Pakistan Institute of Community Ophthalmology

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Director's Message (Prof. Dr. Nasir Saeed)

Thank you for your interest in the educational programs in the field of Public Health Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at Pakistan Institute of Community Ophthalmology (PICO). Ophthalmic Technician Course (OTC) was the first and only course initiated in 1994 in a single room at Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar. Over the years PICO underwent many changes and transformed from a donor dependable project to a more sustainable department within the Health sector now running 05 different graduate and postgraduate courses.It was given a status of an autonomous institute in 2010, under the Medical & Health Institutions and Regulation of Health Care Services Ordinance 2002 & now Medical Teaching Institutions (MTI) Reform Act of 2015, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.  PICO combines excellence in research and teaching and learning in all its undergraduate and post graduate study programs.  All PICO courses are based on rich and diverse curricula, which provide experiences that will challenge individuals, inspire ambition and develop the character and mind-set needed for success in the fields of Community Ophthalmology, General Public Health and Optometry. This year is more exciting for all of us as the regular BVS, 4 years course has been transformed to a 5 years Doctor of Optometry (OD) course with the approval of Khyber Medical University. We shall be inducting the first batch this year in addition to admissions in other regular courses at PICO.

All the educational programs at PICO offers students opportunities to learn in this unique environment and to participate In a variety of exciting PICO initiatives including Vision Sciences, Community Ophthalmology and Public health.

We look forward to seeing you at Pakistan Institute of Community Ophthalmology.