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

  • NEW!  The 66th Annual Meeting takes place in Ireland at Kilkea Castle in County Kildare.  Dates are Sun., July 28 through Friday, August 2, 2024.
    • Overall information about the meeting - CLICK HERE    We're working on details for the conference now.  As specifics are ready (including travel and housing), we'll post that to the website.
  • Club Events at the 2023 AAO annual meeting in San Francisco -- INFORMATION HERE

Club News

We are saddened to recognize the passing of our beloved friend, Edward K. Isbey Jr. who died on August 31 at home and at peace, surrounded by his family.  View the obituary HERE. We are planning to post additional information on the Club website in the coming days...