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 2017 -- The 60th annual meeting of the AESC will take place at Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, California.  The dates are SUNDAY, July 30 through Friday, August 4, 2017.  Mark your calendars now!
  • Club Events during the AAO -- Join your fellow AESC members at two events planned during the Academy meeting in Chicago.  A Luncheon/Business Meeting will be on Saturday, October 15 and a reception will take place on Sunday, October 16.

Club News

  • New.  We are shocked to learn of the sudden passing of Barrett Haik, MD on Friday, July 22.  Barrett was visiting friends and family in New Orleans, and he was planning to attend the upcoming 59th annual meeting of the AESC.  Read more about Barrett - CLICK HERE.  Posted 7/24/2016

  • Read archived member news items - HERE