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Annual Meeting
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Registration Information

On this page:
 - Badge Mailing
 - Group Registration
Onsite Registration and Ticket Sales
 - Academy Registration Policy
 - Ticket Policies
 - Academy Members in Training Discount
 - Additional Policies for Skills Transfer Courses
 - Program Participants
 - Spouse and Guest Registration
 - One-Day-Only Registration
 - Registration Cancellations and Refunds

Online preregistration for the Annual Meeting, Subspecialty Day meetings and AAOE sessions is now closed. You can still view and update your calendar.

You can register onsite, as well as purchase tickets and the Academy Plus course pass, in Hall C.

Badge Mailing

  • Preregistration packets were mailed to all attendees who registered by Wednesday, Oct. 2.
  • If you do not receive your badge before traveling, pick up your materials onsite in Hall C.

Group Registration

  • Required for groups registering 10 or more attendees.
  • Processing fees will be assessed for all changes.
  • Badges will not be mailed in advance.
  • For complete information, including the group registration agreement, timelines and forms, contact the Academy via e-mail at
  • AAO International Group Housing provides all-inclusive housing packages including room, breakfast, taxes, porterage and gratuities. Visit AAO International Group Housing online for more information.

Onsite Registration and Ticket Sales
Find all registration and ticket areas in Hall C.

Express Registration - Self Service
Visit if you:

  • Preregistered but did not receive your materials in the mail.
  • Did not preregister but you are an Academy or AAOE member.
  • Preregistered and would like to add another meeting or purchase an Academy Plus course pass.
Thursday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Onsite Registration – Full Service
Visit if you are:

  • A nonmember who has not preregistered.
  • A spouse or guest who has not preregistered.
  • Registering for one day only.
  • Making changes to your badge.
  • Replacing your badge.
Thursday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday & Monday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ticketed Events
Visit if you:

  • Need to purchase tickets to events or tours.
  • Are purchasing an Academy Plus course pass.
  • Need assistance with events or tours.
Thursday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday to Monday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Find media registration guidelines and information.


Academy Registration Policy
The Academy does not permit attendance by optometrists or participation as a presenting author of an abstract.

Ticket Policies

  • You must register for the 2013 Annual Meeting in order to purchase the Academy Plus course pass and/or tickets. Review more information about the Academy Plus course pass.
  • Ticketed courses that are eligible for CME credit cannot overlap.
  • You may purchase only one ticket per course.
  • Tickets are non-transferable.
  • Ticket fees, indicated in the course abstract, are for the entire course. Partial purchases are not allowed.
  • For the following registration categories the Academy Plus course pass and tickets may be purchased onsite only: Spouse/Guest, Exhibitor, One-Day-Only, ASORN and JCAHPO registrants who purchase an Academy meeting pass.

Academy Members in Training Discount

  • A 50 percent discount is automatically applied to the ticket price for all Skills Transfer labs and Breakfast With the Experts ticket purchases, unless otherwise noted.
  • Discounts outlined above do not apply to nonmember physicians in training.

Additional Policies for Skills Transfer Courses

  • Attendance in Skills Transfer courses is limited to physicians only, except where noted in the course description. (The term "physician" refers to the definition in the Federal Register: "Those individuals licensed to practice medicine and surgery and osteopathy.")
  • If you are registering for a Skills Transfer lab and a prerequisite lecture is indicated, you must attend both courses.
  • Skills Transfer labs are ticketed events — they are not included in the Academy Plus course pass and must be purchased separately. The cost of any prerequisite lecture is included with the lab fee.
  • You may attend Skills Transfer lectures without purchasing the lab. Skills Transfer lectures are included in the Academy Plus course pass.
  • Registrants in Skills Transfer lab courses may be required to bring instruments and/or sign an infectious disease waiver form. Refer to individual course listings for specific requirements.
  • Tickets are non-transferable.
  • Skills Transfer lab fees increase onsite.
  • Skills Transfer courses are intended to provide instruction leading to new knowledge and/or skills. The Academy does not certify competence upon completion of Academy courses. Academy courses are not intended to serve as a basis for requesting new or expanded privileges.

Program Participants

  • All program participants are required to register for the 2013 Annual Meeting and pay the appropriate fees.
  • Membership privileges are not transferable.
  • The Academy cannot waive any fees or provide any financial assistance for any travel or housing costs.
  • Avoid waiting in line onsite by registering in advance. Wednesday, Oct. 2 is the last day you can register in advance and have your registration packet mailed to you before the meeting.

Spouse and Guest Program Registration

  • Spouse/Guest registration is open to all spouses and guests accompanying 2013 Annual Meeting professional registrants.
  • A co-worker or an associate within the industry may not use the spouse/guest registration category.
  • Spouses and guests who are physicians must register for the Joint Meeting as professional attendees if they wish to receive verification of attendance or CME credit.
  • Spouses and guests must be registered in order to purchase tickets for the Tour Program, visit the exhibit hall, or attend scientific sessions.
  • Academy Plus course passes for spouses and guests may only be purchased onsite.
  • Spouse and guest badges are not valid for entry to Subspecialty Day meetings or the AAOE Program.
  • Children 17 years of age and under receive complimentary registration.
    • They may enter the exhibit hall only if they are wearing a badge and are accompanied by a registered adult.
    • Children cannot be admitted to Subspecialty Day or Annual Meeting scientific sessions, instruction courses or any other aspect of the Scientific Program due to the scientific nature of the educational programs and the Academy's desire to maintain an environment conducive to learning.
  • Access more information about the Tour Program.

One-Day-Only Registration

  • Available for individual days from Saturday, Nov. 16, through Tuesday, Nov. 19.
  • One-Day-Only registrants may purchase an Academy Plus course pass onsite only.
  • Representatives and distributors from commercial companies are not eligible for registration in this category. Commercial representatives, refer to Exhibitor Registration Information.

Registration Cancellations and Refunds

  • A written request including your name and Academy identification number must be received by Oct. 2.
  • A per-person, per-meeting cancellation processing fee of $75, or your total registration, course pass and ticket fees, whichever is less, will be assessed.
  • No refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received after the Oct. 2 deadline.
  • Send your refund request by e-mail to
  • Registrations are non-transferable.