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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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ICO Guide to Effective CPD/CME

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Date ICO Member Headline Topic Subspecialty Region
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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May 2, 2017 ICO’s Declaration on Trachoma and Trichiasis Surgery

Trachoma affects approximately 150 million people worldwide, and the ICO is dedicated to its eradication. The ICO outlined this commitment in our 2009 Bahrain Declaration on Trachoma and Trichiasis Surgery. The declaration builds on the ICO’s long history of leadership in the prevention of trachomatous blindness: 

  • The organization that became the ICO grew out of actions in 1857 to address the problem of trachoma in Europe. 
  • In 1928, the ICO led international efforts to focus on trachoma around the world. 
  • The ICO is a founding member of the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness. 
  • The ICO is a partner in VISION 2020: The Right to Sight. 
  • ICO President Prof. Hugh Taylor literally wrote the book on trachoma.

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May 2, 2017 In Remembrance: Kathleen Miller, ICO Executive Director

The ICO family mourns the loss of Executive Director Kathy Miller, who passed away on April 20th following a battle with cancer that lasted more than two decades. She died peacefully in her home in San Francisco, surrounded by loved ones.

“Despite the battle she was fighting, Kathy maintained her positive spirit and sense of humor and was a superb leader and role model for the staff,” said ICO Chief Executive Officer Bill Felch.

Kathy began working with the ICO in 2010 as a consultant focusing on education and was named ICO Executive Director in 2012. Among many accomplishments, Kathy played a key role in development of the ICO Teaching the Teachers initiative to improve ophthalmic education and meet the growing need for eye care worldwide.

“I am very, very sorry to hear this sad news,” said ICO President Prof. Hugh Taylor. "It is a great loss of a wonderful woman and friend.”

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Kathy’s name be made to the American Cancer Society.

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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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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 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. 

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June 2, 2017 New Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Curriculum

The ICO Subspecialty Curriculum for Training in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus has been finalized and is available for download.

The pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus curriculum strives to present an international consensus on what ophthalmologic subspecialists in training should be taught, and the curriculum can be adapted and modified to meet local and regional needs. Your comments on this curriculum and all ICO curricula are encouraged and will be considered for future revisions.

The ICO thanks the committee members and the committee co-chairs, Drs. Dorothy Fan and Christopher Yu, for their tremendous efforts and is grateful for the commitment and involvement of ICO Subspecialty Member Societies in the ongoing development of subspecialty curricula


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Pediatric, Strabismus, Genetics

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 2, 2017 Patient Safety: a Global Priority for All

The ICO calls on societies and ophthalmologists around the world to support and advocate for the elimination of human suffering from errors related to eye surgery.

The ICO’s Global Call for Action to Eliminate Eye Surgical Errors recommends adherence to standard protocols and procedures by integration of safety promotion systems that involve the entire surgical team. Essential aspects of a standard checklist include preoperative verification, site marking, and a surgical pause.

Patient safety is also a priority of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). At the European Society of Ophthalmology Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on June 11, 2017, the ICO is participating in the symposium “Safety in the Clinic and OR: Improving Patient Care and Staying Out of Trouble.” Please join us in sharing experiences and insights.

The ICO’s Global Call for Action to Eliminate Eye Surgical Errors also includes links to valuable patient safety resources from the WHO and AAO.


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Guidelines

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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June 28, 2017 Re a Le Amogela! We Welcome You to WOC2020!

We invite you to the June 26–29, 2020, World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2020) of the International Council of Ophthalmology in Cape Town, South Africa. WOC2020––hosted by the Ophthalmologic Society of South Africa––marks the first time the WOC will be held in Sub-Saharan Africa.

WOC2020 is expected to host more than 12,000 delegates from countries across the globe, with innovative events aligned with VISION 2020’s mission to eliminate avoidable blindness. What better time to bring attention to Sub-Saharan Africa and the challenges it faces than 2020? What better place than Cape Town to share the latest research, introduce new technologies, and open up a world of educational resources?

We know WOC2020 will enrich your mind, but we expect it will also capture your heart. Mark your calendars now to attend this historic Congress. Learn more and signup to receive updates at: woc2020.icoph.org.


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June 28, 2017 Register Now for WOC2018 in Barcelona

Join us June 16–19, 2018, in Barcelona, Spain, at the Fira Gran Via Conference Center for the 36th World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the International Council of Ophthalmology, with over 15,000 delegates expected to attend from over 130 countries.

Interested in presenting an abstract? The abstract submission website opens on August 21, 2017, and the abstract submission deadline is December 1, 2017. Download the abstract guidelines, “WOC2018 Call for Abstracts.” 

Register now to attend the longest continuous international medical meeting, with:

  • A scientific program of over 350 sessions addressing all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology
  • The opportunity to network with recognized international leaders and professionals
  • An exhibition featuring the latest products and services in the field.

Revenues from the WOC help support ICO programs, including ophthalmic education, society and leadership development, and advocacy.


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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

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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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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May 2, 2017 The Effectiveness of Cataract Surgery in 20 Countries

A study analyzing datasets from 20 countries during the period 2005 and 2013 found that only 53.7% of people needing cataract surgery have actually received surgery, and among those, approximately one-third were still not able to see well after their procedure.

Reported in the March 1 issue of PLOS ONE, “Effective Cataract Surgical Coverage: An Indictor for Measuring Quality-of-Care in the Context of Universal Health Coverage,” by Dr. Jacqueline Ramke and co-authors promotes the use of a new indicator, “effective cataract surgical coverage” (eCSC), which combines data for those who received surgery, known as cataract surgical coverage (CSC), with data on visual acuity outcomes, classified using World Health Organization standards.

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is at the heart of the United Nation’s goal for health in the Sustainable Development Goals. Both CSC and eCSC are indicators that can meet the rigorous standards expected for UHC monitoring.


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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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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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May 2, 2017 Updated: ICO Guide to Effective CPD/CME

The ICO Guide to Effective CPD/CME is a practical resource covering concepts and questions regarding continuing professional development (CPD) and continuing medical education (CME), reinforcing that medical education goes far beyond certification.

The book, updated in March 2017, is presented in a problem-based format and enables the user to navigate easily to sections they find most relevant. The guide covers CPD/CME concepts, the individual’s role in CPD, the educator’s role in CPD, organizational development of CPD, and the regulator’s role in CPD.

Dr. Helena Filipe, Chair of the ICO Continuing Professional Development Committee, presented the ICO Guide to Effective CPD/CME at the November 2016 European CME Forum in Amsterdam.


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ICO Programs and Initiatives

May 2, 2017 WOC2018: By the Numbers

A little more than a year away, the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2018), June 16–19 in Barcelona, Spain, will offer a compelling scientific program bringing together top specialists from around the world to share their expertise and experience.

Here are some relevant numbers: 

  • 86 ICO Member Societies (46 subspecialty, 36 national and 4 supranational) will participate in the scientific program with 71 sessions. 
  • WOC2018 co-host, the Spanish Society of Implant-Refractive Ocular Surgery, will have 32 sessions over the 4-day Congress. 
  • 132 invited program subspecialty coordinators have organized 110 sessions. 
  • The submitted program will consist of 60 instruction courses, 48 free paper sessions, and another potential 48 poster pod sessions (interactive poster presentations) covering 20 subspecialties and interests. 
  • The WOC Barcelona Film Festival will offer approximately 60 videos. 
  • 28 topics in 7 subspecialties will be discussed over 2 days at the WOC Breakfast Club.

Register now for WOC2018 and reserve your hotel in beautiful Barcelona.


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