The 31st Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress (APAO 2016), organized by the Ophthalmological Society of Chinese Taipei, took place at the Taipei International Convention Center from March 24–27, 2016. It has been 15 years since Taiwan last held the 18th APAO Congress in 2001. This year the APAO Congress was held in conjunction with the 57th Annual Meeting of the Ophthalmological Society of Chinese Taipei that featured over 500 internationally recognized speakers who presented the latest in advances and new insights that will impact the future development of ophthalmology.
The APAO Congress, being a fundamental platform for ophthalmologists in the Asia-Pacific region to exchange thoughts and ideas, is devoted to the development and academic research of ophthalmology and visual sciences. The research fields cover epidemiology, stem cells, glaucoma, and neuro-ophthalmology.
The APAO Congress 2016 theme was the “Latest Developments and Advances in Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences”. The event’s co-sponsor, the European Society of Ophthalmology, organized four symposiums that covered: the European approach for difficult cataract surgical conditions; macular surgery; melanomas and other adult intraocular tumors; and walking along the silk route—where east meets west. In addition, numerous world renowned speakers were invited to share with delegates their ophthalmology-related knowledge and experiences, as well as to showcase cutting-edge advances in the field through interaction at the congress. The event was an ideal opportunity for Taiwan ophthalmologists to demonstrate their academic strength and keep in line with international ophthalmology research.