WOC2016 Highlight Programs


ICO World Ophthalmology QUIZ

Global Diabetic Eye Care: International Diabetic Eye Screening, Innovations and ICO Diabetic Guidelines
In the era of the global diabetes epidemic, 0.6 billion diabetics are predicted by 2035. Diabetic retinopathy education and screening coupled with country-specific programmes are being developed in the light of innovative screening models, new technology, and modern laser techniques. The ICO Diabetic Eye Care Guidelines provide an important framework for international programmes to refine screening practices, and these will be explored with leading experts. This special ICO symposium will showcase the experiences of successful projects, educational tools for ophthalmologists and graders, and innovative approaches for developing an international diabetic retinopathy screening programme in a host country.

WOC Day of Landmark Advancements (2014–2016) (4 sessions)
A review of the progress in:

Young Ophthalmologist Symposium
This symposium is a collaboration between the Young Ophthalmologist Committees of the AAO, SOE, PAAO, and APAO. International mentors and young ophthalmologists will present on a variety of topics that focus on career development. From pursuing a faculty position in academic ophthalmology to private practice, you will have access to international leaders in the field.

Learn from the Experts: How to Raise Funds for Your Worthy Causes?
This symposia is aimed at bringing out best practices from the experts who have made a difference in their areas of work by raising funds to meet the needs of the community. The symposium will provide insight to identifying needs, developing a strategy and then implementing the strategy with high impact outcomes.

ICO Guidelines to Manage Open and Closed Angle Glaucomas
Speaker presentations with the following audience and panel discussions:

(15 minute Audience & Panel Discussion) 
Barriers to Open Angle Glaucoma Care 
Nathan Congdon, Ivo Kocur, Fabian Lerner, Sola Olawoye, Serge Resnikoff, Clement Tham, Ningli Wang

(15 minute Audience & Panel Discussion) 
Barriers to Closed Angle Glaucoma Care 
Nathan Congdon, Ivo Kocur, Fabian Lerner, Sola Olaweye, Serge Resnikoff, Clement Tham, Ningli Wang

Late Breaking Abstract Symposium
The WOC recognizes that some rapidly advancing investigations may include results that were not available at the time of the abstract submission deadline of June 1, 2015. This Late Breaking Symposium will feature abstracts that highlight novel and substantive studies of high impact. The goal is to enrich the WOC with outstanding studies that were completed after the general abstract submission deadline.Click here for the Submission Guidelines & Form (abstracts will be accepted between December 2-16, 2015).

Medical Malpractice Systems Around the Globe: A Comparative Overview
The symposium will explore medical malpractice law in each speaker's country, with topics including, but not limited to, the legal basis for malpractice actions, whether these cases are presented before a judge/jury, and caps on awards against physicians and hospitals. Additionally, speakers will discuss current trends in the speakers' host country, such as the types of cases being brought against ophthalmologists.

ICO Fellowships and Exams Joint Symposium
Since the ICO Fellowship Program was started in 2001 by Prof. Balder Gloor from Zurich, Switzerland, more than 820 subspeciality trainings have been awarded. The program was organized to help promising young ophthalmologists from developing countries improve their practical skills and broaden their perspectives of ophthalmology. Presently the ICO Fellowship program offers the following opportunities: • ICO Three Months Fellowship with more than 790/820 awards • ICO RRF Helmerich One Year Fellowship (directed by Prof. B. Straatsma) with 11/820 awards • ICO Fred Hollows Foundation One Year Fellowship with 6/820 awards • ICO SAARC Subspecialty One Year Fellowship with 7/820 awards.

Special Symposium on Leadership
Enhanced Professionalism in Ophthalmology through Global Leadership Development. Attendees can expect to 1) Understand the need for non-accidental leadership accession. Sophisticated, structured succession planning for contemporary physician member organizations. 2) Recognize the critical elements of nomination, mentorship, curriculum implementation and post course acceleration for ophthalmologist’s Next Generation. 3) Appreciate the immense potential of global Professional Alliances, and the beauty of diversity.

(PAAO) Rising Stars in Ophthalmology
Pedro Salazar, MD - "Medical and Surgical Management for Conjunctival Tumors"

Brad Feldman, MD - "Cataract Refractive Surgery: The Value of the Femtosecond Laser"

Cristina Gabela, MD - "Macular and Retinal Fiber Layer Changes after Pars Plana Vitrectomy and Their Pronostic Factors"

Gerardo Graue, MD - "Orbital Decompression in Thyroid Associated Orbitopathy"

Alejandro Lichtinger, MD - "Combined Treatments in the Management of Corneal Ecstasia"

Alternative Therapeutic Modalities in Eye Disease
Many diseases of aging, including the neurodegenerative and conformational disorders, have abnormalities in hemodynamics and cellular dysfunction and senescence. The most important in the eye are macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataract. Gene-environment interactions are also important, being influenced by nutrition, exercise, ultraviolet radiation, smoking, and other factors.

Traditional medicine, which has existed in every society throughout history and is being rediscovered as plant sources of new drugs are being discovered in the rapidly disappearing rain forests, and which was most advanced in Chinese and Ayurvedic systems, are potentially effective in benefiting diseases with components of hemodynamics and cellular function, mitochondrial dysfunction, oxidative damage, and inflammation. Although no neuroprotective pharmaceutical agents have yet been proven to benefit eye diseases, many available natural compounds have actions which may do so.

This symposium includes coverage of three highly important supplements – curcumin, Ginkgo biloba extract, and omega-3 fatty acids, in addition to current knowledge of the roles of diet, exercise, and acupuncture. The possibility of improving vision through electric current stimulation will be addressed.

Eye Care Personnel and Training: Essential to Effective Eye Care
This course will address expanding human resources through educational and training initiatives for the eye care team. Presenters representing various international organizations will give insight into their regions' educational models and best practices to train the eye care team.

South American Ophthalmic History
The session will disclose important facts, figures and achievements from the South American Ophthalmic History, including Argentine, Brazil, Mexico and historical relations between Spanish and South American Ophthalmology.

International Ophthalmic History
A session in which different studies from around, during different historic periods of the world of the history of ophthalmology will be presented allowing the share of ideas and experiences facilitating the networking among those interested in the field.

Cataract Surgery Olympics – WOC Mexico 2016]
The 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro. As a preview, the 2016 WOC Meeting will hold the Cataract Surgery Olympics, with teams representing each of four global regions – Latin America, North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe/Middle East. Each Olympic surgeon will compete in this educational video program by presenting their best four-minute case of managing a cataract complication or complicated case. An international panel of judges (one representing each region) will determine the gold, silver, and bronze medal winners.

(ARVO) Ophthalmic Research - Understanding the Basics
This session will provide an overview of the "do-s and don't's" for those early (and middle) career scientists and academic clinicians involved in organizing research projects for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, in establishing their own research groups, and in writing papers and grants. The speakers are all experienced in supervising students, in writing scientific peer-reviewed papers, and play significant roles in the editorial process of journals. The symposium attendee is certain to come away with valuable 'tips and tricks', improving their future success in the above areas.