Connecting Ophthalmologists from Around the World to Achieve Eye Health for Everyone

Organizational Development

The ICO is committed to supporting development of ophthalmology societies and their leaders, as well as eye care educational organizations and programs.

WORLD Roundtable

The ICO’s World Ophthalmology Roundtable on Leadership Development (WORLD) meetings bring leaders of ophthalmologic societies and educational institutions together to exchange information and ideas that will help them develop effective organizations and programs to enhance ophthalmic education and access to eye care. Stayed tuned for the next ICO’s World Ophthalmology Roundtable on Leadership Development at the next World Ophthalmology Congress®.

World Ophthalmology Leaders Program

The ICO launched its World Ophthalmology Leaders by offering Leadership Beyond Borders, produced in collaboration with the All India Ophthalmological Society. The ICO conducts this program in collaboration with its member societies.

Young Ophthalmologists - Emerging Leaders

The ICO established a young ophthalmologist program in conjunction with supranational and member societies and offers courses and resources on leadership skills in cooperation with existing leadership development programs. The sessions are typically held during the WOC and other major international meetings.  An Emerging Leaders Initiative is conducted in collaboration with ICO Member Societies to work directly with them to establish leadership development opportunities that are not currently being offered.

Ophthalmic Educators

The ICO is committed to improving ophthalmic education by “teaching the teachers” – offering conferences, courses, curricula, and online resources to anyone involved in ophthalmic education.

For more information visit Education.

ICO Ophthalmic Educators Curriculum

The ICO Ophthalmic Educators Curriculum aims to provide ophthalmic educators with a clear path to becoming competent in ophthalmic education practices.

ICO International Curricula
All ICO International Curricula are designed to be adapted and modified to meet local and regional needs. To help enhance the quality of ophthalmic education worldwide, the ICO has defined curricula for training ophthalmology residents, medical students, and allied eye care providers. The ICO offers the residency curriculum and is also working with international subspecialty societies to define curricula for training ophthalmic subspecialists.

ICO Curricula:
  • For residents, allied ophthalmic personnel and medical students
  • Subspecialty training curricula for:
    • Cornea, External Diseases, and Refractive Surgery
    • Glaucoma
    • Neuro-Ophthalmology
    • Ophthalmic and Facial Plastic Surgery
    • Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Courses for Directors of Residency Programs

The Directors of Residency Programs courses are held around the world, coordinated through the national ophthalmologic society. The ICO has already offered several dozens of these courses.

Conferences for Ophthalmic Educators and World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC)

Typically held at WOCs and major international meetings, they serve to help teachers of residents, subspecialists, medical students, and allied eye care personnel improve their teaching effectiveness.

ICO-OSCAR and other Assessment Tools

The ICO Ophthalmology Surgical Competency Assessment Rubric (ICO-OSCAR) is a standardized, internationally valid tool to teach and assess an ophthalmologist’s competence in performing surgery.

ICO-OSCARs are available for:

  • Extracapsular Cataract Extraction
  • Phacoemulsification
  • Small Incision Cataract Surgery (SICS)
  • Strabismus
  • Lateral Tarsal Strip Surgery
  • Trabeculectomy
  • Vitrectomy

Selected ICO-OSCAR’s are available in Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese.

The ICO-OSCAR Mobile App was developed in collaboration with LV Prasad Eye Institute.

Download the mobile app from Google Play for Android or the Apple App Store for iPhone.

•Download the ICO-OSCAR Digital Application Guide 

•For questions or information, please write to:

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