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Date ICO Member Headline Topic Subspecialty Region
February 20, 2018 ICO Member Societies: A Global Network in Francophone Africa

Further connecting the world’s ophthalmologists, the ICO proudly welcomes the Société Africaine Francophone d'Ophtalmologie (SAFO) and eight other societies from Sub-Saharan Africa as ICO Member societies.

SAFO was created at a 1992 meeting in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, by ophthalmologists from French-speaking countries of West Africa. Under the SAFO regional umbrella, the following national societies have also joined the ICO alliance for sight: 

  • Benin Society of Ophthalmology (SBO) 
  • Burkina Faso Society of Ophthalmology (BSO) 
  • Gabon Society of Ophthalmology (SGO) 
  • Ivory Coast Society of Ophthalmology (SIO) 
  • Mali Society of Ophthalmology (SOMAO) 
  • Niger Society of Ophthalmology (SNO) 
  • Senegal Society of Ophthalmology (SSO) 
  • Togo Society of Ophthalmology (STO)

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For ophthalmologists and educators in Francophone Africa and elsewhere, the ICO offers numerous resources translated into French, including: 


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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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January 25, 2018 ICO Reception at APAO 9 February 2018
The ICO will be holding a reception at the APAO Congress in Hong Kong on 9 February at 18:30–20:00. The reception is open to everyone and we invite all ophthalmic educators to attend. The reception will take place in Boardroom 8 (Lower Lobby), of the Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel.
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