COVID-19 Update

The ICO is monitoring the evolving world impact of the COVID19 pandemic. The health and safety of WOC2020 attendees, as well as the public at large is our main priority. The ICO is assessing the situation and will inform of any immediate changes to our WOC2020 plans. We appreciate your patience as we work hard on meeting your educational needs whilst keeping you safe during these unprecedented and challenging times.

Up-to-date advice and facts from the World Health Organization (WHO) can be found here.

Click here for up to date official information regarding Cape Town. For further enquiries regarding COVID-19 in the region, please refer to the dedicated Coronavirus website developed by the Department of Health of the Western Cape Government.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the congress team at


On behalf of the ICO, it is our great honor to invite you to join us in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa for the 37th meeting of the World Ophthalmology Congress, WOC2020, which will take place from 26–29 June 2020. This location is of particular importance as it marks the first time that the Congress will take place in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Peter Wiedemann, MD President, 
International Council of Ophthalmology

Peter Wiedemann, MD
President, International
Council of Ophthalmology


Ivo Kocur, MD, MA, MSc, MBA
Chief Executive Officer, International Council of Ophthalmology

WOC 2020 - Maria-José Tassignon, MD, PhD

Marie-José Tassignon, MD, PhD
Scientific Program Chair

Kgaogelo Edward Legodi, MD
WOC2020 President               ICO Vice President

Kgaogelo Edward Legodi, MD
Congress President
ICO Vice President

Ahmed Abdulla Ahmed, MD President,
Middle East and Africa Council of Ophthalmology

Ahmed Abdulla Ahmed, MD
President, Middle East &
Africa Council of Ophthalmology

Linda Visser, MD               President,
Ophthalmological Society of South Africa

Linda Visser
Ophthalmological Society of South Africa

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  • Get the latest ophthalmology care updates and discuss current medical issues
  • Learn from and collaborate with leading physicians, attendees and industry through interactive sessions
  • Meet international colleagues and network with over 10,000 delegates expected to attend from over 130 countries during social events and session breaks
  • Engage with over 140 exhibiting companies and organizations at one of the largest gatherings of innovative ophthalmology products and services





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Perched between the ocean and the mountain, with a national park as its heart, there is nowhere like Cape Town. The “Mother City” is the oldest city in South Africa and has a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years.

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A multi-purpose conference and exhibition centre in the hub of Cape Town’s business and entertainment centre, the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) combines the impassioned dedication of its personnel with an extensive range of premium venues, services and facilities.

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Cape Town International Airport is the only airport in Cape Town, which operates both domestic and international flights, and is likely to be your point of arrival into the city.

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Getting around Cape Town is very easy thanks a large variety of options: Uber, Bolt (Taxify), metered taxis, MyCiTi bus, car hire and/or walking.

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