This is to announce that the Consensus on Myopia Management for Asia is now published in the Journal of Optometry Eye and Health Research (JOEHR), an official journal of the Asia Optometric Congress (AOC).
This Consensus on Myopia Management project was initiated by AOMA, in partnership with AOC.
AOC would like to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the Myopia Management Consensus team headed by Dr Monica Jong, the authors for their inputs and AOMA for their untiring and excellent contribution.
National commission for allied and healthcare professions, India appointed its interim committee on the 10th of June, 2022. NCAHP was established through an act of Indian parliament in March 2021. NCAHP is an umbrella council for 56 allied and healthcare disciplines in India. These disciplines have been clubbed into 19 groups for administrative convenience. Optometry is under ophthalmic sciences group. The other ophthalmic disciplines are ophthalmic assistant and vision technicians. Optometry has been accorded independent practice status and the other two disciplines have been placed in allied sector.
NCAHP will establish academic and practice norms in all the disciplines. In the academic area, norms for establishment of colleges, curriculum, infra structure, nomenclature of the academic programs and duration of the programs will be implemented. For practice standards regulations for – licensing exams, register of professionals, dos and don’ts in clinical practice, professional conduct norms and offences and penalties will be established.
Dr. Venkataramana Kalikivayi, HOD, Ahalia School of Optometry, Kerala and, Prof. Aditya Goyal, Principal, Sankara College of Optometry, Bangalore and Ludhiana have been appointed by the government of India as members of the committee for ophthalmic sciences group of NCAHP.
SHANGHAI — The Asia Optometric Management Academy (AOMA) and Asia Optometric Congress (AOC) collaborated to create a region-wide consensus on myopia management. The organizations came together with the help of two dozen key opinion leaders to collect input from countries across Asia and put together a document that outlines how myopia should be managed throughout the region.
On behalf of the AOC Exco, we would like to announce two upcoming events for AOC members:
IPAO-AOC e-Symposium 2021 (13 Sept 2021)
Following the SOA-AOC e-Symposium in-collaboration with the Singapore Optometric Association in May, this is to announce the second e-symposium of AOC in 2021, IPAO-AOC e-Symposium, in-collaboration with the Integrated Philippine Association of Optometrists (IPAO).
The theme of this e-Symposium is Sports and Vision Rehabilitation, with the support from Dr. Charles Shidlofsky, president of the International Sports Vision Association (ISVA) and Vice President, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association.
Registration is free and can be processed through the link below:
Association of Schools and Colleges of India (ASCO India) presented its next edition of Indian entry level optometry competency standards (IELOCS 21) on the 6th of August 2021. ASCO India’s vision and mission is to update and upgrade optometry education and practising standards of optometrists in India. This is achieved through various fellowships, continuous educational programs, and conferences conducted for optometry educational institutions and optometrists in India.
The Global Myopia Symposium (GMS), a world leader in myopia-based education, is pleased to announce a new educational partnership with the Asia Optometric Congress (AOC) — https://asiaoptometriccongress.com. Through this partnership, the two organizations will focus on providing cutting-edge clinical education for eyecare practitioners. In particular, the GMS-AOC Asia track will be inaugurated at the second annual GMS meeting, taking place September 16 to 19, 2021. Dr. Oliver Woo (Australia), chairman of AOC-Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control, serves as the education coordinator and will be working with the AOC and GMS to specifically coordinate and plan educational activities between the two organizations.
Stay tuned for more details about the GMS-AOC Asia track in addition to the full program details for the GMS 2021!