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The ICO Celebrates 160 Years

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

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Fifteen Years of ICO Fellowships - Program Report

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February 20, 2018 ICO Exams and Fellowships

More than 30,000 ophthalmologists have taken 52,000 ICO Examinations at over 120 exam centers worldwide, and more than 1,000 ICO Fellowships have been granted to ophthalmologists from low-resource countries.

Watch this short video featuring Dr. Luis Amaya, ICO Examinations Committee Member and Clinical Sciences Exam Section Leader, and learn how the ICO's Exams and Fellowships are serving to improve eye care around the world.

The 31 March application deadline for three-month and six-month ICO Fellowships is fast approaching. The next opportunity to apply for three-month and six-month fellowships, as well as one-year fellowships, will be 30 September 2018. Apply now.


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May 11, 2018 A Simple Way to Improve a Billion Lives: Eyeglasses

The New York Times recently wrote an article, A Simple Way to Improve a Billion Lives: Eyeglasses, which looks at the global issue of eyesight, which estimates say affects between one and 2.5 billion people.

It also looks at the work done by organizations like EYElliance, a nonprofit group trying to raise money and bring attention to the problem of uncorrected vision. In 2015, only $37 million was spent on delivering eyeglasses to people in the developing world, less than one percent of resources devoted to global health issues. EYElliance is trying to change that.


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January 25, 2018 ACGME Resources for Physician Well-Being and Suicide Prevention

The U.S. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has collected these resources which promote a culture of well-being and provide support for burnout, depression, or suicide.


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May 15, 2018 Adaptable Resource for Data Collection

The article Field Testing Project to Pilot World Health Organization (WHO) Eye Health Indicators in Latin America offers adaptable study tools and methodologies that ICO Member societies and others can use to strengthen their data collection and reporting for (WHO) Universal Eye Health: a Global Action Plan 2014–2019.

The pilot study used simple data collection, reporting tools, and methodologies to facilitate implementation of WHO core eye health indicators in five Latin American countries.

The article, published in the journal Ophthalmic Epidemiology and co-authored by Dr. Van Lansingh, ICO Director of Advocacy, discusses how improved communication and cooperation between data stakeholders can significantly impact training and service delivery by individuals and eye-health-related organizations––furthering the goal of universal health and promotion of sustainable development goals.


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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.

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January 3, 2018 Applications Now Open for Specialist Certificate in Fundamentals of Eye Banking - University of Melbourne

A Specialist Certificate in the Fundamentals of Eye Banking from the University of Melbourne will equip graduates to work within the specialist field of eye banking. The course has been designed to support existing eye bankers, those new to the sector and those working in peer and relevant sectors who wish to gain additional knowledge about eye banking in order to support their own area of specialisation.

The course will take place from 5 March 2018 to 3 June 2018. 

More information on cost, applicant requirements, important dates, and contact informantion.

 


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January 22, 2018 Appreciation to ICO Volunteers and Contributors

Thank you ICO volunteers and contributors for your dedication to our mission to enhance ophthalmic education, increase access to high-quality eye care, and to preserve and restore vision around the world. We also greatly appreciate our Board of Trustees, Advisory Committee, task forces, and committees. Your commitment to ICO programs and initiatives is making a true difference in the lives of so many.

Join the ICO Community and become a part of our World Alliance for Sight. Connect with the ICO and ophthalmologists from around the world by creating a profile at: www.icoph.org/create_account.html.


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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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March 28, 2018 Call for Case Studies: Integrated Care for Diabetes and Eye Health

In December 2017, the International Council of Ophthalmology, the International Diabetes Foundation, the World Optometry Council, and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, released a joint statement on strengthening health systems to manage diabetic eye care. Now, the Global DR Advocacy Leadership Group has asked organizations from all across the world to submit case studies of successful integrated eye care programs in the fight against diabetes. The goal is to compile a compendium that leads to better policy and government action. The group is looking for a wide range of responders from low-, middle-, and high-resource countries, as well as initiatives of varying scope. Interested organizations are asked to fill out and submit this form by 9 April 2018 and return it to Ben Murphy, Global Advocacy Advisor, The Fred Hollows Foundation at bmurphy@hollows.org

For more information, read the call for case studies from The Global Advocacy Initiative on Diabetic Eye Disease.

For questions or clarification, please contact Ben Murphy at bmurphy@hollows.org


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November 27, 2017 Call for Papers: WHO World Report on Vision

Focusing on “what works,” the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for papers for a theme issue on vision that will also supplement a forthcoming World Report on Vision.

WHO welcomes papers for the special issue that: 

  • Provide evidence across all health strategies (eg, promotion, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation) 
  • Focus on best practices, innovation, and the use of technology 
  • Identify gaps and provide solutions to ensure equitable access 
  • Integrate examples from low- and middle-income countries and different age groups 
  • Address health system issues, rather than focusing solely on one specific disease or condition.

The deadline for submission is 15 March 2018. More information and FAQs


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January 10, 2018 Call for Urgent Action to Address Diabetic Eye Disease

Every person with diabetes is at risk of going blind, and if left untreated, diabetes can have a devastating and wide ranging social and economic impact on patients, families, and communities.

At the December 2017 International Diabetes Federation Congress in Abu Dhabi, the ICO, the International Diabetes Federation, the World Council of Optometry, and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness released a Global Statement on Diabetes and Eye Heath calling for urgent action from governments, medical associations, service providers, and patient organizations to: 

  1. Integrate eye health within routine diabetes care by primary health care providers 
  2. Improve collaboration across the diabetes and eye health sectors 
  3. Foster and support patient-centered care approaches for diabetic eye health.

You can support integrative care for diabetes and bring eye health to the frontline of diabetes care by circulating this statement to practitioners, policy leaders, and lawmakers in your region. Ensure that increasingly integrated and people-centered systems are put in place, so that all people with diabetes have access to vital sight-saving services.


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April 26, 2018 Calls for Abstracts for the next AMEE MedEdPublish

The development of health professional educators is the current theme for the April to June issue of AMEE MedEdPublish. The Theme Editor is Professor Gary D. Rogers. You are invited to publish a paper relating to the training and continuing professional development of those who facilitate the learning of health professionals, including academic faculty, small group tutors, clinical supervisors and simulated patients. Contributions are welcome from authors with a primary focus on faculty development, as well as from teachers ‘in the field’ on what additional education and support they need to work to their full potential.

To ensure manuscripts are included in this issue, authors should upload their manuscript on the MedEdPublish website, using the online submission form between the 31st March and the 1st of June 2018. General non-themed articles are also accepted at any time.

The next theme launching in July will be Humanities in Medical Education led by Theme Editors Jonathan McFarland, Trevor Gibbs and Irina Markovina. Submissions are welcomed for this theme from the 1st July up until the 31st August 2018.

For further information about AMEE MedEdPublish please visit the website – www.mededpublish.org


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February 20, 2018 Campaign Addresses the Global Eye Needs of Children

To accelerate and expand access to eye health services for children, the Brien Holden Vision Institute launched the Our Children’s Vision initiative, a call to action.

Amassing over 70 partners in approximately 60 countries since its 2016 start, the campaign reached more than 10 million children in its first year alone. The initiative aspires to provide eye care to 50 million children globally by 2020.

Our Children’s Vision addresses the worldwide impact of conditions like myopia and other refractive errors, and is focused on influencing national policy to ensure development of a long-term sustainable solution to children’s eye health. The initiative is working toward improved services, awareness, research, and advocacy through strong partnerships with organizations, governments, and societies, including the International Council of Ophthalmology. Find out more.


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February 20, 2018 Cataract Surgery and Its Impact on Environmental Sustainability

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) Environmental Sustainability Work Group is tackling issues related to the degradation of the environment and its impact on health and safety, and the group will offer a “Masterclass in Environmental Sustainability” at the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress® in Barcelona, Spain.

Surgical systems in most developed countries––in particular, their use of materials––are unsustainable, finds Dr. Cassandra Thiel and her IAPB Work Group co-authors in their article, “Cataract surgery and environmental sustainability: Waste and lifecycle assessment of phacoemulsification at a private healthcare facility,” published in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

The article’s results show that ophthalmologists can reduce emissions and materials use by following the model of the Aravind Eye Care System in southern India––a recognized resource-efficient setting.


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May 15, 2018 Commonwealth of Nations Commit to Enhancing Eye Care

It was announced at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting on 19–20 April in the United Kingdom, that each of the 53 member countries has committed to a major effort to enhance eye health.

Leaders welcomed regional, national, and global pledges to take action towards achieving access to quality eye care for all, a “Vision for the Commonwealth.”

This advocacy achievement supports the goals of the World Health Organization’s Global Action Plan on Universal Eye Health 2014–2019, and was spearheaded by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust (the Trust), a member of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).

The action builds on the 12 March announcement that the Trust and others are working on an ambitious multi-stakeholder initiative to lay the foundation for a new $1bn Vision Catalyst Fund to bring eye care to the people of the world.


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Eye Care

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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January 25, 2018 Course: European Residents' Glaucoma Course
The European Glaucoma Society is offering a new Glaucoma Course online for free. Created for residents of ophthalmology, it will also be of value for comprehensive ophthalmologists, glaucoma fellows, and ophthalmologists with other subspecialties. The course consists of recorded lectures, illustrated by PowerPoint presentations.
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February 25, 2018 Courses: eLearning Courses by Orbis

Orbis International has launched three new courses on their telemedicine platform, Cybersight.org. A free Cybersight.org user account is required to access the courses.

These courses combine narrative, medical art and images, and surgical videos to optimize the learning experience, with downloadable articles, guidelines and practice manuals for reference. Full blended-learning curricula are available for the courses, which allow educators and residency program directors to combine the online content with in-person hands-on skills training sessions.


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December 11, 2017 CyberSight: Live, Interactive Webinars
CyberSight offers free, live online training events for eye health professionals including comprehensive ophthalmology topic discussion, live audio and video, interactive presentations, surgical demonstrations, and expert Q&A.
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May 15, 2018 David E I Pyott Master of Surgery in Clinical Ophthalmology Scholarship Application Deadline is 27 July

Six scholarships for online distance learning of a Master of Surgery in Clinical Ophthalmology are available for students from Africa, South Asia, Caribbean Islands, Pacific Islands, and Central and South America.

Scholarships cover tuition and a laptop, and they are awarded to students who are accepted for admission to the program at the University of Edinburgh.

Applications are due 27 July 2018, with applicants notified of the outcome by 30 September 2018. The scholarships are funded by the generous support of the David E I Pyott Foundation.


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