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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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Fifteen Years of ICO Fellowships - Program Report

The ICO Fellowships Program helps promising young ophthalmologists from developing countries improve their practical skills… More »

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November 21, 2017 AMEE2018 Call for Abstract Submissions

The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) 2018 annual meeting will be in Basel, Switzerland, from 25–29 August 2018.

Calls for abstract submissions for AMEE 2018 have been announced. Please note the short timeline for Research Papers and Doctoral Reports.


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October 25, 2017 App: 9 Gaze
The iOS app, 9 Gaze, documents eye motility and strabismus in the nine cardinal positions of gaze. The app provides an on-screen guide for eye positioning to assist with image consistency and automatically creates a composite image of the photographs for easy exporting.
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November 21, 2017 App: Eye Emergency Manual
An emergency manual is available as an app for both Android and Apple. The content within this app was developed by ophthalmic and emergency clinicians of the New South Wales Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI). It provides a quick and simple guide to recognizing important signs and symptoms, and management of common eye emergencies.
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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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November 21, 2017 Book: Mastering Techniques of Phacoemulsification and Intraocular Lens Implantation

The second edition of Phacoemulsification and Intraocular Lens Implantation: Mastering Techniques and Complications in Cataract Surgery is available.

This edition is greatly expanded in size and scope to accommodate the latest state-of-the-art methodologies and refinements in surgical strategies.


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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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Diabetic Eye Care

October 25, 2017 Chiefs’ Rounds from Wills Eye Hospital

View recorded “Chiefs’ Rounds” from Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, USA online, where residents present two mystery cases to the Service Chiefs and Attending Physicians.

The case-based learning experience is designed as an ongoing update for practicing ophthalmologists engaged in comprehensive and subspecialty practice, as well as for ophthalmologists in training.


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October 26, 2017 Critical New Data on Vision Impairment

Data for causes of vision impairment and blindness form an important basis of recommendations in public health policies. While the prevalence of blindness has decreased globally, and vision for millions of people has been saved, there is still much to do.

The Vision Loss Expert Group published two articles in The Lancet in conjunction with World Sight Day that offer both valuable statistics and concerning analysis: 

  • The global level of blindness caused by cataracts in adults over age 50 has remained almost unchanged, declining from 36.7 percent in 1990 to 35.1 percent in 2015, with a further decline to 34.7 percent predicted by 2020. 
  • As the population aged 50-plus is set to rise dramatically, stalled progress on cataracts and other causes of blindness—and the progressive nature of those diseases—means the number of blind individuals is expected to triple by the year 2050. 
  • A lack of access to eye health care in low- and middle-income countries has slowed progress.

The articles––“Global Causes of Blindness and Distance Vision Impairment 1990–2020: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” and “Global Causes of Vision Loss in 2015”––follow the Vision Loss Expert Group’s earlier projections on global blindness and low vision published in the September 2017 issue of The Lancet.

On World Sight Day 2017, the IAPB Vision Atlas was published, which presents this complex data through maps and infographics along with context and expert commentary. The Atlas is an effective new tool for understanding these trends and for advocating an increased commitment to eye health. 


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November 21, 2017 Current Opinions and Modern Approaches in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dry Eye Disease
This recently released monograph is a continuing medical education activity from New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai and MedEdicus LLC and provides a comprehensive and updated overview on the best strategies for diagnosing and managing dry eye.
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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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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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December 11, 2017 Educator Sessions at APAO 2018 Congress

If you are attending the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress in February, the ICO will be co-sponsoring several sessions for educators and those interested in ophthalmic education.

Six APAO-ICO Sessions for Educators will be held during APAO 8–11 February 2018. 

  • ICO Continuing Professional Development Course: Creating Learning Experiences with Impact 
  • Teaching Does Not Equal Learning: How Do We Know if They Have Learned? 
  • E-learning Principles and Resources 
  • Teaching Professionalism in the Busy Clinical Practice: A Global Perspective 
  • Are your Graduates and Training Programs Good? Models of Accreditation and Certification 
  • ICO Fellowships and Exams Symposium

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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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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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December 11, 2017 Galería de Videos de la Sociedad Mexicana de Oftalmología 2011–2017

Browse the video gallery of the Mexican Society of Ophthalmology’s academic sessions, subspecialty videos, and the society’s video festivals.

Recorra la galería de videos de las sesiones académicas, vídeos de subespecialidades y festivales de vídeos de la Sociedad Mexicana de Oftalmología.


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January 22, 2018 Glaucoma Evidence Map from Sightsavers

Sightsavers new Evidence Gap Map (EGM) for Glaucoma is a visual tool applicable to low- and middle-income countries that displays evidence from systematic and literature reviews. Presented in an accessible user-friendly format, the EGM highlights gaps for future research.

Sightsavers also offers thematic EGMs for cataract, diabetic retinopathy, refractive error, and trachoma. Related supportive resources are the ICO Guidelines for Glaucoma Eye Care and the ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care.


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January 8, 2018 Happy New Year to Our Friends and Colleagues

The ICO Board of Trustees and staff wish you and your family a peaceful and prosperous 2018!

The ICO’s roots date back to 1857. With the support of dedicated partners, the ICO is increasing access to high quality eye care, and preserving and restoring vision. Some recent milestones: 

  • ICO membership includes 108 national societies, 7 regional societies, and 43 international subspecialty societies
  • Over 1,000 ICO Fellowships have been granted to ophthalmologists from 84 low-resource countries. 
  • More than 30,000 ophthalmologists have taken ICO Examinations at one of our 122 exam centers around the world. 
  • Nearly 2,000 program directors and faculty have participated in ICO Residency Program Directors Courses.

To learn more about what we have achieved together in our global alliance for sight, read the 2017 ICO Program Update.


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December 1, 2017 HelpMeSee and ISMSICS Sign Multi-year Agreement to Promote Cataract Surgery

Chennai, India, Dec 1, 2017 - HelpMeSee has signed a 5-year sponsorship with The International Society of Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgeons (ISMSICS) to become a global sponsor of the Comprehensive Cataract Conferences (CCC) to promote safe cataract surgeries for eliminating the backlog of untreated cataract blindness worldwide. Organized by ISMSICS, CCC 2017 is currently underway in Chennai, India through December 3rd 2017, with HelpMeSee announced as the global sponsor and active participant in numerous events during the 3-day conference.

Read the full agreement.


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