I am extremely honored to announce, that after many years of work, we were able to create a united scientific entity related to Ophthalmology, the Pan-Albanian Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO).
The history of its formation relies on the excellent cooperation between Albanian-speaking ophthalmologists in Albanian-speaking countries but also with Albanian Ophthalmologists who work in any other country.
During an unforgettable meeting with my fellow Ophthalmologists on February 15 2014, during the proceedings of the 18th Congress of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS), we discussed the idea of an association enabling all Albanian-speaking Ophthalmologists to attend and present their knowledge, clinical and surgical experience in the Albanian language. The purpose of this initiative was to unite as many Albanian-speaking Ophthalmologists as possible to organize large-scale scientific events, develop joint protocols of our clinical practices and also exchange diagnostic and surgical experiences. This association will enable our Ophthalmologists to be updated with the latest innovations regarding the most advanced diagnostic methods and operating techniques.
A special appreciation should be attributed to the founders of this Association, Prof. Pajtim LUTAJ, Dr. Iljaz Ismaili, Dr. Stela Ceca, Dr. Bledar Kruja, Dr. Julinda Jaho, Dr. Avni Nuhiu as the first signatories who made possible the application to the Tirana District Court which with decision No. 3919 dated 05/06/2014 decided the registration as a Legal Entity of this Association, “Pan-Albanian Association of Ophthalmology”.
A special consideration goes to Prof. Kelmend Spahiu, Gazmend Kaçaniku and Naser Salihu, but also to all Albanian ophthalmologists without whose support the establishment of this association would not have been possible.