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The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Adopts International Council of Ophthalmology Exams

The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) Examinations is known for setting the global standard for ophthalmologists,… More »


New Published Data on the Number of Ophthalmologists Worldwide: Will We Meet the Needs?

The ICO surveyed national societies of ophthalmology and representatives from the Ministry of Health from 194 countries to… More »


New CEO Ivo Kocur to Drive ICO Future

The ICO Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Ivo Kocur MD MSc MA MBA— a high profile, results-oriented leader —… More »

Date ICO Member Headline Topic Subspecialty Region
September 1, 2019 India’s Young Ophthalmologists Times Highlights ICO Fellowships

The Young Ophthalmologists Society of India has released the latest issue of their official publication the Young Ophthalmologists Times (YO Times).

The issue focuses on vitreo-retina training and provides an in-depth look into vitreo-retina as a career option. Articles provide useful information on retina-focused ICO Fellowships, the Indian institutes that host ICO Fellowships, and tips on succeeding as retina fellow and beyond.

Download the current issue of YO Times.

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September 30, 2019 New CEO Ivo Kocur to Drive ICO Future
The ICO Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Ivo Kocur MD MSc MA MBA— a high profile, results-oriented leader — will drive the future of the ICO as our next Chief Executive Officer. An accomplished senior Medical Officer with the World Health Organization responsible for the global eye health agenda, Ivo carries with him more than 20 years of experience in public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Ivo brings to the ICO a proven track record of success, change and collaborations worldwide toward the prevention of vision impairment and enhancement of eye care.

Ivo holds a medical degree and began his career as an eye surgeon and teacher at the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, his native country. His passion to promote education led to his efforts to spearhead the establishment of the Lions Ophthalmology Education Center in Prague, now attended by over 3000 ophthalmologists from many countries. He holds a Master of Science in Community Eye Health from the University College London, a Master of Arts in Diplomacy from the Diplomatic Academy of London, and a Master of Business Administration from the European University in Geneva, Switzerland.

In 2002, Ivo was appointed by the World Health Organization as WHO Global Coordinator of VISION 2020 and fostered international collaborations of key stakeholders in order to shape the global public eye health agenda. Since then he has facilitated the development of four eye health resolutions and two global action plans endorsed by the World Health Assembly. During his career with the WHO, Ivo has been instrumental in working with ministries of health to assess and develop national eye care plans.

ICO President Peter Wiedemann MD says, “We are particularly impressed by Ivo’s energy and focus on society members. He clearly understands the need to ensure the ICO represents our member needs to its fullest.”

Ivo is well versed in eye care delivery and health system issues with a career that has included roles in fundraising, government relations, and public affairs in the eye care sector. “I am honored to join the ICO and excited to build on its outstanding legacy and dedication to improve eye care around the world,” said Ivo.

The Board thanks Neeru Gupta MD PhD MBA for her exemplary leadership and commitment to the organization as past Interim CEO. Neeru has played an integral role in advancing the ICO mission and continues to serve as ICO Vice-President.
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September 30, 2019 New Published Data on the Number of Ophthalmologists Worldwide: Will We Meet the Needs?
The ICO surveyed national societies of ophthalmology and representatives from the Ministry of Health from 194 countries to gather the total number and density of ophthalmologists at the national and global level, including growth trends. The authors reported over 230,000 ophthalmologists in 194 countries. A significant shortfall of ophthalmologists in many countries was noted, and the ageing population has been growing faster than the profession.

The authors concluded that although the estimated global ophthalmologist workforce appears to be growing, the appropriate distribution of the eye care workforce and the development of comprehensive eye care delivery systems are needed to ensure that eye care needs are universally met.

The article is published by the British Journal of Ophthalmology and is available online at:
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July 24, 2019 Professor Harminder Dua Recognized by Queen Elizabeth II

ICO Board Member, Professor Harminder Dua, has been appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). He received the honor in recognition of his service to eye health, education, and for his achievements in the field of ophthalmology.

Professor Dua is Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in the Division of Clinical Neuroscience at the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham. He serves as head of the city of Nottingham’s Division of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and as Editor-in-Chief of J.EuCornea. Professor Dua was co-Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Ophthalmology and is a past president of both EuCornea and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He was made Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in September 2018.


Operating out of the Queen's Medical Centre for the past 25 years, Professor Dua has helped thousands of patients and is a leading authority on corneas. He won international recognition when his research group discovered a previously undetected layer of the human cornea in 2013. The Pre-Descemet Layer is popularly known as Dua’s Layer. His work to develop our understanding of this Pre-Descemet Layer has informed three new surgical techniques and made lamellar corneal transplantation safer.


“I am humbled by this great national honor, which reflects the glory of the whole team and individuals and institutions that have influenced my career…,” said Professor Dua.

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September 30, 2019 Submit your Abstract and Apply for Travel Grants to WOC2020
Abstract Submission is Open
Submit your abstract today for a chance to take an active part at the 37th World Ophthalmology Congress, taking place 26–29 June 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Find out more about the different presentation categories and 26 topics. Please note that only abstracts submitted via the dedicated submission platform will be considered. Abstract submission closes on 02 December 2019.

Travel Grants
The ICO offers grants to support eye care professionals around the world to accepted abstract submitters. Grants are awarded based on the quality of abstracts and need. Priority will be given to participants from middle and low-income countries. The grant consists of an amount of USD 1,000 and waived registration fee. Please indicate while submitting your abstract that you wish to apply for a Travel Grant. Get more information regarding WOC2020 Travel Grants.
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