It is an honour for me to be a part of this academic society. I am overwhelmed by the trust imposed upon me by the executive committee to appoint me as the General Secretary for 02 years. I cherish the support I have by all the members in carrying out the academic and administrative activities of this society.Annual Islamabad Congress has become an enormous academic event in Ophthalmology in Pakistan. It has one of the highest number of delegates attending the congress. Being held at the mountain resort in one of the best hotels in Pakistan, the event has become one of the only academic events which is attended by not only the delegates but also their families. This puts a huge administrative burden on the society but with the help of all the members we have been able to amicabilly manage this in previous years.The scientific program is designed to highlight the recent advances and management criteria pertinent to our working scenarios. The diversity of speakers both national and international add to the dissemination of vast experiences in every subspecialty. The accreditation of conference held in 2015 by the European Accreditation Council (EACCME) has increased its stature manifold. We hope to attract more international audience considering the improved security situation in our country and international accreditation of the congress.
We endeavour to encourage young budding ophthalmologists by their participation in the congress and the competitive session designed to allow them to improve their presentation skills and inculcate research oriented training.
We are looking forward to welcome you to the 21st Annual Islamabad Congress of Ophthalmology to be held at Pearl Continental Hotel Bhurban from 26th to 28th April 2019.
Prof B A Naeem