The 19th Asia of Optometric Congress which was held at the 63 Convention Center, Seoul Korea on October 2-4, 2013 was attended by delegates from 30 different countries across the Asia Pacific region, Australia and the USA.
The Congress was jointly hosted by the Asia Pacific Council of Optometry (APOC) the Korean Optometric Association and the Hong kong Polytechnic University which has for its Theme: Advancing Education in Optometry.
More or less 20 Filipino Optometrists attended the Conference. Drs. Carmen Abesamis Dichoso, Annabelle Asuncion and Jessica Flor, CEU, dean, College of Optometry were OAP’s official representatives to the General Delegates Meeting held on October 1, 2013. Dr. Joan Santos, Dr. Mylene Abesamis and Dr. Mildred Pre also joined the OAP delegation. Delegates from nine countries were nominated to the Executive Committee and our very own Dr. Carmen Dichoso was elected among the eight members of the above committee.
The First APOC in 1978 was held in Manila Philippines hosted by the Optometric Association of the Philippines. Two more congresses, the 4th and 12th were also held in Philippines in the years 1982 and 1999 respectively.
All the three congresses were spearheaded by Drs. Claro Cinco and Dr. Antonio Joson.