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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.

Barcelona, Spain
June 16-19, 2018

Host: Spanish Society of Ophthalmology (SEO)
Co-Hosts: European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) and Spanish Society of Implant-Refractive Ocular Surgery (SECOIR)

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Cape Town, South Africa
June 26-29, 2020

Host: The Ophthalmological Society of South Africa (OSSA) 
Co-Host: Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO)
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Thank you, everyone, who attended WOC2016!
Guadalajara, Mexico
February 5-9
, 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.

Did you miss a WOC2014 session or talk?  View selected WOC2014 presentations online:


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World Ophthalmology Congress Resources


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

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WOC 2010 Presentation Webcasts

View 30 scientific and related presentations from various World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC) 2010 symposia (audio and slides)… More »

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Medal and Award Recipients Honored at WOC2016 Opening Ceremony

The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) recognized outstanding leaders in ophthalmology at the opening ceremony of… More »


Information about the Zika Virus

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ICO Guidelines to Manage Open and Closed Angle Glaucomas

The ICO Guidelines to Manage Open and Closed Angle Glaucomas symposium at the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® of the… More »


Young Ophthalmologist Events at WOC2016

Are you a young ophthalmologist? Mark your calendar for the below events at WOC2016. More »


Late Breaking Developments

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