• How to Access the Program

    • Mobile Meeting Guide: Full meeting, exhibition and program information. Login required. No need to visit the app store! The Mobile Meeting Guide is a website designed to work on any mobile device, tablet, laptop or computer. Learn more about all the Mobile Meeting Guide features.
    • Program Search: Program information only. Login not required to browse. 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.
    • Meeting Program (PDF 12MB): Condensed program, meeting and exhibition information. Pick up a printed Meeting Program at a Registration counter when you pick-up your meeting badge.


    Explore highlights from the program using the navigation bar on the left.

    Review the AAO 2019 Highlights Brochure (PDF 1.5MB). Discover what inspires you and start creating your personal meeting schedule.

    Instruction Courses

    Sunday – Tuesday, Oct. 13 - 15
    The Academy offers over 350 courses in topics from cataract to vision rehabilitation. This includes over 100 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.

    New! Purchase the Academy Plus course pass and automatically gain complimentary access to Meetings on Demand presentations captured from AAO 2019 and AAOE. Watch your favorite presentations again or see what you missed.

    Symposia and Spotlights

    Saturday – Tuesday, Oct. 12 - 15
    Over 50 symposia will take place at AAO 2019. Often Named Lectures take place during these sessions. All symposia and Spotlight Sesssion are free with your AAO 2019 registration.

    A small sample of Symposia planned for AAO 2019:

    • Vascular Disease in Neuro-Ophthalmology Cosponsored by the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
    • A Critical Evaluation of Top-Line Data - Cornea Ophthalmic Technology Assessments That Will Change Your Practice Cosponsored by the Ophthalmic Technology Assessment Committee
    • In This Corner…The Retina Debates, 2019 Cosponsored by the American Society of Retina Specialists

    Spotlight sessions cover hot topics in ophthalmology, targeting the comprehensive ophthalmologist. Look for these at AAO 2019:

    • Spotlight on Cataract: Complicated Phaco Cases - My Top 5 Pearls
    • Spotlight on New Technology in Ophthalmology
    • Spotlight on Physician Extenders

    Original Papers

    Saturday – Tuesday, Oct. 12 - 15
    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 AAO 2019 registration.

    Poster Theater and Lounge

    South, Exhibition Level
    Attend 90-minute, small-group, peer moderated discussions of selected posters in the Poster Theater. Each session will focus on a specific subject. 

    NEW! In the lounge, at each of the six e-poster stations, four presenting authors will give a summary of their e-posters followed by an informal discussion among presenters and attendees.

    All sessions within the Poster Theater and Lounge are free with your AAO 2019 registration.

    Academy Café

    Saturday - Tuesday, Oct. 12 - 15
    Sip free coffee and hear expert panels debate the issues. Then use your cell phone, smartphone or laptop to text message questions to the speakers. Sessions are free with your AAO 2019 registration.

    Join the lively conversation in San Francisco on the following topics:

    • Uveitis
    • Private Equity
    • Cataract
    • Glaucoma
    • Retina
    • Oculoplastics
    • Pediatric Ophthalmology, Strabismus
    • Cornea, External Disease

    AAOE Practice Management Program

    Friday - Tuesday, Oct. 11 - 15
    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:

    • Over 80 Instruction Courses
    • 7 Master Classes and 2 Coding Sessions
    • 3 Saturday Specials
    • General Session
    • Hot Topics Roundtables
    • Conversations With the Experts

    Find more information about the AAOE Practice Management Program.

    Additional Learning Experiences

    Stop the Bleed

    Sponsored by The Committee on Trauma and the American College of Surgeons
    Saturday, Oct. 12
    South, Room 5
    Session 1 - 10 to 11 a.m.
    Session 2 - 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Session 3 - 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

    Learn to save a preventable death in 30 minutes or less. Ophthalmologists can easily learn to STOP THE BLEED and assist other bystanders while awaiting the arrival of professional emergency responders. Participate in a hands-on training for tourniquet application, wound dressing and packing to save a life in an emergancy situation. The course is FREE, available on a first-come basis.


    The Academy works to improve ophthalmologist well-being through many resources, including sessions at the annual meeting. One instruction course to put on your calendar: Extinguishing Burnout and Reigniting Joy in Medicine with Susan E. Connolly, MD.

    In addition, look for a variety of activities at the Wellness Lounge, West, Booth 7561 and EyePlay Experience, South, Booth 2545 that promote well-being and relaxation, including comfort animals, chair yoga, guided meditiation and complimentary seated massage. 

    In the Exhibit Hall

    Saturday - Tuesday, Oct. 12 - 15
    North, Exhibition Level; South, Exhibition Level; West, Level 1

    Join colleagues to discuss the latest innovations in the Learning Lounge, the Technology Pavilion, and the Product Theater.


    The American Academy of Ophthalmology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Review CME information including:

    • AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ available for AAO 2019, Subspecialty Day meetings and AAOE Half-Day Coding Sessions.
    • Availability of American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) self-assessment credit for specific AAO 2019 courses/sessions.
    • How to verify your attendance at AAO 2019.
    • How to claim CME credits.
    • How to access CME transcripts.