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September 15, 2016 NASEM Study on Making Eye Health a Population Imperative

The report, “Making Eye Health a Population Health Imperative: Vision for Tomorrow,” from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Health and Medicine Division (NASEM), finds that millions of people have undiagnosed or untreated vision impairments, and eye health remains relatively absent from national health priority lists.


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August 31, 2016 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.
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CME/CPD

Education

Eye Care

Leadership

World Ophthalmology Congress

August 22, 2016 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.
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July 18, 2016 New ICO Fellowships in Retinoblastoma; Pathology, Oncology, and Microbiology
Young ophthalmologists have the opportunity to participate in two exciting new ICO Fellowships that will improve their practical skills and broaden their knowledge in ophthalmology––the application deadline for these and other ICO Fellowships is September 30, 2016.
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Microbiology

Ophthalmic Pathology

Retina and Vitreous

June 19, 2016 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) and the International Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Council (IPOSC), 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.
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ICO Programs and Initiatives

Eye Trauma and Emergencies

May 16, 2016 ICO Member Societies Extending Reach of ICO Educator Programs
The ICO Conferences for Ophthalmic Educators offer expert instruction, interactive workshops, and group discussion for ophthalmic educators, where they learn about the latest tools and practice techniques of modern education.
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Education

May 6, 2016 ICO Issues Guidelines for Glaucoma Eye Care
The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) has published ICO Guidelines for Glaucoma Eye Care. The ICO Guidelines summarize core requirements for the appropriate care of open and closed angle glaucoma and consider low and intermediate to high-resource settings. The Guidelines are available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.
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Glaucoma

May 6, 2016 ICO Ethical Guidelines Translated into Russian and Spanish
The ICO Ethical Guidelines for Ophthalmologists: Ethical Principles and Professional Standards, which can be adapted and modified by national societies, are intended to present comprehensive guidelines to which practitioners might refer when confronted with professional or ethical dilemmas, and to act as a benchmark by which to judge behavior in professional matters.
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Eye Care Standards, Ethics & Research

ICO Programs and Initiatives

May 1, 2016 Supporting Residency Training Through Distribution of BCSC
The ICO and American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) have partnered to send 125 sets of the AAO Basic and Clinical Sciences Course (BCSC) to ophthalmology residency training programs in low resource countries this year.
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Education

April 24, 2016 APAO 2016 Awards Ceremony Honorees
At the 31st Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress in Taipei, Taiwan, March 24–27, the APAO recognized the following ophthalmologists for their exceptional contributions to eye care in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond:
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Asia

April 19, 2016 Historic Meeting Sets Groundwork for Standardized Training in Sub-Saharan Africa
The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and the African Ophthalmology Council convened a meeting March 18–19 in Accra, Ghana, to explore harmonizing a curriculum for ophthalmology training across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
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Education

ICO Programs and Initiatives

Africa

April 13, 2016 WHO Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health
The World Health Organization (WHO) draft document “Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030” recognizes that health systems only function successfully when there is universal access to quality health workers.
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Eye Care

April 5, 2016 WOC2016 Travel Grants for ICO Fellows
Eleven travel grants were awarded to former ICO Fellows from regions throughout the world to support their travel to the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® in Guadalajara, Mexico. The ICO would like to thank those who donated to this initiative.
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World Ophthalmology Congress

February 12, 2016 ICO Welcomes New ICO Officers and Board Members and Recognizes Outgoing Members
The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) welcomes incoming ICO Officers and ICO Board members, and recognizes ICO Officers and Board members whose terms ended in early 2016. The new positions took effect at the close of the World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the ICO in Guadalajara, Mexico, February 5–9, 2016.
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ICO Programs and Initiatives

February 10, 2016 ICO Member Join Us for WOC2018 in Barcelona, Spain
The next World Ophthalmology Congress® of the International Council of Ophthalmology will take place June 16-19 in Barcelona, Spain.
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CME/CPD

Education

World Ophthalmology Congress

Europe

February 6, 2016 David E I Pyott Master of Surgery in Clinical Ophthalmology Scholarship
Six online distance learning Master's scholarships are available in the field of Ophthalmology for students from Africa, South Asia, Caribbean Islands, Pacific Islands, Central and South America.
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Education

February 5, 2016 Medal and Award Recipients Honored at WOC2016 Opening Ceremony
The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) recognized outstanding leaders in ophthalmology at the opening ceremony of the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® of the ICO in Guadalajara, Mexico, on February 5.
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Leadership

World Ophthalmology Congress

December 15, 2015 New ICO Three-Month Fellowship Opportunity: Diagnosis and Therapy of Retinoblastoma
Promising young ophthalmologists from developing countries are invited to apply for a new ICO Three-Month Fellowship opportunity in the Diagnosis and Therapy of Retinoblastoma at the LV Prasad Eye institute in Hyderabad, India. Candidates who have previously served an ICO Three-Month Fellowship may also apply.
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Fellowship

ICO International Fellowships

October 5, 2015 SightFirst Research Grants
The Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) Sight First program offers research grants of up to US$100,000 to support an experienced individual, institution, organization or consortium engaged in a public health research project to be completed in 18-36 months.
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Eye Care

Grants

Research

August 28, 2015 ICO Joins the IAPB Call to Support Advocacy for Universal Health Coverage
Current proposals being considered by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goals (IAEG-SDGs) suggest two priority indicators to achieve universal health coverage: (1) health service coverage and (2) financial risk protection––meaning that all people receive the quality health services they need, without being exposed to financial hardship.
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