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Introducing Women in Ophthalmology (WIO)
Symposium/ Luncheon
  Issue 7 - November 2022 

The WIO Symposium and Luncheon allow female ophthalmologists to get together at the APAO Congress with an amazing opportunity to be inspired by female leaders and to learn about the challenges they face on the road to success.

WIO Symposium

The theme for the upcoming 2023 APAO WIO Symposium: It Was Alright Until…

How would you cope when something unexpected happens during cataract and refractive surgery?  In this video-based challenging cases symposium, ophthalmologists from across the Asia-Pacific region will share how they successfully managed their most challenging cataract (e.g., subluxed lens, hard nucleus and those with corneal diseases and retinal diseases) and refractive cases and achieved the best possible surgical outcomes. 

  • Session Type: Video Symposium

  • Date: February 24, 2023 (Friday)

  • Time: 11:00-12:30

  • Chaired by Ava Hossain (Bangladesh), Soon Phaik Chee (Singapore), and Namrata Sharma (India)


Country/ Region


Soon Phaik Chee


Severely Subluxated Lens

Purabi Rani Debnath


Challenges of Phacoemulsification in Different Types of Hard Cataracts

Elsie Chan


Cataract Surgery in Patients with Corneal Disease

Yang Jiang


Countermeasures of Suction Loss During SMILE Surgery

Heeyoon Cho

Korea, Republic of

Multifocal Intraocular Lenses in Eyes with Underlying Retinal Diseases

Shu-Wen Chang

Chinese Taipei

Stay Calm – Facing Wretched Capsule

WIO Luncheon

  • Date: February 24, 2023 (Friday)

  • Time: 12:45-14:00

The focus of the luncheon will be the inspiring sharing from the female leaders:

  • Time: 13:05-13:40



Mohita Sharma

Women Opthalmologists Society:
current and future perspectives

Erin Shriver

Women in Ophthalmology:
Strength Through Sisterhood

WIO Luncheon Sponsor


Check out the list of our invited speakers for the APAO 2023 Congress.
So far, we have 548 invited speakers from 43 countries/regions.

Distribution by geographical locations


Top 10


Country/ Region

Number of people








United States












Hong Kong, China






South Korea



Chinese Taipei



United Kingdom



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. 

Additional hotels near the venue, which suit a range of budgets and preferences, have also been arranged. More details of selected hotels can be found on the Congress Website. 

Paid delegates are encouraged to reserve hotel rooms under our hotel list in via the Congress System at their earliest convenience.

Supporting Organizations


Located in Southeast Asia, Malaysia is famous for its exquisite islands with white beach sand, blue water, fresh air, and beautiful marine life. Among the islands that are the focus of many are Tioman Island, Redang Island, Sipadan Island, and Pangkor Island.

Tioman Island is famous for its clear water and its ocean infinite with coral reef marine treasures making it a habitat for many types of fish. It is a popular location for scuba diving enthusiasts as well as those who are interested in snorkeling activities.

Redang Island is the largest island on the East Coast of Malaysia and is the centre of attention because its beaches display white sand alongside clear water. It is the most strategic place to enjoy the beauty of sunset while relaxing the mind. The fresh air and sound of birds chirping will soothe the soul.

Sipadan Island is a small island located in Sabah and known as the best diving spot in the world. It is rich in rainbow reef fish, sea turtles and hammerhead sharks. However, the island has been made a restricted area to protect the island's ecosystem.

Pangkor Island provides a beautiful view from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are many activities around including banana boating, jet skiing, and jungle trekking. Swimming at night is a special activity where it displays the scene of blue-glowing plankton.

Islands in Malaysia provide beautiful nature, cool eyes, and peace of mind.

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.

Be part of APAO 2023, a great occasion to meet ophthalmologists and visual scientists to explore business opportunities and develop professional network. Check out the Sponsorship Prospectus with competitive pricing and the Exhibitor Manuel for details of booth setup.

Key Dates

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



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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