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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 365-367

Training of an ophthalmologist in concepts and practice of community eye health

1 Division of International Ophthalmology, Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA
2 Latin America International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, Weston, Florida, USA
3 International Council of Ophthalmology, San Francisco, California, USA

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Van C Lansingh
3720 San Simeon Cr., Weston, FL 33331
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.100528

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Training in community eye health (CEH; public health applied to ophthalmology) complements clinical ophthalmology knowledge and enhances the physician's ability to meet the needs at the individual and community level in the context of VISION 2020. The upcoming version of the ophthalmological residency curriculum that was developed by the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) includes a new, specific section on CEH. It has basic, standard, advanced and very advanced levels of goals (the last one is exclusively for fellows/master students), and provides a public health approach to the main causes of blindness and low vision. The number of individuals aged ≥60 years is increasing twice as fast as the number of ophthalmologists, and as this age group is more likely to become blind/visually impaired, accessibility to eye care in the near future might be suboptimal even in wealthier countries. In order to achieve VISION 2020 goals, it is necessary to train more ophthalmologists and other eye care workers. However, the adoption of CEH component of the ICO curriculum for ophthalmology residents will enable them to meet local needs for eye care.

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