Sanya implements a Visa-free policy for 59 countries, including 40 countries in Europe, 11 in Asia, 4 in South America, 2 in North America and 2 in Oceania! More details can be found in General Informaiton.

On behalf of the organization committee, I am delighted to announce the 19th IMC will be hosted by the AIER Eye Hospital Group in Sanya City, Hainan Province.

Hainan, a Chinese province and an island, is known as the oriental Hawaii. It sits at the southern part of China on the South China Sea. It implements a visa-free policy to 59 countries and attracts more than one million domestic and foreign travelers per year. It is rated as the most agreeable island for human in the same latitude for its natural beauty, delicious food, magnificent buildings, international spirit and the largest duty-free shop.

In the past years, IMC has played a vital role in raising international awareness about myopia and fostering research advancements in the field. 2024 marks the 60th anniversary of IMC. It is a golden opportunity for us to join the 19th IMC to commemorate this special occasion in Hainan and to gather global minds for detecting, treating and preventing myopia.

According to the World Report on Vision issued by WHO, myopia has troubled 2.6 billion people around the world by 2023 and the number is still growing. It is predicted that by 2050 half of population on this globe will be living with myopia if no effective actions are taken. We need to strengthen our efforts on placing myopia at the top of the global health agenda. We aim to utilize the existing resources and allocate more to this issue through knowledge exchange, fruitful discussions and international collaborations on this unique forum. It is our ultimate goal to prevent blindness from myopia in the generations to come.

Prof. YANG Zhikuan,
Honorary President, Local Organizing Committee
International Myopia Conference 2024

Prof. LAN Weizhong,
Executive President, Local Organizing Committee
International Myopia Conference 2024

1. Pre-IMC to be held in Changsha in 23-24 Sept.

Please RSVP by 15 July 2024 to the secretariat at

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2. Click the link below to download visa invitation letter!

Visa Policy in Sanya & Changsha - International Myopia Conference 2024


3. Call for nominations!

As is now a well-established tradition of the International Myopia Conference series, we are calling for nominations for the two memorial lectures. Please send your nominations to  Professor Christine Wildsoet by and Professor Frank Schaeffel by before the end of July.

Click the link to know more: Nominations for Memorial Lectures - International Myopia Conference 2024