The International Congresses of the MEACO
The MEACO International Congress is the largest ophthalmology meeting in the Middle East and Africa, held biennially
Since its inception in 1989, MEACO has successfully organized 12 international congresses in the region:
|1st Congress February 14-17, 1990 Cairo, Egypt||The Combined Annual Meeting of the Egyptian Ophthalmological Society and the Saudi Ophthalmological Society in collaboration with the Pan Arab Council of Ophthalmology|
|2nd Congress May 11-14, 1993 Damascus, Syria||The II International Congress of the Pan Arab Council of Ophthalmology and the 25th Anniversary of the Syrian Ophthalmological Society|
|3rd Congress April 10-14, 1995 Marrakech, Morocco||The III International Congress of the Pan Arab Council of Ophthalmology and the XI Congress of the Moroccan Ophthalmological Society in collaboration with The Afro-Arab Society of Ophthalmology|
|4th Congress May 5-8, 1997 Amman, Jordan||The IV International Congress of the Pan Arab Council of Ophthalmology and the Jordanian Ophthalmological Society in collaboration with the Afro-Arab Society of Ophthalmology|
|5th Congress March 1-5, 1999 Cairo, Egypt||The Joint Meeting of the V International Congress of the Pan Arab African Council of Ophthalmology (PAACO) and the 95th Congress of Egyptian Ophthalmological Society (EOS)|
|6th Congress April 1-5, 2001 Beirut, Lebanon||The Joint Meeting of the VI Congress of the Pan Arab African Council of Ophthalmology (PAACO) & the IV Congress of the Lebanese Ophthalmological Society (LOS)|
|7th Congress May 22-25, 2003 Tunis, Tunisia||The Joint Meeting of the VII International Congress of the Pan Arab African Council of Ophthalmology (PAACO) & the XXII Congress of the Tunisian Ophthalmological Society (STO)|
|8th Congress April 7-10, 2005 Dubai, UAE||International VIII Congress of the Pan Arab African Council of Ophthalmology (PAACO) & the XII UAE Ophthalmic Conference|
|9th Congress March 29 – April 1, 2007 Dubai, UAE||IX Congress of the Middle East African Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO)|
|10th Congress March 26-30, 2009 Manama, Bahrain||10th International Congress of the Middle East African Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO)|
|11th Congress October 16-20, 2010 Chicago, USA||American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) Joint Meeting|
|12th Congress February 16-20, 2012 Abu Dhabi, UAE||XXXIII World Ophthalmology CongressICO-MEACO Joint Meeting|
Highlights of the past MEACO Congresses
2012 – Abu Dhabi, UAE
The 12th International Congress of MEACO was held during the World Ophthalmology Congress® 2012, from 16-20 February 2012. The congress brought together 2200 international speakers with 60 international ophthalmic societies that organized more than 415 Scientific Sessions. This is the first time the WOC has been hosted in the Middle East or Africa and it brought together a truly international audience to explore insights into the latest ophthalmology technologies and trends. The WOC2012 saw an attendance of more than 10,000 participants representing over 136 countries.
During the WOC 2012, MEACO co-organized the WOC2012 Subspecialty Day held on Thursday, 16 February. The following MEACO subspecialties participated in the different sessions:
2010 – Chicago, USA
For the first time in the region’s history, MEACO successfully joined the American Academy in the AAO-MEACO Joint Meeting that was held in Chicago from 16-19 October 2010 making this the 11th International Congress of MEACO. It was reported that the advance registration showed a 60% increase in participation from the MEACO region in 2010 Joint meeting.
2009 – Manama, Bahrain
The MEACO congresses have grown from strength to strength since its first Congress in 1990. The 10th International Congress, held in Bahrain in March 2009 in collaboration with the ICO and AAO, received a very positive response from participants and attendees alike, and proved to be one of the most successful MEACO meetings.
The Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) is pleased to announce its XIII International Congress which will be held from 4 – 8 May 2016 at the Bahrain International Exhibition Center in Manama, Bahrain. This congress is the largest ophthalmic meeting in the Middle East and Africa regions. We look forward to the participation of ophthalmologists and eye care professionals from the MEACO regions as well as other parts of the world.