skip to navigation

Hosted by

Spanish Society of Ophthalmology (SEO)

Co-hosted by

European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE)

Spanish Society of Implant-Refractive Ocular Surgery (SECOIR)

In Partnership with

Catalan Society of Ophthalmology (SCO)

Barraquer Institute (BI)

WOC2018 Program


June 16, 2018
June 17, 2018
June 18, 2018
June 19, 2018
7:00 – 8:15 Industry-sponsored Breakfast Symposia Industry-sponsored Breakfast Symposia -Industry-sponsored Breakfast Symposia -WOC Breakfast Club -Industry-sponsored Breakfast Symposia -WOC Breakfast Club
8:30 – 10:00 Subspecialty
Day & Scientific Sessions
Scientific Sessions Exhibition Open Scientific Sessions Exhibition Open Scientific Sessions Exhibition Open
10:00 – 10:30 Break Break Break Break
10:30 – 12:00 Subspecialty
Day & Scientific Sessions
Scientific Sessions Scientific Sessions Scientific Sessions
12:15 – 13:30 Industry-sponsored Lunch Symposia Industry-sponsored Lunch Symposia Industry-sponsored Lunch Symposia Industry-sponsored Lunch Symposia
14:00 – 15:30 Subspecialty
Day & Scientific Sessions
Scientific Sessions Scientific Sessions Scientific Sessions
15:30 – 16:00 Break Break Break Break
16:00 – 17:30 Subspecialty
Day & Scientific Sessions
Scientific Sessions Scientific Sessions Scientific Sessions
Evening Opening Ceremony Welcome Reception Scientific Program Reception (invitation only) Cultural Night  

Session Descriptions

The Program Format Development Subcommittee has redefined the purpose and aims of the Subspecialty Day programs and regular invited subspecialty sessions. Click here for details.

Invited Program
Important Dates

Invitations Sent to Subspecialty Program Coordinators: October 31, 2016
Coordinators Submit Topics Online and
Invitations Sent to Session Chairs by Coordinators:
March 31, 2017
Invited Program Session Chairs Confirmed and
Invitations Sent to Speakers by Session Chairs:
April 28, 2017
Speakers Confirmed for Invited Program Sessions: May 31, 2017
Individual Speaker Presentation Titles Due: June 30, 2017
Invited Program Finalized by Subspecialty Program Coordinators: July 28, 2017
Invited Speaker Registration Deadline: November 1, 2017

NOTE: All dates above are subject to change until full details are published.

Sessions Organized by Member Societies

The following ICO Member Societies will participate in the WOC2018 scientific program. SECOIR, as co-host, will have their 2018 congress as part of the WOC2018 and will have sessions scheduled Saturday, June 16 through Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

The participating ICO Member Societies have now selected their title and subspecialty for your review (speakers for the invited program will be posted in August 2017).

We have 45 Subspecialty, 39 National, 5 Regional and 4 Supranational Societies participating in the program.

Sessions Organized by Subspecialty Coordinators

There are 131 Invited Program Subspecialty Coordinators (representing 36 countries) who work together to organize over 110 sessions in addition to the inaugural WOC Breakfast Club events.

Meet the invited program coordinators here.

You can view the titles and subspecialty for each of the Coordinator-organized sessions. The final list of speakers for the invited program will be posted to the WOC2018 website in August.

Submitted Program: Abstract Submission Guidelines
Important Dates


Abstract Submission Site Opens: August 21, 2017
Abstract Submission Deadline: December 1, 2017
Abstract Notifications Emailed to Speakers: Late February 2018
Speaker Registration Deadline: March 21, 2018
Submit an Abstract Now

Abstract Submission Guidelines Now Available

The Submitted Program will consist of Free Papers, E-Posters, E-Videos, Instruction Courses and Poster Pods (new!) in 20 subspecialty areas. Submissions will be accepted in both English and Spanish. There will be 48 Free Paper sessions, 60 submitted instruction Courses and an E-Poster and E-Video viewing area scheduled all 4 days of the Congress (Saturday through Tuesday, June 16-19). In addition, 4 Poster Pods with interactive E-Poster presentations will rotate throughout each day (Sunday through Tuesday, June 17-19).


View the full Abstract Submission Guidelines.

Pautas de Presentación de Resúmenes completas en español

View the Abstract Submission Guidelines-at-a-Glance version.

View a Sample Abstract

Submission Areas

WOC2018 will include a scientific program of over 350 sessions addressing all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology. Abstracts for the Submitted Program will be accepted into the following areas:

Cataract & Lens Surgery Ophthalmic Oncology
Contact Lens & Refraction Ophthalmic Pathology & Microbiology
Cornea, External Eye Diseases & Eye Banking Ophthalmic Pharmacology
Eye Care Delivery Orbital, Oculoplastic & Lacrimal Diseases
Glaucoma Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus
Interdisciplinary Refractive Surgery
Neuro-ophthalmology Retina
Ocular Imaging Uveitis
Ophthalmic Education Vision Rehabilitation
Ophthalmic Epidemiology Visual Sciences

NEW ITEM - CME Eligible!

As the longest continuous international medical meeting in the world, the WOC is designed to address all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology. For the first time, this program will be available in an online library called WOC2018 OnDemand.

Register now for WOC2018 and add OnDemand to your registration for a low price of €190. This special rate is only available to registered WOC2018 delegates!

WOC2018 OnDemand will contain more than 500 hours of recorded presentations from the following sessions:

  • Invited Symposia (including Subspecialty Day sessions)
  • Invited Videos
  • Debates
  • Case Studies
  • Clinical Interest Group
  • Submitted Free Papers

Your OnDemand program will contain the following features to make access and learning convenient for even the busiest health care professional:

  • Slides with synchronized audio. This technology recreates the live session experience.
  • Online access from any computer, tablet or smartphone. Start watching on one device and pick up where you left off on another device.
  • CME Credits. Earning credits is easy, fast and convenient.
  • Copies of presentations can be viewed on your computer for easier review and note taking.
  • MP3 audio files are easily loaded onto your favorite MP3 player, so you can listen to sessions while on-the-go.

NEW ITEM - CME Eligible!

Monday & Tuesday, June 18 & 19; 07:00 - 08:15

Experts will lead discussions on hot topics and the latest trends in a casual and sociable environment that will excite and encourage participants to question assumptions and fully engage in the learning experience. A buffet-style breakfast will be served. Eight tickets will be sold per table with 14 tables each day covering topics in seven major subspecialties:

  • Cataract
  • Cornea
  • Glaucoma
  • Orbital and Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Retina
Join Us! Experts and discussion topics will be announced in August. Tickets will be $40-50 per person (check website later for details on rates for various registration categories) and will be available for purchase on August 4, 2017.



Stay connected:         Follow us on Instagram

Web site design and web development by D3 Solutions