• Program Highlights

    AAO 2021: Re/Create

    Thank you for your interest in the program for AAO 2021.

    We are re-creating the annual meeting to streamline your experience and encourage community engagement. The Academy is excited to bring you new educational and networking opportunities, including:

    • New meeting dates so that you spend less time away from your practice. The program will now run Friday, Nov. 12 through Monday, Nov. 15.
    • Reducing the number of simultaneous programs so that you can more easily plan your schedule.
    • Providing more community engagement opportunities in the Expo.
    • A robust virtual component for those unable to join us in-person or who want to view a session they may have missed on-site.

    Look for more exciting news and updates in the coming months.

    Opening Session

    The Opening Session will take place Friday, Nov. 12, 5-6:30 p.m.

    Join Academy leadership for an inspirational start to AAO 2021 including the Academy Awards and Jackson Memorial Lecture.

    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.

    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.

    Symposium and Spotlights

    Dozens of symposia take place during the Academy's annual meeting. Often Named Lectures occur during these sessions.

    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.


    Attendees can review scientific posters online as well as experience small-group, peer moderated discussions of selected posters by subject.

    Academy Café

    Attendees listen to expert panels debate the issues in these informal sessions designed to encourage your participation and questions.

    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
    • General Session

    Find more information about the AAOE Practice Management Program.

    AAO 2020 Virtual

    You can review the AAO 2020 Virtual program in the Virtual Meeting Guide, aao.org/2020guide. In this streamlined version, you will not be able to save your favorite sessions.

    When you log into the virtual meeting platform you will find the full Virtual Meeting Guide and be able to build a calendar.

    Find more AAO 2020 Virtual information when you visit Meeting Archives.