Annual Symposium


About Our Annual Symposia

For over 70 years NOAO has hosted an annual meeting that offers hours in category 1 credit towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award™. NOAO is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

The cost to attend the symposium is included in the price of membership to the New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology. If you are not a member, the cost is $695. Early bird registration (typically ending in December) is $595. 

Each year the symposium is held at one of New Orleans’ many convention locations. Our symposium is typically held within the first three months of each year, which is a very busy time for the city, with the Carnival season leading up to Mardi Gras and many other festivals. You can expect to learn about the most current and important topics in your field alongside more than 300 other ophthalmologists. There will be exhibitors offering information about products that may help make your job easier and more efficient. We also provide opportunities for networking with your fellow ophthalmologists, including the President’s Wine and Cheese Reception on the first night of the Symposium.

Our concurrent Technicians’ Conference can help educate your Allied Health Professionals on updates relevant to their day-to-day office experience.

Our 72nd Annual Symposium will be held on February 9-12, 2023.

Our program committee is hard at work courting the brightest minds in the field of ophthalmology with updates on the topics of retina, anterior segment, and uveitis, so keep an eye on our symposium page for our faculty announcements!

Registration coming soon.


Past Symposia

The topics that we cover rotate each year among the various subspecialties. The following are links to information about our most recent symposia.

February 11-13, 2022| Back in Plain Sight: Advancements in Glaucoma, Cataract, and Pediatrics

April 15-18, 2021| Going Global: Adventures in Retina, Oculoplastics, and Anterior Segment

January 31- February 2, 2020 | Vision Beyond 2020: Gearing Up with Advances in Cataract and Refractive Surgery,  Retina, and Uveitis

February 15-17, 2019| The Mind’s Eye: Updates on Glaucoma, Neuro-Ophthalmology, and Retina

February 23-25, 2018 | Refraction: Updates on Cornea, Refractive, and Oculoplastics

February 10-12, 2017 | Blurred Lines: Updates on Cataract, Uveitis, and Retina 

February 19-21, 2016 | Under Pressure: Updates on Glaucoma, Neuro-Ophthalmology, and Cataract 
January 30 – February 1, 2015 | Reflections on the Bayou: Updates in Retina, Oculoplastics, and Anterior Segment
March 21-23, 2014 | Eye to the Future:  Explorations in Cornea, Cataract, Pediatrics, and Retina!
January 23-25, 2013 | Through the Looking Glass:  Adventures in Glaucoma, Neuro-Ophthalmology and Cataract/Refractive
February 10-12, 2012 |  ‘Round the Globe:  Journeys in Retina, Orbit, and Anterior Segment
February 11-13, 2011 | Celebrating Clarity: Updates in Cataract, Cornea, and Uveitis
February 5-7, 2010 | Preserve the Nerve:  Insights into Glaucoma, Neuro-Ophthalmology, and Retina

Past symposia have also covered the topics of:

  • Wavefront and Emerging Refractive Technologies
  • At the Crossings – An update on Amblyopia, Strabismus, Cataract, Oculoplastics and Refractive Surgery
  • To the Macula and Beyond: Updates on Retina, Anterior Segment, Glaucoma, and Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Eye on the Bayou: New Concepts in Glaucoma, Cataract, and Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Inner Visions: Updates on Refractive Surgery, Cataract and Cosmetic Oculoplastics
  • Glare, Cell & Flare: Updates on Cataract, IOL, and Uveitis
  • Tear Flow/Blood Flow: Updates in Retina, Ocular Tumors & External Disease