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Move Forwards to Take On Fresh Opportunities
We Are Thrilled to Meet You All Again at the APAO 38th Congress in Malaysia

  Issue 2 - May 2022 

Dear friends and colleagues around the world,

It is a great pleasure and honor to invite you to the 38th Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress, which will take place in Kuala Lumpur from 23 to 26 February 2023. While we regret that the COVID pandemic prevented us from holding a physical conference in 2021, we are excited about re-visiting Malaysia and the event would be co-hosted by the Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology.

This is the third time that we have the Congress in Kuala Lumpur. The meetings in 1987 and 2005 have been great successes and each time, Kuala Lumpur managed to amaze us. I believe that Kuala Lumpur holds new surprises for us for the APAO 2023 Congress.

APAO Congress 2023 will be held under the theme of “Reconnect and Collaborate”. Even if we are physically apart, we are still together as a community, connected by a shared passion for phasing out preventable blindness worldwide and for the best outcomes for our patients. I am sure there will be many new and exciting collaborations emerging from this meeting when we reconnect. Delegates from around the world are expected to actively participate, and share findings and knowledge as always.

Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the gallant organizing committee for making APAO Congress 2023 possible and a pleasurable and inspiring experience. I wish you all great enjoyment and a wonderful stay in Malaysia.

Look forward to seeing you soon!

With my best regards,

Ningli Wang
Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology

With the recent re-opening of Malaysia’s international borders, the prestigious Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), located in the heart of the city, is most ready to host the APAO 38th Congress with an expected attendance of over 5,000 delegates. KLCC is Malaysia’s premier award-winning venue. Featuring a wide range of customisable function space, the five-level purpose-built facility is ideal for large and high-profile meetings. KLCC is also incredibly accessible. A variety of transportation is available to take you from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to KLCC and your on-site accommodation.You can visit HERE for a detailed transport guide.

Public transport in Kuala Lumpur is extensive and largely made up of buses and various rail systems, with the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) system being the most popular.  

You can travel around Kuala Lumpur easily and comfortably by train. The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), Light Rail Transit (LRT), Monorail, and KTM Komuter offer hassle-free accessibility to various parts of the city. Other inter-city rail services offer connections to outlying districts and nearby towns as well. 

Public buses and taxis are also the common choices to travel around the city. You can take the Go KL City Bus (pink color), which is a free bus service that serves the city centre of Kuala Lumpur. Taxis in Kuala Lumpur are available 24 hours a day, and can be hailed on the street. Ride-hailing apps such as Grab and MyCar are also operational in the city and are often used by travellers and locals alike.

Early bird registration is now available via the Congress system. Delegates are encouraged to register and pay for the APAO 2022 Congress at their earliest convenience, as the discounted registration rate will not be available after 10 October 2022.

Abstract Submission is also open till 29 August 2022.

Presenters are recommended to read the abstract submission guidelines carefully beforehand.


Key Dates

For important starting dates and deadlines, see below. We highly encourage you to mark your calendar accordingly.



Abstract Submission Opens

16 April 2022

Early Bird Registration Opens

16 April 2022

Abstract Submission Closes

29 August 2022

Early Bird Registration Closes

10 October 2022

Advance Registration Closes

6 February 2023

On-site Registration

23 – 26 February 2023

Opening Ceremony & Plenary Session

23 February 2023


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