Ophthalmic Science

At least 80% of blindness is preventable or treatable with currently available knowledge and biotechnology. [1] At least 75% of disease-related vision loss is avoidable. [2]

Though prevention and treatment options exist, many regions of the world are not able to share information about new ophthalmic techniques, or communicate best practices and lessons learned in advocacy, leadership, and research.  

Facilitating Communication and Advancing Ophthalmic Science
The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) is working to ensure that every ophthalmologist has access to the most recent developments in ophthalmic science.  To that end, the ICO offers programs in education, leadership, and eye-care delivery

Many of the ICO's programs focus on "teaching the teacher."  For example, the ICO's Residency Program Directors Courses and Conferences for Ophthalmic Educators are held globally and focus on methods of instruction, skill assessment, behavior adjustment, and competency measurement.  The ICO Center for Ophthalmic Educators offers a wealth of resources and networking tools. 

To facilitate communication between researchers, ophthalmologists, allied health care professionals, educators, and industry, the ICO sponsors the World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC), the longest continuous international medical meeting.  The WOC is held in a different region every two years and provides an international audience with a cutting-edge scientific program, opportunities to network, and a large product exhibition. 

 

Your financial contribution supports International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) programs to enhance education and eye care and to preserve and restore vision worldwide.

 

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