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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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ICO Programs and Initiatives

December 20, 2016 ICO Global Call for Action to Eliminate Surgical Errors
Patient safety is a high priority for the World Health Organization and all of us, and we ask that you support, share, and promote the ICO’s Global Call for Action to Eliminate Surgical Eye Errors.
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ICO Programs and Initiatives

December 20, 2016 ICO Educational Sessions and More at IAPB 10th General Assembly

The ICO Guidelines for Glaucoma and the 2017 ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care were received with great enthusiasm at ICO-involved education sessions at the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) 10th General Assembly (10GA) in October in Durban, South Africa.

The IAPB 10GA was co-sponsored by the ICO. For additional news about the IAPB 10GA:


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Conference/Congress

Education

December 20, 2016 Valuable Resources for Advocacy

These resources provide beneficial information about the public health significance of visual impairment.


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Journal/Publication

December 20, 2016 WOC2016 Video: Dealing with the Unexpected

This month’s WOC2016 “Best of’” Video and related abstract offer an interesting approach to a difficult case. Dr. Karla VanDick-Sanchez and co-authors’ presentation explores “Dealing with the Unexpected; Management of Congenital Cataract with Phacoemulsification in a Patient with Persistent Hyaloid Artery.”


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E-Learning

World Ophthalmology Congress

December 20, 2016 Welcome New ICO Member Societies

The ICO, composed of over 145 national and subspecialty member societies, welcomed seven new societies into the ICO family in 2016: 

  • Asia Pacific Strabismus & Pediatric Ophthalmology Society
  • Asia Pediatric Ophthalmology Association
  • Cambodian Ophthalmology Society
  • Global Alliance of Eye Bank Associations Fr
  • International Society for Genetic Eye Diseases & Retinoblastoma
  • Iraqi Ophthalmology Society
  • Refractive Surgery Alliance.

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ICO Membership

December 20, 2016 ICOFoundation Increasing Access to Eye Care Where it is Needed Most

The ICO Fellowships Program, the ICO Examinations, the ICO Teaching the Teachers Initiative, and the Magrabi-ICO Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI) are just some of the ICO initiatives that focus on enhancing ophthalmic education and eye care delivery to preserve and restore vision worldwide. Donors from around the world help make these programs possible by contributing to the ICOFoundation.


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ICO Partners

December 14, 2016 WOC OnDemand Available for WOC2016

​More than 250 webcasts from the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2016) held in Guadalajara, Mexico February 5-9, 2016 are online and available for free. Browse content and watch slides with the original audio.

More information available at the WOC OnDemand resource page or access the WOC OnDemand catalog at www.wocondemand.com


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World Ophthalmology Congress

November 17, 2016 ICO Fellowships: Enhancing Eye Care Delivery in Low-Resource Countries Worldwide

Since the ICO Fellowships began 15 years ago, 928 ICO Fellows from 83 low-resource countries have trained at internationally recognized teaching institutions in 24 subspecialties. ICO Fellows return to their home countries and participate in programs to preserve vision and prevent blindness.


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ICO International Fellowships

November 17, 2016 ICO Fellowships 2001-2016: A 15-Year Success Story
In 2001, then ICO Treasurer Prof. Balder Gloor initiated the ICO Fellowships as an educational effort to preserve vision and prevent blindness. Prof. Peter Gabel, who succeeded Prof. Gloor as ICO Director for Fellowships, once suggested that ICO programs be evaluated based on "how many people they help to see better." By that measure, the ICO Fellowships have had a profound and lasting impact.
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ICO International Fellowships

November 17, 2016 New ICO Six-Month Fellowship in Retinoblastoma
Retinoblastoma affects approximately 8,200 children annually, and, tragically, the majority will die due to not being diagnosed or treated in time. By contrast, the survival rate is 96% or higher in high-resource countries in North America and Europe.
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ICO International Fellowships

November 17, 2016 NEI-ICO Ophthalmic Genetics Fellowships
The United States National Eye Institute (NEI) and ICO have formed a partnership to train ophthalmologists from middle and low resource countries interested in ocular genetics.
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ICO International Fellowships

November 17, 2016 ICO Examinations: Setting an International Standard
The ICO Basic and Advanced Examinations assess an ophthalmologist’s knowledge and enable teachers to evaluate their trainees’ performance by international standards. In 2016, more than 5,000 ICO Examinations were conducted in over 130 centers in 80 countries.
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ICO Examinations

November 17, 2016 ICO Subspecialty Examination in Cornea and External Eye Diseases

In conjunction with the ICO Subspecialty Curricula, the ICO Examinations team piloted a new subspecialty examination in Cornea and External Eye Diseases with the All-India Ophthalmological Society at six centers across India in September.


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ICO Examinations

November 17, 2016 Ophthalmologists Honored for Achievement in ICO Examinations
The Deutsche Ophthalmologische Gesellschaft (DOG) presented the prestigious Dr. Rolf M. Schwiete ICO Examination Award to the top performing German candidate from each ICO Examination category:
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ICO Examinations

November 17, 2016 On the Frontline of Care in Syria
Dr. Ahmed Hassan Batal is a member of the ICO Examinations Committee, and a pediatric ophthalmologist from Saudi Arabia. For the last two years, Dr. Batal has been working at Emel Hospital in Syria, which is close to the Turkish border. The hospital is on the frontline of the crisis in Syria and is receiving many casualties from the conflict every day. Dr. Batal and other volunteer doctors work tirelessly to save the lives and eyesight of patients suffering terrible injuries.
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ICO Examinations

November 8, 2016 WOC2016 Video: A Different Surgical Approach for ACCS
Surgical strategies can reduce the more severe consequences of anterior capsular contraction syndrome (ACCS). In his video accepted into the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) Submitted Program, Dr. Nikhil Gandhi demonstrates an alternate surgical approach for managing ACCS.

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E-Learning

November 7, 2016 ICO Guide to Effective CPD/CME

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


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CME/CPD

Education

Guidelines

October 15, 2016 Honored for Leadership at AAO

Congratulations to ICO leadership who were recognized for their contributions to ophthalmology at the 2016 American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) meeting in Chicago:


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Leadership

October 15, 2016 Educators Gain Valuable Skills at ICO Conference

Exploring the latest tools and techniques of modern education was the focus of the ICO Conference for Ophthalmic Educators, “Improving Teaching Effectiveness,” at the 2016 American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting. Workshops and plenaries covered a range of topics, including “Tools for Teaching and Assessing Ethics and Professionalism” and “Stimulate Deep Learning: Utilizing Mind Maps for Learning and Performance Support.”


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Education

Education Initiatives

ICO Meetings

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