• The 11th Asia Cornea and Contact Lens Conference

    The Asia Cornea and Contact Lens Conference (ACCLC) is a premier international conference within the Asia Pacific region. Since the first ACCLC in 2004, this conference has become one of the main optometry academic events for the region, providing great opportunities for delegates to network with each other. The growing success of ACCLC events over the last decade augurs well for a strong and exciting program for this, the 11th ACCLC. The 11th ACCLC will be held in Hyundai Hotel, Gyeongju, South Korea, April 9-10, 2018 during the most beautiful of seasons, cherry blossom season. This conference is organized with the purpose of advancing cornea and contact lens practice. We bring to you well-known international and local keynote speakers and have organized industrial, workshop, and scientific paper sessions and exhibitions. Various topics related to current issues including myopia prevention, presbyopia, binocular vision, orthokeratology will be addressed during the conference. ACCLC 2018 will provide a great opportunity to share knowledge and ideas among practicing optometrist, scientists and stake-holders. For more information, please visit the conference website at

  • Guangzhou Accord on Eye Health Management in China

  • Congratulations to Dr. Akio Kanai for his Vision Aid Mission for overseas refugees. He has recently received the following awards/ recognition in Japan:

• “The Yomiursi International Corporation Prize” given by the Yomiuri Newspaper Co.

The award ceremony was held on November 16th 2017 at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. Five million yen was given as part of the prize. This sum is going to be donated to the refugees and the IDPs in Azerbaijan. During the ceremony, Dr. Kanai received the congratulatory message from Mr. Antonio Gutteres, the Secretary General of the United Nations!

Yomiuri Newspaper is the largest newspaper company in Japan and probably the largest in the world with the subscription number exceeding well over eight million.

• Government recognition, “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette”
The recommendation was made by the International Cooperation Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ceremony took place on November 15th 2017.

Dr. Kanai received the Decoration Diploma with the Medal in the Office of the Foreign Ministry followed by the Emperor's Audience in the Imperial Palace.

• A message written by the Prime Minister, Mr. Shinzou Abe for the 35th Anniversary book of the Fuji Vision Aid Mission.

  • In Deep Condolences of Dr. Claro M. Cinco

  • 2nd World Congress of Optometry


  • 68th National Convention - the INNOVATIVE OD - Focus on Practice Management

  • Silmo Academy Symposium

    SILMO ACADEMY has carved out a niche for itself as a forum for dialogue and information on the latest scientific developments in the vision and optics sectors, aimed at opticians and other vision specialists both in France and abroad. In line with tradition, this symposium will take place within the framework of SILMO Paris, World Optical Fair on 23 - 26 September 2016 at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre.This is a unique opportunity to have your say, a platform to share your thoughts, analyses and scientific studies directly.

    The 2016 symposium is dedicated to READING, a key function whose impact on the cerebral cortex is more more extensive than was previously thought.

    If you would like to be a speaker at the symposium: Send us the title of your presentation and a summary of its content by 8 March 2016 to the following email address:

    You can also share your research with other professionals in the form of written communications (posters) which will be on display throughout the exhibition. Simply send us the title of your poster by 30 April to the following address:

    Opticians and other vision professionals need your input to improve their professional practice on a daily basis. Play a key role in this enhancement!


    Inaugurated in 2010, SILMO ACADEMY arose from an observation that opticians need to develop their skills and broaden their knowledge in the fields of vision and optics in order to meet their clients’ visual requirements more effectively. SILMO opted to support professionals in this strategy by creating a dedicated training body and science symposium, aimed at all professionals wishing to enhance their expertise. As a forum for improving knowledge and sharing experience in the various aspects of vision and compensation for vision loss, it is recognised under the Continuing Professional Development programme. All participants can register as part of their CPD for healthcare professionals, which became compulsory in January 2013.


  • The Hong Kong Society of Professional Optometrists

    The Hong Kong Society of Professional Optometrists, The Eye Foundation, The Hong Kong Association of Private Practice Optometrists, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Optometry, and Hong Kong Contact Lens Research Association will jointly host the 10th Asia Cornea and Contact Lens Conference (ACCLC) which will be held at Crowne Plaze Hong Kong Kowloon East Hotel from 28th to 29th of April, 2016. It is being organized with the purpose of advancing cornea and contact lens practice.

    Over the years, ACCLC has provided an opportunity for our delegates to a wider international exposure. This year, the Hong Kong SAR shall serve as the host for the ACCLC and the Committee is dedicated to have international and local speakers, scientific paper sessions, industrial sessions and exhibitions. There is no direct theme for the conference this year in order to have a wider coverage of field in anterior eye and contact lens in clinical or scientific aspects. Through different sessions, practicing optometrist, scientists, and various stakeholders in industries could share their knowledge and new findings and ultimately improve the management in anterior ocular health and contact lens care in different regions of Asia.

    For more details, please access this website

    In addition, abstract submission is now open and all members of APCO are invited to submit paper and attend the conference.


  • In Deep Condolences of Prof. Brien A. Holden

    On behalf of the Asia Pacific Council of Optometry, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of an optometric giant, Prof. Brien Holden, PhD, DSc, FAAO, who passed away earlier this week.

    Prof. Holden had a global impact on vision care made possible by a passion and dedication to the profession of optometry. As an accomplished scientist he spearheaded efforts in the understanding of corneal physiology and contact lenses. As a champion for public health he tirelessly campaigned and worked toward the eradication of preventable blindness around the world. His presence was felt at IAPB meetings. As an educator, he was instrumental in setting up a number of degree programmes in the world. I witnessed the launching of the first degree programme in Optometry at a medical university in Vietnam in 2014.

    Many have benefited from Prof. Holden’s mentorship and good works, and we can continue our support to the many causes he championed in meaningful ways. While we all mourn the passing of a great man, we can take solace that his legacy will be enduring and bright.

    Prof. George Woo
    Asia Pacific Council of Optometry


  • NZ Association of Optometrists

    Since 2005 New Zealand optometrists with a TPA qualification (a qualification which includes therapeutic pharmaceutical management of eye disease) have been able to prescribe medicines under the Optometrist Designated Prescriber regulations of the Medicines Act 1981. The regulations provided a list of topical eye preparations that could be prescribed by optometrists with patients receiving the government funded pharmaceutical subsidy for the medicines.

    The Medicines Amendment Bill, which came into effect in July 2014, established optometrists as ‘authorised prescribers’ and gave them the same status under the Act as medical practitioners, dentists, midwives, and nurses.

    This means that optometrists with a TPA endorsement will be able to prescribe more widely within their scope of practice for patients under their care, including the prescribing of oral medicines.

    One of the key impacts of this change in prescriber status will be the extension of optometric care of glaucoma beyond the diagnosis and monitoring and stage into the treatment of the disease. This will give the New Zealand public easier access to care for this sight threatening condition and increases the possibilities for early intervention. To ensure this extension of glaucoma care is managed safely, the Regulatory Board has developed a refresher pathway and practice guidelines to assist optometrists to manage glaucoma within accepted best-practice standards.


  • Sri Lanka Optometric Association

    Sri Lanka Optometric Association recently held its Annual General Meeting on 14th of December at BMICH.

    Opt Mayur Waria was appointed as the new chairman of Sri Lanka Optometric Association for the year 2014/15. Opt Channaka Bandara Weerasundara has been appointed as the 1st Deputy Chairman.


  • Hong Kong Optometric Association

    Congratulations to members of Hong Kong Optometric Association (HKOA)!

    They will be celebrating their 50th year anniversary in 2015. A commemorative book is being prepared for this big event and will be distributed at the Anniversary Dinner to be held on 3rd March 2015.


  • Optometric Association of the Philippines

    A FORUM on "ASIAN Integration" will be held at Hotel Asturias, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines on 25th April 2015 (1pm-6pm) in conjunction with its 67th National Convention. All members of APCO are invited to participate and contribute to this Forum.

    For more details, please access this website

    For those who are interested, you are also invited to the 67th OAP Conference which will follow right after the Forum.




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