International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO)
ICO Headquarters
711 Van Ness Ave
CA 94102 San Francisco

TEL +1 415 521 1651
FAX +1 415 521 1649


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The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) represents and serves professional associations of ophthalmologists throughout the world.



The International Council of Ophthalmology works with ophthalmologic societies and others to enhance ophthalmic education and improve access to the highest quality eye care in order to preserve and restore vision for the people of the world.


World Alliance for Sight


The ICO is working to build a “World Alliance for Sight” by leading, stimulating, and supporting the efforts of ophthalmologic societies, eye departments, and related organizations worldwide to enhance ophthalmic education and eye care.


Through this collaboration, the ICO focuses on three main program categories:

  • Eye care delivery
  • Leadership and society development
  • Education


The World Ophthalmology Congress® of the ICO is held every other year and is the longest continuous international medical meeting, first convened in 1857.


Selected ICO Member societies participate in each WOC, and revenues from WOCs support ICO programs in eye care, leadership and society development, and education.




ICO Headquarters:

711 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, California 94102
United States of America
Phone: +1 415 521 1651
Fax: +1 415 521 1649

ICO Examinations Office:

Mr. Simon Keightley, MBBS,
ICO Director for Exams
Unit 2, Forest Industrial Park
Forest Road Redbridge
London IG63HL England
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7608 6947

ICO Fellowships Office:

Prof. Dr. Berthold Seitz ML, FEBO
Kirrberger Str. 100
D-66424 Homburg/Saar Germany
Fax: +49 3212 320 021 0