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PAAO Participation by Special Invitation

  Issue 5 - July 2021 

Dear Colleagues,

We welcome all participants to the 36th Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress that is planned to be held as a virtual meeting on September 5-11, 2021. As a supranational organization, APAO geographically covers more than half of the world’s population. Traversing a mosaic of cultures and languages, we admire Dr William John Holmes and the other founding board members, who’s vision founded the APAO in 1959.

We are certain the Founding Fathers of APAO would be very proud to see how this organization has grown and continues serves as an important platform to promote the prevention of blindness and restoration of sight through service, research, teaching and education in ophthalmology.   

The APAO has had its share of challenges organizing this meeting facing the global impact of COVID-19. However, the need for continued education has not abated but rather increased. This Congress is an excellent example of the exchange of ophthalmic knowledge and the advancement of the standard of eye care. 

We take this opportunity to congratulate the APAO for combatting preventable blindness by fostering closer relations among ophthalmologists and ophthalmological societies in the Asia-Pacific region, and in the world.   

Welcome to the 36th Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress of Ophthalmology!  

Best regards,

Miguel N. Burnier Jr MD PhD
PAAO President

With a shared vision – phasing out preventable blindness through education and scientific research – APAO and The Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) are determined to improve ophthalmic knowledge and skills for the management of eye diseases in the Asia-Pacific, the Western Hemisphere, and beyond. 

PAAO is a non-profit organization founded in 1939. It presents to the world the long tradition of dedicated ophthalmologists of various generations and cultural backgrounds joining together to bring about major positive changes to the lives of millions of people through education and the restoration of sight.  

Conjoined with the shared vision, APAO and PAAO will work hand in hand for the APAO 2021 Virtual Congress to provide a collegial atmosphere for the exchange of scientific and educational information that furthers the profession of ophthalmology and ultimately improves the welfare of human kind.


The first-ever APAO Virtual Congress will go live a month later. Join us now to interact with experts from all over the world. Early Bird Offer is available till 15 August.

Click here to register

Moving APAO Fund-raising Run online means that runners need to upload your running records to accumulate mileage. Click the link below to find out how to register and upload mileage.
APAO Fund-raising Run

Let your beautiful voice shines through the congress!


To spice up the APAO 2021 Virtual, we will have the very first APAO Singing Performance on 10 September, under the lead of Dr Rita Sitorus. Anyone and everyone are welcome. Please don’t shy away from the lack of experience in performance and email us now!

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Be part of APAO 2021 Virtual and APAO Diamond Jubilee, a great occasion to meet ophthalmologists and visual scientists to explore business opportunities and develop professional network.  

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