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April 5, 2018 ICO Fellowships in AAO’s Global Directory of Training Opportunities

The International Council of Ophthalmology Fellowships are now included in the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s (AAO) Global Directory of Training Opportunities along with many other distinguished opportunities from around the world. You can search for our fellowships by typing “ICO” in the search field.

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April 25, 2018 ICO Member Society Spotlight: Hungarian Ophthalmological Society

The Hungarian Ophthalmological Society (HOS) carries forward Hungary’s proud ophthalmologic heritage. Ophthalmology education began at the University of Pest in 1801, and the first Hungarian journal dedicated to ophthalmology, Ophthalmologia Hungarica (Szemészet), began in 1864 and was one of the earliest specialty journals in the world.

The HOS, founded in 1904, engages with national societies in central and southern Europe and counts more than 600 active members. Supporting their mission to promote ophthalmic education and further medical research, the HOS recently published three studies outlining results of their Hungarian rapid assessment of avoidable blindness (RAAB) with diabetic retinopathy (DR) study: 

Find more RAAB studies and findings at the RAAB Repository.

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May 30, 2018 ICO Online Neuro-Ophthalmology Essentials Course
We are pleased to announce that the new online clinical course, “Neuro-Ophthalmology Essentials” is open. The course, taught by instructors Drs. Karl Golnik and Ama Sadaka, is available to begin at any time.
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May 30, 2018 ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group on LinkedIn

As was previously announced, the ICO has formed a special interest group for ophthalmic educators, the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG). The ICO-OEG supports educators and teachers of ophthalmology and recognizes ophthalmic education as a distinct subspecialty of ophthalmology.

As part of these efforts, the ICO has created an ICO-OEG LinkedIn group with the goal of creating a dynamic online space for ophthalmic educators to network, share resources, and discuss issues relevant to their profession. If you are an educator or involved in ophthalmic education, we are pleased to extend an invitation for you to join.

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June 21, 2018 ICO Residency Curriculum in Spanish

The ICO Residency Curriculum has been translated into Spanish and is available for download on the ICO website.

The ICO Residency Curriculum offers an international consensus on what residents in ophthalmology should be taught. While the ICO Residency Curriculum provides a standardized content outline for ophthalmic training, it has been designed to be revised and modified, with the precise local details for implementation left to the region’s educators.

The ICO Residency Curriculum has been utilized in Austria, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, South Africa, Tunisia, and other countries. It is endorsed by the European Board of Ophthalmology and the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology.

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July 11, 2018 ICO Member ICO-Allergan Advanced Research Fellowship Accepting Applications

The ICO-Allergan Advanced Research Fellowship is now open to ophthalmologists worldwide who are under age 40. The one-year, $US 50,000 research fellowship offers applicants the opportunity to continue their research at a chosen university, preferably in a different country than where they currently live.

We are pleased to share that the 2017/18 ICO-Allergan Advanced Research Fellowship was awarded to Dr. Emilio de Almeida Torres Netto, Brazil, to support his research project, “Factors modulating the biomechanics of corneal tissue.” Watch this short video of Dr. Torres at WOC2018 explaining his research.

Apply for the 2018/19 ICO-Allergan Advanced Research Fellowship in cornea, dry eye, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, pediatric ophthalmology, retina, tumors, and uveitis.

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April 11, 2018 ICO-OSCAR Ptosis

We are excited to announce that a new ICO Ophthalmology Surgical Competency Assessment Rubric (ICO-OSCAR) for anterior approach ptosis surgery was published in the February 2018 issue of Orbit.

The ICO-OSCAR is a behavioral and skill-based rubric to teach and assess an ophthalmologist’s surgical competence. Evaluators use the rubric to objectively measure the resident’s capability in performing a specific procedure and it also provides learners with a tool to better gauge their own effectiveness.

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See all available ICO-OSCARs and translations.

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June 21, 2018 ICO-OSCAR Ptosis in Spanish
The ICO-Ophthalmology Surgical Competency Assessment Rubrics (ICO-OSCARs) are behavioral and skill-based rubrics designed to teach and assess an ophthalmologist’s surgical competence. Educators use the rubrics to measure the resident’s capability in performing a specific procedure objectively. They also give learners tools to better gauge their own effectiveness.
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April 25, 2018 Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute Celebrates Historic First Year

Impacting lives across borders, the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI) in Yaoundé, Cameroon, celebrated the anniversary of the Institute’s 29 March 2017 official commissioning. In its inaugural year, MICEI––the first nonprofit specialty eye hospital and training institute in central Africa––cared for 20,000 new patients and began seeing positive income in May 2017.

“MICEI has seen a spectacular list of achievements,” says ICO President Hugh Taylor. “Not only have they successfully survived their first and most difficult year, they have flourished––providing world-class surgery, treatment, and ophthalmic training.”

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) committed US$2 million to MICEI to support 18,000 cataract surgeries over five years. Watch this webinar about the results-based Cameroon Development Impact Bond, which provides upfront financing and repays investors based on successful outcomes. Read about structuring and financing development impact bonds for health.

Learn more about how advocacy can increase monetary support for eye care at the WOC2018 symposium How to Improve Financing for Eye Care.

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June 18, 2018 New smartphone app aims to improve cataract surgical outcomes

BOOST (Better Operative Outcomes Software Tool), a simple, free and easy-to-use app to help surgeons monitor and improve cataract surgical outcomes, has been launched at the World Ophthalmology Congress in Barcelona.

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April 11, 2018 Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Principles of Assessment and Effective Feedback

This month we recommend the article “Principles of Assessment and Effective Feedback,” by Drs. Jorge Eugenio Valdez-García, Mildred Vanessa López-Cabrera, Elena Ríos Barrientos.

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April 5, 2018 Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Teaching in the Operating Room

This month we recommend the article “Teaching in the Operating Room: Trends in Surgical Skills Transfer in Ophthalmology,” by Drs. Anastasia Neufeld, Laura Hanson, and Jeff Pettey.

Access the article on the ICO’s Educator Blog.

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July 11, 2018 ICO Member Participants of the AOC-ICO Summit Meeting at WOC2018

Presidents and leaders of 23 ophthalmologic societies in Sub-Saharan Africa came together at the African Ophthalmology Council (AOC)/ICO Summit on 15 June during WOC2018 to consider how to better serve ophthalmologists and enhance eye health in Africa.

Topics included the needs of the public related to eye health, the needs of ophthalmologists and ophthalmologic societies, and society development in Sub-Saharan Africa. The role of the AOC and objectives for African ophthalmological societies were discussed, as was WOC2020, which will take place 26–29 June 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa.

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August 30, 2018 Peter Wiedemann New ICO President

Peter Wiedemann succeeded Hugh Taylor as President of the ICO. The transition of power took place at the end of the World Ophthalmology Congress in Barcelona, on 19 June 2018.

Professor Wiedemann is committed to leading the ICO into an exciting future with ICO Member societies to reduce the burden of eye disease worldwide. He is internationally recognized for his work in macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy and has held numerous leadership positions including past President of the German Society of Ophthalmology, and Secretary General of the Academia Ophthalmological Internationalis. He is Director of the Leipzig University Eye Hospital in Germany. His well-respected breadth of work includes more than 500 peer-reviewed papers and eight books, including Ryan’s Retina.

As ICO President, Prof. Wiedemann has identified collaboration and education as key priority areas. “It is important for the ICO to collaborate with our member ophthalmologic societies and leaders to support ophthalmologists and to advocate for access to high-quality eye care,” said Prof. Wiedemann. “I am proud to have the opportunity to serve with the ICO as we work toward our vision of a world in which no one has avoidable vision loss.”

Prof. Wiedemann has served the ICO in numerous roles including Treasurer from 2014–2018 and as Program Chair for both the World Ophthalmology Congresses WOC2012 in Abu Dhabi and WOC2014 in Tokyo.

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August 28, 2018 Please join the ICO in wishing Bill Felch a joyful retirement

This August, William C. Felch Jr. retired from his longtime role as CEO of the International Council of Ophthalmology. We invite the ICO global network to join our Board and staff in thanking Mr. Felch for his tireless work ethic, keen eye for details, and commitment to building a world alliance for sight.

Over the past 20 years, Mr. Felch has been a pillar of the organization serving in a variety of roles, first as a consultant and then Executive Director and CEO. His significant contributions to leadership development, ICO education and advocacy programs, and to ICO strategic planning, have been important to the advancement of the global eye health movement. Under his leadership as CEO, the organization expanded its programs and initiatives around the world and added over 100 ophthalmologic societies to the ICO’s global network. Without his dedication to eye health, the ICO would not be where it is today.

“I know you all join me in feeling a deep sense of gratitude for Mr. Felch’s longstanding service and his dedication to the ICO. We wish him well in his retirement,” said ICO President, Dr. Peter Wiedemann.

Before coming to the ICO, Mr. Felch served as Director of Communications for the American Society of Internal Medicine and spent 16 years in key positions at the American Academy of Ophthalmology, including as Vice President for Planning and Research. Mr. Felch subsequently worked for 12 years as an organizational development and communications consultant. He has facilitated strategic planning for more than 40 international, national, and local eye care and health care organizations, including the ICO.

In 1993, Mr. Felch facilitated the first ICO Strategic Plan and later joined the staff as Executive Director in 2007 and as CEO in 2012.

“The ICO has held a huge place in my heart and life,” noted Mr. Felch. “The greatest pleasure in my career has been working with incredibly dedicated ophthalmologists and staff who are committed to helping expand access to high-quality eye care around the world. I consider many of you my closest friends and very much look forward to staying in touch and crossing paths in the future. I would like to thank each of you for your support, your friendship, and your commitment to the ICO.”

“All of us on staff have been grateful to have Mr. Felch a valuable mentor,” says ICO COO, Lindsey Washburn. “We will miss his guidance, encouragement, and thoughtful leadership. His shoes will be hard for the organization to fill, but we wish him the very best in his retirement.”

The transition is being managed by ICO President, Dr. Peter Wiedemann, and the Board Officers. We look forward to updating the ICO community in the coming months as that process progresses.

The ICO is currently working on a retirement gift for Mr. Felch. If you would like to have your personal message included, we invite you to take a moment to add your message here.

If you'd like to contact Bill directly, he can be reached at

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April 11, 2018 Recently Added to the Center from our Editorial Board

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June 14, 2018 Reduced Registration Rates for ICGS 2018 Ending Soon!

Register today for the 6–8 September ICGS 2018 in Montreal, Canada, as registration fees increase after 14 June.

We offer you our warmest welcome and hope to make the 9th ICGS Congress in Canada a memorable experience for you!

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May 15, 2018 Reduced Registration Rates for WOC2018 Ending Soon!

Register today for the 16–19 June World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2018) in Barcelona, Spain, as registration fees increase after 23 May.

In addition to a Scientific Program of over 350 sessions at the Fira Gran Via conference center, WOC2018 offers ticketed courses and events that provide even more opportunities to connect and learn: 

  • Develop your surgical skills, learn innovative techniques, and better prevent and manage surgical complications with Hands-On Courses in cataract and vitreoretinal surgery, manual small incision cataract surgery, glaucoma, keratoplasty, and vitrectomy. 
  • Interact with experienced doctors at the WOC Breakfast Club. Discuss the latest trends covering a wide range of ophthalmic specialties, question assumptions, and fully engage in a relaxed learning atmosphere. 
  • Step into Spain’s history during Cultural Night on Monday, 18 June. Drink sangria, feast on delicious tapas, and take in the artistic beauty of human towers, Spanish horses, and flamenco dancers. Close out the evening with dancing and a battle of the (ophthalmologist) bands.

Ticketed events are selling out fast. Sign up when you register for WOC2018, or if already registered, log back into your WOC account, and add these events now.

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July 11, 2018 ICO Member Register Now for WOC2020 and Save!

The World Ophthalmology Congress® is the premier international ophthalmic meeting. Be sure to mark your calendars and join us for WOC2020 in Cape Town, South Africa, and WOC2022 in Melbourne Australia.

WOC2020: Cape Town, South Africa
26–29 June 2020

Register now for WOC2020 and receive a greatly reduced rate that is only available through 31 July 2018.

WOC2020 will be hosted by the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa (OSSA), with the African Ophthalmology Council (AOC) and Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) as co-hosts. Kgaogelo “Eddie” Legodi, MD, will serve as President of WOC2020.

WOC2022: Melbourne, Australia
25–28 February 2022

WOC2022 will be hosted by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO). Mark Daniell, MB, BS, FRACS, will be WOC2022 President.

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April 25, 2018 Save Money by Registering Now for WOC2018

Register Now for the 36th World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2018) of the International Council of Ophthalmology before prices increase after 23 May.

Learn and interact with ophthalmologists from more than 130 countries, and participate in a Scientific Program of over 350 sessions at the Fira Gran Via Convention Center 16–19 June in Barcelona, Spain.

Revenues from the WOC help support ICO initiatives and programs that enhance ophthalmic education and preserve and restore vision for the people of the world.

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