The San Antonio Society of Ophthalmology (SASO) is a non-profit, voluntary organization foundedin 1926. It was originally called the San Antonio Society of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology (O&O). The ophthalmologists split from the Otolaryngologists in January 1980 and became the San Antonio Society of Ophthalmology. SASO’s current mission includes the development and promotion of the art and science of ophthalmology, protecting the public’s health as it pertains to eye care, and creating a sense of community amongst ophthalmologists in San Antonio and the surrounding area.

The membership of SASO is composed of physicians holding a medical degree and trained in the specialty of ophthalmology. All members are required to be certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

The SASO website provides patients and their families with a directory of ophthalmologists in their neighborhood, high quality eye-related information, and links to other useful sites that might be of interest.

Another important role of the society is to organize educational meetings for physicians in which new technologies, techniques, and scientific information are presented and discussed. The society offers monthly meetings from October – June with guest lecturers from around the country. SASO members are encouraged to keep in contact with one another, exchange clinical information, and stay current with environmental changes in the medical profession on a local and national level.

SASO membership compliments membership in the Bexar County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. While the majority of our physician-members are members of these organizations, membership is not required, and SASO membership is voluntary.

The society does not license nor does it have legal jurisdiction over physicians. Authority for licensure rests with the State, specifically the Texas Medical Board.


Contact Information:

Debbie Schifanella
Executive Assistant
407 Arch Bluff
San Antonio, TX 78216

Phone: 210-379-6970