Cornea and External Diseases

The sub-specialty of Cornea and External Disease refers to the medical and surgical management of the full range of routine, complex and high-risk corneal and external eye diseases.  The cornea is the clear, dome-like structure on the front of the eye through which we see.  Corneas can be damaged through inflammation, degeneration, allergies, infections, injuries and inherited dystrophies. External diseases refer to conditions of the conjunctiva and eyelids that affect the function of the eyes themselves.


Vitreo-retinal surgery is the treatment of disorders related to the retina, vitreous and macula. Ophthalmic surgeons use specialized techniques, instruments and solutions to treat conditions that include retinal detachment, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and uveitis


Community Eye Health & Epidemiology

Community eye health is the application of health promotion and disease prevention, together with the delivery of curative services, at the primary, secondary, and tertiary level of health care, to reduce eye disease, visual loss and disability in a community. It extends the traditional clinical practice of ophthalmology applied to individual patients to a consideration of the eye health of whole populations, by looking into demographic and epidemiological transitions and changing lifestyles that have led to an increase in eye ailments and blindness.

Orbits And Oculoplastics

This forum brings together ophthalmologists who have specialized (or have an interest in specializing) in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the periorbital and facial tissues including the eyelids, eyebrows, forehead, cheeks, orbit (bony cavity around the eye), and lacrimal (tear) system.   

Eye Health Educators

 This forum brings together ophthalmic trainers to rethink and redefine how ophthalmology is taught. Its main goal is to enhance all aspects of ophthalmic education globally by engaging educators in redefining the most effective ways to teach and creating more effective educational programs. It is also aimed at developing more effective teaching programs and materials and, ultimately, improving eye care across the region.

Pediatric and Strabismus

Pediatric ophthalmology is a sub-specialty of ophthalmology concerned with eye diseases, visual development, and vision care in children.


Strabismus on the other hand refers to eye misalignment, also known as crossed eyes or wandering eyes. Strabismus can develop at any time during childhood, but most commonly develops between birth and age 5. Untreated, strabismus can harm depth perception. If one eye becomes dominant, amblyopia, or poor vision, can also occur.


Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases causing optic nerve damage. The optic nerve carries images from the retina, which is the specialized light sensing tissue, to the brain so we can see. In glaucoma, eye pressure plays a role in damaging the delicate nerve fibers of the optic nerve. When a significant number of nerve fibers are damaged, blind spots develop in the field of vision. Once nerve damage and visual loss occur, it is permanent. 


CPD is an acronim for Continous Professional Development


You need a personal computer or a smartphone with internet connection.

No special requirements are needed to be able to use the CPD system. Of course broad band high speed internet will make your experience with the system optimum.

CPD account:

You need to create a digital CPD account to be able to access the services offered by the CPD platform. See How to create a digital CPD account.

Follow the steps below to create a digital CPD account:

1. Go to

2. Click  the  Register or Login  on the top right of the page 

3. Fill in the CREATE ACCOUNT form and submit by clicking on Sign up. An activation mail will be sent to your email address.

4. Go to your email address and click activate your digital CPD account.

5.  You can then log into the CPD system and update your CPD account and user profile.  

6. Once you have fully updated your CPD account the CPD committee will verify and approve you to participate in CPD activities. An approval email will be sent to your email address as soon as the  your CPD account is approved.

7. With an approved user account you can do the following on the iCMS system:

  • Report CPD activities which you have attended by uploading evidence for attendence such as certificate of participation(See how to report user initiated CPD activities).
  • Subscribe to participate in CPD activities organised by various CPD providers(See how to subscribe to CPD providers).
  • Claim CPD points from activities organised by different providers (See how to claim points).





Follow the following steps to recover and reset your password:

1. Click the link Forgot password 

2. Enter the email address that you used to create your CPD account.

3. A password recovery email will be sent to your email address with further instruction on how to reset your password.


Below are the six steps you need to follow to get started on the CPD system:

1. Visit the iCMS website :

2. Create a CPD account if it is your first time. Click to Create a new account

3. Go to your email inbox and activate your CPD account from a confirmation email which has been sent to you.

4. Log into the CPD system, update your personal PROFILE

These details are required to verify and approve your CPD account.  Wait for the board to verify and approve your CPD account. 

 You will receive an email indicating that your CPD account has been verified and approved for use by the Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board.

5. Log into your CPD account. Go toMy Profile 

6. Participate in either online or offline CPD activities and claim points.

Click to see ways of claiming CPD points.

There are several methods of claiming CPD points. 

Note: The COECSA CPD App has been developed for android smartphones and  is  available on Google Play for free. 

Click to download



A practitioner can claim CPD points from learning activities which are outlined in the CPD guidelines. 

Every registered practitioner will be required to accumulate a minimum of 5 CPD units per year. In those instances where practitioners are registered in two professions they are required to obtain a minimum of 5 CPD units per profession per 12-month period. 



There are 5 methods of claiming CPD points using the  COECSA CPD system.

  1. Token Claims from CPD Events.
  2. Smartphone token Claims using COECSA CPD app (Available for Android Phone)
  3. Uploading CPD evidence e.g cerfiticates of attendance for international conferences, publications and etc
  4.  Claim CPD points for online CPD activities Accreditable by COECSA.

A CPD token is a unique number issued by a COECSA to practitioners who attend a CPD activities such as a conference, seminar or training.

The token are printed on CPD claim card similar to scratch card used by mobile phone operators.Each CPD claim card is unique and can only be used once by one physician.The token card also has a QR code that can be scanned by smartphone camera using the CPD android app.

The value of CPD points attached to the token  is indicated on the Claim card.You can claim CPD points by sending the token number via  online.