A total of 5 new APAO member societies will be sending official representatives to the APAO Congress for the first time at APAO 2018 in Hong Kong. In this newsletter, we feature the Lao Ophthalmological Society (LOS) and the Pacific Eye-Care Society (PacEYES), two new region-based APAO Associate Members.
Established in 2006, LOS is currently under the direction of Prof. Dr. Vithoune Visonnavong (pictured) as president, Dr. Khamphoua Southisombath as vice president and Dr. Phetsamone Indara as secretary. LOS is a member of the Asian Ophthalmology Society (AOS) and the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO).
PacEYES is unique because its members reside in several different island nations in the Pacific, but the society is based in Fiji. Dr. Elenoa Matoto-Raikabakaba was recently elected as the new PacEYES president.