • 132 invited program subspecialty coordinators have organized 110 sessions. 
  • The submitted program will consist of 60 instruction courses, 48 free paper sessions, and another potential 48 poster pod sessions (interactive poster presentations) covering 20 subspecialties and interests. 
  • The WOC Barcelona Film Festival will offer approximately 60 videos. 
  • 28 topics in 7 subspecialties will be discussed over 2 days at the WOC Breakfast Club.

Register now for WOC2018 and reserve your hotel in beautiful Barcelona.

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May 2, 2017 ICO Member World Glaucoma Association Sponsors ICO Fellowships

The World Glaucoma Association (WGA) has sponsored four ICO Three-Month Fellowships for young ophthalmologists from Sub-Saharan Africa.

The ICO-WGA Fellowships have been awarded to ophthalmologists from Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroon, and Togo. Each fellow is receiving US$6,000 to cover expenses and free registration for the June 28–July 1, 2017 World Glaucoma Congress in Helsinki, Finland. The Fellows will spend their summer training in Finland, with hosts Drs. Tero Kivelä, Helsinki University Central Hospital; Anja Tuulonen, Tampere University Hospital; and Eija Vesti, University of Turku.

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May 2, 2017 Updated: ICO Guide to Effective CPD/CME

The ICO Guide to Effective CPD/CME is a practical resource covering concepts and questions regarding continuing professional development (CPD) and continuing medical education (CME), reinforcing that medical education goes far beyond certification.

The book, updated in March 2017, is presented in a problem-based format and enables the user to navigate easily to sections they find most relevant. The guide covers CPD/CME concepts, the individual’s role in CPD, the educator’s role in CPD, organizational development of CPD, and the regulator’s role in CPD.

Dr. Helena Filipe, Chair of the ICO Continuing Professional Development Committee, presented the ICO Guide to Effective CPD/CME at the November 2016 European CME Forum in Amsterdam.

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May 2, 2017 The Effectiveness of Cataract Surgery in 20 Countries

A study analyzing datasets from 20 countries during the period 2005 and 2013 found that only 53.7% of people needing cataract surgery have actually received surgery, and among those, approximately one-third were still not able to see well after their procedure.

Reported in the March 1 issue of PLOS ONE, “Effective Cataract Surgical Coverage: An Indictor for Measuring Quality-of-Care in the Context of Universal Health Coverage,” by Dr. Jacqueline Ramke and co-authors promotes the use of a new indicator, “effective cataract surgical coverage” (eCSC), which combines data for those who received surgery, known as cataract surgical coverage (CSC), with data on visual acuity outcomes, classified using World Health Organization standards.

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is at the heart of the United Nation’s goal for health in the Sustainable Development Goals. Both CSC and eCSC are indicators that can meet the rigorous standards expected for UHC monitoring.

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May 2, 2017 ICO Member ICO Member Spotlight: ARVO

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) offers valuable training and advocacy resources.

ARVO’s new Research Essentials are a series of online self-paced modules that offer essential training and career development for clinicians, scientists, and students at all career levels. Users gain foundational knowledge, develop next-step skills, and receive a certificate of completion for each module. Learn more about ARVO’s online education.

You also can access ARVO’s free, public-friendly video series Revealing the back of the eye with OCT, which describes how optical coherence tomography (OCT) is impacting patients, policymakers, and the public. Clinicians are encouraged to share the videos with their patients. Learn more about the video series, an Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science OCT special issue, and how to download the real-world impact of OCT advocacy toolkit.

The ARVO Annual Meeting, the largest gathering of vision researchers and clinician-scientists from around the world, will be May 7-11 this year in Baltimore. Be sure to visit ICO Booth #4905 while at the Baltimore Convention Center Exhibit Hall.

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May 1, 2017 Diabetic Retinopathy Awareness Mission - Lambini Eye Institute

Diabetic Reinopathy awareness and Screening camp was conducted at Tansen and Rampur of Palpa District of Lumbini Zone, Nepal on April 28-29, 2017 by the Lumbini Eye Institute. It's a part of the mission "No more blindness from Diabetic Retinopathy." It was started with a powerpoint presentation on awareness about Diabetic Retinopathy and 120 Diabetic patients were screened for Retininopathy.Those patients who need further investigations and treatment were referred to our base Hospital.

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May 1, 2017 Dr. Lansingh recieves the 2017 Benjamin F. Boyd Humanitarian Award from PAAO

Dr. Van Charles Lansingh, Chief Medical Officer for Latin America at HelpMeSee, has been selected by the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) to receive the Benjamin F. Boyd Humanitarian Award for 2017


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February 8, 2017 Professor Peter Watson, FRCOphth, founder of ICO Exams, Passes Away at 86.

Professor Peter Watson, the founder of the ICO Exams and winner of the International Duke Elder Medal in 2002 and the Jules François Golden Medal in 2014, passed away last week following a long battle with cancer.

Prof. Watson was Director of Exams for the ICO from 1995 to 2008 and served on the ICO Council and Board for 15 years. He also served as the President of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis from 2006 to 2010.

Attached is a tribute page to Prof. Watson, which includes an overview of Prof. Watson’s life and contributions to ophthalmology by his friend, Keith Martin.

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January 31, 2017 Thank You to Volunteers and Staff from ICO President Hugh Taylor

On behalf of the ICO, I extend my gratitude and heartfelt thanks to our esteemed volunteers––the critical core of the ICO’s workforce. Bringing unique insight and skills, these essential members of the ICO’s Board of Trustees, Advisory Committee, committees, and task forces are dedicated to improving ophthalmic education, enhancing eye care, and advancing leadership.

I also thank our ICO staff for their tireless work to advance ICO programs and initiatives. Together, we are building a global alliance for sight and making a true difference in the lives of so many.

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January 31, 2017 Invitation to Review New ICO Curriculum for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

A new ICO Subspecialty Curriculum for Training in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus is available for online review until February 10, 2017. The ICO and the curriculum’s co-chairs, Drs. Dorothy Fan and Christopher Yu, welcome your feedback regarding the curriculum’s accuracy of content, ease of adaptability, and regional relevance.

The subspecialty curricula endeavor to present an international consensus on what ophthalmologic subspecialists in training should be taught, with the intention that the curricula will be adapted and modified to meet local and regional needs. Review and comment on the draft Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Subspecialty Curriculum now.

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January 31, 2017 Resources at ICO Center for Ophthalmic Educators

Enhance your educational programs, discover valuable resources, share ideas, and collaborate with your peers at the ICO Center for Ophthalmic Educators.

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January 31, 2017 ICO Fellowship Application Deadline is March 31

The March 31 application deadline for three-month and six months ICO Fellowships is fast approaching. The next opportunity to apply for three-month and six-month fellowships, as well as one-year fellowships, will be September 30, 2017.

Read the November 2016 issue of ICO Insight to see how ICO Fellowships have been helping to advance eye care in low-resource countries for 15 years. For detailed information about ICO Fellowships and to apply, go to

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January 31, 2017 ICO Member 2017 APAO Congress: Scientific Program Now Online

Discover new treatments for eye diseases, novel imaging and surgical techniques, and results of pivotal clinical trials that will impact your practice at the 32nd Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress, March 1–5, 2017, in Singapore. The APAO Congress is co-sponsored by the ICO.

The intensive program will include four sessions hosted or co-hosted by the ICO; five education sessions organized by the ICO; and a March 1 reception for the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG), which is open to everyone interested in ophthalmic education. Sessions are:

  • ICO Exams and Fellowships Symposium
  • ICO Education Forum: Student, Faculty, and Program Evaluation
  • ICO-WHO Symposium: How to Increase Resources for Eye Care through Evidence Based Advocacy
  • ICO Education Forum: Developing Critical Thinking Skills in Your Students 
  • ICO Education Forum: Managing Underperformance in Trainees: a Framework Towards Successful Remediation
  • ICO-AAO Joint Symposium: Safety in the Clinic and Operating Room: Improving Patient Care and Staying Out of Trouble
  • APAO-ICO Symposium: Diabetic Retinopathy Guidelines and Implementation: Real World Lessons
  • ICO Education Forum: Technology Assisted Teaching & Learning: Reflective Learning • ICO International Guidelines to Improve Glaucoma Eye

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January 31, 2017 Educator Sessions and ICO-OEG Receptions at 2017 Congresses

The ICO is collaborating with the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) and the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) at their upcoming 2017 congresses:

Save these dates, and please join us. Details about ICO education sessions and receptions for the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG) will be shared as scientific programs and events are finalized.

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January 31, 2017 WOC2016 Video: Paralysis of Horizontal Movements

Gain information about bilateral paralysis of horizontal movements related to Koolen-De Vries syndrome with this month’s WOC2016 “Best of’” Video and abstract by Dr. Ingrid Pita Ortiz.

To see all the videos and posters from the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) in Guadalajara, Mexico, go to:

Do you have an interesting approach to a clinical challenge? Let your colleagues know by submitting a poster or video for the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress, June 16–19 in Barcelona, Spain. Abstract submission opens August 2017.


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December 20, 2016 Message from Prof. Hugh Taylor, ICO President

With the valued commitment of outstanding ophthalmologist volunteers, ICO Member societies, and collaborating eye health organizations, the ICO is making some significant advances in strengthening ophthalmology and the provision of eye care.

To learn more about these achievements, I invite you to read the 2016 ICO Program Update, which details the advancements the ICO made this year.

The ICO Board of Trustees and the staff join me in wishing our worldwide family of colleagues a peaceful and prosperous 2017, and we thank you for working with us to create a global alliance for sight.

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