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Asia Pacific Council of Optometry (APCO) represents the Asia-Pacific regions as one of the regional secretariats of the World Council of Optometry (WCO). The mission of the APCO is to facilitate the enhancement and development of primary eye and vision care by optometrists in the Asia and Pacific regions. A biennial scientific meeting, the Asia Pacific Optometric Congress (APCO) has been held since 1978. The coming 21st APCO will be held in conjunction with the 2nd World Congress of Optometry hosted by the World Council of Optometry in Hyderabad, India from 11 – 13 September 2017.
The World Council of Optometry has formed a partnership with APCO and The India Vision Institute (IVI) in forming a dynamic team in planning and preparing for this congress so that colleagues from around the world will benefit a very interesting program.
The theme: “Accessible, quality vision and eye health” is befitting the region in which this congress is held due to the fact that uncorrected refractive error (URE) remains a major cause of avoidable blindness in the Asia Pacific region, as well as other areas of the world. Further, Non Communicable Disease (NCD) such as diabetes is a major concern to the health of the general public on a globally scale. Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) is a serious sight-threatening complication and has caused millions of people blindness. Optometrists can limit the potential for significant vision loss from DR by providing a comprehensive dilated eye examination and providing early detection, treatment and referral.
The 3 day programme will feature lectures by distinguish international speakers, workshops, poster presentations and seminars. It will also include the KB Woo Lecture and a half day symposium comprising mostly of papers from the region, thus giving opportunity for colleagues to showcase their advancements and standards in both clinical practice and research in optometry. Some of the World’s leading suppliers of equipment will also exhibit the latest in technology.
Globally the demand for optometry has advanced tremendously in recent years, which also increases the demand for optometrists to keep abreast of the knowledge and standards required to provide high quality eye and vision care to the public. A congress such as this gives that opportunity to gain valuable information to update yourself. For your information, the APCO General Delegates Meeting will be held a day prior to the congress.
India is a fascinating country and Hyderabad is a city of smiles, lights, and thousand faces, endearingly called the Pearl City. As you partake in one of the most significant international optometry congresses, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy the vast fascination and diversity of India in Hyderabad.
On behalf of APCO, WCO and IVI, it is my pleasure to extend to you all the invitation to attend this great Optometry Congress in Hyderabad in 2017. I urge you to register early to avoid disappointment.
Shameem N Razak
Asia Pacific Council of Optometry


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OYO Room Devi Inn
Welcome Cocktail Party
Monday September 11, 2017
Dress: Smart / Casual
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Hall- 3 & 4, Hyderabad International Convention Centre
This is an invitation for all registered delegates
Gala Dinner
Time: 7:00pm
Dress: Traditional/formal–Theme for the event is Indian traditional dress.
Venue: Chowmahalla Palace
If you wish to purchase Gala Dinner Tickets Please Click Here to Book Online
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India Vision Institute
C/o Gullapalli Pratibha Rao International Centre for Advancement of Rural Eye care (GPR ICARE)
L V Prasad Eye Institute Kismatpur Campus Don Bosco Nagar PO, Near: Kali Mandir,
Hyderabad - 500 086, Telangana, India
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