It is my honor and pleasure to welcome you all to Saudi Ophthalmology 2020 Virtual (SO 2020 Virtual) a combined meeting of the 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Saudi Ophthalmological Society (SOS) and 37th Annual Symposium of the King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) in association in collaboration with Department of Ophthalmology, College of Medicine, King Saud University (KSU).

This combined annual scientific meeting is an educational activity that will provide the delegates with greater platform to discuss ophthalmic issues concerning advanced techniques, modern treatment methods and better vision to raise the scientific standards of ophthalmology personnel, as well as the quality of eye care services provided to our patients.

This year’s exhibition will feature the latest technology from leading companies in the region. The exhibition will cover a wide array of ophthalmic equipments, drugs and supplies.

Since the establishment of SOS on 16th September 1985, being one of the first Saudi Scientific Medical Societies and the only ophthalmological to be formed, ophthalmologists in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the neighboring countries have greatly benefited. Under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and Honorary President of SOS HRH Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Society continues to strive to achieve its future goals. We continue to unite our efforts and goals to provide the strongest and most comprehensive meeting in the region, in order to better serve ophthalmologists and optometrists.

The SO 2020 will focus on the new frontiers in: Cataract, Cornea, Refractive Surgery, Retina, Uveitis, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Oculoplastics, Optometry, Prevention of Blindness through lectures, courses, posters and video presentations as well as workshops. We are grateful to our international and local speakers for sharing their clinical experiences and research with us.

The Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology (SJO) is an official journal of the SOS and publishes original research papers, clinical studies, review articles and case report on a quarterly basis. SJO is indexed with PubMed and SCOPUS – popular scientific databases and search engines. It is also available on Science Direct and SOS website.

I would like to express my personal gratitude to HE Dr Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, Minister of Health, Chief Executive Officer of KKESH and Dean, College of Medicine and Supervisor of the University Hospitals, KSU for their continuous support of our activities in general and this meeting in particular. I would also like to thank the Steering, Scientific and Organizing committees for their genuine efforts and dedication in organizing Saudi Ophthalmology 2020 Virtual.

Abdulaziz bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
President, Saudi Ophthalmological Society