Passing the ICO Advanced Examination, along with a local face-to-face ophthalmology examination, entitles the successful candidate to use the post-nominal acronym FICO (Fellow of the International Council of Ophthalmology).
The Advanced Examination can be taken after passing the Standard Examinations which are divided into three subject areas:
Optics, Refraction and Instruments;
and Clinical Ophthalmology.
The Clinical Ophthalmology examination is offered to ophthalmologists who have passed the Visual Sciences, and Optics, Refraction and Instruments examinations.
In collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, ICO Examinations now provide a pathway to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow: all candidates who pass the ICO Standard Examinations are eligible to apply to sit a final clinical FRCS Ophthalmology Examination. Passing this will lead to the highly recognised FRCS (Ophth) (Glasg) designation.