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Why Attend?

Why Attend?


In numerous lectures, presentations, courses, posters and videos, leading experts of all subspecialties in ophthalmology
will present the latest scientific knowledge and state of the art research in ophthalmology.

The World Ophthalmology Congress® offers a unique platform and the opportunity to meet with and network with a truly
international audience and gain insight into the latest product information and trends.

Do not miss this opportunity to meet ophthalmologists, surgeons and researchers from around the globe.


By attending WOC 2012 you also support International Council of Ophthalmology projects
and programs such as:

.....Ophthalmic Basic and Clinical Sciences Examinations, and the new Advanced Examination.
......More than 17,000 candidates have taken part in the ICO Examinations.

.....ICO Fellowships: up to 70 each year (450 fellowships have been awarded since 2000).

.....Residency Program Directors Courses (these courses have been running since 2004).

.....International Clinical Guidelines:
...... www.icoph.org/guidelines including the first evidence-based clinical guideline on HIV/AIDS in the eye.

.....Distribution of the American Academy’s O.N.E. Network (Ophthalmic News and Education Network)
.......to developing countries at no cost.

.....Ophthalmology training and eye care centers in Cameroon, China, Nigeria and Slovenia.

.....W.O.R.D. resources and forum for residency program directors: www.icoword.org

.....Introduction of Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs in developing countries.


World Ophthalmology Congress®

Originating in 1857, the World Ophthalmology Congress® is convened every second year to bring the world’s ophthalmologists together to meet, learn, and advance the science and progress of ophthalmology. The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) is the Congress sponsor and works with the Host to develop the scientific program and organize the meeting.

The location rotates among four regions: Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East/Africa and the Americas.


XXX World Ophthalmology Congress®
19 - 24 February 2006, São Paulo
President: Rubens Belfort, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

Total number of registrants: 12,000
Number of countries: 121

XXXIII World Ophthalmology Congress®
16 - 20 February 2012, Abu Dhabi
President: Abdulaziz Al Rajhi, MD

Host: Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO)


XXXI World Ophthalmology Congress®
28 June - 2 July 2008, Hong Kong
President: Dennis S.C. Lam, MD, FRCOphth

Total number of registrants: 13,298
Number of countries: 122

XXXIV World Ophthalmology Congress®
2 - 6 April 2014, Tokyo
President: Tetsuro Oshika, MD


XXXII World Ophthalmology Congress®
5 - 9 June 2010, Berlin
President: Gerhard K. Lang, MD

Total number of registrants: 12,943
Number of countries: 145


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