• Program Highlights

    The Academy places top priority on the health and safety of our meeting participants and attendees. We continue to monitor developments with COVID-19 and heed advice from public health authorities. We look forward to the passing of this crisis and are encouraging attendees to plan for AAO 2020.

    Dozens of sessions, courses and labs are currently being designed. The official AAO 2020 program will be accessible online in June.

    New Registration and Hotel Reservation Dates

    Annual meeting registration and hotel reservations are opening for Academy and AAOE members starting June 17.

    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 July 8.

    AAO 2020 Opening Session

    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.

    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.


    Dozens of sessions take place during the Academy's annual meeting. Often Named Lectures occur during these symposium. All sessions are free with your meeting registration.

    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 Theater and Lounge

    In the Poster Theater attendees hear 90-minute, small-group, peer moderated discussions of selected posters. Each session focuses on a specific subject.

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

    All sessions within the Poster Theater and 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.