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Welcome Message
from Scientific Program Committee Chair
  Issue 4 - August 2022 

Dear colleagues and friends,

It is with great honor and pleasure that I welcome you to the 38th Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress in the beautiful city of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

The Scientific Program Committee has developed an outstanding program for the APAO 2023 Congress. The program contains superlative contributions from the leading ophthalmologists around the world who serve as chairs, moderators, speakers and coordinators.

Our annual scientific congress of ophthalmology is home to ophthalmological professionals and industrial partners, and the place to share expertise and experience. Under the theme of "Reconnect and Collaborate" , the APAO 2023 Congress is expected to feature more than 500 internationally renowned speakers presenting the latest discoveries and ideas in 16 ophthalmic subspecialties, including clinical ophthalmology and visual sciences.

The resumption of this face-to-face conference will foster interaction in several innovative ways and encourage dialogue through plenary sessions, free paper presentation, poster sessions, keynote lectures and video sessions.

I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the excellence of the Scientific Program of the APAO 2023 Congress. I look forward to seeing you throughout the meeting in Kuala Lumpur.

With best regards,

Prof. Tin AUNG
APAO 2023 Congress Scientific Program Committee Chair


Congress Program Overview


Abstract Submission is open until August 29, 2022. Presenters are recommended to read the abstract submission guidelines.

Early bird registration is available via the congress system until October 10, 2022. 


Malaysia is a land of dense evergreen tropical rainforests with a diverse range of plants and animals. You will see various species of large, lush trees, palm and orchid plants all around the land. The Taman Negara Rainforest and Belum Temengor Tropical Rainforest are some of the world’s oldest rainforests at over 130 million years old.

Nature tours in Malaysia will take you to places you’ve never even imagined. A well-known plant only found in Southeast Asia is the Rafflesia. This (see picture) is the plant with the largest flower in the world and can reach a weight of 10 kg.

Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world

For something closer in Kuala Lumpur, you could explore the KL Forest Eco-Park, which is in the heart of KL itself or FRIM which is located about 20 minutes from KL City center to experience a glimpse of the wonderful fauna of Malaysia.

The forests and scrublands are inhabited by a large variety of animal life. Mammals include elephants, tigers, mousedeer, Sumatran rhinoceroses, orang-utans, and tapirs. Green sea turtles and giant leatherback turtles’ nest on the beaches of the east coast. The official national animal of Malaysia is the Malayan Tiger, a subspecies of tiger that is mostly found in the southern and central parts of the country. Malaysia is also one of the rare places in the world to see the orang-utan in their natural habitat and this (see picture) is found in Borneo.

Be part of APAO 2023, a great occasion to meet ophthalmologists and visual scientists to explore business opportunities and develop professional network.

Here is the brand-new Prospectus with competitive pricing for you!

The WOC-APAO Joint Sponsorship Package offers a wide range of holistic exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities for companies and organizations to reach ophthalmologists from around the world. This package covers two premier world events in ophthalmology – the WOC2022 Virtual (September 9-12, 2022) and the APAO 2023 Congress (February 23-26, 2023) to be held in Kuala Lumpur! 

The APAO Secretariat
(email: welcomes inquiries from any interested parties in the hopes of creating mutually beneficial arrangements for the two congresses.

Key Dates

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



Abstract Submission Deadline

August 29, 2022

Exhibit & Support 1st Deposit Deadline

September 10, 2022

Travel Grant Application Deadline

September 10, 2022

Exhibit & Support 2nd Deposit Deadline

October 1, 2022

Early Bird Registration Deadline

October 10, 2022

Exhibit & Support Final Deposit Deadline

October 31, 2022

Submission Deadline of Industry-Sponsored Symposia/
Wet Lab Courses

December 10, 2022

Advertisement & Signage Artwork Deadline

December 10, 2022

Advance Registration Deadline

February 6, 2023


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