AESC - 66th Annual Meeting

Kilkea Castle -- County Kildare, Ireland

July 28 - August 2, 2024



Updated 10/31/2023

Please plan to join AESC President Mark Rosenblatt and Jean Tsai for the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Eye Study Club!  We are travelling "across the pond" to Ireland where we will gather at Kilkea Castle.  Dates are Sunday, July 28 through Friday, August 2, 2024.

This is not the first time the Club has met internationally, but the castle certain promises to be a special experience for Club members and their families.  Kilkea Castle is just about an hour's drive southwest of Dublin. Of course, there are many non-stop and direct flights from all over the US to Dublin. We're in the process of finalizing a discount with Aer Lingus if you are interested in that option.

As we continue planning for the meeting, additional information will be posted on this webpage, so check back again!

About Kilkea Castle 

One of Ireland's oldest inhabited castles, Kilkea Castle, is a hidden jewel just one hour from Dublin.  With a history dating back to 1180, Kilkea Castle was once the medieval stronghold of the FitzGerald's, Earls of Kildare.  The 140 bedroom resort, set on 180 acres of landscaped gardens, ancient woodland and a meandering river, boasts several accommodation options to appeal to all tastes. This family-owned and managed estate offers a tranquil spa, a challenging 18-hole championship golf course and a world-class culinary experience.

View the HISTORY BROCHURE.   Kilkea Castle is an important landmark of Irish history located in the small village of Kilkea, in County Kildare. The castle was in the barony of Kilkea and Moone. Kilkea village is known for its beautiful landscape and at the centre is the castle. Kilkea Castle was erected in 1180 by Hugh de Lacy, the Earl of Ulster and the Chief Governor of Ireland, for Walter de Riddlesford, a Norman knight, who arrived during the Anglo-Norman invasion of 1169. The land was once in the Barony of Kilkea and Moone which was owned by Richard de Clare, known commonly as Strongbow, who played a key role in the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland. The land was ‘granted by Strongbow to Walter de Riddlesford, Baron of Bray. The exchange of the land is mentioned in an old French poem:

‘Twent fiefs in Ormurethy,
The noble earl (i.e Strongbow) in the same way,
Gave to the warrior,
Walter de Riddlesford.

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General Information

Housing Information

View detailed housing information -- CLICK HERE

Since we are buying-out the entire Kilkea Castle, the AESC will be making all assignments for accommodations.  Members are asked to submit a housing request form which provides the essential information required to match the member's needs with the accommodation.  DO NOT ATTEMPT TO BOOK A RESERVATION DIRECTLY WITH KILKEA CASTLE.

  • The deadline for submitting your housing request form is March 15, 2024.  Assignments for accommodations will be distributed in early April.
  • A deposit of $250 is required with each housing request.  This will be applied to the total cost of your stay.  Since there is a limited number of rooms in the Castle structure itself, we will assign those rooms by lottery.  An additional $200 deposit (total of $450) will put you into the drawing for those rooms.

Meeting Registration

Registration for the meeting will be available in the spring of 2024!

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.

Registration not yet available . . .

Paper Form (PDF format) if you prefer to use a paper form or to pay with a check.  Form will be available spring of 2024

The information below will be updated soon!

Conference Registration Fees -- includes all group meals and receptions.  

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

Program Information

Program chair:
  Gary Lelli, MD

  • Coming in 2024!

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.

Abstract submissions will start shortly after the first of the year.

SUBMIT an abstract for a talk or a symposium by completing this electronic form. (coming early in 2024)

  • Review the abstracts submitted so far -- coming in 2024
  • Download the Conflict of Interest disclosure form -- coming in 2024

Named Lectures

35th Albert D. Ruedemann, Jr. Lecture


Robert Gold, MD


20th AESC Foundation - Jerry & Donna Knauer Lecture

To be annoiunced 



Spouse Book Club



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Next Year's Meeting 

Last Updated on Thursday, December 21, 2023 12:52 PM