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Welcome Message from MSO President

  Issue 9 - January 2023 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

After a long hiatus, on behalf of the Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology (MSO), we look forward to warmly welcoming you in-person once again, to the splendid capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, for the 38th Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress.

The MSO is constantly finding new ways of promoting continuous medical education and professional development and we are certain this forum will be an invaluable one for us all across the region.

This collaborative effort also allows local and international ophthalmologists to share, update and exchange expertise, further enhancing friendships and networking, hence the apt theme of “Reconnect and Collaborate”. With the recent challenges and developments in the field, there will be much to share and discuss. This forum is also an important one to share ideas of how we can best advocate for our patients and improve ocular health in our communities. With so many excellent speakers and representatives from the APAO council, AAO, ICO and NEI, I am certain we will all have a veritable feast of knowledge.

Finally, I would like to thank all speakers and attendees for their involvement without who there will not be a conference and hearty congratulations to the local organising committee, ably led by Dr Kenneth Fong and Prof Liza Sharmini for organizing a fantastic conference as always.

With warmest regards,

Dr Manoharan Shunmugam
President, Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology

The 38th Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Feb 23-26, 2023) has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 17 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Breakdown of ECMEC®s per day:

  • 23.02.2023 - 4.00

  • 24.02.2023 - 4.00

  • 25.02.2023 - 6.00

  • 26.02.2023 - 3.00

Each participant can only receive the number of credits he/ she is entitled to according to his/ her actual participation at the event once he/ she has completed the feedback form.

APAO-AAO Joint Session: Pediatric Retina (session details here)

  • Pediatric surgical retina session has made huge progress recently. The use of anti-VEGF has changed greatly how we treat pediatric retina disorders. Novel imaging tools such as SD-OCT has improved our understanding of microstructures changes in these diseases. Artificial intelligence algorithms are developing fast and are applied to pediatric retinal diseases to improve clinical care. The section will highlight the recent advances in pediatric retina disorders. The learning objectives are hoping the audience gains updated knowledge on pediatric retinal disorders and learns how to manage these cases appropriately. 

APAO-AAO-NEI Joint Symposium: Strategic Priorities and Opportunities for Collaboration With the Asia-Pacific Community (session details here)

  • The National Eye Institute (NEI) directs and funds vision research in the United States and around the world, based on the mission of eliminating vision loss and improving quality of life. The goal of this symposium is to explore potential collaborative projects involving the APAO, AAO, and NEI communities in three priority areas: myopia, data science, and artificial intelligence. 

APAO-AAO Joint Symposium: Glaucoma (session details here)

  • This joint APAO-AAO symposium promises to be an exciting session of “East meets West.” Eminent speakers from both sides of the Pacific will discuss and debate similarities and differences between epidemiology, surgical outcomes of tubes and trabeculectomy, and effectiveness of glaucoma screening, in Asia and America. 

Registration for the APAO 2023 Fundraising Run opens on Jan 9.

Theme: We Are Back!

Concept from Olympic Torch Relays: “Run” is to transmit a message of determination to promote the science and art of ophthalmology among all nations in the region.


  • 3km challenge at KLCC Park, Feb 22-25

  • Longest distance/Run to KL: Participants can start run at their own countries and accumulate their distance (minimum 3km), Jan 25 to Feb 25

For details, please click here.

Congrats to all the recipients of

APAO Prof Yasuo Tano,
APAO 60th Anniversary,
APAO Young Ophthalmologists (YO) and MSO travel grants!  

Their names and photos are released on our webpage.

The online speaker-ready room opens from January 15 to February 5, 2023. Presenters are encouraged to upload your PPT onto the system before the congress to avoid a long waiting time for uploading in the on-site speaker-ready room.  

For details, please check the guidelines ahead!

Some countries require valid visas to enter Malaysia. Please refer to the following links for a current list of countries that require visas, associated fees and information on how to apply. 

Sky Bridge KLCC

Immerse yourself in an experience not to be missed on the 86th Floor of the PETRONAS Twin Towers' Observation Deck. Stand above the clouds and get a close-up look at the exquisite structure of the towers while exploring state-of-the-art exhibits and digital displays on the building's history. The 45-minute guided tour will include visits to three floors in the tower for an unforgettable experience.

Twin Towers

No trip to Kuala Lumpur would be complete without a visit to the world's tallest twin towers.

With only 24 sessions per day, do not miss the opportunity to view the city of Kuala Lumpur at its peak with a guided tour and a memento of your visit (1 x 8R photo).

Open from Tuesday through Sunday, tickets are released at 9am on a first come, first served basis. Tickets may also be purchased in advance via online ticketing or at the Ticketing Counter on the Concourse Level.

Aquaria KLCC

Literally housed within the same convention building is Aquaria KLCC, a state-of-the-art oceanarium showcasing over 5,000 aquatic and land-bound creatures within a sprawling 60,000 square-foot space. Dive into the underwater world & marvel at the marine animals including seven species of sharks, giant stingrays, marine turtles and shoals of other fishes. This journey of discovery about the diverse biosphere of Malaysia and her surrounding regions is a multi-sensory delight!

Petronas Twin Towers

Standing majestically at 451.9m, the 88-storey Twin Towers is an unmissable landmark in KL! Besides the Observatory Deck and the Sky Bridge, the Twin Towers also house an Art Gallery, Philharmonic Hall and the Petrosains Discovery Centre. Nestled at the foot of these two towers is the Suria KLCC shopping center. If you have not figured it out already, you can definitely spend a whole day fully immersing yourself in a variety of activities all in one place!

Batu Caves

If you are into sightseeing as well as some cardio exercise, do check out Batu Caves! Located only about 15km from the conference venue, Batu Caves promises to delight its visitors who are keen to explore the intricate cave structures as well as for Hindu devotees to pay homage to Lord Murugan. The 272 colorfully painted steps to the cave’s entrance are an attraction by themselves! Whether it is a leisurely climb, or a lung-bursting run up the stairs that you choose, you are guaranteed an experience to remember!

Historical City of Melaka

The city state of Melaka is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage city in 2008. It is the place where the Malay sultanate originated from, and it is a melting pot of various ethnicities where the Dutch, Portuguese and English all played their roles towards shaping the history of this beautiful place. Whether you are a history buff, food aficionado, antique collector, bargain hunter or just a leisurely tourist, there is something for everyone in Melaka!


Malaysia is also well-known for its beautiful islands (Langkawi, Redang and Perhentian, just to name a few), mountains (Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Southeast Asia!) and highlands (Genting, Cameron and Frasers’ Hill). So do find time for a short escapade or extend your stay in Malaysia to dive into all these interesting not-to-be-missed local highlights!

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.



Advance Registration Deadline

February 6, 2023


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