May 2017 | 1st Issue
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Welcome Message
Important Dates – Mark Your Calendar
International Advisory Board
Hong Kong

Welcome Message

e8617dfe-dfd9-40cb-8d8f-f3d1d5cbbd30.jpgDear Friends and Colleagues,

It is our immense pleasure to invite you to the 33rd Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress, held in conjunction with the 29th Hong Kong Ophthalmological Symposium and co-hosted by the Hong Kong Ophthalmological Society and the College of Ophthalmologists of Hong Kong, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, from February 8 – 11, 2018.

We are much honored that Hong Kong has once again been chosen to host the prestigious APAO annual congress, which has now become the premier ophthalmic professional and scientific event. Professor Dennis Lam is leading the star-studded Scientific Program Committee to invite over 1000 leading experts from around the world, with an emphasis on the latest cutting-edge scientific innovations, treatments, surgical techniques, and technologies. Our scientific program will be the best showcase for the theme of our APAO 2018 Congress – ‘Creativity and Technology without Boundaries’, with the clear objective of preparing today’s ophthalmic practitioners for the ever-evolving future of eye care.

Hong Kong is a hugely dynamic city with a unique blend of Eastern and Western cultures. Her panoramic range of tourist attractions caters for all types of visitors and interests. Additionally, the annual Lunar New Year preparations will be in full swing during the congress, including enchanting decorations, vibrant floral arrangements, and much, much more!

We look forward to welcoming you to Hong Kong, Asia’s World City, in February 2018!

Warmest personal regards,

Clement C Tham
Congress President
APAO 2018 Hong Kong

Important Dates – Mark Your Calendar

Don’t want to miss the important dates for the 33rd APAO Congress in Hong Kong? Then mark your calendar accordingly!



Early Bird Registration Opens

Apr 18, 2017

Abstract Submission Opens

Apr 18, 2017

Abstract Submission Deadline

Aug 31, 2017

Early Bird Registration Deadline

Nov 30, 2017

Advance Registration Deadline

Dec 31, 2017

Opening Ceremony & Plenary Session

Feb 8, 2018

Gala Dinner

Feb 9, 2018

Charity Run

Feb 10, 2018

International Advisory Board

The International Advisory Board of the Scientific Program Committee for APAO 2018 has now been finalized. Congress organizers would like to thank the following individuals for their participation and support.

Hong Kong

Formerly a British colony, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China is located adjacent to Guangdong Province in southern China. With a population of more than 7 million residents, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

As an important financial and logistics hub for international businesses, Hong Kong is a fast paced and cosmopolitan city, with excellent transportation and communication networks. In addition to the native Cantonese dialect, both English and Mandarin Chinese are official languages used in public announcements, road names and signage.

Not far from Hong Kong’s soaring skyscrapers are other lesser known aspects of the city: its numerous beautiful beaches, extensive hiking trails and other green spaces. Stay tuned for more details on the best sights to visit in both the city and the countryside during your stay in Hong Kong.


APAO Secretariat

APAO Headquarters
c/o APAO Office, State Key Laboratory (Ophthalmology)
Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-Sen University
1/F, No. 7 Jinsui Road,
Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District
Guangzhou, Guangdong, P.R. China

APAO Secretariat (Hong Kong Office)

c/o Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong Eye Hospital, 147K Argyle Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 3943-5827
Fax: (852) 2715-9490

E-mail: secretariat@apaophth.org
Website: http://2018.apaophth.org/