Message from the PAOF Chair

Aug 23, 2022From the PAOF Chair, PAOF

J. Fernando Arevalo MD PhD
PAOF Chair, 2021-2024

Dear Friends,

We are very proud to announce that the Pan-American Ophthalmological Foundation’s Circle of Vision program has reached its 10th anniversary. We would like to extend our gratitude to our Pan-American leaders in ophthalmology that support the Pan-American’s mission of providing lifelong education and cultural exchange among ophthalmologists to improve patient care.

COVID-19 changed the face of the global community over the last two years. But the educational needs did not go away. The Pan-American responded robustly by expanding its online learning programs. The eLearning Programs offered freely available high-quality webinars and seminars. Our digital journal, the Pan-American Journal of Ophthalmology (PAJO), continues to break records with nearly 28,000 article downloads monthly.

Because of your commitment to the Pan-American, if you have not done so, we are asking you to renew your support to help sustain and expand PAAO’s online and face-to-face educational and specialty training programs, the Pan-American Journal of Ophthalmology, and support for prevention of blindness programs throughout the Americas, among other things including new opportunities for our young ophthalmologists.

If you consider yourself a leader in the Pan-American ophthalmology community, your membership in the Circle of Vision is important. Not only will your renewed support help us reach our goals but will also serve to inspire others to join. If you have never joined, please consider belonging to this select group of PAAO leaders in The Americas. If you have already donated, thank you and hope will be able to thank you personally in Chicago at AAO 2022.

For your convenience, you may go to and/or renew online. The option to pay your commitment in one payment, or if you would rather pay in monthly installments, is also available. If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us at PAOF and PAAO.

Again, thank you for your leadership and commitment to the Pan-American and we look forward to seeing you in Chicago and thank you.

The PAOF continues to work tirelessly and supports the PAAO membership, particularly our junior/early-career members via various grants/awards, and opportunities through our Travel Awards, and scholarships. We are in the process of creating more opportunities for you as we speak. We hope that PAAO members will generously support the Foundation ( throughout the year. No gift is small, donate what you can. The more gifts donated, the more support the Foundation can provide to PAAO programs.

Please remember, the goal is to meet again at our XXVI Pan-American Regional Course in conjunction with Bascom Palmer’s XLIV Inter-American Course (CURSO), October 16-19, 2022, in Miami, FL, and of course our XXXV Pan-American Congress of Ophthalmology, March 17-20, 2023, in Buenos Aires Argentina! It’s at these two meetings where ophthalmology from all the Americas come together to meet and you cannot miss that!

J. Fernando Arevalo MD PhD FACS FASRS

Pan-American Ophthalmological Foundation (PAOF)