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Welcome Message from
APAO Secretary-General
  Issue 6 - October 2022 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is our immense honor and pleasure to welcome you to the 38th Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, co-hosted by the Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology and co-sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

The APAO 2023 Congress will be especially meaningful as we revert to a face-to-face conference after three years. I am confident that the meetings and the programs will be the best showcase for the theme of “Reconnect & Collaborate.”

On behalf of APAO and our Member Societies, I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to
Dr Kenneth Fong, APAO 2023 Congress President, and our colleagues at the Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology, for organizing this distinctive meeting. The Congress is expected to have an attendance of over 5,000 delegates.

I would also like to convey our deepest gratitude to Prof Tin Aung, APAO 2023 Scientific Program Committee (SPC) Chair and the strong SPC with more than 100 members, for their dedication and hard work, without which we would not be able to put together such a remarkable scientific program.

Above all, we are truly grateful to all of you who have chosen to join us in Kuala Lumpur for the APAO 2023 Congress. It is indeed your participation that has made all the preparatory efforts for this Congress worthwhile.

We look forward to welcoming you all to this important and exciting scientific meeting in Kuala Lumpur.

Warmest personal regards,

Prof. Clement THAM
Secretary-General, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology

This year, Congress organizers are pleased to welcome the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) as co-sponsor of the APAO 2023 Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, co-hosted by Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology (MSO).

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, the AAO is the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons and has a global community of 32,000 medical doctors. The Academy's stated mission is to protect sight and empower lives by setting the standards for ophthalmic education and advocating for patients and the public.  

Within easy reach of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur is the official hotel of APAO 2023 Congress.  

Hotel reservation is open in October for all paid delegates. Please contact the APAO Secretariat Office at .

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

Malaysia Airlines and Firefly are now the Official Airlines of the APAO 2023 Congress!
Fly confidently and enjoy the exclusive deals!

Promo Offer Deadline


Promo Code*

February 15, 2023

Up to 20%


  • Travel Period: February 16 – March 5, 2023

  • Discounts are applicable to both business and economy class bookings

  • Promo offers are applicable to flights from anywhere to Kuala Lumpur and vice versa

*The delegates will receive the promotion code upon completion of their registration.

APAO is not responsible for the services and policies imposed by the relevant airlines nor liabilities for, any injury, damage or loss suffered on account of any conditions, actions or omissions that are beyond its reasonable control.

Malaysian cuisine is an experience in itself and the spread available is impossible to describe here! Being a multiracial and multicultural country, the cuisine is an amalgamation of multiethnic local flavor with some influence from neighbouring countries.

Rice or nasi is the main staple and of note are 'nasi lemak' (rice cooked in coconut milk), 'nasi ayam' (chicken rice), soto (rice cubes in a savory broth) and the banana leaf platter. Speciality dishes like the nasi kerabu, nasi dagang and nasi ulam are crowd pleasers too.

Satay must be savored when in Malaysia. It comes in a variety of meats marinated and grilled to perfection. 'Roti canai' and 'tosei' are popular flat breads dipped in dal curry and best eaten with fingers. If you like noodles, our 'char kuey teow' - a fried flat noodle dish is a popular hawker dish. Malaysia also boasts noodles in various broths such as 'laksa' and 'mee kari'.

'Kuehs' are bite sized savory or sweet delicacies, popular as canapés. The 'karipap' - akin to a small fried potato curry filled pastries and 'vadai' - made from lentils, are examples of savory kuehs. Famous sweet 'kuehs' include the 'seri muka', 'kuih lapis', 'ang ku kueh' and 'apam balik' to name a few.

Malaysia is also rich in its fruits. The 'durian', notoriously known as the king of fruits, is not for the faint hearted. Nevertheless, once hooked on it, you will find that you just can't get enough of it. Other favorite local fruits not to resist are 'rambutans', 'nangka' (jackfruit), 'cempedak', mangosteen and mangoes.

Kuala Lumpur is dotted with international restaurants where one might find food from your home country too. So do come over and sample our food. It will be an experience to remember.

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!

Exhibitor manuel is now available. Please check the details for booth setup.

Key Dates

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



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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