The American Eye Study Club

The American Eye Study Club was established in 1956 by a group of ophthalmologists who would become distinguished figures in the profession. Founders included Thomas Hedges, Thomas Kearns, Howard Naquin, Edward Norton and Albert Ruedemann, Jr. The AESC was created to serve as a forum for young leaders from diverse academic, geographic and practice backgrounds to openly exchange ideas and discuss new developments in a scientific and social setting that included both members and their families.

Active membership is limited to 10 years so the Club will remain fresh and vibrant. Members graduate to "Emeritus" status in their 10th year and continue to contribute to the Club's sense of tradition through involvement in the annual meetings and other activities of the organization.

The Club's bylaws limit the number of Active members to 60 who, along with more than 125 Emeritus members, serve in leadership roles at the state, regional, national and international levels. Many members have served as president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and/or as directors of the American Board of Ophthalmology. More than 30 have served as chairs of university departments of ophthalmology. Without question, our founders would be proud of the history and course followed by this organization and its members.

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Highlights & Things of Note

  • Enjoy this video taken from the drone of the group photo at the 60th Annual Meeting!

  • Annual Meeting 2018 -- The 61st Annual Meeting of the AESC will take place at Montage Deer Valley, Park City, Utah

  • The 62nd Annual Meeting in 2019 will take place at the Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda... July 30 - August 4, 2019

Club News

  • We are deeply saddened by the news that our friend and mentor, B. Thomas Hutchinson, MD, has passed away.  Tom was a longtime member of the AESC (45 years), elected to membership in 1972.  VIEW Dr. Hutchinson's obituary published in the Boston Globe.

  • It's not too early to start thinking about nominations for new members to be considered at the 2018 annual meeting.  This is the source of the Club's vitality and more than six decades of existence!

  • Read archived member news items - HERE