- FOUR BENEFITS OF JOINING YOUR PROFESSIONAL HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATION
Healthcare associations represent a collection of professionals who work towards the common goal of promoting and improving the medical profession they are associated with. These healthcare organizations champion their members by providing resources, information and opportunities they might have not had otherwise.
- AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY (AAO)
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. The Academy evolved as part of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, which was founded in 1896 primarily to provide continuing education to eye, ear, nose and throat doctors. The American Academy of Ophthalmology was incorporated as an independent organization in 1979 when the AAOO was divided into separate academies for each specialty.
- AFRO-ASIAN COUNCIL OF OPHTHALMOLOGY (AACO)
The AACO is the oldest supranational organization concerned with spreading the up to date science of Ophthalmology throughout the Asian and African countries. It was established in Egypt in 1958.
- ALL INDIA OPHTHALMOLOGICAL SOCIETY (AIOS)
The AIOS was established in the year 1930. It is a registered Society under the Society's Registration Act of 1860. The objects of the Society are cultivation and promotion of the study and practice of ophthalmic sciences, research and man-power development with a view to render service to the community and to promote social contacts among ophthalmologists of the country.
- CANADIAN OPHTHALMOLOGICAL SOCIETY (COS)
The history and success of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) spans 75 years, dating back to its formation in 1937. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada was designated as the governing body for all medical specializations and worked closely with the COS in the certification process.
- CHINESE AMERICAN OPHTHALMOLOGICAL SOCIETY (CAOS)
CAOS was founded in 1986 at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, with a mission for charitable, education and scientific purposes; specifically to advance medical knowledge and scientific research in Ophthalmology and to assist in the education and training of Ophthalmologists of Chinese descent. Membership is open to all involved in vision care and research. CAOS includes not only physicians of Chinese ancestry, but physicians of all nationalities. Non-physician members include vision scientists and engineers with postgraduate degrees and others who are involved in vision-related fields. International members are welcome.
- EUROPEAN BOARD OF OPHTHALMOLOGY (EBO)
The European Board of Ophthalmology (EBO) was founded in 1992 in London. It is a permanent working group of the Ophthalmology Subspecialty Section of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS).
- EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR VISION AND EYE RESEARCH (EVER)
The EVER (European Association for Vision and Eye Research) was formed in 1997 as a result of collaborative efforts by several European Ophthalmic research associations. The Association for Eye Reserach (AER), the European Community Ophthalmic Research Association (ECORA) and the Joint European Meetings in Ophthalmology and Vision (JERMOV) have given up their own identities and collectively joined EVER in 1997. EVER is currently the leading ophthalmological research association in Europe which covers all areas of ophthalmology and the visual sciences.
- INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF OPHTHALMOLOGY (ICO)
The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) represents and serves professional associations of ophthalmologists throughout the world. The International Council of Ophthalmology works with ophthalmologic societies and others to enhance ophthalmic education and improve access to the highest quality eye care in order to preserve and restore vision for the people of the world. ICO first convened in 1857. The roots of the ICO date back to 1857 when 150 ophthalmologists from 24 countries convened in Brussels for the first World Ophthalmology Congress. Participants in the Congress founded the ICO in 1927 in Scheveningen, Holland.
- NEW ENGLAND OPHTHALMOLOGICAL SOCIETY (NEOS)
The creation of the New England Ophthalmologist Society was first proposed on May 1, 1884 by Hasket Derby, Benjamin Joy Jeffries, and Oliver Fairfield Wadsworth, all ophthalmologists of Boston. "The object of this Association shall be the study and advancement of ophthalmology." Although the Society's constitution has since seen revisions and new bylaws, no change has been made in these first two articles since they were written 113 years ago!
- PAN AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF OPHTHALMOLOGY (PAAO)
The Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) was founded in 1939 by Moacyr E. Alvaro MD (Brazil), Conrad Berens MD (USA), and Harry S. Gradle MD (USA). The Pan-American Ophthalmological Foundation (PAOF) was founded in 1959 to support the PAAO and its educational programs. The Pan-American strives to provide continuing education for ophthalmologists, prevention of blindness programs, and cultural exchange.
- PHILIPPINE ACADEMY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY (PAO)
In November 25, 1945, the Philippine Ophthalmological and Otolaryngological Society (POOS) was born, the first specialty society of its kind to be accredited by the Philippine Medical Association. Its members, led by Dr. Antonio S. Fernando, founding president, were physicians in the combined practice of ophthalmology and otolaryngology. It is a fitting tribute to the wisdom, maturity and sacrifice of our "elders", as well as to the energy and resolve of the youth, that the PAO has been born, recognizing in the process the root from which it came from - the POOS. In the process, we seemed to have sincerely buried the schisms and conflicts of the past, achieving in the process what Sir William Osler (Aequanimitas) could only write about, "Unity and friendship! How we long for them, but how difficult to attain…! The quarrels of doctors make a pretty chapter in the history of medicine. Each generation seems to have its own."
- ROYAL COLLEGE OF OPHTHALMOLOGISTS
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists founded in 1988, is an independent professional body and one of the Medical Royal Colleges. It regulates ophthalmology in the United Kingdom in conjunction with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG). They set the standards and examinations for medical doctors aiming to become ophthalmologists, and provide surgical skills training.
- THE ASSOCIATION FOR RESEARCH IN VISION AND OPHTHALMOLOGY - ARVO
ARVO is the largest and most respected eye and vision research organization in the world. Our members include nearly 12,000 researchers from over 75 countries. The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Inc. (ARVO) was founded in 1928 in Washington, DC by a group of 73 ophthalmologists. ARVO was originally named the Association for Research in Ophthalmology (ARO), but the word "vision" was added in 1970 to better reflect the scientific profile of our members.
- EUROPEAN SOCIETY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY: SOE
The society is made up of 44 national member societies in geographical Europe organising the biennial SOE Congress as well as awarding educational grants, organising the EuLDP programme, sponsoring lectures for clinicians and scientists across Europe and forming the SOE Young Ophthalmologists.
- AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY OF OPHTHALMOLOGISTS
The Australian Society of Ophthalmologists was formed in 1982 to represent the medico-political interests of ophthalmologists. The ASO enjoys a strong affiliation with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) and the Australian Medical Association (AMA). Today the ASO is the peak industrial and political body for ophthalmologists and it's membership comprises the majority of Fellows practising within Australia. In addition to representing medico-political interests ASO works to improve ophthalmic practice management and represent the interests of patients in the ever-changing government and private health insurance environment.
- TEXAS OPHTHALMOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
The Texas Ophthalmological Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1956 to promote and advance the science and art of medical eye care.
- FLORIDA SOCIETY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY
The Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) is a nonprofit medical society focused on protecting the medical specialty of ophthalmology. The FSO represents more than 500 physician members in the state and provides continuing medical education for physicians and other healthcare professionals to advance patient care in the realm of ophthalmology.
- GEORGIA SOCIETY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY
The (GSO) is the only statewide organization representing Georgia ophthalmologists and their patients. The GSO's activities include legislative advocacy, continuing medical education for ophthalmologists, and public education about important eye health care concerns. Members of The Georgia Society of Ophthalmology are board-certified ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.s) in various practice settings throughout Georgia. Our member physicians are wholly dedicated to lifelong learning and professional integrity in order to provide the best possible patient care.
- MALAYSIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (MMA)
The Society was first formed in 1964 by pioneering Malaysian Ophthalmologists, as a society within the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) designated as the MMA Ophthalmological Society (MMAOS). Over the following 45 years, the society grew in membership and activities under the umbrella of the MMA, promoting and advancing the specialty.
- MYANMAR OPHTHALMIC SOCIETY
The site is created in 2014 by an IT Graduate for the purpose gathering and consolidating information on Ophthalmology. Now a group of interested professional contributes to update this website on an informal basis. The site gives information on selected eye centers, ophthalmology events in Myanmar, and some relevant ophthalmology information.
- EGYPTIAN OPHTHALMOLOGICAL SOCIETY "EOS"
EOS is a scientific society that was founded on December 20, 1902. The society aims at proper management for the ophthalmological disorders in Egypt. This target could be achieved through - A quality-controlled, high-standard ophthalmic practice. - Global communication. Community orientation with ophthalmic problems.
- MEDICAL OPHTHAMOLOGICAL SOCIETY
The importance of medicine in ophthalmology to ophthalmologists in training became apparent to a group of specialists with the advent of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists examinations. The group, consisting of John Shilling, John Forrester, Colin Kirkness, Erna Kritzinger, Tom Barry and Paul Dodson, recognised that there was a lack of knowledge and awareness of the aspects of medicine relevant to ophthalmology, and this led to the formation of the Medical Ophthalmological Society (UK) whose aim was to foster joint working between medicine and ophthalmology, and to stimulate interest in a new speciality of medical ophthalmology/ophthalmic medicine.
- OPHTHALMIC ANESTHESIA SOCIETY
The Ophthalmic Anesthesia Society held its first scientific meeting in November 1987; it was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1988. OAS is committed to maintaining the team approach to ophthalmic anesthesia care, and to promoting a greater understanding among ophthalmologists, anesthesiologists, and nurse anesthetists with regard to the collaborative roles of each team member in the provision of quality anesthesia services.
- AMERICAN SOCIETY OF OPHTHALMIC REGISTERED NURSES
ASORN was organized in 1976 to unite registered nurses committed to providing quality ophthalmic care. Today ASORN is dedicated to being a resource for not only ophthalmic nurses but all ophthalmic personnel who are committed to fostering the ophthalmic team concept and collaboration among all who work in our specialty.
- AMERICAN SOCIETY OF OPHTHALMIC ADMINISTRATORS
The mission of the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators (ASOA) is to advance the skills and professionalism of ophthalmic practice management. Founded in 1986 by administrators for administrators, ASOA is the premier organization for the business side of the ophthalmic practice. Serving administrators, managers, physicians, and office staff – ASOA offers avenues for personal and professional growth and provides support, tools, and resources for the daily challenges of managing a practice.
- BRITISH OPHTHALMIC ANAESTHESIA SOCIETY (BAOS) - UNITED KINGDOM
The British Ophthalmic Anaesthesia Society is an organisation of Anaesthetists, Ophthalmologists and other clinicians who are committed to sharing education and information which will enable them to provide the highest level of anaesthetic management during ophthalmic surgery.
- AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR PEDIATRIC OPHTHALMOLOGY AND STRABISMUS (AAPOS)
AAPOS is the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. The organization's goals are to advance the quality of children's eye care, support the training of pediatric ophthalmologists, support research activities in pediatric ophthalmology, and advance the care of adults with strabismus.
- AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF OPHTHALMIC PATHOLOGISTS (AAOP)
The American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologists and Pathologists is a professional association of medical doctors who practice, teach and or engage in research in ocular oncology and/or ophthalmic pathology.
- AMERICAN COLLEGE OF VETERINARY OPHTHALMOLOGISTS (ACVO)
The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO®) is an organization, not an actual physical location, that (through the American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology® or ABVO®) has established certifying criteria for Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (DACVO®) and residents in training to become Diplomates.
- AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CATARACT AND REFRACTIVE SURGERY (ASCRS)
The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery is an international, educational society with more than 9,000 members. Its mission is to advance the art and science of ophthalmic surgery and the knowledge and skills of ophthalmic surgeons by providing clinical and practice management education and by working with patients, government, and the medical community to promote the delivery and advancement of high-quality eye care.
- AMERICAN SOCIETY OF OPHTHALMIC PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY (ASOPRS)
The purpose of ASOPRS is to advance education, research, and the quality of clinical practice in the fields of aesthetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery specializing in the face, orbits, eyelids, and lacrimal system.
- ASSOCIATION OF TECHNICAL PERSONNEL IN OPHTHALMOLOGY (ATPO)
ATPO's Mission is to provide, expand, and support scientific and educational opportunities for allied health personnel in ophthalmology, and to act as an advocate for its members and the profession.
- OPHTHALMIC PHOTOGRAPHERS SOCIETY
Non-profit organization dedicated to highly specialized photography pertaining to ophthalmology.
- CONTACT LENS ASSOCIATION OF OPHTHALMOLOGISTS (CLAO)
Founded in 1963, the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists (CLAO) has grown to become an important subspecialty organization. CLAO is dedicated to providing comprehensive ophthalmologists and other eyecare professionals with leading edge information in contact lens and refractive eyecare science. Central to CLAO's mission is support for the office-based comprehensive ophthalmologist and other contact lens professionals; and thus CLAO educational programs emphasize the practical as well as the theoretical side of contact lens and refractive science. CLAO educational offerings are designed to aid professionals at all stages of their careers.
- EUROPEAN PAEDIATRIC OPHTHALMOLOGICAL SOCIETY (EPOS)
In the 1960s the term "paediatric ophthalmology" was virtually unknown. All Ophthalmologists were generalists, although some were slowly developing a particular interest in one aspect of ophthalmology. There were really no sub-specialty interests and virtually no sub-specialists. However, in the second half of the 1960s people slowly became more interested in specific parts of ophthalmology. Paediatric ophthalmology was then, as now, a Cinderella specialty with relatively little interest. It was at the end of the 1960s that Brian Harcourt and Albert Franceschetti were lounging around a pool in Acapulco.
- EUROPEAN SOCIETY OF CATARACT & REFRACTIVE SURGEONS (ESCRS)
ESCRS was founded in 1991 to promote education and research in the field of implant and refractive surgery and to advance and promote the study and practice of ophthalmology. ESCRS seeks to promote and support research in the field of intraocular lens implantation and refractive surgery and the dissemination of the useful results thereof. ESCRS has over 7,500 members from 130 countries world-wide.
- EUROPEAN SOCIETY OF OPHTHALMIC PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY (ESOPRS)
The aims of the society are to promote the practice and teaching of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery within Europe.
- FEDERATION OF OPHTHALMIC AND DISPENSING OPTICIANS (FODO) - UNITED KINGDOM
The Federation of (Ophthalmic and Dispensing) Opticians is a leading professional membership and insurance organisation that represents primary care eye health providers in the UK and Ireland and offers bespoke and targeted advice to our diverse business and individual membership.
- NORTH AMERICAN NEURO-OPHTHALMOLOGY SOCIETY (NANOS)
The North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS) is dedicated to the achievement of excellence in patient care through the support and promotion of education, communication, research, and the practice of neuro-ophthalmology.
- INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY GEOGRAPHICAL & EPIDEMIOLOGICAL OPHTHALMOLOGY (ISGEO)
The aim of ISGEO is to promote the science of geographic and epidemiologic ophthalmology among all people and nations. This aim encompasses the epidemiological, clinical, educational, environmental and cultural aspects of eye disease, prevention of blindness, preservation of sight and visual rehabilitation. ISGEO provides a forum for presentation and discussion of research findings, focussing on developing countries. As epidemiology encompasses the control of diseases in population, research presentations are welcomed in areas such as operational research, health economics and health systems research.
- JOINT COMMISSION ON ALLIED HEALTH PERSONNEL IN OPHTHALMOLOGY (JCAHPO)
The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) was established as a not-for-profit organization in 1969 to offer certification and continuing education opportunities to ophthalmic allied health personnel. Currently more than 25,000 people in the U.S., Canada, and around the world hold a JCAHPO certification.
- ANDHRA PRADESH OPHTHALMIC SOCIETY
AP state Ophthalmological society made a humble beginning in 1976 under the able stewardship of Dr P Siva Reddy. The society had over 1300 life members. Due to the geographical division of Andhra Pradesh, the erstwhile APOS was divided into a new Andhra Pradesh Ophthalmic Society (APOS) and Telangana Ophthalmological Society (TOS). The new APOS has been registered under the Andhra Pradesh Societies Registration Act 2001 bearing registration number 192 of 2014, headquartered in Vijayawada.
- KERALA SOCIETY OF OPHTHALMIC SURGEONS: KSOS
KSOS is an organisation that was formed with the aim of development and promotion of the study and practice of the Ophthalmology, to impart training and implement research and development and to do such other acts that will improve the general well being of the visually handicapped sections of the Society and to promote social contacts among the Ophthalmologists of Kerala and India at large. The latest happenings in our organization, (Kerala Society of Ophthalmic Surgeons), and other updates in the field of medicine are frequently updated in this site.
- THE DELHI OPHTHALMOLOGICAL SOCIETY
The Delhi Ophthalmological Society was formed on 4th May, 1948 after the 9th AIOS conference held at Delhi. All the Ophthalmologists of Delhi became members of the organizing committee. The present membership is around 8000 members from all over India and is the second largest ophthalmic society in the country.
- AHMEDABAD OPHTHALMIC SOCIETY
Ahmedabad Ophthalmological Society (AOS) is a registered society under Society registration Act. AOS is a group of nearly 400 ophthalmologists. AOS organizes symposiums,CMEs and Journal Club meet every month to update its member with the newer developments in the field of ophthalmology and gives an opportunity to its members to interact with each other.
- EASTERN INDIA ZONAL OPHTHALMOLOGICAL CONGRESS
The reformation of the Eastern India Zonal Ophthalmological Congress (EIZOC) is spurred by a common vision amongst ophthalmologists throughout Eastern India to foster the exchange of knowledge and information on clinical, educational and research aspects among it's members and growth of ophthalmology and visual sciences in Eastern India. The society is dedicated to providing a forum for regional interaction so as to advance the development of these fields of ophthalmology in Eastern India and to contribute to National and International arena.
- THE NORTH ZONE OPHTHALMOLOGICAL SOCIETY
The North Zone Ophthalmological Society consists of Ophthalmologists from the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Union Territory of Chandigarh. The objects of the society are cultivation and promotion of the study and practice of ophthalmic sciences, research and man-power development with a view to render service to the community and to promote social contacts among ophthalmologists of the country.
- OPHTHALMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF ASSAM
Ophthalmological Society of Assam was formed in 10th April 1967, formerly known as All Assam Ophthalmological Society of Assam under the stewardship of Late Prof. L. C. Dutta.
- TAMIL NADU OPHTHALMIC ASSOCIATION
Tamil Nadu Ophthalmic Association is more than fifty year old association of ophthalmologists with over 2303 members. The Association works for the benefit of the Ophthalmic community and is affiliated to the All India Ophthalmological Society. The TNOA organises annual and midterm conferences offering an opportunity to its members to interact with each other and update their knowledge in various scientific sessions at these conferences.
- WOMEN OPHTHALMOLOGISTS SOCIETY: INDIA
It is open forum for all women ophthalmologists in India. It aim to boost our professional environment and encourage the participation of all, from trainees to seasoned practitioners to ophthalmologists working in to join and contribute enthusiastically in this fresh venture.
- GLAUCOMA SOCIETY OF INDIA
Glaucoma Society of India was established in 1990 with the aim of disseminating current practice patterns and help ophthalmologists in different parts India upgrade their skills to promote excellence in patient care and help preserve their vision-related quality of life.
- CORNEA SOCIETY OF INDIA
CSI aims to formulate current practice patterns, facilitate fellowships, and encourage scientific discussions with a primary goal to enhance patient care and management. It intends to evolve, with time, into a comprehensive guiding force, in the field of Cornea and External Diseases.
- OCULAR TRAUMA SOCIETY OF INDIA
Ocular Trauma Society of India was created by like minded ophthalmic professionals with the idea to assimilate information, evolve uniform treatment protocols and generate epidemiological data regarding ocular trauma in India. OTSI has and continues to be a productive platform to exchange ideas, knowledge and experience and standardize treatment modalities.
- VITREO RETINA SOCIETY OF INDIA
Vitreo Retina Society of India (VRSI) was founded in the year 1992, by a small group of 20 Vitreo-Retina specialists. Over next 15 years the exclusive group expanded to over 600 Vitreo-Retina specialists with over 90% of the India’s actively practicing Vitreo-Retina specialists being its life members.
- STRABISMUS AND PEDIATRIC OPHTHALMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF INDIA (SPOSI)
SPOSI is cultivate and promote the study, research and practice of Strabismology and Pediatric Ophthalmology, promote professional fellowship and social contacts amongst the members of the society, promote continuing education by organizing conference, symposia, seminars, workshop and refresher courses etc.
- ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY OPHTHALMOLOGISTS OF INDIA
Indian Alumni Group of ICEH (International Centre for Eye Health), London was instituted with the intention of building a global platform for the exchange of ongoing ideas and subsequent implementation of Community Ophthalmic Practice in and around Indian subcontinent (SAARC countries).
- UVEITIS SOCIETY OF INDIA
Uveitis Society of India is an independent scientific society based in India which is interested in the study of ocular inflammatory diseases and care of patients with such diseases. It is a forum consisting of Uveitis specialists from all over India and experts in the field from across the globe, who interact at regular intervals and formulate strategies in the management of patients with uveitis especially taking into regional considerations. Under the inspired leadership of Dr Narsing Rao, Uveitis Society of India was founded in the year 1999.
- INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF OPHTHALMOLOGY (ICO)
The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) represents and serves professional associations of ophthalmologists throughout the world. The roots of the ICO date back to 1857 when 150 ophthalmologists from 24 countries convened in Brussels for the first World Ophthalmology Congress. The International Ophthalmology 1982-2007 offers a condensed view of international ophthalmology preceding 1982, while focusing on more recent key considerations and decisions at annual Council meetings, the development of the Assessments (now Examinations) and ICO Fellowship Programs, and other important ICO milestones.
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