The Asia-Pacific Society (APGS) was established to facilitate contact between glaucoma specialists in the region, encourage collaborative research and service projects, increase the opportunities for exchange of skills and knowledge in this rapidly advancing field, and assist our comprehensive ophthalmological colleagues and other eye care workers (whether medically trained or not) to be up to date with advances in all aspects of glaucoma diagnosis and management. Glaucoma is the cause of considerable blindness in Asia, and is associated with specific problems in this region: the epidemiology and natural history of this disease differ from that in developed countries elsewhere. In addition, people suffering from Glaucoma in Asia may have different therapeutic outcomes from their western counterparts.
Our Mission Statement
- To promote excellence in the diagnosis and care of patients with glaucoma of all types at both individual and community levels.
- To improve the care of patients with all types of glaucoma and related diseases.
- To increase the understanding of such diseases in the medical profession and the general community through educational activities.
- To facilitate, conduct and fund research programs to expand knowledge about the causes, prevention, and treatment of glaucoma.
- To work closely with universities, medical schools, hospitals, and other institutions, to advance these aims by all means considered effective and affordable.
- To maintain and promote relationships with any organization with similar goals.
- To raise, disburse and administer funds in furtherance of these objectives.
Glaucoma members of APGS vote at an Annual General Meeting for a Board of twenty-one members, no more than two of whom can come from any one country. The Board then votes from among its members, a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary.
No individual can remain a Board member for more than eight consecutive years. After such a period of service, the individual may stand for the Board again after an absence of at least four years.
The Board meets annually in person at the Asia-Pacific Glaucoma Congress, and more regularly by teleconference.