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World Ophthalmology Congress® of the International Council of Ophthalmology

The WOC is held in a different region every two years and provides an international audience of ophthalmologists with:

  • A scientific program addressing all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology
  • The opportunity to network with recognized international leaders and professionals
  • An exhibition featuring the latest products and services in the field.

Revenues from the World Ophthalmology Congress® support a wide range of ICO initiatives and programs and its commitment to “Building a World Alliance for Sight.”  The WOC is the longest continuous international medical meeting, first held in 1857.

Cape Town, South Africa
26–29 June 2020

Host: The Ophthalmological Society of South Africa 
Co-Hosts: Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology and African Ophthalmology Council

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Melbourne, Australia
25–28 February 2022

Host: Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists 
Co-Host: Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology

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Thank You to all the attendees of WOC2018
Barcelona, Spain
16–19 June 2018

Host: Spanish Society of Ophthalmology
Co-Hosts: European Society of Ophthalmology and Spanish Society of Implant-Refractive Ocular Surgery
Partners: Catalan Society of Ophthalmology and Barraquer Institute

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Thank you, everyone, who attended WOC2016!
Guadalajara, Mexico
–9 February 2016
Host: Mexican Society of Ophthalmology
Co-Host: Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology
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Thank You, WOC2014 Attendees
The WOC2014 was hosted by the Japanese Ophthalmological Society and co-hosted by the  Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology.


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World Ophthalmology Congress Resources


WOC OnDemand: 2016 World Opthalmology Congress® (WOC2016)

​More than 250 webcasts from the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2016) held in Guadalajara, Mexico February 5-9,… More »


Webcasts: 2014 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2014)

More than 300 webcasts from the 2014 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2014) are online and available for free. Browse… More »


WOC2014 Webcasts: Selected Presentations and Talks

View selected webcast presentations from the 2014 World Ophthalmology Congress® of the International Council of… More »

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World Ophthalmology Congress News


Register Now for WOC2020 and Save!

The World Ophthalmology Congress® is the premier international ophthalmic meeting. Be sure to mark your calendars and… More »


Earn CME Credits after the Congress

WOC2018 was filled with so many opportunities to learn. We are pleased to offer WOC2018 OnDemand which provides access to… More »


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,… More »


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… More »


WOC2018 Medal Recipients

The Opening Ceremony officially marked the beginning of WOC2018 and included welcome remarks from WOC2018 President Dr. More »


The Global Alliance of Eye Bank Associations signed a framework for ethical use of human eye tissue at WOC2018.

A landmark accord on the ethical use of human eye tissue was signed at the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress in Spain. The… More »

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