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ICO Updating Data on the Number of Ophthalmologists Worldwide

Posted on August 22, 2016

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.

The ICO recently emailed a letter to national society presidents requesting that they update their data on the number of practicing ophthalmologists and trainees in their country.

The ICO most recent data on the number of ophthalmologists was collected in 2010, and the article “The number of ophthalmologists in practice and training worldwide: a growing gap despite more than 200,000 practitioners” was published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology in 2012.

If you have further questions, or do not believe your national society received the email request, please contact Lindsey Washburn at The participation of each country is critical to the data collection process, and we thank you in advance for your help.

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