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Date ICO Member Headline Topic Subspecialty Region
January 10, 2018 ROP Guidelines: Protecting the Vision of Our Youngest Patients

As part of a new initiative to reduce blindness in babies, the ICO is collecting existing guidelines. The taskforce, led by Prof. Clare Gilbert, will develop a consensus on how best to prevent and treat retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).

If you have ROP organizational or institutional guidelines, or reports on ROP public health programs and their outcomes, please send your material to: info@icoph.org.

The ICO Task Force on ROP will use existing guidelines to: 

  1. Outline expectations for prevention and treatment of ROP in low, medium, and high resource areas. 
  2. Incorporate the critical competencies into ICO curricula and stimulate improved training and continuing professional development to meet public needs.
  3. Develop a framework to evaluate public health approaches and stimulate, develop, strengthen, and monitor relevant health systems.

Thank you for supporting the ICO’s efforts to protect children from sight-threatening ROP. For more on ROP, read the 11 November 2017 special issue of Community Eye Health Journal.


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January 25, 2018 Updated Accreditation Guidelines for Ophthalmology Training Programs

As part of our effort to improve ophthalmology training around the world, the ICO Accreditation and Certification Committee, led by ICO Director for Education Dr. Karl Golnik, has updated the ICO’s recommended guidelines and developed a self-assessment tool for ophthalmology training programs.

The guidelines and self assessment can be used as written or adapted for local needs by training program directors and departments as benchmarks to strive for, or by accreditation bodies to guide their accreditation process.


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January 25, 2018 ACGME Resources for Physician Well-Being and Suicide Prevention

The U.S. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has collected these resources which promote a culture of well-being and provide support for burnout, depression, or suicide.


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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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