• Enriching AAO 2018 Attendees With New Tools and Techniques

    Philip J. Rosenfeld, MD, PhD, shared pearls on age-related macular degeneration clinical trials during the Jackson Memorial Lecture at AAO 2018 in Chicago.

    More than 15,000 physicians and health professionals from around the world convened at AAO 2018 in Chicago to network with colleagues and peers, gain clinical pearls from 2,000+ presenters and experience the latest technology from over 500 exhibiting companies.

    Captivating Audiences and Delivering Pearls

     Jackson Memorial Lecture

    Philip J. Rosenfeld, MD, PhD, provided an in-depth history behind the use of bevacizumab for treatment of AMD in “Lessons Learned From Avastin and OCT: The Great, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” during the 75th Jackson Memorial Lecture — the most prestigious lecture in ophthalmology. Dr. Rosenfeld described how Avastin, an oncology drug used to treat colon, kidney and other cancers, became a leading treatment for AMD. Though the drug’s journey to acceptance was fraught with challenges, Dr. Rosenfeld was the first to recognize Avastin’s ophthalmic potential and led the drive to make it available as a safe, effective and low-cost option for treating AMD.  

    Michael F. Marmor Lecture

    Howard Schatz, MD, a renowned professional photographer and former ophthalmologist, delivered the Michael F. Marmor Lecture in Arts and Ophthalmology, which brings cultural experiences and new ideas into focus. Expertly observing the AAO 2018 theme, Art + Science, during “Photography: In Search of Wonder,” Dr. Schatz discussed how he was drawn to photograph the body and how he works with his subjects to surprise himself and the viewer. To see Dr. Schatz’s photographs, visit his website.

    Providing free online access to the annual meeting

    The Virtual Meeting is a free online component of AAO 2018. Approximately 20 hours of educational content were streamed live over five days, then archived until Feb. 5, 2019. More than 2,500 people from 122 countries were able to virtually attend the meeting. By providing this service, the global ophthalmic community advanced their skills with pearls from AAO 2018. Anyone who was unable to attend the annual meeting in person was still able to learn from industry leaders and be a part of the shared experience.

    AAO 2018 attendance: Uniting the Ophthalmic Community

    15,233 ophthalmologists and health professionals from 132 countries converged in Chicago for AAO 2018, reinforcing the breadth of our influence around the world. The Academy’s annual meeting is truly Where all of ophthalmology meets®.