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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.

    To attend AAO 2019 I will need a specific accommodation, such as a scooter. Who should I contact?

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology supports the Americans with Disabilities Act. Should you require a specific accommodation or service to facilitate your participation at AAO 2019, please email Academy staff at meetings@aao.org. The Academy may not be able to make appropriate accommodations without prior notification of need.

    Where can I find program information?

    AAO 2019 program information can be found through the online Program Search. It is part of the meeting registration process, but you do not need to be registered, or logged in, to review the program. Click the "Filter" button at the top of the search page to refine your search results.

    When you want to build a schedule, or select favorite sessions, you will need to scroll to the bottom of the search page to log in.

    You can also find program information on the Program Highlights webpage

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

    Members may reserve a hotel room now. Nonmembers may reserve hotel rooms starting June 26.

    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. Fraudulent sites may appear similar to the Academy's site and promise that they can register you or “prebook” rooms. They may request deposits or even demand full prepayment. These fraudulent sites will take your money and may, or may not, secure a room or register you for the Academy's annual meeting. If they do complete the transaction, it will be at a higher price than through the Academy’s website. Note that an Academy representative will never ask you to verify your membership by requesting both a member ID and password.

    It is very important that you only book hotel rooms and registration through the links provided by the Academy. Be sure to verify the site address in any link before continuing. The Academy does not use an additional, or special website for AAO 2019. The official hotel reservation provider for AAO 2019 is Expovision. If you are ever in doubt you can email meetings@aao.org or call 1.415.561.8500, or contact Expovision directly: aaohotels@expovision.com or toll free at 1.866.774.0487.

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

    Members may register now. Nonmembers may register starting June 26.

    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. Fraudulent sites may appear similar to the Academy's site and promise that they can register you or “prebook” rooms. They may request deposits or even demand full prepayment. These fraudulent sites will take your money and may, or may not, secure a room or register you for the Academy's annual meeting. If they do complete the transaction, it will be at a higher price than through the Academy’s website. Note that an Academy representative will never ask you to verify your membership by requesting both a member ID and password.

    It is very important that you only book hotel rooms and registration through the links provided by the Academy. Be sure to verify the site address in any link before continuing. The Academy does not use an additional, or special website for AAO 2019. If you are ever in doubt you can email meetings@aao.org or call 1.415.561.8500.

    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?

    If you need to cancel your AAO 2019 meeting registration you must submit a written request by e-mail to registration@aao.org by Aug. 26, 2019.

    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 Aug. 26.

    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. 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.

    Why are there no Breakfast With the Experts this year?

    As of AAO 2019, the Annual Meeting Program Committee has decided to no longer offer the Breakfast With the Experts Program. We are looking at other possible discussion formats for AAO 2020, that will provide access to informal learning in small groups.

    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 2019 Mobile Meeting Guide will be available in September.

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

    Where can I find course handouts?

    The Mobile Meeting Guide will contain the course handouts. it is a website optimized for your mobile device. 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 2019 Mobile Meeting Guide will be available in September.

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

    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.

    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.