• Annual Meeting for Media

  • AAO 2016: Where All of Ophthalmology Meets

    AAO 2016, the Academy’s 120th annual meeting, will take place Oct. 15-18, 2016 at McCormick Place in Chicago. This year's theme is innovation. The event is being held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology. 

    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 of the media 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 that 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 2016

    In addition to receiving complimentary registration, qualifying members of the media will receive several AAO 2016 news resources, including:

    • Invitations to scientific and policy-focused press briefings
    • Breaking news updates from AAO 2016
    • Embargoed press releases prior to and during the meeting
    • Full access to the newsroom, with breakfast and lunch served daily

    The Media Conference room will be located in N426A and the Newsroom in N426B, McCormick Place.  If you have questions, please contact the Academy’s public relations department at media@aao.org or by phone at (312) 791-6719.

    AAO 2016 Program Information 

    Abstracts for papers, posters and all sessions will be available in the online Program Guide. Below is select information to help journalists plan for the meeting. 

    Select named lectures 

    Jackson Memorial Lecture, opening session
    "Hiding in Plain Sight: The Enigmatic Cornea and IOL Calculations"
    Douglas D. Koch, M.D.

    C. Stephen and Frances Foster Lecture on Uveitis and Immunology
    "Immunosuppression for the Uveitides: Current Status and Future Directions"
    Douglas A. Jabs, M.D., MBA

    Michael F. Marmor, M.D. Lecture in Ophthalmology and the Arts
    "The Alchemy of Color in 19th Century Art"
    Francesca Casadio, Ph.D., A.W. Mellon Senior Conservation Scientist with The Art Institute of Chicago 

    Find more information on AAO 2016 named lectures.  

    Subspecialty Day 2016

    The Subspecialty Day meetings take place on Friday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 15: 

    • Cornea (Saturday)
    • Glaucoma (Saturday)
    • Ocular Oncology and Pathology (Saturday)
    • Oculofacial Plastic Surgery (Saturday)
    • Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabis­mus (Saturday)
    • Refractive Surgery (Friday)
    • Retina (Friday and Saturday)
    • Uveitis (Saturday)

    Find out more about subspecialty day events and speakers.

    For up-to-date information on lecture times and topics, speakers, and papers and posters being presented, search the AAO 2016 Mobile Meeting Guide


  • AAO 2015 News Releases

    Atropine .01 percent eye drops slow down nearsightedness by roughly 50 percent in five-year clinical trial on Singaporean children. Researchers suggest low-dose drops safe as “first line” defense against rapid development of nearsightedness in children.
    New drug found to heal eyes in two days after corneal surgery. Originally created in France for chronic diabetic skin wounds, the heparin sulfate mimetic Cacicol (or RGTA) helps eyes heal faster by stimulating collagen production.
    The American Academy of Ophthalmology is unveiling a new brand strategy and identity that emphasizes the life-changing impact of medical eye care on society.
    Fighting and assault caused nearly 8,000 eye injuries treated in hospitals from 2002-2011, while falling led causes of ocular trauma with more than 8,500 incidents reported.
    Programmable digital glasses for lazy eye work as well as eye patching, study shows, improving vision by about 2 lines on the reading chart after 3 months. First new effective lazy eye treatment in 50 years.