AESC - 63rd Annual Meeting
Now in 2021!

The Omni Homestead - Hot Springs, VA


Updated 6/7/2021

The 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Eye Study Club takes place this year at The Omni Homestead Resort -- August 1 - 6, 2021.  

As you know, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the July 2020 meeting became impossible.  We were able to move the previously scheduled 2021 annual meeting at the Salishan Resort in Oregon to 2022, making way for the 63rd annual meeting in 2021.  We basically hit the "pause button" last year.  

Planning is well underway... the hotel reservations system and meeting registration are now available.  With the increasing distribution of Covid vaccinations and recently updated CDC guideliens, we are optimistic about the prospects for a successful, safe and fun meeting this summer! 

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General Information

Housing Information

We are very happy to offer an excellent room rate of $289 at the Omni Homestead Resort for the dates of our meeting.   PLEASE NOTE that arrivals will be on Sunday, August 1st with departures on Friday, August 6.  The Welcome Reception will be on Sunday evening, and the final event of the conference -- the Baptismo Emeritus reception -- will be on Thursday evening.

The cutoff date for reservations is Friday, June 25, 2021.

CLICK HERE for details about the hotel and additional housing information.  


  • To make a reservation by phone:  800-838-1766
    Be sure to state that you are part of the American Eye Study Club group

Meeting Registration

Registration for the meeting is now open!

Emeritus members who are attending only part of the meeting receive a 25% discount.  LEARN MORE

You may register online or use the paper (PDF) form.  Online registration gives you the option of paying immediately with a credit card or paying later by check.

Note - The online form above is for the meeting only.  View the ACTIVITIES information page to sign up online for recreational events.

Paper Form (PDF format) if you prefer to use a paper form or to pay with a check.  This form includes both the meeting registration and sign-up for activities. 

CLICK HERE for hotel reservation information.

Conference Registration Fees -- includes all group meals and receptions

  • AESC Member -- $835
  • Adult guests (spouses, significant others, guests, family members over 18 years of age) -- $735
  • Teenagers (age 13 - 17) -- $375
  • Younger kids (age 5 - 12) -- $120
  • Toddlers/infants (<5 years) -- Free

Emeritus Member Discount -- We are pleased to once again offer a special 25% discount to Emeritus members attend only the first half or the second half of the meeting.  

  • Sunday through Tuesday night banquet, departing Wednesday morning
  • Arriving Tuesday in time for the banquet, departing Friday

To receive this discount, enter the following code:  EMERITUS-2021 

Program Information

Program chair:
  David Epley, MD

Submit and Review Abstracts

All Club members are encouraged to participate in the annual meeting by giving a talk, or by submitting an idea for a mini-symposium or panel discussion.

  • SUBMIT an idea for a talk or a symposium by completing this electronic form.
  • Review the abstracts submitted so far -- CLICK HERE 
  • Download the Conflict of Interest disclosure form -- CLICK HERE 

Named Lectures

32nd Albert D. Ruedemann, Jr. Lecture

Edward K. Isbey, III, MD

Asheville Eye Associates

Asheville, NC

"Damaged or Missing Capsular Bag: What's in Your Bag of Tricks"

17th AESC Foundation - Jerry & Donna Knauer Lecture

Paul P. Lee, MD JD 

F. Bruce Fralick Professor and
Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Director, W.K. Kellogg Eye Center
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

"Thoughts about the Roles of a Physician - and Implications for the
Health of Individuals and Communities"



Spouse Book Club

We are pleased to announce that Kathy LaRosa has selected “The Silent Patient” by  Alex Michaelides for this year's Spouse Book Club selection.  

The book club will meet on Monday morning on the Grand Ballroom Terrace after breakfast, starting at about 9:30 and finishing around 11 a.m.

From Amazon's review . . .  "The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides feels like it could be the big psychological thriller debut of 2019. The novel takes a few chapters to clear its throat and set the plot in motion, but once the tracks are laid it’s full steam ahead. Alicia Berenson is one-half of a glamorous couple—she’s an artist married to her fashion photographer husband, Gabriel. But when Gabriel returns home late one night, she shoots him five times in the face and refuses to speak again. Now she is being held in an institution outside London called the Grove. When a psychotherapist named Theo Faber becomes obsessed with her case, he finds his way to the Grove to treat her. Dark twists and delightful turns follow, secrets (and a diary) are revealed, and you will likely find yourself racing to the end.--Chris Schluep, the Amazon Book Review"

Recreational Opportunities

Group Excursions -- We have arranged for several group excursions for members and their families/guests.  These will require pre-registration... CLICK HERE for details about the recreational activities and to sign-up.

  • Monday morning for kids of all ages -- Horseback riding
  • Monday afternoon -- Cascade Gorge Hike
  • Tuesday afternoon -- Tennis tournament
  • Wednesday afternoon -- River tubing
  • Thursday morning -- AESC golf outing & "not golf" falcon demonstration

Other Useful Information and References

Airport Transportation

B&L Mountain Safe Transport

This is a family-owned business recommended by The Homestead to provide transportation between the Roanoke Airport and the resort.  The trip is about 1½  to 2 hours in length.  Once you have your flights, contact B&L with your flights and the number of individuals in your party.  They will then give you a price quote and work out other arrangements.  Be sure to provide your phone number (mobile is preferred) and an email address so they can reply.

Vehicles likely will be a 12 passenger van or mini-bus (depending on the number of travelers at a particular time).  They may group more than one party together, and it is likely it will other members of the AESC!  We strongly recommend that you make your reservations well in advance.

The basic price is $100 per person each way.  However, there will be substantial discounts for families.  Be sure to mention you are part of the American Eye Study Club group. 

Next Year's Meeting

The 2022 AESC Annual Meeting will take place at the Salishan Resort on the Oregon coast.  Dates are August 2 - 7, 2022.

Last Updated on Thursday, August 11, 2022 05:30 PM