June 2017 | 2nd Issue
In this Issue

Welcome Message from APAO President
Act Now! Walk the Red Carpet at APAO 2018
One Belt, One Road in Ophthalmology
Sponsor the APAO 2018 Congress
Top Things to Do in Hong Kong

Welcome Message from APAO President

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

It is my honour and pleasure to invite you to the 2018 Congress of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology in Hong Kong, co-hosted by the Hong Kong Ophthalmological Society and the College of Ophthalmologists of Hong Kong.

This year, the APAO Congress will be held in conjunction with the 29th Hong Kong Ophthalmological Symposium. Bringing together ophthalmologists from around the world, APAO 2018 will feature more than 1,000 internationally recognized speakers presenting their latest work and scientific innovations in the major ophthalmic subspecialties. An attendance figure of around 6,000 delegate anticipated.

The APAO Congress also provides delegates with an excellent occasion to network and look for collaborative opportunities. Additionally, Congress attendees can enjoy beautiful and historic attractions, along with delicious cuisine and unlimited shopping experiences, in the dynamic city of Hong Kong.

We very much look forward to seeing you in Hong Kong during the 33rd APAO Congress. It is an event not to be missed!

With very best regards,

Charles NJ McGhee
President, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology

Act Now! Walk the Red Carpet at APAO 2018


For the first time at APAO 2018, the APAO Congress will present abstract awards to more than 30 distinguished recipients! These prizes will be awarded for outstanding contributions to the submitted program, as outlined below.

  • Best Scientific Paper Presentation* (selected by abstract reviewers) for each of the clinical subspecialties in the submitted program. To ensure all submissions will have a fair and equal chance to be awarded a prize, the number of prizes for each subspecialty will be determined by the number of submissions.

    • 1 prize for 1-50 submissions in each subspecialty

    • 2 prizes for 51-100 submissions in each subspecialty

    • 3 prizes for 101-150 submissions in each subspecialty

    • 4 prizes for 151+ submissions in each subspecialty

  • Top 5 Most Popular Posters (chosen by Congress delegates using poster voting stickers inserted into delegate bags)

  • Top 5 Most Popular E-Posters (based on number of views)

  • Top 5 Most Popular Videos (based on number of views)

Delegates who wish to submit abstracts for APAO 2018 and compete for these prizes are encouraged to read the submission guidelines beforehand. The deadline to submit abstracts for APAO 2018 is Thursday, August 31, 2017, at 11:59 pm (GMT +8). Late submissions will not be accepted.

Abstract submission as well as registration for the 33rd APAO Congress are facilitated via the congress system at http://congress.apaophth.org/Early bird registration rates for APAO 2018 will remain in effect through Thursday, November 30, 2017.

*Only ONE (the best) paper will be awarded the Best Scientific Paper Presentation in each subspecialty. Outstanding Scientific Paper Presentation prize(s) will be award to the abstract(s) with the 2nd/3rd etc highest scores, when there are more than 50 submissions..

One Belt, One Road in Ophthalmology


Themed "creativity and technology without boundaries", the APAO 2018 Congress in Hong Kong aligns with the Chinese Belt and Road initiative, which aims to link more than 60 countries including over 60% of the world's population. Positioned as a modern-day Silk Road for trade, economic development and more, the Belt and Road initiative spans from the Asia-Pacific region to the Middle East, Europe and beyond.

The project also hopes to encourage international cooperation in science and technology, including health care and related fields. Volunteer ophthalmology screening and diagnostics are included in plans for health-related outreach and development programs, particularly in underserved areas. Similarly, the APAO Gateway Project is working to improve eye care in APAO nations in need.

Stay tuned for country-specific updates about APAO membership and more!

Sponsor the APAO 2018 Congress

Do you want to tell the ophthalmic community about exciting new products and innovative ideas? Would you like to support the Asia-Pacific’s premier event in ophthalmology? Then we want to hear from you!

The APAO Congress offers a wide range of exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities for companies and organizations to reach ophthalmologists from around the world. The newly updated sponsorship prospectus for APAO 2018 is now available for download on the Congress website.

The APAO Secretariat welcomes inquiries from any interested parties in the hopes of creating mutually beneficial arrangements for yet another successful APAO Congress.


Top Things to Do in Hong Kong

With countless restaurants, excellent public transportation and a variety of historic and cultural sites, Hong Kong is a vibrant city perfect for both business and leisure travelers. Here are just a few of the city’s must-visit locales.

Of Hong Kong’s many tourist attractions, none is more popular than The Peak, one of the tallest mountains rising behind the skyscrapers of the city below. On a clear day, the views from The Peak on Hong Kong Island are truly impressive, and the historic tram ride up to the top is not to be missed.

After taking the famous Star Ferry across Victoria Harbor, visitors will disembark near the old railway station clock tower and the scenic waterfront promenade in Tsim Sha Tsui. The popular Avenue of Stars, which is currently under renovation, has been relocated to the nearby Garden of Stars. It features statues of famous celebrities from the Hong Kong film industry, such as martial arts experts Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.

Further afield on Lantau Island are Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha statue, commonly called the Big Buddha. Built of 160 bronze pieces, the statue and its base together are 34 meters tall! Although these attractions can be reached by road, the scenic Ngong Ping Cable Car from Tung Chung is highly recommended. Try a glass-bottomed compartment if you dare!

For more information about Hong Kong’s many attractions, visit http://www.discoverhongkong.com.


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/