The APACRS evolved from the Asia-Pacific Intraocular Implant Association (APIIA) founded by Prof Arthur Lim to reflect the dynamic developments in cataract and refractive surgery at the turn of the millennium. In 1987, Prof Lim foresaw the importance of these developments in Asia, and the society has since witnessed rapid growth under the leadership of recent past president Prof Graham Barrett. Taking inspiration from his predecessors, current president Dr Ronald Yeoh is set to take the APACRS into a new era.
The society’s primary function remains to disseminate and facilitate advances in the various fields of anterior segment ophthalmic surgery in the Asia-Pacific region. Over the years, the APACRS has developed various means to fulfill this function. Among them is EyeWorld Asia-Pacific, a quarterly international anterior segment ophthalmology news magazine. For the last decade, the magazine has kept readers abreast of the latest developments in ophthalmology, always keeping its perspective on what is relevant to the Asia-Pacific region. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2015, the magazine is currently read by over 30,000 ophthalmologists in over 60 countries in the world.
During its annual meetings, the APACRS cultivates and promotes excellence by recognizing the outstanding work of ophthalmologists in the region, through various awards and distinctions, including the APACRS Gold medal, honoring ophthalmologists in the region for outstanding contributions to the practice in terms of service, teaching, or research; the prestigious APACRS LIM Lecture, delivered by one ophthalmologist chosen each year to share their discoveries and innovations with their colleagues; and the APACRS Certified Educator (ACE) award, given through a program sponsored by Abbott Medical Optics, Alcon, and Bausch + Lomb, in close partnership with the Singapore National Eye Centre, established to recognize ophthalmologists who have made significant contributions to train surgeons in the Asia-Pacific.
Over the years, the APACRS has worked in collaboration with the region’s most prominent local organizations. At the upcoming 30th APACRS Annual Meeting which will run from 1 to 3 June 2017 in Hangzhou, China, the APACRS is collaborating with the Chinese Cataract Society, with the support of the Chinese Ophthalmological Society and Chinese Medical Association. Meeting at “Crossroads”, the organizations are working together to “Find the Right Path” through various issues in ophthalmology.
As always, the APACRS will bring together ophthalmologists and ophthalmic surgeons from all over the region, collaborating closely with experts from other parts of the world to serve the cataract and refractive surgery needs of over half the world’s population.
The society has made its mark as the regional counterpart of major international ophthalmology societies such as the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS), and the Latin American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ALACCSA/LASCRS).
In 2005, a joint symposium was first held at the 18th APACRS Annual Meeting in Beijing. This joint symposium has become the most prominent session at the APACRS annual meetings. This collaboration was formalized in 2010 under the banner of CSCRS—the Combined Symposium of the Cataract and Refractive Societies. CSCRS represents an important collaboration and alliance of four major cataract and refractive societies in presenting perspectives from the four corners of the globe.
The APACRS Mobile App was first developed in 2013 for the 26th APACRS Annual Meeting held in Singapore from 11–14 July 2013. The app takes full advantage of modern technology, particularly the proliferation of smartphones and mobile devices. A handy alternative to printed program books, the app provides comprehensive and up-to-the-minute program information that can be accessed anytime, anywhere—even without an internet connection.
The APACRS Mobile App was recognized for its outstanding achievement in Best User Experience in the 2014 Mobile Excellence Awards Ceremony.
The society also maintains a website at www.apacrs.org. The website provides a resource accessible to members wherever they may be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offering weekly news, important announcements, as well as a convenient biometry calculators utilizing Prof. Barrett’s own Toric Calculator, Rx, True-K, and Universal II formulae.
The centerpiece of the society’s activities is its annual meeting. The APACRS annual meeting, held in different countries in the Asia-Pacific region, has become the most important regional meeting for cataract and refractive surgery.
Doctors from all over the region are joined by renowned international speakers, delegates from other parts of the world who contribute to making the meeting one of the most important educational events in the ophthalmological calendar.
The scope of the meeting, with attendees coming from all over the world, also makes the meeting a great opportunity to meet new colleagues and renew friendships.
Join the APACRS to enjoy membership benefits such as reduced registration fees at APACRS congresses, free subscription to EyeWorld Asia-Pacific News Magazine and many more. Log on to www.apacrs.org for more information.