The Institute of Community Ophthalmology (ICO), academic wing of Chittagong Eye Infirmary and Training Complex (CEITC) was established under University of Chittagong in 1991.it was awarded affiliation with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in 2011. ICO conducts a 2 years course leading to Diploma in Community Ophthalmology (DCO) under the BSMMU and a 4 years degree, Bachelor of Science in Optometry (B. Optom) under University of Chittagong. CEITC facilitates ICO to provide adequate quality eye care training for both the Doctors and Optometrists. From this point of view a research centre has been established named “Dr. Ahmadur Rahman Research Centre” with modern research facilities.
Very recently ICO has been approved for conducting MS course in Ophthalmology by BSMMU for enrollment of four students in each session.
- DCO Course: (2016-2017)
Seven doctors have been enrolled in the 1st year for the session 2017-2018 and eight doctors are continuing their course in 2nd year, for the session 2016-2017.
- DCO Course (2015-2016):
The DCO examination of 2017 under the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Dhaka held in July, 2016. Three candidates have appeared for the examination and all of them have come out successful.
- Bachelor of Science in Optometry (B.Optom):
Under the University of Chittagong, Bachelor of Science in Optometry Course has been running since 2009. From 9th batch, this course will be continued under Chittagong Medical University. Already 40 students from 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th batches have completed their course and came out successful. Report on the number of students enrolled in nine consecutive batches is as follows:
Session 2009-2010 (1st Batch) – 12 Students
Session 2010-2011 (2nd Batch) – 15 Students
Session 2011-2012 (3rd Batch) – 15 Students
Session 2012-2013 (4th Batch) – 18 Students
Session 2013-2014 (5th Batch) – 13 Students
Session 2014-2015 (6th Batch) – 12 Students
Session 2015-2016 (7th Batch) – 21 Students
Session 2016-2017 (8th Batch) – 25 Students
Session 2017-2018 (9th Batch) – 14 Students
International Council of Ophthalmology, U.K. Assessment:
There are only 130 test centers in 80 countries for conducting International Council of Ophthalmology, U. K. examination. Of them, one is in Dhaka and the other in CEITC. The 17th International assessment for Ophthalmologist was held on 19th April, 2017. In the assessment of ‘Basic Science Assessment in Ophthalmology’ twelve candidates appeared, out of which seven candidates came out successful.
In the assessment of “Theoretical Optics and Refraction” nine candidates appeared, out of which four candidates come out successful and in the “ Clinical Science in Ophthalmology” five candidates appeared , of them none was successful.
Dr. Ahmadur Rahman Research Centre:
Dr. Ahmadur Rahman Research Centre has been established under the direct supervision of CEITC and ICO for standard research activities. It may be mentioned that the ophthalmologists and other professionals have published 144 scientific research papers in national and international journals, since the establishment of the centre. The centre stimulates interest of research among the Doctors. Every year Institute of Community Ophthalmology publishes its Scientific Journal “Ophthalmic Horizon” through the Research Centre. The latest edition was published in the month of September, 2017. In this scientific journal the major articles are contributed by the Ophthalmologists, social scientists, optometrists and other enthusiastic researchers.
About Bachelor of Science in Optometry (B.Optom) :
Bachelor of Science in Optometry (B.Optom) since 2010. This is a 4 years honours course under University of Chittagong.The first batch (2014), second batch (2015), third batch (2016), forth batch (2017) of B.Optom students has been completed their 4 years graduation course successfully. Already 40 students from 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th batches have completed their course and came out successfully.
The institution is housed at Chittagong Eye Infirmary and Training Complex campus because of the availability of necessary infrastructure and logistic services and supports particularly the clinical facilities. A separate Governing Body headed by Vice chancellor, University of Chittagong is at the helm.
The Institute of Community Ophthalmology (ICO) has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Malaysian University namely Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) where the graduate optometrist can have their postgraduate degrees. Along with regular faculty members, the foreign faculties and part time faculty members covers substantial numbers of lectures.
The Institute of Community Ophthalmology is the brain child of a group of visionary, aware of Community Ophthalmic problems in Bangladesh created with the idea to impart training to doctors in Community oriented Ophthalmology along side clinical Ophthalmology to meet the demand of the country.This led to the establishment of Institute of Community Ophthalmology (ICO) in 1981, initially as an affiliated institution, eventually became a constituent part of University of Chittagong.
The institute is headed by a full time director, native and foreign trained optometrists who looks, after the day to day academic and clinical activities. There are full time and part-time faculties. Prof. F.A. Billson, Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, Sydney University is closely associated with the doctors training program since 1979 and assisted with the creation of the Institute of Community Ophthalmology. The Institution is also fortunate to have a group of part-time faculties of International repute of which Prof.R.Pararajasegaram (Switzerland) and Prof. Rogers Pierson (USA) are mention-able.
Optometry is an eye care profession which is dedicated to the improvement and preservation of eye sight. It covers the assessment of vision and incredibly diverse range of activities.
Optometrists are primary eye care providers and possess and excellent understanding of the visual system, the problems that can occur and how to manage these problems. As such, the modern practice of optometry encompasses the assessment of the human eye and visual system, as well as the management of patients with conditions of the eye and visual system.