WOC2024® – Where the future of sight is shaped

Prof. Neeru Gupta, MD, PhD, MBA, FRCSC, DABO

International Council of Ophthalmology

The International Council of Ophthalmology extends a warm invitation to the world’s ophthalmology societies and their leaders, fellow ophthalmologists, eye care professionals, industry partners and learners to the 2024 World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC). Held every two years, the WOC is the world’s largest global ophthalmology stage and has created lasting professional relationships, new partnerships, and educational opportunities to advance patient care since 1857. The ICO is thrilled to bring the WOC2024 to Canada in the beautiful city of Vancouver. The Vancouver Convention Center is….

Prof. Ke Yao, MD, PhD

WOC2024 Scientific Program Chair
International Council of Ophthalmology

We are very pleased to bring you a scientific program that is committed to knowledge and experience sharing for the global ophthalmology community. Working with leading experts across all major subspecialties in eye care, this immersive and rich scientific program will keep you abreast of the latest in ophthalmology. Interactive sessions, panel discussions with experts and hands-on skill transfer sessions are among many opportunities to incorporate new knowledge into practice.
The scientific program addresses current opportunities and…


Prof. S. Fabian Lerner, MD

WOC2024 Scientific Program

International Council of Ophthalmology

The World Ophthalmology Congress 2024 is a must-attend event. The world’s leaders in all subspecialties in Ophthalmology will unite to present a varied scientific program. Offering a range of topics for the Ophthalmology community, from basic science to state-of-the-art surgical procedures. Providing delegates with a range of opportunities to learn and discuss current and future management of eye diseases. Skill transfer sessions provide delegates with the chance to learn hands-on procedures and new practices.
Over 180 international Ophthalmology societies comprising more than…

Dr Ivo Kocur, MA, MSc, MBA

Chief Executive Officer
International Council of Ophthalmology

It is our greatest pleasure to invite you to the World Ophthalmology Congress 2024 taking place in the hospitable, safe and welcoming city of Vancouver, British Columbia. Enjoy meeting your colleagues from around the world in peak summertime at the Vancouver Convention Center.
Among the world’s greenest convention centers, and famous for its iconic architectural design, it is located on the waterfront with breathtaking panoramic views of surrounding mountains, ocean, and parks. Its downtown location has a welcoming and warm ambiance in a highly walkable area.

Join us for the 39th World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2024®) of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), taking place in the exciting city of Vancouver, Canada from August 16th to 19th 2024. The Vancouver Convention Center is a stunning waterfront landmark that offers convenient access to all the major visitor amenities in downtown Vancouver.

WOC2024® will once again bring together the world ophthalmology community and those who work with them for a uniquely immersive learning experience designed to shape the future of sight. Benefit from the WOC2024® scientific program comprising all eye care subspecialties to stay up to date with the latest research and trends in ophthalmology.

Top reasons to join WOC2024®

  • Be at the heart of ophthalmology. Get inspired, fuel your knowledge, and co-create the future of sight.
  • Seize exclusive learning opportunities. Four days of comprehensive programming featuring state-of-the-art scientific sessions, unparalleled member society symposia, and the latest industry presentations.
  • Connect with our dynamic global community. Join more than 180 Member Societies comprising +230,000 ophthalmologist members from across the globe.
  • Access the latest insights in eye care. Get updated with the latest advancements in general ophthalmology and all subspecialties from leading experts; all in one engaging meeting space.
  • Limitless networking opportunities. Make meaningful connections and interact with the world’s leading professionals and industry experts under one roof.

WOC2024® will present an engaging, interactive, and fully immersive experience, featuring the latest advancements and clinic practices across all subspecialties in the field of ophthalmology through a diversity of learning formats from world experts.

Ophthalmologists around the globe are working to provide vital sight-saving services

ICO Member Societies joining the 2024 World Ophthalmology Congress

Hours of educational sessions covering 18 subspecialties of ophthalmology.

Up to 20
Parallel sessions each day, offering a range of subspecialty sessions, roundtables, debates, and hands-on training.

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Abstract submission is now closed

Submission deadline:
February 23, 2024



Live days

August 16-19, 2024


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