• New for AAO 2021: The Academy has replaced the instruction course pass with a registration fee, starting at $200 for Academy members, including retired and life members. This change was made to provide access to more content with fewer barriers. These modifications also impact program participants and Subspecialty Day faculty.

    AAO 2021 Program Participants – Abstract Submitters 

    Presenters for events accepted through the abstract submission process must register themselves and pay the applicable registration fee. These events include: 

    • Instruction courses 
    • AAOE instruction courses 
    • Skills Transfer courses 
    • Papers 
    • Posters 
    • Videos 

    AAO 2021 Program Participants – Invited Speakers 

    Academy members, AAOE members, and non-ophthalmologists who are invited to speak during AAO 2021 will receive complimentary registration. The Academy will automatically process these registrations.

    Nonmember ophthalmologists are encouraged to become Academy members, as complimentary registration for invited speakers is a member benefit. Nonmember ophthalmologists who choose not to become a member must register themselves and pay the applicable registration fee.

    Invited speakers include those participating in the following events:

    • Symposia 
    • Academy Café 
    • Learning Lounge 
    • AAOE Practice Management Master Classes 
    • Ask the Experts

    Subspecialty Day Faculty

    Invited Subspecialty Day faculty members receive complimentary registration for the Subspecialty Day meeting in which they are participating. The Academy will automatically register faculty.   

    Subspecialty Day registration is now sold by day – Friday and/or Saturday – so you will be registered for the day during which your meeting is taking place. If you wish to attend the other day of Subspecialty Day, you will need to register and pay the applicable registration fee.

    Retina Subspecialty Day faculty will still be registered for both days of Subspecialty Day because it is a two-day program.  

    If you also plan to attend AAO 2021, you will need to register for it and pay the appropriate registration fees, unless you qualify as an AAO 2021 invited speaker as noted above. 

    Refractive Surgery poster presenters are not required to be present in New Orleans. If you wish to attend the meeting, either in person or virtually, you must register and pay the appropriate Subspecialty Day registration fee.

    In-Person versus Virtual

    AAO 2021 program participants and Subspecialty Day faculty who are scheduled to appear in person in New Orleans must be registered to present.

    Instruction course content created exclusively for AAO 2021 Virtual will be placed in the virtual meeting; instructors for these courses are not required to register for AAO 2021 if not attending either in person or virtually.