• Program Highlights

    AAO 2020 Virtual brings you more content, in one place, than ever before. Join us Nov. 13 – 15 for interactive sessions, panel discussions and much more.

    Each day will begin at 7 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. PST. Regularly scheduled breaks will give you the chance to stretch, grab a beverage and visit the AAO 2020 Virtual Expo.

    Missed a session? All 100 hours of live broadcast content will be available to view on-demand. Looking for more? Access 700 additional hours of content, ready to view when you are.

    Daily Opening Sessions

    Nov. 13 – 15, 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. PST

    Each day of AAO 2020 Virtual will open with a specially designed session to bring our community together.

    Friday, Nov. 13

    Hear from Academy leadership, including Drs. Maria M. Aaron, Anne L. Coleman and David W. Parke II. Welcome the 2020 Guests of Honor and the Straatsma award winner, Dr. R. Michael Siatkowski.

    Saturday, Nov. 14

    Jackson Memorial Lecture: Michael X. Repka, MD

    Michael X. Repka, MDDr. Michael X. Repka's talk is titled "Amblyopia Outcomes through Clinical Trials and Practice Measurement: Room for Improvement."

    Dr. Repka is the David L. Guyton, MD, and Feduniak Family Professor of Ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Wilmer Eye Institute. He is also the Academy's medical director for governmental affairs and the ophthalmology advisor, CPT Advisory Committee for the American Medical Association.

    Dr. Repka is internationally recognized for his contributions in the fields of pediatric ophthalmology, strabismus, retinopathy of prematurity and pediatric neuro-ophthalmology. His clinical practice includes an interest in the management of strabismus and amblyopia.

    Sunday, Nov. 15

    Watch the virtual passing of the gavel as 2020 President, Anne L. Coleman, MD welcomes incoming 2021 President, Tamara R. Fountain, MD.

    Stay for a special conversation focused on physician wellness. David W. Parke II, MD, Academy CEO will talk with Saul Levin, MD, MPA, FRCP-E, FRCPsych, American Psychiatric Association’s CEO and Medical Director about the impact of COVID 19 on physicians and our communities.

    Closing Session

    Malcolm Gladwell, in Conversation with Stephen McLeod, MD

    Sunday, Nov. 15, 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. PST

    Malcolm Gladwell AAO 2020 Keynote Speaker

    Malcolm Gladwell is an internationally known journalist, writer and cultural observer. He has been included in the TIME 100 Most Influential People list and touted as one of Foreign Policy magazine’s Top Global Thinkers. His work, which focuses on human psychology and sociology, appears in The New Yorker. He is also the author of five New York Times bestsellers, including The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, David and Goliath and his most recent book Talking to Strangers. Mr. Gladwell is also the co-founder of Pushkin Industries, an audio content company that produces podcasts. He hosts Revisionist History, which “reconsiders things both overlooked and misunderstood,” and co-hosts Broken Record, where he interviews musicians.

    Stephen McLeod, MD, is the Theresa M. and Wayne M. Caygill, MD, Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. McLeod is currently editor-in-chief of Ophthalmology, the official journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is also the Chair of the Ophthalmic Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration, has served as a member of the National Advisory Eye Council of the National Institutes of Health and on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. McLeod is a highly respected clinician, specializing in refractive surgery, cornea and external disease. He is a noted researcher with more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. His research interests include the study of improved strategies for diagnosis and management of eye infections both in the U.S. and in the developing world, as well as the development of advanced cataract and refractive surgery technology.

    Immediately following the closing session join us as we say farewell to the AAO 2020 Virtual live broadcast.

    Annual Business Meeting

    Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020
    9:20 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

    Each year the Academy hears reports on the state of the organization then elects Fellows and Members at the Annual Business Meeting.

    Subspecialty Day Meetings

    These meetings explore the latest research, treatments and thought leadership within specific subspecialties. Eight meetings are being planned for AAO 2020 Virtual.

    Portions of each meeting will be live broadcast on Friday, Nov. 13. Additional content will be available on-demand.

    7:40 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    • Glaucoma Subspecialty Day 2020: Winning Bets: Strategies in Glaucoma Care

    • Pediatric Ophthalmology Subspecialty Day 2020: The Only Game in Town

    • Refractive Surgery Subspecialty Day 2020: Celebrating 2020

    • Retina Subspecialty Day 2020: Vision for the Future

    • Uveitis Subspecialty Day 2020: Beating the Odds—How to Make Sure You Get a Full House When You’re Dealt Uveitis

    12:30 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

    • Cornea Subspecialty Day 2020: Seeing Clearly Into the Future

    • Ocular Oncology and Pathology Subspecialty Day 2020: Collaboration Now More Than Ever

    • Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Subspecialty Day 2020: Back to the Basics with Tips and Tricks

    • Retina Subspecialty Day 2020: Vision for the Future

    General Program Information

    Sessions and Instruction Courses

    Find hundreds of sessions and courses in topics ranging from cataract to vision rehabilitation. In addition, you will find practice management topics such as practice quality and coding & reimbursement. Specific sessions will be broadcast live on Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15. Additional content will be available on-demand.

    Tune in for two special general sessions on Saturday, Nov. 14:

    • Imaging for the Whole Eye: The State of the Art, chaired by Anthony N. Kuo, MD

    • Lessons Learned: How to Prepare for and Recover from Disasters Affecting Your Practice, chaired by Cathleen M. McCabe, MD

    Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the informal learning in the Academy Café. Look for moderated panels on cataract, cornea, glaucoma, retina, ocular trauma, neuro-ophthalmology and pediatric ophthalmology. As always, your questions direct the discussion.

    Don’t miss the Cataract Spotlight and Hot Topics sessions, when speakers present a variety of challenging clinical case studies. Each includes a panel discussion of methods of diagnosis and approaches to treatment with audience interaction

    New! Ask the Experts sessions will feature live interaction with an expert on a specific topic. A moderator will take your questions and guide the flow of conversation.

    Skills Transfer

    Learn new diagnostic and surgical techniques in Skills Transfer courses modified for the virtual meeting environment. Specific sessions will be broadcast live on Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15. Additional content will be available on-demand.

    Original Papers

    Each Original Paper session will focus on a specific topic followed by a panel discussion. Submissions are chosen based on originality, clinical relevance, comprehensiveness and stimulus for discussion. At the end of each session, the panel will select the best paper. These sessions will be live broadcast on Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15, then archived to view on-demand.


    View e-posters, which highlight research, case studies or instrument reports, at your convenience. Specific posters are chosen for deep dive discussions that will be live broadcast Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15. These discussions will be archived to view on-demand.


    Videos showcasing specific, often original, techniques are available to view anytime, at your convenience.