(San Francisco) -- Members of the media are invited to attend the 1997
Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, October 26-29, at the
Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. The AAO Annual Meeting, the largest
gathering of eye physicians and surgeons in the world, is also the second
largest medical meeting in the United States, with more than 22,000 people
expected to attend. In addition, more than 300 technical exhibitors will display
the latest in vision and eycare technology.
This year's meeting promises to bring the most up-to-date news in
medical eye health care:
With the aging of the country's "baby boomer" population, the leading causes
of blindness in the elderly are in the spotlight now more than ever. What is
the latest in the treatment of eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy,
glaucoma, cataract and macular degeneration?
Nearly 70,000 photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) procedures were performed with
the excimer laser in the United States last year on patients with myopia. Those
with astigmatism can now be treated as well, and new laser surgery procedures
promise to help improve vision in even more people.
With the millennium rapidly approaching, can techniques such as whole eye
transplantation be far away? Find out what advances we can expect in eye health
care in the next century.
With new treatments, those infected with HIV are living longer. New advances
related to ocular immunology have led to novel ways to treat disease. Come find
out how ophthalmologists are helping those infected with HIV and other immune
diseases to save their eyesight and preserve the quality of their lives.
Currently 50 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure, which can
cause serious health problems, including strokes and heart attacks. Did you
know, however, that high blood pressure can also affect your eyes? Find out the
ophthalmologists' role in the detection and treatment of high blood pressure.
This will be your opportunity to hear the world's leading experts
discuss the latest studies, new treatments, and what to expect in the future.
You are also invited to attend the Subspecialty Day 1997 program,
October 24-25, 1997. This year's program includes:
Vitreoretinal Update 1997;
Reshaping the Future; Refractive Surgery 1997;
Under Pressure: Glaucoma 1997; and
Mastering Business Administration 1997: PPMCs--A History, Examination, and
We are also very excited about a program being offered for the first
time--Infoaccess '97: Merging Technology and Health Care, a meeting co-sponsored
by the Academy's New Education Technology Committee and Sun Microsystems. Topics
covered will range from the Internet to the latest in telemedicine.
For more information, to receive an Advance Program, or to preregister
for media credentials, contact Michelle Stephens at 415-447-0221 or by e-mail at