AESC - 2019 Annual Meeting
Southampton, Bermuda


Join President Paul Chan for an island adventure in Bermuda at the Fairmont Southampton for the 62nd Annual Meeting of the American Eye Study Club.

Where:     Fairmont Southampton
                 Southampton, Bermuda

When:      Tues., July 30 through Sun., August 4, 2019

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      ON-SITE meeting information & announcements

General Information

  • Overview schedule for the conference (PDF format) - we will be adding more details as planning continues
  • Information about the Fairmont Southampton
    • Note:  We have our own reservations portal.  CLICK HERE for AESC housing information
    • Photo gallery of the hotel
    • Things to do
  • Bermuda Tourism
    • Travel & Leisure travel tips
    • Lonely Planet Bermuda travel articles
    • Harbour Nights -- Bermuda's Weekly Summer Street Party.  
      • Enjoy a lively summer street party every Wednesday from 7-10 pm on Front Street. The City of Hamilton’s main drag is closed off to traffic so that you can experience al fresco dining, check out the wares of local artisans, dance along to Bermuda Gombeys and more. Mix, mingle, and party!
    • Bermuda Cup Match -- August 1-2
      • One of Bermuda's biggest events of the year, this cricket tournament takes place over two days in summer. The event is centered around a heated cricket match between two island rivals, St. George’s and Somerset. 
  • Location and Transportation
    • Bermuda is just a short flight from East Coast airline hubs - More Info
    • Travel Documents - You will need to have a passport to enter Bermuda, as well as returning home.  US Customs and Border has an immigration station at the Bermuda airport.  A visa is not required for US citizens.
    • Be aware that rental cars are not permitted for visitors.  However, scooters are available to rent.  Remember, driving is on the left (as in England) on the island.
    • Airport transfers -- Getting to the hotel from L.F. Wade International Airport can be by taxi or reserved airport transfers.
      • Taxi information - Fares are by distance and the number of passengers, plus luggage.  The distance from the airport to the hotel is about 21 km (13 miles)
      • Pre-arranged transfers -- We have made arrangements for transfers from the airport to the hotel, and returning.  CLICK HERE for details.
  • Weather in Bermuda
  • What to pack and wear in Bermuda - More info
  • Questions or need help?  Contact the AESC office:

Housing Information

The AESC has arranged for a block of rooms at the Fairmont Southampton. 

CLICK HERE for details about rates, room types and reservations.

If you are ready to book now - RESERVE ONLINE

Meeting Registration

ONLINE REGISTRATION - Pre-registration is now closed.  If you have any requests or changes, please contact Kathy Paul at the AESC office. 

Paper Form (PDF format) if you prefer or to pay with a check or to take the Emeritus discount (see below).

Note - these forms are for the meeting registration only.  We will have recreational activities available for sign-up in the near future.  CLICK HERE for hotel reservation information.

Conference Registration Fees -- includes all group meals and receptions

  • AESC Member -- $835
  • Adult guests (spouses, significant others, guests, family members over 18 years of age) -- $735
  • Teenagers (age 13 - 17) -- $375
  • Younger kids (age 5 - 12) -- $120
  • Toddlers/infants (<5 years) -- Free

DOWNLOAD the paper registration form for the conference here

Emeritus Member Discount -- Last year, we offered a special 25% discount to Emeritus members who could attend only the first half or the second half of the meeting.  Because of the way the events are working out this year, we are offering a "Weekend Getaway" discount (25% off the full price) for Emeritus members and family who arrive no earlier than Wednesday night or on Thursday.  That allows attending the banquet on Friday and the Baptismo on Saturday, as well as the meeting on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  If you wish to take advantage of the weekend discount, PLEASE USE THE PAPER FORM to register since the online system will charge you the full amount.

Recreational Activities

We have planned a number of incredible group activities for members and their families... ranging from snorkeling and scuba to boat races, cave exploring and touring the island's history.  CLICK HERE to see the details for recreational opportunities and to register.

Refund Policy

The longstanding Club policy for refunds is as follows:

  • Meeting registration (members, family members and guests) -- Full refund will be given if the Club office is notified of the cancellation no later than the Wednesday before the meeting starts.
  • Recreational Activities
    • There is no refund for a "no show."
    • We will give a refund for cancellations in advance of the event if the vendor does not charge us for the cancellation or if we are able to reassign your place to another participant.  Unfortunately, if the Club is charged by the vendor for your spot or another participate does not fill your place, we will be unable to offer a refund.
  • All refunds will be made using the same form of payment as the original registration.

Spouse Book Club

The selection for this year's Spouse Book Club is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.  CLICK HERE to view the Amazon listing.  Jean Tsai (Mark Rosenblatt's spouse) will be leading the discussion.

Here's what the Amazon review had to say:

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.

Program Information

Program chair:
  Francis A. LaRosa, MD PhD

The success of the AESC and its meetings are a direct result of the participation of the members.  Our sessions are very interactive; discussion, challenges to thinking and questions are strongly encouraged.  Be thinking about lectures, interesting cases, or mini-symposiums you would like to present!  

Named Lectures

31st Albert D. Ruedemann, Jr. Lecture

John Irvine, MD

Doheny Eye Institute
University of California - Los Angeles
Pasadena, CA

16th AESC Foundation - Jerry & Donna Knauer Lecture

Edward Buckley, MD

Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, NC


Other Useful Information and References

Airport Transfers

We have arranged for transportation from and to the airport through the Fairmont Southampton.  The following options are available (prices are each way):

  • 14-seat van:  $182  Seats 10 with luggage.
  • 6-passenger van:  $120  Comfortably seats six adults with luggage.
  • Shared Shuttle service:  $20 (per person, one piece of luggage per person).  Please note - Over-sized or excessive luggage cannot be accommodated on the shared shuttle buses, including golf bags, strollers, etc.
  • VIP Meet & Greet Service/Mercedes S550 Sedan:  $220  Accommodates three passengers & 5 pieces of luggage.
  • VIP Meet & Greet Service/BMW X5:  $220   Accommodates three passengers & 5 pieces of luggage.   

Make your airport transfer reservations - CLICK HERE 

NOTE - When you enter your flight arrival information and submit the form, it should automatically calculate the actual departure time for the van leaving the airport.  Disregard the "agent" and "room number" fields on the form. 

Last Updated on Thursday, August 08, 2019 08:23 AM