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American Academy of Ophthalmology 117th Annual Meeting to Convene in New Orleans

** MEDIA ADVISORY ** CONVENTION NOTICE **
** Photo Opportunity ** MEDIA ALERT **

American Academy of Ophthalmology 117th Annual Meeting to Convene in
New Orleans Nov. 16
- 19
Annual meeting will bring more than 25,000 visitors to the city
Museum of Vision Tour open to media

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 15, 2013

WHAT

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) will bring more than 25,000 eye physicians, surgeons and industry representatives from 123 countries to their 117th Annual Meeting, the world's largest ophthalmology conference, at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center November 16-19. The meeting features 600 scientific presentations, 256 instruction courses and numerous exhibits showcasing the latest advances in ophthalmic devices, imaging and other technologies.

The meeting will also offer 47 symposia on various topics including current research being done for the expansion of eye care globally, the newest surgery techniques for cataract and updated vision rehabilitation. There will be 511 scientific posters on display and 88 original papers presented through the duration of the meeting.

On Saturday, November 16, the Museum of Vision® Exhibit, located on the AAO exhibit floor, will be open for a tour with the Museum's director, exclusively for the media. The new exhibit, "Extreme Vision: Science Fiction or Truth," explores how science fiction predicts modern innovation. Did H.G. Wells predict the ophthalmic ruby laser in his 1898 novel War of the Worlds or was it Superman's heat vision? The exhibit features photovoltaic retinal prosthesis proto-types - which are currently being developed at Stanford University. Visitors can also learn about the vision implants that were first explored in a 1952 science fiction novel and later utilized by some well-known sci-fi heroes such as The Six Million Dollar Man and Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Another local story of interest is titled "Degas, New Orleans and eyes greatly in need of care" which highlights French Impressionist and New Orleanian Master Edgar Degas who suffered from cataract and retinal disease, which is rumored to have contributed to the vision for his paintings. Michael F. Marmor, M.D., Lecture in Ophthalmology and the Arts will be presented by Richard Kendall, an internationally known art historian and curator as well as being a leading Degas expert.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology, headquartered in San Francisco, is the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons - Eye M.D.s - with more than 32,000 members worldwide. Eye health care is provided by the three "O's" - ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians. It is the ophthalmologist, or Eye M.D., who has the education and training to treat it all: eye diseases, infections and injuries, and perform eye surgery. For more information, visit http://www.aao.org/. The Academy's EyeSmart® program educates the public about the importance of eye health and empowers them to preserve healthy vision. EyeSmart provides the most trusted and medically accurate information about eye diseases, conditions and injuries. OjosSanosTM is the Spanish-language version of the program. Visit http://www.geteyesmart.org/ or http://www.ojossanos.org/ to learn more.

AAO last held their meeting in New Orleans in 2007 and plans to host their 2017 meeting in the city as well. This year's meeting is expected to generate $30 million in economic impact for the city.


WHERE

New Orleans Morial Convention Center (MCCNO): Halls D-I1


WHEN

Saturday, November 16 - Tuesday, November 19, 2013


MAJOR EVENTS

Saturday, November 16, 11:30 a.m.: Museum of Vision Exhibit - "Extreme Vision: Science Fiction or Truth" Tour; Hall G, Booth 3147

Sunday, November 17, 11:30 a.m.: "Degas, New Orleans and eyes greatly in need of care" lecture presented by Richard Kimball, art historian, curator and leading Degas expert, Hall E, Room 255


SOCIAL MEDIA

WEBSITE: www.aao.org/meetings/annual_meeting/
TWITTER: @geteyesmart
TWITTER HASHTAG: # aao13
FACEBOOK:
www.facebook.com/geteyesmart.org


EXHIBIT FLOOR, Halls D - I1

Hours:

Saturday, November 16 - Monday, November 18: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tuesday, November 19: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


TO OBTAIN PRESS CREDENTIALS, VISIT PRESS OFFICE, Hall H, Room 275

Hours:

Friday, November 15 - Monday, November 18: 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tuesday, November 19: 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

CONTACTS

AAO: Dayle Kern, 504-670-6527 or cell: 240-205-5294, dkern@aao.org
NOCVB: Tara Letort, 504-220-7414, tletort@neworleanscvb.com; Kelly Schulz, 504-421-0962, kschulz@neworleanscvb.com
MCCNO: Rosalie Mortillaro, 504-582-3027, rmortillaro@mccno.com


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