2012 Annual Meeting
The 55th annual meeting will take place in San Diego at the Grand Del Mar Resort.  

The dates are SUNDAY, July 29 through Friday, August 3, 2012.  Please note the shifted days from our usual meeting schedule.  We'll be posting information on this webpage as it becomes available.  We strongly encourage members to make their hotel reservations early since our conference is during the racing season at the Del Mar race track...  As soon as we get confirmation that our room block is in the hotel's reservations system, we'll put out the word. 

Click Here to view a presentation about the resort.  (File is in PDF format.)
Photos from the 2012 Annual Meeting
Educational Items

CME Items
 -- CME claim form (PDF format)
Call for Papers
  -- Online form:  No longer available
  -- Paper form:  Complete our paper form in PDF format and fax to the AESC office
Program Information
  -- Abstracts received
  -- Detailed program - CLICK HERE (PDF file)
  -- CME financial disclosure form (fillable PDF file)
(updated 7/23/12)
Registration Information
Please refer to the information below about AESC recreational events for details.  You may complete the registration form posted here in a "fillable" PDF format.  Please PRINT and either fax or scan/email to the AESC office.  (We have found that for some people, saving the form to a different name and sending that file as an attachment results in a blank form.)
AESC fax:  847-680-1666
Email address:  [email protected]
-- 2012 Registration Form (PDF)
-- Registration packet cover letter (PDF)
Meeting Information
We will be adding details about the conference here as planning progresses, so check back periodically!
Conference Schedule
Overview Schedule -- Download in PDF format
Detailed program -- Download (PDF format)
Please note!  The days of the 2012 meeting are shifted slightly.  This year, we start on Sunday, July 29 with the welcoming reception, and we finish on Thursday evening, August 2 with the Baptismo Emeritus.  No events are planned for Friday, so you can plan your departures for that day.
Recreational Events
Here is the way social and recreational events are shaping up . . .
  • Sunday, July 29 -- Welcome reception (evening)
  • Monday, July 30 -- Spouse book club; morning kids activity; have lunch on the USS Midway and then explore this famous aircraft carrier
  • Tuesday, July 31 -- Afternoon tennis tournament at Rancho Valencia; golf at Torrey Pines or afternoon on your own; evening reception & banquet
  • Wednesday, August 1 -- Afternoon free; optional excursions to the Del Mar Race Track or the San Diego Zoo
  • Thursday, August 2 -- AESC Golf outing or Bocce Ball & Mimosas (morning); Ice Cream Social (afternoon); Baptismo Emeritus reception (evening)
  • Friday, August 3 -- No activities; check-out and departures
Activity Details
Kids Activities during Spouse Book Club - download fact sheet in PDF format
Cost:   $150 each at equestrian center (age 7+); 
          $45 each for lawn games (geared for younger kids, age 4+)
USS Midway - download fact sheet in PDF format
Cost:  Adult (18 and older) -- $60;  Kids (6 - 17) -- $50  Under age 6 -- free
Includes admission, all-you-can eat buffet lunch, docent tour (also with headphones), 2-person simulator & parking
Golf Outings -- download the golf fact sheet in PDF format
Torrey Pines (Tuesday afternoon)
  Cost:  $245, includes greens fee & cart
  We have 3 foursomes booked on the South Course
Grand Del Mar (Thursday morning)
  Cost:  $230, includes greens fees, cart, forecaddie
  Information about golf at the Grand Del Mar
Tennis Tournament -- download the tennis fact sheet in PDF format
Cost:  $25 per player
San Diego Zoo -- download the zoo fact sheet in PDF format
Group discount ticket costs:  $37.80 age 12 and over; $28.80 - age 3-11; under age 3 - free
Del Mar Horseracing -- download the racetrack fact sheet in PDF format
Cost:  $20 per person - includes Stretch Run admission, reserved tables & daily racing program
Map for downtown San Diego (PDF format) 
Spouse Book Club
Barbie Haynes has selected Unbroken:  A World War II Story of Survival, Resiliance and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand as this year's Spouse Book Club choice.
CLICK HERE to order the book on Amazon.
Amazon.com review: 

From Laura Hillenbrand, the bestselling author of Seabiscuit, comes Unbroken, the inspiring true story of a man who lived through a series of catastrophes almost too incredible to be believed. In evocative, immediate descriptions, Hillenbrand unfurls the story of Louie Zamperini--a juvenile delinquent-turned-Olympic runner-turned-Army hero. During a routine search mission over the Pacific, Louie’s plane crashed into the ocean, and what happened to him over the next three years of his life is a story that will keep you glued to the pages, eagerly awaiting the next turn in the story and fearing it at the same time. You’ll cheer for the man who somehow maintained his selfhood and humanity despite the monumental degradations he suffered, and you’ll want to share this book with everyone you know. --Juliet Disparte

New Information!
Getting Around in San Diego
Here are a few resources to help once you arrive in San Deigo.  (Also check out the "Activities in the Area" section at the bottom of this web page.)  The Grand Del Mar Resort is about 22 miles north of the San Diego airport, approximately 30 minutes by car on the I-5 freeway.  While most members probably will rent a car to use during their stay in Southern California, there are some other options . . .  see links below.  Please note that the resort is not in the downtown area, so a car certainly will add to the convenience factor.
Activities in the Area

Map of Downtown San Diego (PDF format)
Online Resources
As the meeting date approaches, we will be adding information about on-site activites and other recreational opportunities.  In the meantime, here are a few resources:

-- Things To Do in San Diego
-- Attractions in La Jolla
-- Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Housing Information

We strongly encourage members to make their reservations as early as possible!  The Club conference takes place during the Del Mar Racetrack season, so it is expected that the hotel will be completely sold lout during the dates of our meeting.  In order to assure your satisfaction, booking well in advance will be a big plus.

Grand Del Mar reservations (toll-free):  855-272-6434

When calling to make reservations, be sure to state that you are part of the American Eye Study Club group!

The hotel has a range of very nice hotel rooms and suites.   View the different options 

Please note that the Grand Del Mar does not charge an additional resort fee to guests.  Your room includes access to all of the resorts amenities, as well as free wi-fi Internet access.  There is an ample supply of connecting rooms in the "run of the house" inventory.  If you require connecting rooms (i.e., two rooms with a door between them), we strongly suggest making your reservation now to assure getting your preference.

These are the conference rates* offered to AESC members:
     Run of the House -- $325
     Prado Suite -- $746
     Veranda Suite -- $971
     Palazzo Suite -- $1,271
     Mizner Suite (2-bedroom) -- $3,750
     Manchester Suite (2-bedroom) -- $4,500

As always, if you have any problems booking your reservations, please contact the AESC administrative office for assistance.

* plus tax