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    Get Ready for Las Vegas: Part 6

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    Find It Fast: 4 Spots for Program Information

    Discover courses and sessions of interest to you by searching the program with the following resources.

    Mobile Meeting Guide. All meeting and course information is at your fingertips with this easy-to-use app—it can be viewed on any Web-enabled device. Visit

    Meeting Guide. This condensed handbook for AAO 2015 and all 6 Subspecialty Day meetings is sent with registration materials (if you registered before Sept. 23). You can also find it at

    Program search. Full course listings and abstracts are available through the online program search. Use the menus to search by topic, event type, or special interest, or search for a specific presenter/author, keyword, or event number. Visit

    The IT Enthusiast’s Guide to AAO 2015. For a list of information technology–related events, see page 14 of Do More With Your EHR, a 16-page supplement that accompanies this month’s EyeNet.

    Relax at the Rest Stops

    Take a break, meet colleagues, and access free Wi-Fi at the Rest Stops in Hall A. At Booth 165, also enjoy a complimentary seated massage or use a computer to access the Internet. And at Booth 1172, recharge your mobile device or visit the Tech Bar.

    Get Tech Help From the Pros

    Stop by the Tech Bar, where knowledgeable IT staff can answer your technology-related questions.

    The Tech Bar is located conveniently in the Rest Stop in Hall A, Booth 1172.

    3 Ways to Find Exhibitors Easily3 WAYS TO FIND EXHIBITORS EASILY. Use these tools to navigate the world’s largest ophthalmic exhibition.

    Virtual Exhibition. Go to and click on “My Expo” to open an account. You’ll need to enter your email address and create a password. Search by company name, booth number, product categories, medical subspecialties, common equipment terms, and basic ophthalmic conditions. Print your personalized list of exhibitors to save time in the exhibit hall.

    Exhibitor Locator (Hall B, Booth 2612). If you don’t have time to explore the Virtual Exhibition before you leave for Las Vegas, visit the Exhibitor Locator near the entrance to the exhibition. Computers are available to access the Virtual Exhibition, and staff can assist you.

    EyeNet’s Guide to Academy Exhibitors. Found in your registration bag and available at the Academy Resource Center (Hall B, Booth 2632), this handy reference is a printed list of exhibitors and their booth number at AAO 2015.


    Read Academy News

    Look for the Academy News tabloids in 3 locations: in the Grand Foyer outside Venetian Ballroom D, at the top of the escalator from Level 1 near Venetian Ballroom GH, and in the Resource Center (Hall B, Booth 2632). 

    Friday edition. The Subspecialty Day program directors recommend presentations to attend on both Friday and Saturday. A 4-page at-a-glance guide to EHR products helps you shop in the exhibit hall. An IRIS Registry article tells how to report PQRS without an EHR. And previews of the honorary lectures and a sneak peek at the Museum of Vision’s exhibit are also featured.

    Sunday edition. Pick up the second edition for an interview with the 2015 Laureate, Bruce E. Spivey, MD. Read about the Best of Show videos. Other highlights include a shopper’s guide to imaging devices, profiles of the Guests of Honor, and a guide to advocacy. 

    SCIENTIFIC POSTERS. Attend a scientific poster tour led by your mentors and colleagues on Sunday, Nov. 15, and Monday, Nov. 16, 12:30-1:00 p.m. Gather at the “Meeting Point” at Level 1, Hall G. For a list of posters, visit You can filter by presenter, topic, or keyword. You can also explore AAO 2015 and Refractive Surgery Subspecialty Day posters—as well as watch surgical videos—through the Mobile Meeting Guide at starting Nov. 14.

    Check Your Email for Academy Live

    For concise summaries of each day’s clinical highlights, read Academy Live—a brief bulletin emailed in the evening to all Academy members and AAO 2015 registrants. Academy Live is reported from Friday through Monday in Las Vegas and allows ophthalmologists at the convention and at home to stay on top of news from Subspecialty Day and AAO 2015. Academy Live is also posted at


    Receive Evaluation Forms by Email

    Scan your badge at each AAO 2015 session that you attend to receive an email at the end of the day with a link to an evaluation. If you missed your chance to be scanned, go to the Evaluation Help Desk at Ticket Sales, Level 1, Hall G. Badge scanning is not necessary to provide your evaluations for Subspecialty Day meetings, Saturday’s AAOE coding sessions, or ticketed events—the evaluation link will automatically be sent to those who purchase tickets.

    Scanning your badge does not automatically grant CME. You will still need to record your own educational activities at a CME Reporting station or online after the meeting.

    You can also fill out evaluations online using the Mobile Meeting Guide at

    Be Sure to Claim CME

    The Academy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Academy designates this live activity for a maximum of 33 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Those whose attendance has been verified at AAO 2015 can claim their continuing medical education (CME) credit onsite or online after the meeting. Registrants will receive an email on Monday, Nov. 16, with the link and instructions on how to claim credit.

    For more information, visit

    Earn Self-Assessment Credits

    The 2015 Glaucoma, Neuro-Ophthalmology, and Refractive Surgery Subspecialty Day meetings, as well as courses in AAO 2015 (maximum of 12 hours), have been preapproved for self-assessment credit. These are designated within the AAO 2015 online program search and the Mobile Meeting Guide with an “SA” symbol.

    These activities meet the Self-Assessment CME requirements defined by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO). Please be advised that the ABO is not an accrediting body for purposes of any CME program. ABO does not sponsor this or any outside activity, and ABO does not endorse any particular CME activity. Credit designated as “self-assessment” is AMA PRA Category 1 Credit and is also preapproved by the ABO for the Maintenance of Certification Part II CME requirements.

    For more information on the ABO Self-Assessment CME Maintenance of Certification, visit

    Claim Your CME Credits
    Claim Your CME Credits. Onsite you may report credits earned during Subspecialty Day and/or AAO 2015 at a designated CME Credit Reporting booth.

    Can’t Attend AAO 2015? Check Out the Virtual Meeting

    The AAO 2015 Virtual Meeting allows you to see live-streaming presentations and share comments online with colleagues. There will be approximately 20 hours of programming streamed live and then archived on the Virtual Meeting site. Featured sessions include the Opening Session, Spotlight on Anterior Segment Emergencies, and the Great Debate: Retina. (Note: The AAO 2015 Virtual Meeting is not eligible for CME credit.)

    To sign up, visit


    Visit the Academy Resource Center

    The Academy Resource Center is located in Hall B, Booth 2632. Visit the booth to get answers to your Academy-related questions, claim CME credit, pay dues, participate in special promotions/events, and learn more about your membership benefits. Get a 10% discount when you purchase Academy products at the Resource Center—no minimum purchase required.

    Stop by The Electronic Office

    The Electronic Office is located in Hall C, Booth 4472. Learn about available incentives for demonstrating meaningful use and interoperability with EHR systems. The following companies are participating in The Electronic Office: Carl Zeiss Meditec, EyeMD, First Insight, ifa systems, Medflow, and Medical Communications.

    EyeCare America’s 30th Anniversary

    EyeCare America (ECA), the largest public service program in American medicine, has helped more than 1.8 million people receive eye care since its inception in 1985. This year, it received the President’s Volunteer Service Award with a note from President Obama.

    A reception. To celebrate 30 years of service, ECA will honor its volunteers. Invitations were sent to all ECA volunteers for an exclusive volunteer reception on Sunday, 3:00-5:00 p.m., at the Museum of Vision exhibit (Hall B, Booth 3436)—use the invitation as your ticket for entry. Those who cannot attend in person will receive an anniversary gift and a President’s Volunteer Service Award certificate in the mail.

    To enroll as a volunteer, visit or go to the ECA desk at the Academy Resource Center.


    The Mobile Meeting Guide ( helps attendees connect with each other, and with session presenters, during the meeting through a new interactive community feature. You can also connect with colleagues face to face in specific meeting areas, including:

    • AAOE Member Lounge (Level 1)
    • YO Lounge (Room 102)
    • SO Lounge (Room 103)
    • International Lounge (Level 2)
    • Volunteer Lounge (Titian 2301)
    • Academy Resource Center (Hall B, Booth 2632)
    • Rest Stops (Hall A, Booths 165 and 1172)
    • Story Wall (Level 2) 

    Speaker Ready Room and Volunteer Lounge

    This year, the Speaker Ready Room (Titian 2302) is located next to the Volunteer Lounge (Titian 2301). The rooms will be open to each other. 

    Volunteer Lounge. This area is reserved for Board of Trustee members, AAO 2015 program participants, Subspecialty Day faculty, Council Representatives, and committee members.

    Speaker Ready Room. This room is for presenters to test their presentations. You can also upload presentations to the Presentation Management system for presentations in networked session rooms. AV professionals will be available for assistance.