The Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis (AOI) traces its origin to the Act of Foundation signed March 7, 1975. Its Statutes and Regulations were adopted by a vote of the 45 Charter Members at the organization's first meeting in Ghent, Belgium on April 10, 1976. Active membership is limited to 70 Chairs, each assigned a roman numeral from from I to LXX. AOI Members are formally nominated and elected by the membership to fill a specific Chair once it becomes vacant. An ophthalmologist who has been engaged in the study, research, or practice of ophthalmology for at least 15 years and who has published not less than 100 scientific papers, reports, or books is eligible to be nominated for membership. Currently, our Active and Emeritus membership represents 33 countries around the world.
The Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis is a university-centered
international organization committed to excellence in education,
research and culturally appropriate medical services to preserve
and restore vision for people of the world.
Throughout the world, 45 million people are blind and 135
million are severely visually impaired. Projections estimate
that blindness and severe visual impairment will greatly increase
in the years ahead. To address this problem, the International
Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), the Academia Ophthalmologica
Internationalis (AOI) and representatives of vision care organizations
and industry formulated the International
Ophthalmology Strategic Plan to Preserve and Restore Vision–Vision
for the Future. This joint effort is closely related to
and intertwined with The
Global Initiative for the Elimination of Avoidable Blindness/Vision
2020–The Right to Sight, a multi-year program sponsored
by the World Health Organization and the International Agency
for the Prevention of Blindness. The links to the right contain
more information about these programs.