Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO), it is my great pleasure to invite you to attend the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the International Council of Ophthalmology that is scheduled to take place February 5-9, 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico. This meeting will be hosted by the Mexican Society of Ophthalmology and co-hosted by the PAAO.

The WOC meetings provide an exciting worldwide crossroads opportunity to have access to the latest science in all subspecialty interests in Ophthalmology. And as with all joint international meetings, you will be able to take advantage of networking opportunities and meeting with your friends. All major industry will be present for you to learn the latest state-of-the-art advances in technology.

A partner society affiliated to the PAAO, the Mexican Society of Ophthalmology was founded in 1893 and is one of the oldest national ophthalmological societies in the Americas. This meeting will be taking place in Guadalajara, which enjoys a deep cultural historical of more than 450 years.

The historic downtown of Guadalajara is the oldest section of the city. Within this part of town there are many beautiful plazas and parks that are worth the visit. For example, the Plaza de Armas is a rectangular plaza with gardens, ironwork benches and an ironwork kiosk which was made in Paris in the 19th century. The Metropolitan Cathedral began construction in 1558 and its two towers were built in the 19th century after an earthquake destroyed the originals. They are considered one of the city's symbols.

Come meet with your friends and enjoy the enchantment of Guadalajara!

With best regards,

Dra. Ana Luisa Höfling-Lima
PAAO President, 2013-2015