Welcome to the St John Ophthalmic Association (SOA)

Established 2015

‘Pro fide, pro utilitate hominum’

The Service of Humanity – the principle of the Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem

The St John Ophthalmic Association was established in 2015 and is formed of clinicians, nurses, managers, and IT and healthcare professionals from across the world.  The group exists to coordinate the post-graduate ophthalmic activities of the Order of St John, uniting supporters from all professional walks of life in support of The Order of St John.

The SOA not only supports the strategy of the Hospital Board in advancing teaching, training and research across all branches of the St John Eye Hospital Group (SJEHG), but also supports the developing St John Ophthalmic Hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg.


Thus, our specific objectives are to:

  • Coordinate international healthcare support and expertise for St John
  • Increase training opportunities for St John staff, both regionally and internationally
  • Organise periodic regional and international meetings to advance teaching and research at St John
  • Cooperate with regional and international sister organisations and universities in the development of research and on-line ophthalmology teaching capability.