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

  • Annual Meeting 2016 -- The 59th annual meeting of the AESC will take place at Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island, Florida.  The dates areTues., August 2 through Sun., August 7, 2016.
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Outstanding Humanitarian Award -- CLICK HERE for information about eligibility, the nomination process and a link to the Academy's nomination form.

Club News

  • We are saddened to mark the passing of Jacqueline Acers on March 3, 2016, at the age of 85.  Jackie is the widow of longtime AESC member Tom Acres.  They are survived by seven children, including Club member Ann Acers Warn.  Jackie and Tom were always a source of delight at AESC meetings since Tom's induction as a member in 1971.  He last attended an annual meeting in 2005.  
    Read More  (Posted 3/5/2016)