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ICO Makes History with WOC2020 Virtual® Bringing Together Over 7,600 Ophthalmologists from 157 Countries

Posted on July 1, 2020

The World Ophthalmology Congress® organized by the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) has made history with an entirely virtual global meeting of over 7,600 ophthalmologists from 157 countries.

The ICO, representing almost 230,000 ophthalmologists worldwide, shared the latest advances, innovations, and best practices in eye care at WOC2020 Virtual®. Filled with many live sessions, this groundbreaking virtual scientific meeting included more than 2,000 talks from internationally acclaimed speakers. First held in 1857, the World Ophthalmology Congress is the longest continuous international medical meeting.

“Shifting from a physical to a virtual gathering was essential to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. The ICO says thank you to our 182 member societies and our international faculty for our rich scientific program and commitment to better eye care everywhere. The virtual Congress has been a huge success and we are thrilled to have been able to bring colleagues from around the world together to share knowledge and collaborate despite the obstacles. WOC2020 Virtual® has brought us together as never before and will be remembered as a major milestone in our history,” said ICO Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ivo Kocur.

Numerous sessions during the conference focused on the COVID-19 pandemic that presents significant risks for ophthalmologists. The International Council of Ophthalmology will continue to share important information and resources relevant to the world’s ophthalmologists via the ICO Global COVID-19 Resource Center.

WOC2020 Virtual® is being celebrated as the most accessible ophthalmology conference ever offered, having provided ophthalmologists from around the world with opportunities to learn and collaborate without the obstacles of travel-related expenses and visa approval processes. This incredible undertaking created an important virtual space for ophthalmologists to safely meet and learn despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Through 30 September 2020, the entire WOC2020 Virtual® scientific program will continue to be accessible. Delegates can also continue to tour the virtual exhibition and connect with industry experts. If you haven’t registered yet and are wondering what all the fuss is about, you can still register. We invite you to access over 2,000 presentations from WOC2020 Virtual®, covering new ideas, treatment strategies, updates on clinical diagnoses and management, and much much more. All at your own pace from the comfort of your home. Register now.

more by viewing our WOC2020 Virtual® Post-Congress Video:

Revenues from the World Ophthalmology Congress® support International Council of Ophthalmology programs dedicated to ophthalmic education, eye care delivery, and leadership and society development in low-resource settings.

The next World Ophthalmology Congress, WOC2022®, will take place in Melbourne Australia on 25–28 February 2022. Stay tuned to and sign up for updates for the latest information on that upcoming Congress.

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