• New: Vaccination Requirement

    The Academy is committed to your safety at AAO 2021. Therefore, our Board of Trustees has determined that proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for all registrants attending the meeting in person in New Orleans.

    See the Health and Safety webpage for more information.


    AAO 2021: Where All of Ophthalmology Meets

    AAO 2021, the Academy’s 125th annual meeting, will take place Nov. 12 – 15, 2021.

    Members of the media are welcome to attend this event and encouraged to register in advance. Media registration is free and open to editorial staff of credentialed media outlets. Freelance journalists must have a letter of assignment.

    Media Registration 

    Registration for eligible members is now open

    Please have electronic copies of your credentials and/or letters of assignment available to upload while filling in the online registration form, as they are required for registration approval.

    For more information on eligibility for attendance as press, please review the Academy's media registration policies and guidelines.

    For Press Who Are Attending AAO 2021

    The newsroom will be located in rooms 228-230, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans. In addition to receiving complimentary registration, qualifying members of the media will receive several AAO news resources, including:

    • Invitations to scientific and policy-focused press briefings
    • Breaking news updates from AAO 2021
    • Embargoed press releases
    • Full access to the newsroom, with complimentary breakfast and lunch
    • Full access to AAO Virtual, for those who choose to cover the meeting remotely 

    If you have questions, please contact the Academy’s public relations department at media@aao.org or by phone at (415) 561-8534.

    AAO Program Information 

    The Online Meeting Guide is available to help you find the information needed to cover the largest ophthalmic meeting in the world. Abstracts, schedules, which presentations will be live and which recorded, and other program information.