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June 1, 2014 ICO Member Conference for Ophthalmic Educators at AAO Annual Meeting
The next ICO Conference for Ophthalmic Educators, "Improving Teaching Effectiveness," will be held on October 18, 2014. The Conferences offer expert instruction, interactive workshops, and group discussion for all ophthalmic educators.
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July 29, 2014 ICO Member Residency Program Directors Course in China
More than 50 participants attended the most recent ICO Residency Program Directors Course, in Changsha, China, on June 14­–15, 2014.
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June 20, 2015 ICO Member Ophthalmological Society of South Africa Selected to Host WOC2020
The ICO Board of Trustees voted to accept the proposal of the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa (OSSA) to host the 2020 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) in Cape Town, South Africa. The selection of the host is provisional, pending definition and approval by ICO and OSSA of an Agreement on Expectations for WOC2020, which is anticipated later this year.
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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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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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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 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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June 2, 2017 ICO Member ICO Sessions and Receptions at the 2017 SOE Congress

While in Barcelona June 10–13, 2017, for the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) Congress, join the ICO for two 90-minute sessions focused on ophthalmic education, a reception for ICO Members, a reception for ICO Examinations and Fellowships, and a reception for the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG), which is open to everyone interested in ophthalmic education.

In addition to these events, the ICO is participating in a course with the World Health Organization, a symposium with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a symposium with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. Learn more about these ICO-related sessions

The ICO can also be found at stand #22 in the Exhibition Hall of the Convention Center International of Barcelona (CCIB). Please stop by and say hello!

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June 2, 2017 ICO Member ICO Member Spotlight: Syrian Ophthalmological Society

The Syrian Ophthalmological Society (SOS) was founded in 1965 and counts approximately 90 ophthalmologists as members.

The society’s current focus is on recruiting and training young doctors, but SOS Director of General Relations Dr. Abdul Aziz Badla notes their greatest challenge is the inability to obtain outside visas, meaning young Syrian ophthalmologists cannot attend international conferences and benefit from the educational opportunities they offer. “As we are unable to travel,” Dr. Badla says, “it would be immensely helpful if ophthalmologists can come here and share their knowledge with us through creation of courses.”

The SOS recently held their annual conference in Damascus, Syria, to an enthusiastic response, with almost 550 participants attending. The ICO presented multiple talks at the conference via video presentations.

If you are interested in collaborating with the SOS on courses and/or other educational support, please email Dr. Badla at: ‪‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

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October 26, 2017 ICO Member ICO Global Call to Action: Corneal Tissue for Ocular Transplant

The newly released ICO Position Statement on Corneal Tissue for Ocular Transplant actively promotes national sustainable self-sufficient practice and policy in relation to quality and safety, procedure, procurement, processing, and equitable distribution of human corneal tissue.

The ICO, Cornea Society, and Global Alliance of Eye Bank Associations encourage ophthalmologists, eye banks, Ministries of Health, clinical service providers, and non-governmental advocacy groups to support this call to action by sharing the ICO Position Statement on Corneal Tissue for Ocular Transplant through your website, social media outlets, newsletters, or any other means to raise awareness of this important issue.

Together, we can further advocate, influence, and have a strong positive impact on eye health both locally and globally.

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October 26, 2017 ICO Member ICO Member Society Spotlight: Malaysian Ophthalmology Society

The Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology (MSO) represents nearly 700 ophthalmologists in Malaysia. Active and expanding, MSO efforts to improve eye health include: 

Learn more about the MSO at:

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November 27, 2017 ICO Member IUSG Course for Uveitis in Addis Ababa

The International Uveitis Study Group (IUSG) and the ICO are sponsoring the 1st Uveitis Course in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 17–23 February 2018.

Similar to the IUSG’s uveitis course in Venice, Italy, the Ethiopian course covers the whole field of uveitis. The interactive program allows in-depth discussion on management of uveitis issues, and attendees will learn how to evaluate patients, develop a differential diagnosis, interpret imaging results, and optimize a treatment strategy.

Taught by an international faculty of highly experienced uveitis specialists and limited to 80 attendees, the one-week course will be at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), approximately 15 minutes from the airport.

Download a flyer for course details, registration fees, and accommodation information.

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December 19, 2017 ICO Member Dominican Society of Ophthalmology: Raising Standards Through ICO Exams

Since making parts of the ICO Exams a requisite for society members, the Dominican Society of Ophthalmology has been able to better prepare ophthalmologists for the rigors of practicing medicine.

"The ICO examination has really transformed the way ophthalmology is taught in the Dominican Republic," Dr. Luis Batlle, Past President of VISION2020/IAPB-LA said in an interview with the ICO at PAAO 2017 in Lima (see video above). Dr. Batlle was joined by Dr. Frinè Salazar, Academic Coordinator of the Elias Santana Hospital in Santo Domingo, and Dr. Jose Asilis, President of the Dominican Society. Dr. Asilis explained that success in both the Basic Science and Optics and Refraction sections of the ICO Standard Exam (the Standard Exam also has a Clinical Science section) is required to join the Dominican Society; Dr. Salazar noted that the Exams have raised the academic level of both students and teachers.

In 2012, the first year ICO Exams were required, the Dominican Republic had just eight ophthalmologists pass the Basic Science and Optics and Refraction sections. For 2017, the number increased nearly tenfold to 78 ophthalmologists. The Dominican Republic currently has the third highest pass rates of the ICO Standard Exam in Latin America, behind Brazil and Mexico—countries with significantly larger populations. "The Dominican Republic can serve as a role model, not only in Latin American countries, but to countries around the world as an academic body of knowledge that can make us better ophthalmologists,” Dr. Batlle asserted. The ICO Exams are the only worldwide medical-specialty examinations.

“The ICO Exams’ goal is to raise standards,” explained Nicola Quilter, ICO Examinations Executive. “The Exams allow candidates the opportunity to gain international qualification and for institutes and hospitals to evaluate their training methods to an international standard.”

Currently, national societies in Yemen, Jordan, Chile, and India are also using ICO Exams in a similar way. 

Learn more about ICO Exams and how to get your society involved.

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January 22, 2018 ICO Member Firework-related Eye Injuries Study Questionnaire

Eye injuries from fireworks are a recurrent problem, and the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) is collecting data to provide a worldwide perspective on firework-related eye injuries.

If you have seen patients with eye injuries from fireworks, please complete this questionnaire, which is available through 28 February 2018. The Netherlands instigated the Firework-related Eye Injuries Study, and the SOE will share final data.

The ICO encourages ophthalmologists and ophthalmology societies to advocate to their national governments for a ban on consumer fireworks as a strategy to prevent unnecessary blindness and visual impairment from firework-related injuries. Read the ICO Position Paper on the Global Ban of Consumer Fireworks.

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July 11, 2018 ICO Member 146 Countries Work to Advance Eye Health at WOC2018

The International Council of Ophthalmology would like to thank everyone who traveled to Barcelona, Spain to take part in our World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2018).

We welcomed 8,000 ophthalmologists from 146 countries who participated in more than 350 educational sessions, covering all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology. The scientific program was organized by Scientific Program Chair Dr. Clement C.Y. Tham and made possible through the invaluable contributions of the Scientific Program Committee and Coordinators, Chairs, and speakers.

Thank you to the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology for hosting WOC2018, and the European Society of Ophthalmology and Spanish Society of Implant-Refractive Ocular Surgery for co-hosting the Congress in partnership with the Catalan Society of Ophthalmology and the Barraquer Institute.

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July 11, 2018 ICO Member The Global Alliance of Eye Bank Associations signed a framework for ethical use of human eye tissue at WOC2018.

A landmark accord on the ethical use of human eye tissue was signed at the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress in Spain. The Barcelona Principles outline the ethical use of donated human tissue for ocular transplantation, research, and future technologies.

Developed in coordination with 102 individuals representing 89 nations, the Barcelona Principles encompass consent, donation, and equitable allocation of ocular tissue. It is intended to build eye-banking services and meet the needs of millions of people requiring corneal surgery, without compromising the moral conduct of the donor, the recipient, or the extended community.

A collaboration of Australian eye banking organizations spearheaded creation of this worldwide first, which offers recommendations on areas of ethical ambiguity, such as profitization and supply chains, the global movement of eye tissue, and partnering with colleagues across borders.

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July 11, 2018 ICO Member WOC2018 Medal Recipients

The Opening Ceremony officially marked the beginning of WOC2018 and included welcome remarks from WOC2018 President Dr. Rafael Barraquer, the ICO, and the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology. Attendees enjoyed videos showcasing the wonders of our profession and the history of ophthalmology in Spain.

The Opening Ceremony also celebrated achievements of our colleagues who were honored for their outstanding work: 

  • 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)

Thank you to everyone who joined us in-person for the WOC2018 Opening Ceremony or who watched via the live stream on Facebook. Watch a recorded version of the Opening Ceremony.

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July 11, 2018 ICO Member Participants of the AOC-ICO Summit Meeting at WOC2018

Presidents and leaders of 23 ophthalmologic societies in Sub-Saharan Africa came together at the African Ophthalmology Council (AOC)/ICO Summit on 15 June during WOC2018 to consider how to better serve ophthalmologists and enhance eye health in Africa.

Topics included the needs of the public related to eye health, the needs of ophthalmologists and ophthalmologic societies, and society development in Sub-Saharan Africa. The role of the AOC and objectives for African ophthalmological societies were discussed, as was WOC2020, which will take place 26–29 June 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa.

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July 11, 2018 ICO Member ICO-Allergan Advanced Research Fellowship Accepting Applications

The ICO-Allergan Advanced Research Fellowship is now open to ophthalmologists worldwide who are under age 40. The one-year, $US 50,000 research fellowship offers applicants the opportunity to continue their research at a chosen university, preferably in a different country than where they currently live.

We are pleased to share that the 2017/18 ICO-Allergan Advanced Research Fellowship was awarded to Dr. Emilio de Almeida Torres Netto, Brazil, to support his research project, “Factors modulating the biomechanics of corneal tissue.” Watch this short video of Dr. Torres at WOC2018 explaining his research.

Apply for the 2018/19 ICO-Allergan Advanced Research Fellowship in cornea, dry eye, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, pediatric ophthalmology, retina, tumors, and uveitis.

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July 11, 2018 ICO Member Earn CME Credits after the Congress

WOC2018 was filled with so many opportunities to learn. We are pleased to offer WOC2018 OnDemand which provides access to more than 500 hours of recorded Congress presentations. Watch at your convenience and earn CME credits from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

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