• The year 2020 will be defined by big ideas, bold goals and brilliant advances. You’re the force that will put them into action. Join us in Las Vegas for AAO 2020 to discover the research, resources and vision shaping the future of ophthalmology.

    Las Vegas sign.AAO 2020: Vision
    Nov. 14 -17, 2020
    Sands Expo/Venetian

    The Venetian, The Palazzo, and Sands Expo are adjacent, connected venues with countless rooms, dining and entertainment options within steps from each other.

    Registration and Hotel Reservations

    Annual meeting registration and hotel reservations are opening for Academy and AAOE members starting April 8.

    Remember: Registration for AAO 2020 is free if you are a member. To qualify, 2020 membership dues must be paid prior to registering. Join or renew today!

    Nonmembers will be able to register and book hotel rooms starting April 22.

    Call for Abstracts

    The online abstract submitter for AAO 2020 Papers/Posters and Videos will open March 12, 2020 and close April 14, 2020.

    The online abstract submitter for Instruction Courses and new Skills Transfer labs is now closed.

    Getting There and Getting Around

    The McCarran International Airport serves Las Vegas.

    • Thirty-one airlines fly to and from McCarran daily.
    • McCarran has two terminals: Terminal 1 (domestic flights) and Terminal 3 (domestic and international flights). Because the two terminal are not physically connected, it is important that you know which airline operates at which terminal building. There is an inter-terminal shuttle that runs every 15 – 30 minutes.
    • The airport is just two miles from the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and 15 miles from downtown.

    It is often convenient to take taxis around Las Vegas. Many visitors, though, find that "The Strip" is best experienced on foot. View a walking map with estimated journey times between hotels.


    November in Las Vegas is mild with an average high temperature of 66°F (19°C) and an average low of 46°F (8°C).


    Las Vegas is in the Pacific Time Zone. In November, the Pacific Time Zone is -8h UTC/GMT.

    City with a View

    The Las Vegas skyline ignites excitement with its sparkling promise of fun. The Las Vegas Convention Center and Visitors Authority lists the best places to take in the view:

    The Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas.
    Head to the observation tower to take in the real skyline and a virtual skyline of Paris.

    Top of the World at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & Skypod.
    Enjoy the rotating view along with a romantic dinner.

    Skybar at Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas.
    A chic bar known for the scene both inside and outside the windows.

    High Roller Observation Wheel at The LINQ Hotel + Experience.
    Experience a 500-foot-high view of the city, 360 degrees around.

    The World's Entertainment Capital

    Las Vegas is well know for its wide variety of entertainment options from gambling to concerts, from magic to theatrical productions. A number of "in-residence" shows already have tickets available for November 2020 including:

    Ready for something off the beaten track? The Atlas Obscura Guide To Las Vegas lists 31 "cool, hidden and unusual things to do in Las Vegas" including:

    Dine Out in Style

    Vegas contains a dizzying number of popular restaurants brought to you by your favorite celebrity chefs. From high dining to casual buffets you can find every type of meal and every type of cuisine.

    Do you have a food bucket list? Conde Nast Traveler has compiled their list of the 28 Best Restaurants in Las Vegas.  

    To get a seat at your first choice, reservations are recommended for most restaurants. Reserve a table now.