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History of the Afro-Asian Council of Ophthalmology


 The Afro-Asian Council of Ophthalmology was established and based in Egypt in 1958. It is one of the oldest and well established Supranational Organizations concerned with advances of ophthalmology in the Afro-Asian countries. Many of the African and Asian countries are represented in the council including Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Turkey, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Singapore, China and Ukraine.
The council has organized fifteen Afro-Asian congresses in various Afro-Asian Countries over the past 50 years. The main subjects of these congresses were concerned with the combat of blindness, ocular infections, glaucoma, promoted the recent advances and modern techniques in cataract surgery, laser and vitreoretinal surgery.  

 The first Meeting was held in Cairo, March, 1958.

 The second Congress was held in Tunisia, April,1960.

 The third Congress was held in Istanbul, May, 1964.

 The 4th Congress took place in Beirut, Lebanon, September 1968.

 The 5th Congress was held in Tokyo, Japan, July 1972.

 The 6th Congress was held in Madras, India, January 1976.

 The 7th Congress took place in Tunisia, October 1980.

 The 8th Congress was held in Lahore, Pakistan, March, 1984.

 The 9th Congress was held in Cairo, Egypt, February 1988.

 The 10th Congress took place in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 1992.

 The 11st Congress took place in Beirut, Lebanon, June 1996.

 The 12nd Congress was held in Guangzhou, China, November 2000.

 The 13rd Congress was held in Istanbul, Turkey, May 2004.

 The 14th Congress was held in Morocco, June 2007.

 The 15th Congress was held in Kolkata, India, January 2010.

 The 16th Congress was held in Istanbul, Turkey, June 2012.

 The 17th Congress was held in Xi'an, China, September 2014.

 The 18th Congress was held in Cairo, Egypt, March, 2016.


The Afro-Asian Council of Ophthalmology hopes to continue promoting the advancement of modern techniques on cataract surgery and laser therapy on a wide scale, to combat the major causes of blindness, namely cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and retinal detachment. Training programs are organized to achieve these objectives. Many training courses are arranged annually.  

Friendly Message

Emily Chew, MD                          

Deputy Clinical Director, NEI, NIH, USA

ARVO, President 2017


Feb 18, 2019

You are so kind to invite me to the meeting in May. Unfortunately, I have a conflict. And I would really be there to learn as I am not an expert in AI/Deep learning.  I would love to attend to hear the latest information that you have put together. And you have so much data in China.


Chandran Abraham                     

Consultant Ophthalmologist

Apollo 1st Med Hospitals, Chennai, India


Feb 25, 2019

Thank you very much for the invitation to attend the 2019 International Ophthalmological Forum at Shenzhen. We would love to attend and listen to all that is going on in AIAV.


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April 30, 2019       
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May 1-23, 2019     

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