For Immediate Release: Academy 2017 Chicago Registration and Housing Now Open

Published November 7, 2017

For Immediate Release

April 24, 2017

Contact: Jenny Brown

Academy 2017 Chicago Registration and Housing Now Open


The American Academy of Optometry's annual meeting, Academy 2017 Chicago, will take place October 11-14, 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Registration and housing are now open and early bird registration ends August 7, 2017.

The American Academy of Optometry’s annual meeting offers a wide array of clinically relevant CE courses and cutting-edge research in the clinical and vision sciences. Attendees can choose from over 250 hours of lectures and workshops, 12 Section and Special Interest Group (SIG) symposia, hundreds of scientific papers and posters, and several memorable social events.

This year’s Plenary Session, “Today’s Research, Tomorrow’s Practice®: The Eye as a Mirror of the Brain,” will feature leading researchers presenting their thinking on the role of the retina in brain diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and multiple sclerosis. Speakers will include Drs. Robert Sergott of the Wills Eye Hospital, Christopher Hudson from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry, and Marina Bedny of John Hopkins University. The session will be held on Wednesday, October 11 from 10 AM to Noon. 

The Monroe J. Hirsch Symposium will be titled, “Precision Medicine and the Future of Eye Care.” A new program of the National Institutes of Health, entitled the Precision Medicine Initiative, will enroll one million volunteers beginning in 2017 and is intended to fundamentally change our approach to patient care. The Hirsch symposium will explore the developments that have led to this initiative and what it may mean for the future treatment and prevention of eye disease.

The topic of the third Joint American Academy of Optometry and American Academy of Ophthalmology Symposium will be titled, “Ocular Surface Disease: What You May Be Missing.” This symposium will update current thought regarding diagnosis, treatment and the role of neuropathy in dry eye. Moderators Drs. Stephen Pflugfelder and Barbara Caffery will be joined by Drs. Victor Perez, Ellen Shorter and Carolyn Begley. This symposium is a continuation of the effort by the two Academy organizations to work together to better prepare and support their members in delivering the highest quality eye care.

Ezell Fellows Present 2017 will be titled, “Managing the Consequences of Abnormal Visual Development.” Three investigators at different stages of their careers, supported early in their careers by receiving American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) Ezell Fellowships, will discuss the elements of normal and abnormal visual development with updates on treatment strategies for amblyopia and strabismus in young children as well as a discussion of visual deficits in patients with Down Syndrome and potential strategies to maximize their visual quality. Speakers include Drs. Susan Cotter of Southern California College of Optometry at MBKU, Rowan Candy of University of California Berkeley, and Heather Anderson of the University of Houston College of Optometry.

The Academy’s Sections and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) will present symposia on an array of topics from “New Perspectives in Dry Eye: Neuropathic Corneal Pain” to “Posterior Segment Inflammatory Disease and Malignancies.” In addition, over 250 hours of lectures and workshops have been scheduled, offering attendees up to 33 hours of CE. Attendees can choose to attend hundreds of Scientific Program papers and posters, as well as several exciting social events.

This year’s exhibit hall will be world class with more than 200 booths displaying the latest products and technology. Attendees will be able to take advantage of extended learning in Vision Theater session presentations by exhibitors.  

The AAOF awarded more than $450,000 in scholarships, fellowships, grants and residency awards in 2016. Attendees can support the AAOF by donating during registration, at the meeting, or by participating in the silent auction onsite. The 2017 Ezell Fellows will be at the AAOF booth in the exhibit hall to speak with attendees about their cutting-edge research and why giving is important in aiding new optometric talent to achieve great things.

The Academy 2017 Chicago Program Preview provides an overview of the exciting events and CE that will be offered. The Academy has contracted with several hotels, and will provide attendees staying in contracted hotels with complimentary shuttle service to and from McCormick Place.

For more information, visit /academy-2017-chicago.

About the American Academy of Optometry
The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) enhances excellence in optometric practice by fostering research and disseminating knowledge in vision science through its journal, Optometry and Vision Science, and the continuing education presented at its annual meeting. Fellows of the Academy are committed to the premise that learning is a lifelong obligation of a professional, as is the commitment to expand the profession’s knowledge base through ongoing fellowship and exchange. For more information, visit the website: