Advanced registration for the 156th Annual Meeting will open on February 10, 2021 and will close on April 14, 2021. Membership dues must be current in order to register.

If you wish to pay by check, you may download a PDF registration form when registration opens. Registration will be processed once your check is received and a confirmation with your hotel booking link will be emailed to you at that time.

*Cancellation/refund requests must be submitted in writing to the AOS office no later than April 14, 2021. All refunds are subject to a $75 processing fee.

Abstract submissions will open in November. Acceptance notices will be sent in February.

All members are encouraged to bring a spouse or personal guest to the Annual Meeting. Spouse/personal guest registration includes daily breakfast and coffee breaks, admission to the Thursday Reception Welcoming New Members, Friday Reception and Saturday Reception and Banquet. The AOS is planning a group activity for registered spouses and personal guests, and there will also be a special Spouse Lecturer in 2021. Members can register their guests online when completing their own registration. Spouses of deceased AOS members are always welcome to register and attend Annual Meetings. Please notify the AOS office if you would like them to extend an invitation and send registration details.

Non-member ophthalmologists are welcome to attend the Annual Meeting as a professional guest. Professional guests must be sponsored by an AOS member who will also be in attendance. Potential candidates for AOS membership are particularly encouraged to attend. Members will have the opportunity to register their professional guests when completing their own registration. Interested in bringing a resident or fellow to the meeting as a professional guest? If so, be sure to choose the Resident/Fellow Guest option when registering, as those who qualify are offered a discounted registration rate.

The Annual Meeting is being held at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Naples Beach Resort in Naples, Florida. A housing link will be sent to you once your registration payment has been processed and will offer rooms at the following discounted rate per night as available through April 19, 2021: $349 (not inclusive of taxes and fees).

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
280 Vanderbilt Beach Road
Naples, FL 34108
(858) 453-4420

The AOS symposia and paper sessions will be archived (video synced with slides) and made available on the AOS website after the meeting. All oral presenters are asked to use the AOS slide template for their presentations. Remember to include a financial disclosure slide at the beginning of your presentation.

Each oral presenter will be sent a link and unique PIN to upload their slide presentation in advance of the meeting. Click here to view more specific audio visual instructions.

Poster presentations will take place during the morning breaks on Friday and Saturday mornings. Posters are left up throughout the meeting. Poster authors are assigned to one of the two poster sessions, and are asked to stand near their poster to field questions and discuss their work.

Standard, horizontal 8’ x 4’ freestanding poster boards as well as pushpins will be provided.  When determining the size of poster artwork, please allow for the trim of the poster board, which is approximately 1-2 inches, and is included in the stated dimensions.

We are eliminating the Sunday program and adding paper presentations on Thursday, May 20th. Thursday will still host the New Member events, including the New Member Spotlight Presentations, and will be followed by paper presentations and the Reception Welcoming New Members. The meeting will conclude with the Saturday night Gala Dinner and Howe Medal presentation.

Dr. Jayne Weiss, Chair of the Committee on Programs, and Dr. Edward Buckley, Council Chair, have been hard at work preparing an exciting program for the 156th meeting of this unique Society. More details on these sessions will be posted soon. 

Paper abstracts will be presented on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with poster abstracts presented on Friday and Saturday. CME credits will again be offered this year for all scientific sessions.

The AOS will be offering athletic events again this year, including tennis and golf. You will be able to register for these special events when meeting registration opens in February. A third activity may be added. Stay tuned for more information. 

Golfers: If you would like to use your own clubs, you are welcome to ship your golf clubs directly to The Ritz-Carlton, Naples where they will be held in storage until your arrival.

There will be a formal Thursday evening reception welcoming the new AOS members to the Society, as well as a fun Friday night reception with the 6th annual Artistic Soiree organized this year by Dr. Bradley Black. Don't forget the Saturday night formal reception and banquet where the athletic awards and the prestigious Howe Medal Award are presented.

The AOS Annual Meeting schedule offers ample opportunities to explore the many sights and activities offered at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. Visit the hotel's website for fun ideas to help you enjoy your stay.

Reservations for banquet seating are not required. If you do not reserve a table, no problem! The AOS staff will assign you a seat with fellow AOS members and guests.

If you do wish to reserve a table, you may do so by sending your request to the AOS office after registration opens closer to the meeting date. Please note that only tables of ten (10) can be reserved, and you may only reserve a table for attendees and guests that are registered for the meeting. Please no exceptions. You may request a current list of registered members and guests from the AOS office.

Kindly confirm that each of your ten (10) table guests are registered for the meeting before requesting a table, and let them know you will be reserving a seat for them.

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is located in Naples, Florida and just a short 35-minute drive from the Southwest Florida International Airport and a 1 hour, 45-minute drive from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport. Each airport provides a variety of ground transportation to The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, including on-site car rentals. Please contact your airport of choice to learn more about availability.