If you didn’t know better you would think that the New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology (NOAO) is a local specialty society. Upon closer review you would find that today the NOAO serves over 200 members from all over the country, from as far away locations as Niagara Falls, NY! Did you also know that we were once one of the largest ophthalmic meetings in the nation? We may no longer be one of the larger, but we are certainly still among the best meetings in the country. Find out why today.
The New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology (NOAO) was born out of a need for additional continuing medical education for the practicing physicians and residents in New Orleans. In 1951, the NOAO formally incorporated in the State of Louisiana, an organizational effort that was a unique collaboration between LSU Medical School, Tulane Medical School and the local private practitioners. The first official meeting followed shortly, in January of 1952.
International experts on the topic of glaucoma were invited, and for three days, a comprehensive review of glaucoma ensued, a practice that continues to the present day. For the last 70 years, the Academy has remained true to its original mission, “to promote ophthalmic education through instructional courses, clinics, lectures, and seminars, at which guest speakers will present subjects of current interest and importance.”