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 2021 -- The 63rd Annual Meeting of the AESC is at The Omni Homestead Resort in the Virginia mountains. Arrivals on August 1 and departures on August 6, 2021. The next annual meeting (64th) will be at the Salishan Resort in Oregon,now taking place in August 2-7, 2022.

  • Club Events at the 2021 AAO annual meeting in New Orleans . . . November 2021 -- details coming soon!

Club News


NEI has a new leader -- Please join us in congratulating Mike Chiang who is the new Director of the National Eye Institute.  Read the announcement here