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Welcome to SAARC Academy of Ophthalmology

The idea of SAARC- South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, was conceived in 1970 and the formal charter was signed by the seven countries on 8th December 1985 at Nepal. The eighth country, Afghanistan joined in April, 2007.

SAARC is a unique concept of regional cooperation with a very distinct diversity of geography, culture, and environment. The region holds the highest mountains in the world, land locked mountain terrains and one of the member country Maldives to be the smallest island nation of the world.

More than 1/3 rd of global population lives in this region which is one of the fastest growing and developing regions of the world.


Prof. O. K. Malla Message by President

Hony. Gen. Secretary

Prof. Rajvardhan Azad Message by Hony. Gen. Secretary

Hony. Treasurer

Prof. Rajesh Sinha Message by Hony. Treasurer

SAARC Activities

SAO Conference Kathmandu 2018

14th SAARC Academy of Ophthalmology Conference 21st to 24th June 2018, Kathmandu, Nepal

SAO Conference Karachi 2016

SAARC Academy of Ophthalmology Conference 18th to 21st August 2016, Karachi, Pakistan

SAO Conference Colombo 2014

12th Conference of the SAARC Academy of Ophthalmology and 23rd annual conference of college of ophthalmologists of Sri Lanka & Colombo Retina Meeting 2014 held in colombo, Sri Lanka from 28th september to 1st October 2014

SAO Conference Dhaka 2012

11th SAO Biennial Conference, 2012, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Activities of member bodies

Asia Pacific Glaucoma Society Symposium in Sri Lanka on 27th Sep 2019

28th Annual Congress of The College of Ophthalmologists of Sri Lanka on 26th to 29th Sep 2019. For more information visit