More than 37 million people visit Las Vegas every year, and it's a sure bet that nearly 30,000 of this year's visitors will be arriving for the 110th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). The meeting will be held at the Sands Expo/Venetian Hotel from Sunday, Nov. 12 to Tuesday, Nov. 14, preceded by 2 days of subspecialty presentations.
The final event of this year's program will be "Lo Mejor de la Academia en Español" (The Best of the Academy in Spanish), from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at The Venetian Hotel in the Marcello Ballroom.
A joint meeting of the AAO and the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO), this year's conference will have an international flair. Numerous joint sessions, presentations, and symposia will feature speakers and presenters from both U.S. and Asia Pacific nations. Key sessions will include two presentations on Monday: "Myopia: Epidemiology and Prevention of Progression" and "Update on Primary Angle-Closure Glaucoma," as well as one on Tuesday: "East Meets West: Controversies and Challenges in Managing Various Ophthalmic Conditions."
All told, this year's meeting will feature 257 instruction courses, 180 "breakfast with the experts" roundtables, 92 skills transfer courses, 73 courses sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives (AAOE), 35 courses cosponsored by the APAO, 761 scientific posters, and 32 symposia. And for those rare moments when there are no educational sessions on tap, Las Vegas offers unparalleled entertainment, dining, and shopping options.
Opportunities to learn begin before the formal opening of the meeting with a series of subspecialty day programs. Retina and refractive surgery programs will be held on both Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10 and 11, while the glaucoma program will be held on Saturday only.
Retina 2006: Emerging New Concepts will be held at the Wynn Las Vegas, Latour Ballroom, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Saturday. Optional discussion groups, led by members of the faculty, will be held during lunch on Friday. Retina subspecialty day exhibits will be open at the Wynn, Lafite Ballroom on Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Refractive Surgery 2006: The Times They Are A-Changin' will also take place on Friday and Saturday at the Venetian in the Venetian Ballroom. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturday. Refractive subspecialty day exhibits will be open for viewing at the Sands, Hall G on Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The 2006 Gala Dinner and Dance, sponsored by the AAO and the International Society of Refractive Surgery, will be held Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Venetian in the San Polo Ballroom. A number of prestigious awards will be given during the evening.
Glaucoma 2006: Beating the Odds is a Saturday-only subspecialty program from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Sands Expo/Venetian, Venetian Ballroom F.