July 2018 | 4th Issue
World-Class Scientific Program Committee Has Been Finalized
    In this Issue

Welcome Message from Scientific Program Committee Chair
World-Class Scientific Program Committee
Abstract Submission Deadline
New Member Society Joining APAO 2019
Thailand Attractions: Ko Samui

   Welcome Message from Scientific Program Committee Chair

38378da0-9f27-4fbf-8232-60aba50302c5.jpgDear Friends and Colleagues, 

On behalf of the Scientific Program Committee, it is my honor and pleasure to invite you to the APAO 2019 Congress in Bangkok, co-hosted by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists of Thailand. 

The scientific program of APAO Congresses has grown in size and quality throughout the years and the Congress has become one of the most important ophthalmology conferences in the world. With an anticipated number of over 1,000 international experts speaking on all areas of ophthalmology and visual sciences, the APAO 2019 Congress provides an excellent opportunity for delegates to keep abreast with the latest cutting-edge scientific innovations, knowledge, new medications, surgical techniques and technologies. 

This Congress also provides a very convenient platform for delegates to meet with old friends, make new ones, and explore collaboration with one other. 

As the capital of Thailand, Bangkok is an exciting, vibrant destination with a wide range of tourist attractions and delicious cuisine that make it the perfect gateway to Southeast Asia. 

I wish you all a wonderful stay in Bangkok and I look forward to seeing you in March 2019! 

With best regards,

Dennis Lam, MD
Chair, APAO 2019 Scientific Program Committee

   World-Class Scientific Program Committee

Including ophthalmological experts from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, the world-class Scientific Program Committee for APAO 2019 in Bangkok has been finalized. Committee members are hard at work preparing a creative, innovative program featuring 17 different subspecialty areas.


   Abstract Submission Deadline

The deadline to submit abstracts for the 34th APAO Congress is Monday, September 3, 2018. Authors who wish to present papers, posters, videos and/or instruction courses should submit their abstract(s) via the online abstract submission system at http://congress.apaophth.org/.

Don’t forget! The awards for outstanding contributions to the submitted program will once again be presented at APAO 2019 in Bangkok, as outlined below.

  • Best Scientific Paper Awards (selected by abstract reviewers) for each of the Congress subspecialty areas

  • Top Five Most Popular Posters (chosen by Congress delegates)

  • Top Five Most Popular E-Posters (chosen by Congress delegates)

  • Top Five Most Popular Videos (chosen by Congress delegates)

Delegates who wish to compete for these prizes are encouraged to read the abstract submission guidelines beforehand.

   New Member Society Joining APAO 2019

A total of 3 new APAO member societies will be sending official representatives to the APAO Congress for the first time at APAO 2019 in Bangkok. In this issue, we feature the Asia Pacific Tele-Ophthalmology Society (APTOS), one of APAO’s Associate Member Societies. 

Founded in May 2016, APTOS aims to promote communication, exchange and collaboration in tele-ophthalmology. The society’s annual meetings focus on the use of artificial intelligence and big data analytics to improve the field of ophthalmology. Prof. Mingguang He is the president of APTOS and will also represent the society on the APAO Council.


By becoming a member of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology and participating in the Academy’s annual congress, APTOS hopes that we can reach out to more ophthalmologists who share with us the same vision to further the use of tele-ophthalmology to enhance the efficacy and the efficiency of ophthalmic services and to improve eye care delivery in remote areas so that everybody can enjoy the right to sight.

Stay tuned for details about APAO’s other new member societies!

   Thailand Attractions: Ko Samui

Ko Samui is located in Surat Thani Province, which is on the east coast of southern Thailand. As the third biggest island in Thailand, Ko Samui is now the main travel hotspot in the southern areas of Thailand’s Gulf. 

Samui is one of the most popular places to visit in Thailand because it has wonderful natural surroundings including white beaches, clear seas, waterfalls and spectacular viewpoints. There are many beautiful beaches there such as Chaweng, Lamai, Taling Ngam and Natien.

In addition to plentiful natural wonders, Samui is also full of history and culture. There are beautiful temples and many activities for tourists to enjoy. The island also has an airport and a vast array of accommodation options, which makes it a great place for travelling.



   APAO Secretariat


APAO Headquarters
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Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-Sen University
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Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District
Guangzhou, Guangdong, P.R. China

APAO Secretariat (Hong Kong Office)

c/o Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
4/F, Hong Kong Eye Hospital, 147K Argyle Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong

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