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    Where is AAO 2019 being held?

    AAO 2019: Inspire! is taking place Oct. 12 - 15 in Moscone Center, San Francisco.

    Moscone Center consists of three buildings (North, South and West) on Howard Street, between Third & Fifth streets.

    Where can I find general information about the meeting?

    You can find general information about the Academy's annual meeting and Subspecialty Day meetings online.

    Where can I find program information?

    For AAO 2018 program information you can find links to the program, handouts, posters and videos in Meeting Archives. You will also find a PDF of the printed Meeting Program, the condensed program for AAO 2018 and Subspecialty Day.

    AAO 2019 program information can be found on the Program Highlights webpage as it becomes available. 

    How do I reserve a hotel room for the annual meeting?

    Find more information on the Hotel Reservation Information web page.

    Several fraudulent companies, pretending to be associated with the Academy and AAO 2019, may appear in web searches or may have contacted you via email. These companies claim that they can book hotel rooms and/or register you for the Academy's annual meeting, but they are unaffiliated with the Academy. The Academy continues to work through legal channels to shut these false websites down, but new ones pop up every day.

    Registration and hotel reservations for AAO 2019 do not open until June 2019. It is very important that you only book hotel rooms and registration through the Academy’s website.

    Fraudulent sites may promise that they can “prebook” rooms before June, request deposits or even demand full prepayment. Note that an Academy representative will never ask you to verify your membership by requesting both a member ID and password. If you are ever in doubt, please email meetings@aao.org or call 1.415.561.8500 to confirm before reserving a hotel room or registering.

    How do I register for the Academy's annual meeting?

    Find more information on the Registration Information web page.

    Several fraudulent companies, pretending to be associated with the Academy and AAO 2019, may appear in web searches or may have contacted you via email. These companies claim that they can book hotel rooms and/or register you for the Academy's annual meeting, but they are unaffiliated with the Academy. The Academy continues to work through legal channels to shut these false websites down, but new ones pop up every day.

    Registration and hotel reservations for AAO 2019 do not open until June 2019. It is very important that you only book hotel rooms and registration through the Academy’s website.

    Fraudulent sites may promise that they can “prebook” rooms before June, request deposits or even demand full prepayment. Note that an Academy representative will never ask you to verify your membership by requesting both a member ID and password. If you are ever in doubt, please email meetings@aao.org or call 1.415.561.8500 to confirm before reserving a hotel room or registering.

    How do I know which registration category to use?

    Review registration categories and their definitions on the Categories and Fees web page. These are subject to change each year. Please check back in the new year for current registration categories and fees.

    How do I cancel my registration?

    For AAO 2018, you must have submitted a written request by e-mail to registration@aao.org by Sept. 4, 2018. Requests must include your name and Academy identification number. 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 are processed for cancellation requests received after Sept. 4.

    For AAO 2019, the deadline for written requests is Aug. 26, 2019.

    What is the Academy Plus course pass and when can I purchase the pass?

    Academy Plus offers you maximum convenience and flexibility with unlimited access to more than 350 Academy and AAOE instruction courses. The course pass is non-transferable.

    You can purchase the pass online when you register for the annual meeting or when you arrive at the meeting.

    Find more information about Academy Plus.

    What is a ticketed event and when can I purchase tickets?

    Individual tickets must be purchased separately to attend specific sessions and events. These include:

    You can purchase tickets online when you register for the annual meeting or when you arrive at the meeting. Tickets are available on a first-come basis. Tickets are non-transferable.

    The session/event I want to purchase a ticket for is sold out. Why? Can I still get a ticket?

    There are a limited number of seats available in course rooms and at Breakfasts. Tickets are available on a first-come basis.

    There is no waitlist for tickets, but you can check through the online meeting registration process to see if one has become available.

    You can purchase tickets at the meeting by visiting the Ticket Sales area onsite.

    Where can I find CME/attendance verification information?

    Visit the CME web page.

    What is the Mobile Meeting Guide? Where can I find it?

    The Mobile Meeting Guide, a website optimized for your mobile device, is where you can access program information, including abstracts, handouts, posters and videos. No need to visit the app store! You can access the Mobile Meeting Guide on any device that is connected to the internet.

    The AAO 2018 Mobile Meeting Guide is no longer available. You can find 2018 program information in Meeting Archives.

    Find out more about the Mobile Meeting Guide and watch tutorial videos.

    Where can I find course handouts?

    AAO 2018 course handouts, and from many past meetings, can be found through Meeting Archives.

    When does the Opening Session take place?

    The Opening Session for the annual meeting takes place on Sunday, starting at 8:30 a.m.

    I want to take a Skills Transfer lab. Do I have to take the prerequisite lecture?

    Not all Skills Transfer labs have prerequisite lectures. For those that do, the prerequisite lecture is strongly recommended but NOT required.

    • All Skills Transfer prerequisite lectures are included in the Academy Plus course pass.
    • Skills Transfer labs are ticketed events that must be purchased separately. They are not included in the Academy Plus course pass.

    Find more information about Skills Transfer Labs.

    Can I attend a Skills Transfer lecture without attending the lab?

    Yes. All Skills Transfer lectures are included in the Academy Plus course pass and open to all pass holders.

    What is the Virtual Meeting?

    The Virtual Meeting is a free online component of the Academy's annual meeting. Educational content is streamed live from the meeting and then archived.

    Find more information about the Virtual Meeting.

    Where can I find more information about the Exhibition?

    Visit the Exhibition web page.

    What is the Walking Challenge?

    The AAO 2018 Walking Challenge took place Saturday, Oct. 27 (starting at 7 a.m. CT) to Monday, Oct. 29 (ending at midnight). Each day, participants who achieved the daily goal of 15,000 steps or more were entered into a raffle for a $25 Starbucks gift card. All participants that were on the final cumulative leaderboard (the TOP 25 steppers) at the end of the Walking Challenge were entered into the Grand Prize raffle for one of the three following prizes:

    • AAO 2018 Meetings on Demand product
    • Registration for the 2019 Subspecialty Day meeting of your choice​
    • Grand Prize: 4-night hotel room stay in San Francisco for AAO 2019

    Walking Challenge participants cumulatively walked 5.8M steps. Winners were announced via Walking Challenge in-app messages, the Walking Challenge daily email and also notified by email from the Academy. If you have any questions, please contact agreber@aao.org.

    Where can I find more information about the Orbital Gala?

    Visit the Orbital Gala web page.

    Where can I find information about the Run for Vision?

    The Run for Vision is hosted by the Eye Bank Association of America to raise awareness about cornea donation and transplantation. Find more information about the Run for Vision.