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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 »


Peter Wiedemann New ICO President

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How to Obtain CME Credit for WOC2018 - DEADLINE: Monday, 17 September

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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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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 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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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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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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May 15, 2018 Standard Guidelines for Comprehensive School Eye Health Programs

Standardized guidelines to set up, develop, and/or strengthen comprehensive eye health programs as an integral part of school health were approved by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).

The Standard Guidelines for Comprehensive School Eye Health Programs––a joint collaboration between Sightsavers International, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the Brien Holden Vision Institute––recognize the unique opportunity school health programs have in providing comprehensive eye health services to potentially more than 700 million children worldwide.

Dr. Serge Resnikoff, ICO Director of the Eye Health Committee, outlines in the document’s Foreword that access to eye care is critically important for school-age children, as it introduces eye health education, enables early detection and referral of children with eye problems, and can protect and improve sight so that poor vision does not impede a child’s opportunity for academic success.

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May 30, 2018 WOEC Schedule: Saturday, 16 June

8:30–10:00 Symposium: Teaching and Assessing Surgical Competence - Participants will be able to describe the main steps for teaching and learning surgical processes, and deliver effective feedback about the surgical competence of a trainee.

14:00–15:30 Symposium: Innovative Formats for Teaching in Graduate Medical Education & CPD - This session will cover innovations for teaching including work-based learning, the use of surgical simulation, internet-based learning, use of portfolios, how to add metacognition to continuing professional development (CPD) and innovative assessment methods.

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May 30, 2018 WOEC Schedule: Sunday, 17 June

10:30–12:00 Course: Beyond the Lecture: Using Concept Maps to Promote Deep Learning of Medical Knowledge - This course will cover evidence supporting the use of mind maps to stimulate deep learning. Participants will have a hands-on experience on how to create concept maps and how to teach this skill. 

12:00–13:45 Keynote Luncheon: Dealing with Uncertainty in Medicine and Medical Education - The keynote presentation, “Dealing with Uncertainty in Medicine and Medical Education,” will be provided by Dr. Glenda Eoyang, PhD and Founding Executive Director, Human Systems Dynamics Institute. (By invitation only)

14:00–15:30 Case Study: Complex Cases of Problem Residents: Discussing Prevention and Remediation - This workshop will stress the importance of approaching resident performance problems in a way that is tailored to the specific behavior being addressed.

16:00–17:30 Symposium: Simulation for Teaching and Learning - By the end of this session, participants will be able to explain the need and applicability of surgical simulation to their own settings, describe models of simulation in the clinical setting, and implement low cost tools for practicing surgical steps.

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May 30, 2018 WOEC Schedule: Tuesday, 19 June

10:30–12:00 Symposium: Less is More: Focused Workplace Placement Based Assessments (WPBA) in Busy Disciplines - This session will define the rationale, structure, and implementation of Workplace Based Assessments (WBAs). Specific WBA examples for surgical skill, outpatient care, and professionalism will be described.

16:00–17:30 Symposium: Ophthalmic Education Based on Evidence: Today's Facts and Future Perspectives of Application - This session will cover the definition, importance, and need of evidence-based medical education and provide best-evidence examples to improve teaching.

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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September 7, 2018 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, universities, and nations, to measure ophthalmic education and knowledge. To date, more than 53,000 ICO Exams have been taken at 130 testing centers in over 80 countries around the world.


We are pleased to announce that the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has adopted the ICO Examinations to replace their written examinations and will offer membership to ophthalmologists who have passed the necessary ICO exams.

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September 13, 2018 How to Obtain CME Credit for WOC2018 - DEADLINE: Monday, 17 September

WOC2018 is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the live event is designated for a maximum of 26.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

To claim your certificate: 

  1. Go to:

  2. Enter your email address (the same email address used to register for the Congress).
  3. Enter your WOC2018 registration identifier number as your password. Your registration identifier number is located on your badge, in your confirmation letter, and/or within the registration portal. List only the digits after the slash [/] including any hyphens. If you do not have your identifier number available, click on "Forgot Your Password" to reset it.
  4. Click on “Launch Evaluation” and then “Claim CME.”
  5. Select the number of credits equal to the extent of your participation. Each medical specialist should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.
  6. Complete the evaluation.
  7. View and/or print your certificate.

You will be able to claim your CME Certificate online directly until 17 September 2018.

If you need further assistance, please contact

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