• Program Highlights

    Review the AAO 2020 program online.

    Use the icons across the top to narrow your search results, for instance by “Subspecialty Days” or “Ticketed Events”. You can further refine your search using the blue “Filter” button where you can choose a topic/subspecialty, type of session, education level or special interest.

    A New Vision for AAO 2020

    The Academy is closely monitoring developments with the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on our profession. Look for these exciting changes to the meeting:

    • AAO 2020 and the Exhibition is now Saturday, Nov. 14 - Monday, Nov. 16.
    • Some Subspecialty Day meetings are moving to Friday, Nov. 13.
    • The Opening Session will kick-off AAO 2020 at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13.
    • All clinical courses are newly standardized to 75 minutes to help you better schedule breaks and visits to the Exhibition.
    • New cleaning procedures and physical distancing protocols have been implemented for all areas of AAO 2020.
    • More content will be available through the Virtual Meeting.

    Laureate Award

    George B. Bartley, MD

    Join the Academy in honoring George B. Bartley, MD as the 2020 Laureate Award recipient. Dr. Bartley currently serves as the chief executive officer of the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is also the Louis J. and Evelyn Krueger Professor of Ophthalmology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He has served as the chair of the Department of Ophthalmology (1992-2001), chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic in Florida (2002-2008), president of the American Ophthalmological Society, member of the board of trustees for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and editor-in-chief of Ophthalmology journal.

    Jackson Memorial Lecture

    Michael X. Repka, MD

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

    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.

    Keynote Speaker

    Malcolm Gladwell

    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, and David and Goliath. His recently published book Talking to Strangers has joined this prestigious list.

    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.

    General Program Information

    Instruction Courses

    The Academy offers hundreds of courses in topics from cataract to vision rehabilitation. In addition, you will find courses in practice management topics such as practice quality and coding & reimbursement.

    All instruction courses, and Skills Transfer didactic lectures, are part of the Academy Plus course pass. Rooms are open on a first-come basis. Attendees are encouraged to arrive at rooms early to ensure a seat in preferred courses.

    Skills Transfer Labs

    The Academy's annual meeting provides you hands-on learning opportunities to master new diagnostic and surgical techniques in Skills Transfer labs and courses. Skills labs are ticketed events that must be purchased separately. Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets early as space is limited.


    Dozens of sessions take place during the Academy's annual meeting. All sessions are free with your meeting registration.

    Often Named Lectures occur during these symposium. View a preview of 2020 Named Lectures.

    One theme emerging for 2020 is technology, its use in the past and the vision for tomorrow. Look to add these great sessions to your schedule:

    • The Artificial Eye: 2020 and the Dawn of Innovation
    • Artificial Intelligence, Startups and the Future of Eye Care
    • 20/20 in Focus: How Technology Will Bring us Closer to Perfection
    • Back to the Future: Ideas That Foresaw Modern Technology

    Additional sessions to look forward to:

    • The Future of Retinal Disease Pharmacological and Gene Therapy Treatments
    • Scientific Findings From Big Data From the RPB/AAO Award for IRIS® Registry Research
    • Ocular and Gut Microbial Dysbiosis in Ocular Infections and Inflammation
    • Preventing Myopia Progression in the Pediatric Patient

    Original Papers

    Each Original Paper session focuses on a specific topic followed by a panel discussion. At the end of each session, the panel selects the best paper. Sessions are free with your meeting registration.

    Poster Lounge

    At each e-poster station, four presenting authors give a summary of their e-posters followed by informal discussion among presenters and attendees.

    All sessions within the Poster Lounge are free with your meeting registration.

    Academy Café

    Attendees enjoy a cup of coffee while listening to expert panels debate the issues. Use your cell phone, smartphone or laptop to text message questions to the speakers. Sessions are free with your meeting registration.

    AAOE Practice Management Program

    Learn from the experts, engage in conversations with colleagues and pick up takeaways that you can share and immediately put into place in your practice. The program includes:

    • Instruction Courses
    • Master Classes
    • Coding Sessions
    • Saturday Specials
    • General Session
    • Hot Topics Roundtables
    • Conversations With the Experts

    Find more information about the AAOE Practice Management Program.