Publication of the Second Issue of AOC Journal – Journal of Optometry Eye and Health Research (June 2022) + Consensus on Myopia Management for Asia

Dear AOC members,

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.

Vol. 3 No. 3 June 2022

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.

Thank you.

Datuk Dr Murphy Chan
AOC, President


Latest News from India:

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.

Prof. Aditya Goyal
Dr. Venkataramana Kalikivayi

SOA and AOC Optometry Bursary

Dear AOC members,
On this World Sight Day I like to announce the launch of SOA and AOC Optometry Bursary. This bursary is awarded to optometry students from our all our member countries.

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GMS-AOC Asian Track

We’re so blessed to have 11 distinguished speakers from Asia with over 200 years of invaluable experience in research and clinic joined AOC to participate the 1st GMS/AOC Asia Track.

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IPAO-AOC e-Symposium 2021 (13 Sept 2021)

Dear Fellow Colleagues,

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:


Indian Entry Level Optometry Competency Standards 21 (IELOCS 21)

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.

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New Educational Partnership with The Global Myopia Symposium (GMS)

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) — 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!