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Refocusing Education

One of the primary goals and commitments of the ICO is to enhance ophthalmic education to improve eye care and contribute to preservation and restoration of vision around the world.

To fulfill this commitment, the ICO offers educational programs and initiatives to invigorate and support ophthalmic education, especially in developing countries.

ICO Examinations

The ICO Examinations are the only worldwide medical-specialty examinations. They are independent and free of any outside influence and can be taken in the candidate's own country. More »

ICO Fellowships Program

The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) Fellowships Program was organized to help promising young ophthalmologists from developing countries improve their practical skills… More »

Ophthalmic Educators

The ICO is committed to improving ophthalmic education by "teaching the teachers" – offering conferences, courses, curricula and online resources to anyone involved… More »

World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC)

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… More »

Regional Training Centers

To decrease avoidable visual impairment and blindness, the ICO and the ICOFoundation are working with other ophthalmic, public service and industry organizations to build… More »


The ICO thanks The Rosetta Foundation for their translation assistance in regard to ophthalmic educator programs such as the Residency Program Directors Courses.

Educational Initiatives

Refocusing Ophthalmic Education More »

Residency Education: The need for ophthalmologists with a high level of education and training is of critical importance to preserving and restoring vision. This is… More »

Subspecialty Education: Ophthalmology has become so broad and has expanded so rapidly that it is nearly impossible to be on the cutting edge of every ophthalmic discipline. More »

Medical Student Education: The increasing age of the world population, high prevalence of common problems such as eye injury and red eye, and importance of vision in the… More »

Allied Health Education: Training of allied ophthalmic personnel can make a major contribution to improving eye care around the world, particularly in developing countries… More »

Continuing Professional Development: There is a critical need to help ophthalmologists maintain their competency and learn new skills, with the ultimate goal of preventing avoidable… More »

E-Learning: The development and availability of technology can revolutionize ophthalmic education, helping teachers and students connect efficiently and… More »

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