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The number of ophthalmologists in practice and in training worldwide: a growing gap despite more than 200,000 practitioners

Authored by ICO
Posted on June 1, 2012
Topic: Advocacy/Vision 2020, ICO Programs and Initiatives, Journal/Publication, Ophthalmologic Societies
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More than 200 ophthalmic societies and individuals took part in the 2010 International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) survey to assess the number of ophthalmologists in practice and training. The results were published in the June 2012 issue of the British Journal of Ophthalmology (BJO).

Despite revealing there are more than 200,000 ophthalmologists, The number of ophthalmologists in practice and in training worldwide: a growing gap despite more than 200,000 practitioners PDF (452 KB) delineates a current and anticipated future shortfall in the number of ophthalmologists worldwide.
 
Although the number of ophthalmologists in high-income countries is increasing, the population aged 60+ is growing more than twice as fast as the number of ophthalmologists. Therefore, the gap between need and supply is widening in both developing and developed countries.
 
The BJO report was authored by ICO Director for Advocacy Serge Resnikoff, MD, PhD;  ICO Chief Executive Officer William Felch, Tina-Marie Gauthier, and ICO President Bruce Spivey, MD, MS, Med.

 

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