|We in IASO (International Academy of Sports ophthalmology) believe that integrated approach must continue to be the
basis for treatment of bodies due to sports and one should get a combined benefit of ophthalmology, plastic surgery,
neurology, ENT skills with a readily accessible knowledge base and understanding of basic pathology, radiology .
Microbiology knowledge is a must to prevent infections in these cases. We believe that all faculty members in these
fields have an obligation to teach new students, their discipline, and their self-integrity to model the highest standards
of professionalism in all aspects of their lives. And, we believe in equality of cultural diversity, embracing all colleagues
regardless of geographic or political boundaries. As disease is universal, so too must be the preparation of all those
who train future generations of sports ophthalmology surgeons.
The mission of the IASO is to advance sports ophthalmology through integration and to ensure that the teaching and
learning of ophthalmology continues to be firmly grounded in technology and that it continues to evolve.
We strive to achieve this by:
1. sharing current and innovative means to treat the ophthalmology conditions that are common to these fields,
2. providing a multidisciplinary forum for discussion of issues affecting sports ophthalmology
3. serving as an international voice to enhance the public's appreciation of the crucial role of sports ophthalmology
surgeon in health and health care
ARTICLE I. Name
The name of the society shall be the International Academy of Sports ophthalmology,(IASO) and it shall be incorporated
as a nonprofit corporation in Bombay, India
ARTICLE II. Purpose
The purpose of the society shall be to promote sports ophthalmology education through faculty development and to
encourage that the teaching and learning of sports ophthalmology continues to be firmly grounded in science and
technology and is done in an integrated manner. This approach should be available to all who wish to avail of it. All
people associated with sports ophthalmology education should themselves not only be trained in sports ophthalmology
but also in reconstructive technology and should be actively involved in evolution of infection prevention technologies
through ongoing medical research and should dissipate their experiences through papers in peer-reviewed journals
and presentations in conferences. The society will help members in these affairs and provide an international platform
for discussion regarding the directions sports ophthalmology takes in the years to come. It will also help prospective
sports ophthalmology surgeons who wish to avail of advances in these technologies to learn how to use them.
ARTICLE III. Activities and Restrictions on Activities
In a phased manner the society shall take up the following activities
A) Online CME s on sports ophthalmology
B) Yearly programs via teleconference
C) Quarterly teaching learning activities amongst country faculty and full and student members
D) Monthly online meetings between full members and student members facilitated by one faculty member
E) Database of teaching sports ophthalmology and recourses to be maintained.
F) Database of Evidence based treatments for treating sports ophthalmology conditions.
G) Stress on ethics, communication skills and management skills as well as compassion and empathy
H) Publication of newer research done by members.
I) Educational sub committees –the A to Z of sports ophthalmology
All sections of educational committee will have a director and all directors will elect amongst themselves 4 members to
the Board of Education of IASO. All education section committee directors are selected by application and change
every year as per maximum qualification as decided by nomination committee and subject to approval of Board of
directors and have to fulfill criteria for Board of directors and may be called upon to fill vacancies in the Board of
Section 1. No part of the earnings of the society shall inure to its members, officers, or other private persons, except
that the council shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered in direct
support of its purpose.
Section 2. No part of the activities of the society shall be directed toward intervening in political campaigns.
ARTICLE IV. Membership
• All Memberships are generally by invitation.
• Applications can made and if meritorious will be considered by the board.
• All membership issues will be dealt by the Board finally.
A) Patron members- No membership dues
1) Principals/Deans/Professors involved in sports ophthalmology over 15 years but cannot commit time.
2) Any discipline involving sports ophthalmology and support branches.
1) Select a faculty member in ophthalmology and submit to board.
2) Can suggest an ophthalmologist’s name for board of directors.
3) No voting rights but can have voting rights if converted to faculty member( if interested, fulfills criteria, pays
dues and ready to commit time to the mission)
B) Faculty members- Membership dues-$ 100/year or 5 % of yearly salary (whichever is less-can be waived by
board if meritorious)
Eligible to become board of director member if completes 5 years as faculty
Every term faculty members elect amongst themselves one member (who finishes 5 years and submits one addition to
the databases on sports ophthalmology teaching and Evidence based treatments for students of sports ophthalmology)
to be a board of director member.
Full member for four years or four of the following
a) Associate Professor or above in a medical college that grants postgraduate qualification in ophthalmology
b) More than 2 papers or publications in sports ophthalmology at conferences or peer reviewed indexed journals
of which at least five in medical education
c) One instruction course in sports ophthalmology nationally and one in medical education nationally
d) Willingness to work actively for the mission of the IASO
e) Willingness to conduct personally 15 CMEs in a year in country of residence any one in another country during
f) Willingness to conduct 20 online CMEs during tenure.
g) Elected as exceptional by full members
C) Full members-Membership dues-$ 50/year or 5 % of yearly salary(whichever less and can be waived by board
Full member is eligible to become faculty member after four years.
Every term full members elect amongst themselves one member who finishes 4 years to be a faculty member and
submits one addition to the databases on sports ophthalmology technology and Evidence based treatments for students
of sports ophthalmology
a) Any ophthalmology teaching post in any medical college or institute.
b) One student member elected by student members as exceptional based on performance.
c) Demonstrated interest in teaching sports ophthalmology
i) Two papers on sports ophthalmology in national conference or one in international conference or indexed
ii) At least one year of teaching sports ophthalmology or
iii) At least 2 publications in sports ophthalmology or
iv) Any teacher elected as exceptional by student members
v) Any student member who finishes one year as student member and procures a teaching attachment in a
medical college/institute and has attended 75 % of training programmes with 75% proficiency and submits one
research paper to the council.
D) Student members –no membership dues
Eligibility criteria-any student of ophthalmology interested in pursuing sports ophthalmology teaching as a career and
can procure a certificate stating the same from the Head of Department of Ophthalmology of any institute.
E) Fellow of Educational subcommittee-no dues
Any ophthalmologist who submits proof of having completed a fellowship in that field or two papers in indexed peer
reviewed journals in that field, subject to clearing an examination in that sub specialty, and approval by Board.