International Council of Ophthalmology collaborates with DocMode

The collaboration harnesses technology for advanced learning in ophthalmology

International Council of Ophthalmology, ICO, DocMode, Continuing Education, CE, Ophthalmology, International Council, Neuro-ophthalmic, Glaucoma, Pupillary abnormalities, Karl Golnik, All India Ophthalmological Society, AIOS, S Natarajan, Jyot Se Jyot Jalao

The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), in partnership with DocMode, has introduced Continuing Education (CE) online courses on Glaucoma and Neuro-ophthalmology for ophthalmologists. The online courses will aid practising ophthalmologists and optometrists in gaining reasonable understanding of the diagnosis of primary open angle glaucoma and its management.

Besides, it will also facilitate competence in neuro-ophthalmic examination, diagnosis and management of common, critical and potentially extreme neuro-ophthalmic conditions amongst the patients. “The e-learning will foster the participant in effectively recognising the normal and abnormal optic discs and characterise the abnormalities, describe diagnostic and management considerations for the most common optic neuropathies and also identify normal and abnormal pupil and be able to characterise pupillary abnormalities. He or she will easily be able to describe the basics of ocular motility examination and identify common ocular motility abnormalities.

“In addition, the courses will also allow the participant to describe an approach to a patient who has visual loss or symptoms but has a ‘normal’ examination and finally also describe and identify neuro-ophthalmic manifestation of common systemic diseases,” said Dr Karl Golnik, President, International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO).

“It has been estimated that by 2020, there will be approximately 80 million people with glaucoma, an increase of about 20 million since 2010.Primary open angle glaucoma is estimated to affect 6.48 million people. Equally, neuro-ophthalmic conditions have always been a concern, be it in India or elsewhere,” said Prof. Dr S Natarajan, President, All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS).

In addition, people with diabetes have increased risk of glaucoma. India is home to 73 million persons living with diabetes of whom 58.4% are unaware that they have diabetes. Population aged >20 years is known to be in the pre-diabetic state.

“With the lightening rate of development in the field of medical research and the booming amount of knowledge that this brings with it, learning is a continuous and lifelong process for junior and senior doctors alike. It is heartening to see the introduction of such highly-beneficial online courses for ophthalmologists that would help them to stay updated with recent advances in our science,” informs Prof. Dr S Natarajan.

“My dream project for the next 5 years is nationwide screening of diabetic retinopathy. I urge ophthalmologists across our country to support “STOP (Screening through Tele Ophthalmology in Prevention) Diabetic Blindness – Jyot Se Jyot Jalao” in improving eye care delivery in rural India,” Prof Dr S Natarajan’s further adds.