2022 AACO National Meeting
October 1-3, 2022
Chicago, IL
This is an in-person event

Important COVID-19 Information

Proof of COVID-19 vaccine is required for both AACO and AAO meetings/events. 

The AACO Board of Directors has determined that proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for all those attending the National meeting in Chicago. Additional requirements may evolve as meeting industry standards, regulations and guidelines change and may include proof of COVID-19 vaccine boosters, proof of negative COVID-19 test results, the use of face masks or other personal protective equipment regardless of local ordinances. Updates will be made on the Meetings page of the AACO website. Attendees must follow all posted instructions and signage while attending AACO meetings and events. (updated 9/20/22)

Bring proof of vaccine to the registration desk to pick up your badge

Due to the American Academy of Ophthalmology's (AAO) Health and Safety Policy, proof of COVID-19 Vaccine is required to attend the AACO Sunday Symposium at the McCormick Convention Center. Please note, this means you will need to bring proof of vaccine with you to the convention center when you attend the Sunday Symposium. Click on the button below for more information on the AAO's Health and Safety plan. 

AAO Health and Safety 

*If you are unable to attend the meeting due to vaccine status, you can still get AOC CE by watching the recordings online. Click here for more information on CE and here for more information on registration for the recordings. 

Meeting at a Glance

Friday Sep 30
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
AACO Executive Committee Meeting held at Embassy Suites
Ohio River Boardroom

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
AACO Board of Director's Meeting held at Embassy Suites
Ohio River Boardroom

Saturday Oct 1
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Instruction Courses held at Embassy Suites
Salon D,E,F,G

Sunday Oct 2
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
FOREA Professional Development Session held at Embassy Suites
Salon D,E,F,G

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Student Symposium held at Embassy Suites
Salon D,E,F,G

10:15 AM to 12:15 AM
AACO Business Meeting held at Embassy Suites
Salon D,E,F,G
Business Meeting Information

3:45PM - 5:00PM
AAO/AACO/AOC Sunday Symposium McCormick Place, Chicago  
McCormick Convention Center Room: E450
Symposium Details

7:30 PM to 11:00 PM
AACO President's Reception at Embassy Suites
Chicago Ballroom
Presenting Sponsor Luminopia

Monday Oct 3
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
AAP Section on Ophthalmology/AACO Joint Symposium held at Embassy Suites
Salon D,E,F,G

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Scientific Session held at Embassy Suites
Salon D,E,F,G

1:00 PM to 2:15 PM
53rd Richard G. Scobee Memorial Lecture held at Embassy Suites
Salon D,E,F,G
    Given By: Rachael Jenkins, CO®

2:30 PM to 5:15 PM
Scientific Sessions held at Embassy Suites
Salon D,E,F,G

Detailed Program Schedule

Continuing Education Credits

AOC CE: will be offered for both the in person sessions and any recorded on-demand sessions
Note from the AOC: "In-Person" AOC CE will be offered for the recordings. In order for your CE to be considered "in-person" credit you will need to note three things you learned for every hour attended. These learning points will be submitted to the AOC when you apply for re-certification. 

AOC CEC:  15.75 AOC CORE CEC has been awarded for this meeting and is available for both the in person and recorded sessions.

IJCAHPO CEC:  11.5 IJCAHPO Group A CEC has been awarded for this meeting and is available only for the in person session.

More Information on Continuing Education Credits 


Registration is open now for the in-person event. The sessions will be recorded and available for purchase following the meeting. All recordings are included with the in-person registration. For those not attending the in-person event, registration for the recordings will open in October.  

Important Dates
Jul. 5, 2022:   Registration Opens
Aug.17, 2022: 1st Early Bird Registration Ends
Sept.19, 2022:  2nd Early Bird Registration Ends
Sept. 26, 2022:  Online Registration Closes

Registration opens at 7:15AM on Saturday in the foyer of Embassy Suites




Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile




511 N Columbus Drive Chicago, IL 60611

All AACO events take place at the Embassy Suites with the exception of the Sunday Symposium. The symposium will be held at the McCormick Place. 

* To take advantage of the AACO room rate, reservations must be made using the link provided below and must be made by August 17, 2022. 

Make Your Room Reservation

The Embassy Suites Magnificent Mile is in the heart of downtown Chicago with easy access to the Magnificent Mile, Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, and so much more. Catch a Broadway show in Chicago or a Cubs game at Wrigley Field.  Shop until you drop or explore one of the many museum's Chicago has to offer.  Visit the AAO's webpage for events and activities happening in Chicago during September and October. 

*A complimentary full cooked-to-order breakfast and an evening reception are included with the room reservation.


Click here for more information on our 2022 Sponsors.









Presenting at the AACO National Meeting





Meeting Organizer
Laura Kirkeby, CO
AACO Vice President
[email protected]