The Asia Pacific Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (APSOPRS) has been working since 2000 as a major subspecialty of Ophthalmology. We have a tight connection with the supranational organizations like International Council of Ophthalmology and Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology. We, therefore, have a responsibility for all the patients in our region to improve their eye function with updated knowledge and modified skill.
Although the Asia-Pacific region has more than half the population of the world, many of these have received little chance to take a proper treatment of oculoplasty because of small number of oculoplastic specialists. In order to improve these adverse circumstances, the most important factor is to provide high quality education. Our vital effort is to provide the best possible training through quality fellowship programs. The impetus for this can be provided by holding CME activities, workshops and conferences. They should be held in different parts of this vast region to spread the base and to develop interest in the specialty in all parts.
The society must become truly representative of the entire region. This can only be done by enlarging our membership base, developing national oculoplastic societies, affiliating them to the APSOPRS and tuning them all to our objectives. At the moment, only 8 national societies are affiliated: Australia/New Zealand, China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, India, Philippines and Thailand. As there are much more countries in the Asia-Pacific region, we need more endeavor to establish more national societies in our region.
We need to promote development of centres of excellence in the specialty, providing the best possible oculoplastic care. We also need to ensure that the culture of research, especially in the problems that are commoner in or are peculiar to the region, is promoted to answer the questions that befuddle us. Oculoplastic surgery is developing at a very rapid pace. Newer techniques and technologies are coming up and newer vistas are opening up in a short period. The development of highest level of academic standards will also require us to coordinate with other organizations in the field of oculoplastics. American society of OPRS has been our reciprocal society, but we need to have more reciprocal societies to catch up with and lead the rapid development of technique and knowledge of the oculoplastics. Turkish Society of OPRS and Korean College of Cosmetic Surgery are newly affiliated with our society.
Although the Asia Pacific Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is still developing, we do continuous efforts to provide the highest level oculoplastic treatment to all persons for their healthy lives
Prof. Hirohiko Kakizaki
Aichi Medical University