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Date ICO Member Headline Topic Subspecialty Region
July 11, 2018 ICO Member 146 Countries Work to Advance Eye Health at WOC2018

The International Council of Ophthalmology would like to thank everyone who traveled to Barcelona, Spain to take part in our World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2018).

We welcomed 8,000 ophthalmologists from 146 countries who participated in more than 350 educational sessions, covering all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology. The scientific program was organized by Scientific Program Chair Dr. Clement C.Y. Tham and made possible through the invaluable contributions of the Scientific Program Committee and Coordinators, Chairs, and speakers.

Thank you to the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology for hosting WOC2018, and the European Society of Ophthalmology and Spanish Society of Implant-Refractive Ocular Surgery for co-hosting the Congress in partnership with the Catalan Society of Ophthalmology and the Barraquer Institute.

View photos from WOC2018.

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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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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.

Access the framework.

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June 21, 2018 Association for Medical Education in Europe 2018 Live

The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) is offering online registration to their annual meeting, “AMEE 2018 Live,” 26-29 August, 2018.

With online registration, individuals who cannot attend the conference in Basel, Switzerland, are able to participate in events, interviews, and sessions from a location of their choosing. A broadband internet connection allows online registrants to engage in AMEE Live session discussions and ask questions. Sessions can also be accessed afterwards for up to one year.

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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.

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

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

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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 –

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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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February 25, 2018 Courses: eLearning Courses by Orbis

Orbis International has launched three new courses on their telemedicine platform, A free 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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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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April 5, 2018 E-Learning Resource: Eye-Site

This interactive E-learning course offered by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists focuses on clinical assessment, refraction, ophthalmic public health, and microsurgery skills. Users will need to register for a free account.

Access the Eye-Site resources.

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July 11, 2018 ICO Member Earn CME Credits after the Congress

WOC2018 was filled with so many opportunities to learn. We are pleased to offer WOC2018 OnDemand which provides access to more than 500 hours of recorded Congress presentations. Watch at your convenience and earn CME credits from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Purchase WOC2018 OnDemand

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April 25, 2018 Emerging International Leaders and Young Ophthalmologists are the Pacesetters of Tomorrow

Emerging International Leaders (EILs) and Young Ophthalmologists (YOs) are at the forefront of a long and exciting professional life, and WOC2018 offers numerous opportunities to meet and socialize with newfound EIL and YO colleagues: 

  • EIL and YO Lounge: Open Daily, 8:30–17:30, Tibidabo Suite 
  • EIL and YO Reception: Sunday, 17 June, 18:30–19:30, Room 7.1, Conference Center 7 
  • EIL Brainstorming Discussion and Happy Hour: Sunday, 17 June, 17:30, Room 22, Hall 8.0 
  • YO Informal Night Out; Sunday, 17 June; stop by the EIL/YO Lounge for details.

The ICO Emerging International Leaders Initiative, part of the ICO 2017–2020 Strategic Plan, offers opportunities for networking, mentorship, and leadership skill improvement, especially for those interested in ICO activities or in becoming a future ophthalmic society leader. For more information about this initiative, email Jennifer Hanes, ICO Membership and Society Relations Manager, at

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April 11, 2018 Enroll Now: Learning and Teaching Critical Thinking

Join the new online course organized by the International Council of Ophthalmology: Learning and Teaching Critical Thinking.

The ability to think critically is an advantageous skill and is key to being a successful professional. This 8-week course is designed to improve analytical abilities, help you be more impactful in your decisions, and for teachers to become better equipped to support students in developing their own critical thinking skills.

There is no fee for the course, but proof of purchase of the reading material is required.

Learn more about the course.

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May 15, 2018 Expand Your Educational and Clinical Skills with ICO Online Courses

ICO Online Courses are designed for the busy professional and can be accessed at the user’s convenience for 16 weeks following enrollment.

ICO Online Courses Available Now

Upcoming ICO Online Courses 

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May 15, 2018 Government Support of Eye Care Sees Major Advancement in Africa

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) launched the second generation of the “Alliance to Fight Avoidable Blindness” (AFAB) in Tunisia on 2 April 2018.

IDB Member states initially committed $30 million dollars to support eye care in 12 African countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Comoros, Cöte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, and Togo.

Expected accomplishments in this second phase include one million cataract operations, 11 million children screened for refractive errors, 700 scholarships for the training of eye health professionals, and additional services for diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and some of its members are partnering with the IDB on this initiative and will assist in developing plans to provide sustainable comprehensive eye services.

The first-phase of the AFAB program (2008–2015) targeted eight member countries, provided eye care to more than 244,000 individuals, and restored sight to approximately 49,000 people. The program was initiated by Dr. Ahmed Trabelsi, ICO Advisory Committee member and President of the Nadi Al Bassar Foundation, who approached the IDB about eradicating blindness in Africa.

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April 5, 2018 Guidelines for Strabismus and Pediatric Ophthalmology

These recently updated AAO Preferred Practice Pattern guidelines (“PPP”), focused on Pediatric Ophthalmology, are designed to identify characteristics and components of quality eye care.

Preferred Practice Pattern: Amblyopia

Preferred Practice Pattern: Esotropia and Exotropia

Preferred Practice Pattern: Pediatric Eye Evaluations

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May 15, 2018 ICO Advanced Exam and ICO Subspecialty Examinations Application Deadline is 31 July

Apply now to take the ICO Advanced Examination and the ICO Subspecialty Examinations, which will be offered at testing centers around the world on 17 October 2018. The deadline to apply is 31 July.

The ICO Advanced Examination is offered to ophthalmologists who have passed all three parts of the ICO Standard Examination or an examination of similar standard. Candidates who pass the ICO Advanced Examination, along with a local face-to-face examination, may use the post-nominal acronym FICO.

The ICO Subspecialty Examinations are offered for cornea and external disease; glaucoma; medical and surgical retina; neuro-ophthalmology; oculoplastics; pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus; and uveitis.

Go to: for more information and to download application forms.

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