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The ICO Celebrates 160 Years

On 13 September 2017, the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) will mark 160 years working to improve eye health… More »

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October 5, 2017 ICO WORLD Meeting in New Orleans: Confronting Leadership Challenges One Conversation at a Time

Can you enhance your communication skills to better meet your goals? “Confronting Leadership Challenges One Conversation at a Time” will be the topic of a robust discussion at the ICO’s World Ophthalmology Roundtable on Leadership Development (WORLD) at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting in New Orleans, USA.

WORLD topics and speakers include: 

  • Leadership Happens One Conversation at a Time: Jon Rivas, Master Facilitator, Fierce Conversations, Inc. 
  • Specific Leadership Challenges in Ophthalmology: Dr. Liana Bruno, President, Fundação Altino Ventura, Brazil.

WORLD will take place at the Louisiana Ballroom, Loews Hotel on Saturday, 11 November from 12:00 to 13:45. A light lunch will be served at 11:30.

View the WORLD agenda.

Register for WORLD, a free and interactive event.


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October 5, 2017 ICO Ophthalmic Educator Sessions at the AAO Annual Meeting

In addition to the WORLD meeting, if you are attending the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting 11–14 November 2017, in New Orleans, USA, please join us at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for the following ICO sponsored and co-sponsored sessions: 

  • Conference for Ophthalmic Educators: Improving Teaching Effectiveness (SYM05): Saturday, 11 November, 14:00–17:30, Room 346-347.
    Open to all AAO registrants at no cost, the Conference is for those interested in education or in improving their own teaching. Tentative workshops include:

- Expanding the Education Division in Your Department: Working with Limited Resources
- Technology-Assisted Teaching
- The Roles and Competencies of a Good Teacher
- Types of Written Assessments: Examples and When to Use Each
- The Elements of Thought: Helping Your Residents Think Critically.

  • The Impact of International Council of Ophthalmology Examinations in Latin America (P0116): Sunday, 12 November, 12:45–13:45, Hall C, Presenting Author: Dr. Juan Batlle.
    The ICO Examinations were first offered in Latin America in 1995, and by 2015, a total of 600 exams in 12 languages were taken in the region. The ICO Exams are a proven asset for residency training programs, and passage can be a prerequisite for certification by national ophthalmologic societies and boards. 
  • Presentation Skills; How to Improve the Effectiveness of Your Lectures (248): Sunday, 12 November, 14:00–15:00, Room 340-341, Instructors: Drs. Ana Gabriela Palis and Peter Quiros.
    This course will increase participants’ skills in making presentations more engaging and effective. Participants will be able to (1) apply the adult learning principles involved in meaningful presentations, (2) organize content logically, (3) design clear and adequate slides, and (4) present in an interesting, interactive way.

ICO Booth at the AAO
When you are in the Exhibition Hall at the Convention Center, be sure to stop by the ICO Booth #4730/4732 in Hall D-1 and learn more about our Exams, Education, Fellowships, ICOFoundation, and the World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC2018).


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October 5, 2017 More Global Ophthalmology at the AAO Annual Meeting

In addition to the WORLD roundtable, the AAO meeting offers valuable symposia for those interested in global ophthalmology: 

  • Where We Are Today in Cornea Blindness: Update on Global Eye Banking, Trachoma, and Corneal Transplant Techniques for Low-Resource Communities (SYM06): Saturday, 11 November, 14:00–15:30, Room 255-257 
  • Global Ophthalmology: A Volunteer's Perspective (LL09): Saturday, 11 November, 16:00–17:00, Learning Lounge 3
  • Breakfast with Experts: Start Volunteering Now! (B113): Sunday,12 November, 07:30–08:30, Hall C  
  • Breakfast with Experts: Partnering with Institutions in Developing Countries (B142): Monday, 13 November, 07:30–08:30, Hall C
  • It’s All About Management: Efficient Use of an Eye Health
  • Workforce for High-Quality, Affordable Eye Care for All (SYM26): Monday, 13 November, 08:30–11:00, Room 252-254
  • International Opportunities for YOs: How to Get Started and Sustain Involvement Throughout Your Career (538): Monday, 13 November, 16:30–17:30, Room 239. 

More information about the AAO annual meeting


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October 5, 2017 Eliminating Trachoma: Free Online Course Starts 2 October 2017

The International Centre for Eye Health and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are re-running their successful free online course on Eliminating Trachoma beginning 2 October 2017. Enroll now

The ICO encourages ophthalmologists around the world to treat trachoma and to ensure the quality of trichiasis surgery through appropriate training and supervision. Read the ICO Bahrain Declaration on Trachoma and Trichiasis Surgery.

Free online course on how to grade trachoma.


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October 5, 2017 World Sight Day: Thursday, 12 October 2017

“Make Vision Count” on World Sight Day (WSD) Thursday, 12 October 2017. Raise public awareness of blindness and vision impairment as major international public health issues. Get information, ideas, promotional material, and an implementation pack to give voice to our collective commitment to universal eye health at: www.iapb.org/wsd17.

Use new resources––like the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) Vision Atlas and the recent The Lancet article with the latest projections on global blindness and low vision––as powerful tools for advocacy, planning, and fundraising.


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October 5, 2017 Residency Program Directors Course in Cameroon

The Magrabi–ICO Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI) in Yaoundé, Cameroon––the only regional subspecialty training center in Francophone Africa––hosted an ICO Residency Program Directors (RPD) course 1–2 September 2017.

More than 30 attendees from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Guinea, and Togo participated in the course, which is designed to help residency director’s enhance educational effectiveness (eg, methods of instruction, skill assessment, behavior adjustment, and competence measurement) through interactive means.

Professor Côme Ebanna Mvogo, head of the University of Yaoundé and President of the Cameroonian Society of Ophthalmology, presented a lecture and expressed enthusiastic desire for future collaborations with the ICO and MICEI, sentiments shared by the department leaders in attendance from other countries. Dr. Henry Nkumbe, MICEI Medical Director, was extremely pleased with the success of the meeting, the supportive comments from all attendees, and potential for future collaborations.


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Regional Training Centers

October 5, 2017 Leadership Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

The African Ophthalmology Council (AOC) Leadership Development Program (LDP) for Anglophone Africa celebrated the graduation of its first class on 15 August 2017, in Kampala, Uganda. The two-day LDP meeting, held in conjunction with the College of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa (COECSA) Scientific Congress, covered a wide range of topics and was organized with support from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the ICO, and COECSA.

Francophone Africa’s first LDP class will graduate in conjunction with the Société Africaine Francophone d'Ophtalmologie (SAFO) Congress on 3 December 2017 in Dakar, Senegal. ICO Vice President Neeru Gupta, MD, PhD, MBA, will serve on the faculty for the second year.

The LDPs in Anglophone and Francophone Africa focus on meeting the needs of future leaders in Sub-Saharan Africa. With a strong and invested faculty, the LDP courses follow a model set by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and cover a broad spectrum of subjects, including advocacy, engagement, society strengthening, navigating challenges, and building coalitions.

ICO Vice President Kgaogelo “Eddie” Legodi, MD, took office as President of the African Ophthalmology Council at the COECSA Congress. Dr. Legodi will join the American Academy of Ophthalmology Board of Trustees as one of two international trustees in January 2018.


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October 5, 2017 TROS: A Society Inclusive of Many Countries

The Turkish Republics Ophthalmology Society (TROS) was founded in 2001, and includes as its members ophthalmologists from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Northern Cyprus, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan and other countries that share a common language, culture, as well as some historical background.

Through its meetings and other educational activities, the primary aim of the TROS is to facilitate its members’ pursuit of modern and advanced ophthalmology in an international arena. In addition, the TROS works to ensure positive cooperation, information exchange, and opportunities with other global ophthalmology societies.

We welcome our new ICO Member society, the TROS. Find out more at: www.tcod-tros.org.


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ICO Membership

October 1, 2017 ICO-Allergan Research Fellowship

The ICO is excited to announce a new fellowship opportunity in conjunction with Allergan: The ICO-Allergan Research Fellowship. The opportunity allows the best young ophthalmologists (basic or clinical) from both developed and low-resource countries to continue research in one of eight subspecialties at the university of his or her choice, preferably in another country. The fellowship covers one year of research in glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, pediatric ophthalmology, retina, tumours, uveitis, dry eye, or cornea. 

The ICO-Allergan Research Fellowship is awarded to one person per year, with an deadline of 15 January 2018.

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View more information on the ICO-Allergan Research Fellowship


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September 13, 2017 The ICO Celebrates 160 Years

On 13 September 2017, the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) will mark 160 years working to improve eye health worldwide.

Our organization’s roots were first planted in 1857 when ophthalmologists from 24 countries convened in Brussels for the first International Congress of Ophthalmology. Later re-named the World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC), it is the longest continuous international medical meeting.

In the years since, the ICO has grown to be the primary international consortium representing and serving 155 national, regional and subspecialty associations of ophthalmologists. The ICO works with professional ophthalmologic societies, non-governmental development organizations (NGOs) and related organizations worldwide to enhance ophthalmic education, increase access to high-quality eye care, and to preserve and restore vision. Together, we are building a “World Alliance for Sight.”


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August 4, 2017 IAPB Releases Updated Statistics about Blindness and Low Vision

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) has released updated statistics for the prevalence of blindness and low vision. These findings, published on 2 August in the Lancet, provide the latest global estimates of the prevalence of blindness and visual impairment in the world.

The paper, published in the Lancet by the Vision Loss Expert Group (VLEG), provides the latest global estimates of the prevalence of blindness and MSVI in the world. By analysing data from 1990 to 2015, the VLEG have employed a sophisticated methodology to produce these detailed estimates, which also includes projections to 2020 for the first time.


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Advocacy/Vision 2020

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Research

August 1, 2017 ICO Strategic Plan Outlines Roadmap for 2017–2020

How can the ICO more effectively work with ophthalmologic societies and others to preserve, restore, and enhance vision for the people of the world?

Based on critical input from ICO Member society leaders, committees, and ICO Board and Advisory Committee members, the ICO developed a strategic plan for 2017–2020 to help fulfill this mission. The Plan focuses on three goals:

  • Enhance education
  • Empower societies and leaders
  • Advance eye health.

Review the summary of the ICO Strategic Plan 2017–2020 or download the full Plan


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August 1, 2017 Residency Program Directors Course Marks 40th Milestone

Since 2004, 40 ICO Residency Program Directors Courses (RPD) have been offered in 26 countries to 1,752 participants. The RPD’s 40th course was July 14–15, 2017 in Bogotá, Colombia.

Residency education is a critical component of preparing the next generation of ophthalmologists, and the ICO RPD courses serve to improve each participant’s educational effectiveness through interactive means. The RPD courses focus on methods of instruction, skill assessment, behavior adjustment, and competence measurement of the trainers.

Dr. Enrique Graue, with the support of Past ICO President Dr. Bruce Spivey and Past ICO Director for Education Prof. Mark Tso, was instrumental in coordinating the first RPD course in Mexico City in 2004. Drs. Karl Golnik, Gabriela Palis, and Eduardo Mayorga now oversee the courses, with key contributions from other faculty and local ophthalmologic society hosts.


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August 1, 2017 Plan Your Calendar: Upcoming WOCs

To avoid overlap, please keep the upcoming World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) dates in mind as you plan your future meetings: 

  • WOC2018: Barcelona, Spain, June 16–19, 2018

Host: Spanish Society of Ophthalmology
Co-Hosts: European Society of Ophthalmology and Spanish Society of Implant-Refractive Ocular Surgery Partners: Catalan Society of Ophthalmology and Barraquer Institute
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  • WOC2020: Cape Town, South Africa, June 26–29, 2020

Host: Ophthalmological Society of South Africa
Co-Hosts: Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology and African Ophthalmology Council
Learn more.

  • WOC2022: Melbourne, Australia, February 25–28, 2022

Host: Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
Co-Host: Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology


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August 1, 2017 Deadline for ICO Fellowship Applications is September 30th

The ICO and committed partners offer three-month, six-month, and one-year fellowships to help promising young ophthalmologists from low resource countries improve their practical skills and broaden their perspectives of ophthalmology.

ICO Fellowships include:

  • Three-Month Fellowships: flexible programs
  • Three-Month Fellowships: Diagnosis and Therapy of Retinoblastoma
  • Three-Month Fellowships: Pathology, Oncology, and Microbiology
  • Six-Month Fellowships: Diagnosis and Therapy of Retinoblastoma
  • One-Year: ICO-Retina Research Foundation Helmerich Fellowships
  • One-Year: ICO-Fred Follows Foundation Subspecialty Fellowships.

The deadline for application is September 30, 2017. ICO Three-Month Fellowships––unlike ICO One-Year Fellowships––are awarded twice a year, with application deadlines of March 31 and September 30.

Each ICO Fellowship has its own set of parameters and number of awards offered. Go to: www.icoph.org/fellowships to obtain more information. 


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August 1, 2017 World Sight Day is October 12

“Make Vision Count” is the theme for the 2017 World Sight Day (WSD) on Thursday, October 12, 2017. Organized annually by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), WSD is considered the most important advocacy and communications event on the eye health calendar.

This year our community is being called on to ensure that we pay attention to eye care issues that impact lives everywhere––for both developed and developing economies.

How do we raise public awareness of blindness and vision impairment as major international public health issues? Get information, ideas, promotional material, and an implementation pack to give voice to our collective commitment to universal eye health at: www.iapb.org/wsd17.


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August 1, 2017 How to ‘Do’ CPD with Your Team

Recognizing that CPD is both the individual’s and organization’s responsibility, a series of articles in Community Eye Health Journal offer helpful guidance on providing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training. Authored by leaders in the field, article topics are:

The CPD-focused issue notes mutual agreement around a set of desirable and implementable global standards and references the ICO Guide for Effective CPD/CME as a practical roadmap to core concepts and basic questions of CPD/CME.


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August 1, 2017 Ophthalmological Society of the West Indies: A Growing Voice in the Region

Founded in 1990, the Ophthalmological Society of the West Indies (OSWI) brings together ophthalmic clinicians, regional representatives, and nurses, as well as government, corporate, and affiliate partners in its quest to eradicate and prevent blindness in the Caribbean.

A principal voice for ophthalmology in the West Indies, OSWI is working toward bringing regional training programs to international standards. To assist this goal, OSWI hosted the ICO’s Teaching the Teachers program at their 2016 Congress in Barbados and offered workshops for residents and a joint symposium with the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at their July 2017 Congress in Georgetown, Guyana. Furthering their footprint, OSWI is also presenting a session at the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress® in Barcelona, Spain.

In addition to their work with ophthalmologists, the OSWI introduced the Ophthalmic Nurses’ Program in 2016 to train allied ophthalmic personnel in the region. Learn more about the OSWI.


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June 28, 2017 In Remembrance: Prof. Akira Nakajima

It is with sadness that we share the passing of Past ICO President Prof. Akira Nakajima, who died on June 16 at the age of 93. “He was immensely wise and patient,” says Current ICO President Prof. Hugh Taylor, who worked with Prof Nakajima for many years. “His contributions over time to ophthalmology cannot be overestimated.”

Specializing in genetics, refraction, and cornea, Prof. Nakajima became a Professor at Juntendo University in Tokyo, Japan, at the age of 38, where he created a strong department. “Akira was an outstanding national and international figure in ophthalmology, and he made enormous contributions in teaching, research, and clinical practice,” says Dr. Peter Wiedemann, ICO Treasurer.

Prof. Nakajima began a reorganization and elevation of the ICO during his tenure as President (1990–1998), and he continued this service as an Honorary Life Member of the ICO Board. “Akira was an intense worker, inveterate traveler, and a kind individual,” says ICO Immediate Past President Dr. Bruce Spivey.

He was President of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) from 1972 to 1976 and President of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis from 1988 to 1990. In acknowledgment of his contributions to ophthalmology, the ICO presented Prof. Nakajima with the Gonin Medal for outstanding work and research in 1986, and he received the José Rizal Medal from the APAO in 1987.

Please send tributes to Prof. Nakajima to news@icoph.org.


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June 28, 2017 SOE Congress Awards and Honors

The ICO participated in five educational sessions at the June 2017 European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) Congress in Barcelona, Spain, and hosted receptions for ICO Member societies, ICO Examinations and Fellowships, and the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG).

At the SOE Opening Ceremony, awards and honors were presented to the following individuals:

  • Charamis Medal: Keith Barton, MD, FRCP, FRCS, FRCOphth
    Given by the Hellenic Ophthalmological Society to a European ophthalmologist for greatest achievement in the field of ophthalmic surgery
  • Henkes Medal: Bo Philipson, MD
    Presented by the Harold Henkes Foundation for great achievement in leadership in the field of ophthalmology
  • ICO Mark Tso Golden Apple Award: Wagih Aclimandos, FRCS, FRCOphth, FEBO
    Presented by the ICO every other year in each of the four supranational regions to an ophthalmologist doing outstanding work in the region.

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