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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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May 2, 2017 ICO Member World Glaucoma Association Sponsors ICO Fellowships

The World Glaucoma Association (WGA) has sponsored four ICO Three-Month Fellowships for young ophthalmologists from Sub-Saharan Africa.

The ICO-WGA Fellowships have been awarded to ophthalmologists from Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroon, and Togo. Each fellow is receiving US$6,000 to cover expenses and free registration for the June 28–July 1, 2017 World Glaucoma Congress in Helsinki, Finland. The Fellows will spend their summer training in Finland, with hosts Drs. Tero Kivelä, Helsinki University Central Hospital; Anja Tuulonen, Tampere University Hospital; and Eija Vesti, University of Turku.


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May 2, 2017 ICO Member ICO Member Spotlight: ARVO

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) offers valuable training and advocacy resources.

ARVO’s new Research Essentials are a series of online self-paced modules that offer essential training and career development for clinicians, scientists, and students at all career levels. Users gain foundational knowledge, develop next-step skills, and receive a certificate of completion for each module. Learn more about ARVO’s online education.

You also can access ARVO’s free, public-friendly video series Revealing the back of the eye with OCT, which describes how optical coherence tomography (OCT) is impacting patients, policymakers, and the public. Clinicians are encouraged to share the videos with their patients. Learn more about the video series, an Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science OCT special issue, and how to download the real-world impact of OCT advocacy toolkit.

The ARVO Annual Meeting, the largest gathering of vision researchers and clinician-scientists from around the world, will be May 7-11 this year in Baltimore. Be sure to visit ICO Booth #4905 while at the Baltimore Convention Center Exhibit Hall.


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ICO Membership

June 2, 2017 ICO Member ICO Sessions and Receptions at the 2017 SOE Congress

While in Barcelona June 10–13, 2017, for the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) Congress, join the ICO for two 90-minute sessions focused on ophthalmic education, a reception for ICO Members, a reception for ICO Examinations and Fellowships, and a reception for the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG), which is open to everyone interested in ophthalmic education.

In addition to these events, the ICO is participating in a course with the World Health Organization, a symposium with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a symposium with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. Learn more about these ICO-related sessions

The ICO can also be found at stand #22 in the Exhibition Hall of the Convention Center International of Barcelona (CCIB). Please stop by and say hello!


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June 2, 2017 ICO Member ICO Member Spotlight: Syrian Ophthalmological Society

The Syrian Ophthalmological Society (SOS) was founded in 1965 and counts approximately 90 ophthalmologists as members.

The society’s current focus is on recruiting and training young doctors, but SOS Director of General Relations Dr. Abdul Aziz Badla notes their greatest challenge is the inability to obtain outside visas, meaning young Syrian ophthalmologists cannot attend international conferences and benefit from the educational opportunities they offer. “As we are unable to travel,” Dr. Badla says, “it would be immensely helpful if ophthalmologists can come here and share their knowledge with us through creation of courses.”

The SOS recently held their annual conference in Damascus, Syria, to an enthusiastic response, with almost 550 participants attending. The ICO presented multiple talks at the conference via video presentations.

If you are interested in collaborating with the SOS on courses and/or other educational support, please email Dr. Badla at: ‪abdulaziz.badla@yahoo.com‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬


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May 1, 2017 Diabetic Retinopathy Awareness Mission - Lambini Eye Institute

Diabetic Reinopathy awareness and Screening camp was conducted at Tansen and Rampur of Palpa District of Lumbini Zone, Nepal on April 28-29, 2017 by the Lumbini Eye Institute. It's a part of the mission "No more blindness from Diabetic Retinopathy." It was started with a powerpoint presentation on awareness about Diabetic Retinopathy and 120 Diabetic patients were screened for Retininopathy.Those patients who need further investigations and treatment were referred to our base Hospital.


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Diabetic Eye Care

May 1, 2017 Dr. Lansingh recieves the 2017 Benjamin F. Boyd Humanitarian Award from PAAO

Dr. Van Charles Lansingh, Chief Medical Officer for Latin America at HelpMeSee, has been selected by the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) to receive the Benjamin F. Boyd Humanitarian Award for 2017

 


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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.

Learn more about Kathy’s life.


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May 2, 2017 First Nonprofit Subspecialty Eye Hospital and Training Institute Opens in Francophone Africa

Dedicated to delivering comprehensive, high-quality, and affordable eye care and to training ophthalmologists and allied ophthalmic personnel, the Magrabi-ICO Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI) in Yaoundé was officially inaugurated on March 29, 2017.

MICEI is the first not-for-profit subspecialty and training eye hospital in the Central Africa Region and offers services––independent of a patient’s ability to pay––for cataract, glaucoma, retina and vitreous surgery, pediatric ophthalmology, cornea, refractive surgery, orbit and oculoplastic surgery, and neuro-ophthalmology.

In conjunction with the University of Yaoundé, MICEI will offer hands-on training to educate the eye care experts of tomorrow for Cameroon and the region. The Institute is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and is operated in accordance with the strictest international standards.

Prime Minister Philemon Yang presided over the inauguration on behalf of the President of Cameroon and recognized the critical contributions of the primary donor, chairman of the Africa Eye Foundation, and leader of the project Dr. Akef el-Maghraby; MICEI Chief Executive Officer Prof. Daniel Etya’ale; and MICEI Medical Director Dr. Henry Nkumbe.

Also participating were government ministers, and representatives from key partners, such as the ICO, CBM, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Latham & Watkins, Lions Club, Orbis, Seeing is Believing, Sightsavers, Thea Foundation, and the University of Yaoundé 1, as well as ophthalmic industry.

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May 2, 2017 Working Together to End Trachoma by 2020

Can we eliminate trachoma by 2020? Cautious optimism was in the air at the April 2017 Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) summit in Geneva, Switzerland. Hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO), attendees included Bill Gates, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, and other leaders in the field, including ICO Board members.

“If we are able to operate on all the patients with trichiasis and prevent them from developing new corneal scarring and blindness, we would end all new cases of blindness from trachoma by 2020,” said ICO President Prof. Hugh Taylor, a featured speaker at the summit.

With this once in a lifetime opportunity to end a major blinding eye disease, the ICO has asked each national ophthalmic society in a country where trachoma is still present to eliminate trichiasis in the next three years by looking at the trichiasis surgery programs in their country and doing whatever they can to mobilize ophthalmologists and harness the necessary resources.


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Eye Care

Research

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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Eye Care

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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World Ophthalmology Congress

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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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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June 2, 2017 Announcing WOC2018 Award Recipients

Come celebrate the achievements of our colleagues at the June 16, 2018, Opening Ceremony of the World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) in Barcelona, Spain. WOC2018 award recipients are:

  • ICO Gonin Medal: Jean-Jacques DeLaey, MD, PhD (Belgium)
  • ICO International Duke Elder Medal: Rubens Belfort, Jr., MD, PhD, MBA (Brazil)
  • ICO Ophthalmic Pathology Award: Sarah Coupland, MBBS, PhD, FRCPath, FARVO, FSB (United Kingdom)
  • ICO G.O.H. Naumann Award for Leadership in Global Eye Care Commission: Abdulaziz AlRajhi, MD (Saudi Arabia)
  • Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis (AOI) Bernardo Streiff Gold Medal: Paul Lichter, MD (United States)

The Opening Ceremony and award presentation begins at 18:00 in the Fira Gran Via Conference Center, Hall 8.1. Following the event, the evening’s festivities continue with a welcome reception for all attendees.

Register now for the June 16–19, 2018, World Ophthalmology Congress, and be part of global ophthalmology’s largest and most influential ophthalmic event. ¡Nos vemos allí!


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World Ophthalmology Congress

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

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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June 2, 2017 Advancing Ophthalmic Education and Eye Care in Syria

Dr. Ahmed Hassan Batal, a member of the ICO Examinations Committee, is supporting ophthalmic education in Syria by sponsoring all Syrian ophthalmologists who take the ICO Examinations. To date, more than 60 candidates have benefited from his generosity.

In addition to financial support, Dr. Batal––a pediatric ophthalmologist from Saudi Arabia––is the medical director of Emel Hospital in Syria, providing frontline care in the battle torn region.

Read more about Dr. Batal and his humanitarian contributions in Community Eye Health Journal.


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June 2, 2017 ICO Staff Leadership Changes

Given the recent passing of ICO Executive Director Kathy Miller, the ICO has named Lindsey Washburn as Chief Operating Officer. Lindsey has been with the ICO for over ten years––most recently as Director of Partnerships and Administration––and she will continue to oversee advocacy, eye care delivery, and partnerships with NGOs. She reports to ICO Chief Executive Officer Bill Felch.

Sarah Russell has been promoted to ICO Board and Office Manager and will now handle a large portion of Lindsey’s administrative and human resources responsibilities.

Kathy was also actively involved in the ICO’s educational programs, and Christine Graham, Education Manager, will now take greater responsibility for education.

Please join us in congratulating Lindsey, Sarah, and Christine on their well-deserved promotions.


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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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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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