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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.

Learn, Participate, Connect: WOC2016 Guadalajara, Mexico
February 5-9
, 2016
Host: Mexican Society of Ophthalmology
Co-Host: Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology

Submit your WOC2016 Abstract by June 1st!
Abstracts may be submitted online in English or Spanish.


The following abstract presentation types will be considered:

  • Free Papers: Presentations of five minutes, followed by three minutes of discussion
  • Posters: Electronic display of the latest research results
  • Videos: Videos 1–5 minutes in length
  • Instruction Courses: Submit a topic and a suggested list of speakers for these 90-minute sessions. In a short synopsis, describe the content of the course, target audience, and educational goals.
Categories/Classification of Presentations
Cataract and Lens Surgery
Contact Lens and Refraction
Cornea, External Eye Diseases, and Eye Banking
Evidence-Based Medicine
Eye Care Delivery
Eye Trauma and Emergencies
Journal Editors
Low Vision and Rehabilitation
Ocular Imaging
Ophthalmic Epidemiology
Ophthalmic Oncology
Ophthalmic Pathology and Microbiology
Ophthalmic Pharmacology
Orbital, Oculoplastic, and Lacrimal Diseases
Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Refractive Surgery
Visual Sciences
World Forum for Sight


Save $100 by registering before July 31st!

  • Are you a member of an ICO Member society? Save on your registration fees. 
  • Are you a member of PAAO or SMO? Save on your registration fees.

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June 16-19, 2018

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of the International Council of Ophthalmology
Host: Spanish Society of Ophthalmology (SEO)

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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