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Message from the President, SAARC Academy of Ophthalmology


Dr. Saliya Pathirana
SAARC Academy of Ophthalmology (SAO)

Greeting to you all from Sri Lanka. I am happy to inform you that the Next Biennial meeting of SAARC Academy of Ophthalmology (SAO)will be held in Karachi , Pakistan from 19-21st August in conjunction with Ophthalmological Society of Pakistan(OSP).

I request all our colleagues to join this meeting as the Theme of this meeting is 3Ts, ie. Technique , Technology and Trade. It will be a great event with the presence of stalwarts in the field of ophthalmology, as SAOs, main objective is subspeciality development. Our younger colleagues will find it more interesting to watch, learn and interact regarding new techniques & technology in different subspecialities. The Trade will be the main attraction to updating, with their ever increasing technology advancement, be it - Femtosecond Laser , small guage vitrectomy or imaging techniques for Glaucoma.

So friends come and not only participate in this meeting as it is yours and your presence will enrich the knowledge of each other but add glamour to it too.

Karachi is very pleasant during August with a nice weather. You will definitely enjoy the vibrance of the city. Looking forward to meet you all during this extravangansa of ophthalmology & ophthalmologists.
Yours Sincerely
Dr. Saliya Pathirana
President ,
SAARC Academy of Ophthalmology (SAO)
Message from the Secretary General of SAO


Prof. Rajvardhan Azad
Secretary General
South Asian Academy of Ophthalmology


Dear Friends, I welcome you all to the joint meeting of SAARC Academy of Ophthalmology (SAO) and Ophthalmological Society of Pakistan (OSP) to be held next year in Karachi from 19th to 21st August 2016.

Saarc Academy of Ophthalmology popularity known SAO is conglomeration of ophthalmologist from 8 countries under the wings of duly recognised by The Governments of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries .

Every two years ie Biennial, the ophthalmologist from eight countries meet and exchanges views on techniques , technology and Trades(3T) in ophthalmology. Last biennial meeting was held in Colombo in September 2014 organised by Srilankan college of Ophthalmologist.

This invitation will extend & expose the delegates to varying spectrum of ophthalmology eg. from Nano technology to community ophthalmology. We are planning a separate session for our young colleagues with sub speciality experience to forge ahead in their own area as future belongs to them. Our practicing ophthalmology friends will find SOPs- for management of commonly prevalent diseases in their practise. Senior colleagues would love to see and learn new techniques and modality of treatment as ophthalmology like any other branch of Medicine is a dynamic field.

Not to eulogise our region , our ophthalmic trade has come up in a big way, we have our ophthalmic industry and Manufacturing companies known and recognised globally. It will be on high Agenda for all delegates as we expect economically yet useful equipment on display especially during the conference.

So come and enjoy the ophthalmic & social feast which will leave an imprint on you for years to come. Karachi being commercial capital of Pakistan with its rich History I am sure offers much more than you expect.

With best wishes & looking forward to welcome you all.

Yours Sincerely

Prof. (Dr.) Rajvardhan Azad
Secretary General
Saarc Academy of Ophthalmology (SAO)