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Invitation to the 48th AGM and IOA symposium

Dear Members of the International Orthoptic Association (IOA),

You are invited to attend the 48th Annual General Meeting of the IOA. As with previous editions before COVID, this online version will also be accompanied by a symposium. The IOA symposium entitled Orthoptics in the Era of COVID-19 was previously presented in a different composition during the ISA congress in September 2022 in Cancun Mexico. We hope to see you all during the AGM with symposium on Saturday, January 28, 2023.


The IOA Symposium:  Orthoptics in the Era of COVID-19 

The impact of the COVID-19 virus is still being felt around the world. The immediate harm from a global disaster is the loss of life, but there are long-term effects that are more difficult to quantify and predict. The world is currently in the “post-peak” phase of the pandemic during which additional waves of infection may occur.  But unlike earlier pandemics, with post-peak phases lasting for months, the post-peak COVID phase has continued over years.  Orthoptic clinics around the world have changed in many ways as a result.  These changes include not only changes in practice, but in the type, severity, and incidence of eye disease and disorders.  This Symposium, originally given at the 2022 ISA Congress in Cancun, Mexico, will explore some of the predictable and unexpected consequences of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.


Program symposium webinar

Time (CET)





Kyle Arnoldi


Impact of the Pandemic on Orthoptic
Clinics in the UK

Fiona Rowe


Computer Vision Syndrome

Celina Tamaki


Quarantine Myopia

Jan-Roelof Polling


Neuro-ophthalmic Complications of

Jorie Jackson


Discussion & Conclusion



Date: Saturday, 28 January, 2023
Time: 14:00 – 16:00 am Central European Standard Time (GMT+1)
Registration link: click here Please pre-register.
Mode: Webinar


AGM Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Welcome, Announcements and Introductions
  3. Approval of 2023 AGM Agenda
  4. Review & Approval of 2022 Minutes of the IOA AGM 
  5. Report from the President of the Association
  6. Report from Karen McMain, director of volunteer program
  7. Financial Report from the Treasurer of the Association
    1. Approval financial statement for the year 2021-2022
    2. Authorization to fix the remuneration of the IOA auditors
  8. Confirmation of Office Holders for the period 2022-2023
  9. Next IOA congress
  10. Date of next IOA AGM
  11. IOA symposium: Orthoptics in the Era of COVID-19*
  12. Adjournment


AGM Attendance

This meeting is open to all orthoptists who are members of associations which hold full or associate IOA membership status or orthoptists who are individual members of the IOA. Members who have fully paid dues as of the date of the AGM may vote. A complete list of full and associate member countries can be found here. Please pre-register for the AGM here (or via the members only section of our website).


We hope to see you there.


Jan Roelof Polling, IOA President                                      


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