• AAO 2021 Virtual is the online component of the Academy's annual meeting. Register by Jan. 31 to access more than 240 courses/sessions, covering 30 topics.

    Content is available to view on the AAO 2021 Virtual meeting platform through Feb. 14, 2022. After Feb. 14, you will still be able to access sessions on-demand and claim CME credit (professional attendees only) through Aug. 1, 2022.

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    How to Navigate AAO 2021 Virtual

    Navigate around the site by clicking on the headers in the top navigation bar or on any of the buttons on the homepage. Click on the Academy logo in the top navigation bar to quickly return to the homepage.

    On the main home page, click the "Sessions" button to browse content.

    • Use the "Filters" in the left column to search for specific Session Types (such as AAOE or Opening Session) or use the Track drop down menu to search by topic.
    • Subspecialty Day only registrants do not have access to view the AAO 2021 content and vice versa. Register by Jan. 31 to gain access to additional content.

    On Demand Only Videos

    Many On Demand session presentations were provided by individual presenters. You will need to click on the "Details" button under each presenter name to see their individual video.

    Other Recorded Content

    • Click the "Watch Again" button for the session.
    • If no "Watch Again" button is present, click the "Details" button to see the video player.

    Posters and Videos

    • On the main home page, click the "Posters/Videos" button. A new tab will open for the Posters & Videos site.
    • Choose "Search" to find abstracts and presentations by number, keyword, author or topic.
    • Friday Subspecialty Day attendees can see the Refractive Surgery ePosters by clicking the same button from the virtual meeting.


    • On the main home page, click the "Expo" button.
    • Use the "Filters" in the left column to search by company name, product category, medical subspecialties, common equipment terms and basic ophthalmic conditions.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    For additional assistance check out the FAQs under "Support" on the top navigation bar.

    System Check

    You will need a computer with an internet connection and speakers or headphones.

    • The virtual meeting can be viewed on a mobile device, but the best viewing experience is on a desktop or laptop.
    • It is best to login using a personal device as institutions/workplaces may have corporate Antivirus and Firewall software that automatically block certain websites.
    • Disable your pop-up blocker to create a better user experience.

    Make sure you have the most current version of one of these popular browsers:

    • Chrome (preferred browser)
    • Safari
    • Edge
    • FireFox

    Internet Explorer is not supported.


    AAO 2021 Virtual registration is open through Jan. 31, 2022. Registration includes:

    • Recorded sessions from New Orleans and those developed specifically for the online platform
    • Videos and posters
    • Virtual Expo
    • Virtual Industry Showcases

    All Subspecialty Day meetings are also available virtually. You register by day (Friday, Saturday or both) to access all content from the Subspecialty Day meetings taking place that day.

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    Virtual Meeting Access for In-Person Registrants

    If you registered for the in-person meeting in New Orleans you automatically have access to the corresponding virtual content for that meeting.

    • Registration for in-person AAO 2021 New Orleans includes access to AAO 2021 Virtual content.
    • Registration for an in-person Subspecialty Day Friday or Subspecialty Day Saturday meeting includes access to the Subspecialty Day Virtual content from that same day.

    If you wish to view the virtual content for a meeting you are not already registered for you can register for that separately.

    Review the Virtual Program

    You can now view the program online. The search function is part of the meeting registration process, but you do not need to be registered, or logged in, to use it.

    Program Search

    • Use the "Virtual" quick search button at the top of the page to quickly see all virtual sessions.
    • To narrow your search results use the blue "Filter" button on the top right of the search page to choose topics, types of sessions, etc. Sessions marked as "On Demand" will be available in the virtual meeting.
    • 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.

    CME Credits

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates AAO 2021 as an Other (blended live and enduring material) activity. Physicians registered as In Person and Virtual are eligible to claim CME credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Learn more about available credits and how to claim CME.