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April 25, 2018 World Forum for Sight at WOC2018

Eye health advocates and others committed to preventing vision loss worldwide will want to attend the World Forum for Sight at WOC2018. The Forum features compelling public health sessions on initiatives to preserve and protect vision: 

Find detailed information about each session by going to and selecting “World Forum for Sight” in the category box.

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April 25, 2018 WHO Announces Continued Official Relations with the ICO

The World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board confirmed renewal of official relations with the International Council of Ophthalmology on 26 January 2018, and commended the ICO’s continuing dedication to WHO.

The ICO’s official status with WHO is significant: In addition to supporting an agreed upon plan of action, the ICO is the global representative for ophthalmology, and serves as a channel for ICO Member societies to collaboratively communicate information and ideas to WHO.

The ICO––composed of over 160 national, regional, and subspecialty Member societies––is working to lead, stimulate, and support the efforts of ophthalmologic societies, eye departments, and related organizations worldwide to enhance ophthalmic education and eye care.

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April 25, 2018 Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute Celebrates Historic First Year

Impacting lives across borders, the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI) in Yaoundé, Cameroon, celebrated the anniversary of the Institute’s 29 March 2017 official commissioning. In its inaugural year, MICEI––the first nonprofit specialty eye hospital and training institute in central Africa––cared for 20,000 new patients and began seeing positive income in May 2017.

“MICEI has seen a spectacular list of achievements,” says ICO President Hugh Taylor. “Not only have they successfully survived their first and most difficult year, they have flourished––providing world-class surgery, treatment, and ophthalmic training.”

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) committed US$2 million to MICEI to support 18,000 cataract surgeries over five years. Watch this webinar about the results-based Cameroon Development Impact Bond, which provides upfront financing and repays investors based on successful outcomes. Read about structuring and financing development impact bonds for health.

Learn more about how advocacy can increase monetary support for eye care at the WOC2018 symposium How to Improve Financing for Eye Care.

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April 25, 2018 ICO Member Society Spotlight: Hungarian Ophthalmological Society

The Hungarian Ophthalmological Society (HOS) carries forward Hungary’s proud ophthalmologic heritage. Ophthalmology education began at the University of Pest in 1801, and the first Hungarian journal dedicated to ophthalmology, Ophthalmologia Hungarica (Szemészet), began in 1864 and was one of the earliest specialty journals in the world.

The HOS, founded in 1904, engages with national societies in central and southern Europe and counts more than 600 active members. Supporting their mission to promote ophthalmic education and further medical research, the HOS recently published three studies outlining results of their Hungarian rapid assessment of avoidable blindness (RAAB) with diabetic retinopathy (DR) study: 

Find more RAAB studies and findings at the RAAB Repository.

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April 25, 2018 Tips for Ophthalmologists to Avoid Fraudulent Websites

Unfortunately, fake websites are popping up more often, and international ophthalmic conferences have seen fraudulent websites and fake travel agencies appear in web searches and through paid advertising. We urge you to register for WOC2018 only at

Here are some additional ways to protect yourself and help others avoid being a victim of fraud: 

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April 11, 2018 ICO-OSCAR Ptosis

We are excited to announce that a new ICO Ophthalmology Surgical Competency Assessment Rubric (ICO-OSCAR) for anterior approach ptosis surgery was published in the February 2018 issue of Orbit.

The ICO-OSCAR is a behavioral and skill-based rubric to teach and assess an ophthalmologist’s surgical competence. Evaluators use the rubric to objectively measure the resident’s capability in performing a specific procedure and it also provides learners with a tool to better gauge their own effectiveness.

Download the ICO-OSCAR: Ptosis

See all available ICO-OSCARs and translations.

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April 11, 2018 Enroll Now: Learning and Teaching Critical Thinking

Join the new online course organized by the International Council of Ophthalmology: Learning and Teaching Critical Thinking.

The ability to think critically is an advantageous skill and is key to being a successful professional. This 8-week course is designed to improve analytical abilities, help you be more impactful in your decisions, and for teachers to become better equipped to support students in developing their own critical thinking skills.

There is no fee for the course, but proof of purchase of the reading material is required.

Learn more about the course.

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April 11, 2018 Session Highlights: World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium at WOC2018

Join the ICO for the World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) series of symposia and workshops spotlighting a variety of educational techniques at the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress®, 16–19 June in Barcelona.

This month we would like to highlight the symposium: “Ophthalmic Education Based on Evidence: Today's Facts and Future Perspectives of Application,” on Tuesday, 19 June, which will cover the definition, importance, and need for evidence-based medical education and provide some examples to improve teaching.

We thank our 2018 WOEC sessions supporter the Alcon Foundation, and the WOEC keynote luncheon supporter Carl Zeiss Meditec AG.

Learn more about the educator sessions and schedule during the WOEC.

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April 11, 2018 Recently Added to the Center from our Editorial Board

Access these resources submitted by our Editorial Board:

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April 11, 2018 Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Principles of Assessment and Effective Feedback

This month we recommend the article “Principles of Assessment and Effective Feedback,” by Drs. Jorge Eugenio Valdez-García, Mildred Vanessa López-Cabrera, Elena Ríos Barrientos.

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April 5, 2018 WOC2018: Connecting Globally to Advance Eye Health

Join ophthalmologists from 109 countries (and counting) who have already registered to attend the 36th World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2018) of the International Council of Ophthalmology 16–19 June in Barcelona, Spain. The WOC is the longest continuous medical meeting in the world and addresses all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology. 

We are excited to share this map showing the countries that we already know will be represented at WOC2018:

If you haven't yet registered, don't delay, hotels are starting to fill up and you won't want to miss the opportunity to be a part of this truly global event. 

The beautiful Fira Gran Via Convention Center––located in the heart of Barcelona––is the venue for WOC2018, which will feature:

  • A Scientific Program of over 350 sessions addressing all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology, including panels, Q&A sessions, interactive sessions, and real-case study discussions
  • More than 90 national and subspeciality ICO Member societies organizing over 70 scientific sessions on the latest scientific advances, innovations, and best practices
  • Spanish-language sessions organized by local societies
  • Subspecialty Day programs in cataract, cornea, glaucoma, orbital and ocularplastic surgery, pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, refractive surgery, retina, and uveitis. 

Register Today and take advantage of a reduced registration rate if you belong to an ICO Member society

WOC Scientific Program Chair Dr. Clement C.Y. Tham, WOC2018 President Dr. Rafael Barraquer, and Spanish Society of Ophthalmology President Dr. José Luis Encinas Martin welcome delegates from all over the world for one of the most comprehensive and global events in ophthalmology. 

Read all three welcome letters by clicking on the images below:

Dr. Clement C.Y. Tham
WOC Scientific Program Chair

Dr. Rafael Barraquer
WOC2018 President

Dr. José Luis Encinas Martin
Spanish Society of Ophthalmology President

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April 5, 2018 WOC2018 Scientific Program Highlights

In addition to ICO special sessions and society-organized sessions, the Congress offers an array of educational activities to appeal to everyone.

  • WOC2018 is offering surgical skills training courses. Develop your techniques in a wet lab environment, and gain experience with the latest ophthalmologic technology––including a chance to perform a virtual simulated surgery. Each course has a limited number of participants, so register early. Learn more about these exciting courses.

  • New for WOC2018, nearly the entire scientific program––more than 500 hours of presentations––will be available online at WOC2018 OnDemand. Add on this CME-eligible learning opportunity for a low price of €190. This special rate is only available to registered WOC2018 delegates. Learn more about WOC OnDemand.
  • "Late-Breaking News" - Abstract Submissions Due 15–29 March.
    These abstracts highlight results from rapidly advancing investigations that may have only recently become available. There is still time to submit your "Late-breaking News" abstract for WOC2018. Learn more.
  • 3D Live Surgery
    Experience cutting-edge surgery in real time on Monday, 18 June. Watch and learn as expert ophthalmologists at the Barraquer Institute use the latest techniques and tools to perform corneal transplantation, as well as cataract, refractive, micro-invasive glaucoma, vitreoretinal, and other surgeries on patients. An on-site facilitator will describe the procedures as they happen, and attendees at the Fira Gran Via Convention Center will be encouraged to engage and ask questions. 
  • Sessions for Ophthalmic Educators
    The ICO World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) offers symposia and workshops spotlighting a variety of educational techniques. WOEC is designed for a diverse audience––from trained educators to practicing ophthalmologists interested in education. Review the WOEC schedule and topics.
  • ICO World Ophthalmology Quiz and Cataract Surgery Olympics
    Fun team events are popular at the WOC, and 2018 will feature two fan favorites. The ICO World Ophthalmology Quiz pits teams of residents and fellows against one another, each vying to prove who is the most eye smart in a series of increasingly challenging rounds. Which team will receive the crown at WOC2018? Then, ophthalmologists will go for the gold at the WOC Cataract Surgery Olympics where teams representing different regions (ie, North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, and Europe/Middle East) compete in a video program demonstrating management of cataract complications. 
  • WOC2018 Exhibit Hall
    Over 125 companies and ophthalmic organizations will offer a first-hand opportunity to meet with industry and gain an understanding of the latest advances in pharmaceuticals, imaging devices, technologies, and available services to help you better provide high-quality patient care. A few Exhibit Hall spaces are still available for companies wanting to reserve a stand

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April 5, 2018 Social Events at WOC2018

In addition to an excellent educational program, the social component of the Congress is something you truly do not want to miss.

Opening Ceremony
Saturday, 16 June: 18:00–19:00
Hall 8.1, Fira Gran Via Conference Center

The Opening Ceremony officially marks the beginning of WOC2018. Following welcome remarks from the ICO, the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology, and the WOC2018 President, we celebrate the achievements of our colleagues:

  • Gonin Medal: Jean-Jacques DeLaey, MD, PhD (Belgium)
  • International Duke Elder Medal: Rubens Belfort, Jr., MD, PhD, MBA (Brazil)
  • ICO Ophthalmic Pathology Award: Sarah Coupland, MBBS, PhD, FRCPath, FARVO, FSB (United Kingdom)
  • G.O.H Naumann Award for Leadership in Global Eye Care Commission: Abdulaziz AlRajhi, MD (Saudi Arabia)
  • Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis Bernardo Streiff Medal: Paul Lichter, MD (United States)

Welcome Reception
Saturday, 16 June: 19:00–20:30
Immediately following the Opening Ceremony, enjoy snacks and drinks with both old and new colleagues at the WOC2018 Welcome Reception. Badges are required to enter this event. 

Cultural Night
Monday, 18 June: 20:20–23:30

Fun and festive, Cultural Night invites you to savor the flavors of Spain with sangria, jamón ibérico, and food from various regions of Spain. Take in the Catalan tradition of building human towers, and performing horses. The night will close with dancing and a battle-of-the-bands between two musician-ophthalmologist groups: Camara IV and Double Vision.

Cultural Night is at Poble Espanyol, an open-air architectural museum at the foot of Montjuïc (5 kilometers from the Fira Gran Via)––a beautiful site that features a replica of the gate leading to the Castilian city of Avila. View the menu, entertainment, and map of the area.

Tickets are €95 per person and include dinner, drinks, entertainment, and transportation. Purchase tickets for Cultural Night when registering for WOC2018, or log back into your account to update your registration with this event.

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April 5, 2018 WOC2018 Travel and Lodging

Along with breathtaking architecture, Michelin-starred restaurants, and unbeatable climate, getting to Barcelona is easy!

The Barcelona-El Prat Airport is located 16 kilometers south of the city and welcomes direct and connecting flights from throughout the world. Better yet, registered attendees can obtain discounted flights on 14 major member airlines and affiliates via oneworld®, the official airline alliance for WOC2018.

June is a popular time to visit Barcelona, so reserve your hotel room now to ensure availability. MCI––the official agency handling hotel booking––offers an array of options, ranging from budget accommodations to luxury suites.

Beware of Unauthorized Registration and Hotel Solicitations. Use MCI to Avoid Fraud! MCI is the only official registration and hotel agency associated with WOC2018. While other hotel resellers and travel agencies may contact you with offers for your trip, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with WOC2018 or the ICO. Beware that entering into financial agreements with non-endorsed companies can have costly consequences.

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April 5, 2018 Connect on Social Media

Join the worldwide WOC community and receive the latest news and updates by liking WOC2018 on Facebook, subscribing to our YouTube channel, connecting on LinkedIn, and following us on Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to share your WOC2018 photos by including the hashtag #WOC2018 on social media.


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April 5, 2018 Allied Ophthalmic Training Framework

The International Council of Accreditation has recently released A Framework for Allied Ophthalmic Training Programs.

This reference guide can be used to help organizations worldwide in starting a training program for ophthalmic assistants, understanding the roles of certification, licensure and accreditation, as well as the differences between them. The framework also serves to provide a quick tool for reviewing curriculum and certification examination content, and includes a sample schedule for developing classroom and clinical training.

Access the framework.

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April 5, 2018 Session Highlights: World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium Sessions at WOC2018

Join us for the World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) series of symposia and workshops spotlighting a variety of educational techniques at the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress, 16–19 June in Barcelona.

This month we would like to highlight two symposia: “Simulation for Teaching and Learning” on Sunday, 17 June, which will teach participants about surgical simulation and how to implement these low cost tools. “Less is More: Focused Workplace Placement Based Assessments (WPBA) in Busy Disciplines” on Tuesday, 19 June, will give examples of WPBA tools, and will teach participants the rationale and steps for implementation of WPBAs for their own programs.

We thank all the supporters of the ICO's Teaching the Teachers Initiative, including our 2018 WOEC sessions supporter Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, and the WOEC keynote luncheon supporter, the Alcon Foundation.

Learn more about the educator sessions and schedule during the WOEC

Register for the World Ophthalmology Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

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April 5, 2018 ICO Fellowships in AAO’s Global Directory of Training Opportunities

The International Council of Ophthalmology Fellowships are now included in the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s (AAO) Global Directory of Training Opportunities along with many other distinguished opportunities from around the world. You can search for our fellowships by typing “ICO” in the search field.

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April 5, 2018 Webinar: Technology Enhanced Learning

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine offers several online courses and webinars in 2018. Their next webinar will be on Thursday, 29 March at 3pm (BST). Ms. Veronica Mitchell, an experienced human rights educator, will discuss the digital skills and tools health professionals can use to support technology enhanced learning.

Learn more or sign up for the webinar.

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April 5, 2018 Basic Course in Glaucoma

This course from the World Glaucoma Association consists of four modules that address the basic aspects of glaucoma diagnosis: intraocular pressure, gonioscopy, standard automated perimetry, and clinical examination of the optic nerve. There is a multiple choice test with feedback at the end of each module. Certificates are awarded at the completion of the course. Participants must sign up for a free account to access the course.

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