1PM – 5PM

16 Nov 2020

1PM – 5PM

16 Nov 2020

Lo Mejor de la Academia en Español (The Best of the Academy in Spanish) is a constructive and critical review of what was presented during the Academy Annual Meeting.

There will be round tables and panels made up of Spanish-speaking ophthalmologists so that colleagues who attend return to their countries carrying the widest possible knowledge of what was seen and heard during the Academy.

We know it is difficult to absorb in four days the different scientific and technical aspects that are presented, sometimes simultaneously, so this summary of the Academy is held immediately afterward so colleagues from Latin American and Spain can get the most out of their travel time and budget.

The panels are made up of invited ophthalmologists but we consider every participant a panelist and hope that everyone who attends will have an active participation in discussions and round tables, for the benefit of all participants.


J. Fernando Arévalo MD PhD (Venezuela/USA)


Roberto Gallego Pinazo MD (Spain)
Enrique Graue Hernández MD (Mexico)
Arturo Ramírez Miranda MD (Mexico)

Check out the 2019 program


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Health and Safety (information from the American Academy of Ophthalmology)

Current as of June 17, 2020

An inherent risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adults over 60 and individuals with underlying medical conditions such as heart disease are especially vulnerable. The scientific research on transmission is ongoing.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology has taken enhanced health and safety measures in compliance with CDC guidelines and state and local regulations. This is to protect you, our other members and attendees, and our staff. You must follow all posted instructions and signage while attending American Academy of Ophthalmology meetings and events. 

You voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 when attending American Academy of Ophthalmology meetings and events.

Let’s all work together to keep each other healthy.

Changes to AAO 2020

The Academy, working with the Sands Expo/Venetian, will be making the following changes to the meeting:

  • Requiring facemasks be worn by everyone at the meeting – attendees, exhibitors, meeting contractors and Academy staff.
  • Adjusting the layout of all meeting rooms to adhere to current physical distancing guidelines. These changes to room capacity may result in:
    • Some Subspecialty Day meetings, Skills Transfer labs and other ticketed events to sell out.
    • Reduced number of Academy Plus course passes being available for sale as well as limited capacities in Academy and AAOE instruction course rooms.
  • Adjusting the layout of the Young Ophthalmologist (YO), Senior Ophthalmologist (SO), AAOE and International lounges to reduce room capacity to allow for improved physical distancing.
  • Providing individually boxed containers for Subspecialty Day lunches.

Additional changes may be announced as more information becomes available regarding meeting industry standards and/or local and state guidelines.

Venetian Clean Commitment

The Venetian Clean Commitment represents more than 800 separate initiatives to enhance the safety, and minimize risk, for guests and Venetian Team Members.

Below are the topline details as of May 26, 2020 for the Venetian Clean commitment. You can read the full document here.

Air Quality

  • Increased frequency of air filter replacement and HVAC system cleaning throughout the resort. The fresh-air intake has been maximized to increase external air flow into the building. In specific areas, hospital-grade HEPA filters are now in use.


  • Increased frequency of routine cleaning in public spaces, guest suites and heart-of-house back areas. Protocols meet or exceed CDC guidelines.
  • Use of disinfectants that are EPA registered for emerging viral pathogens and exploring new technologies such as UV lighting and electrostatic sprayers.
  • Implemented area-specific cleaning protocols, that meet or exceed all local or national recommendations, for meeting and convention spaces, casinos, restaurants, retail outlets nightlife venues and entertainment venues.
  • Installation of hundreds of individual sanitation stations, including hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes, throughout the resort, including over 300 in the Venetian meeting space and Sands Expo.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Guests are welcome to wear personal facemasks and gloves while visiting the Venetian resort. If a guest does not have them, the Venetian will provide them.
  • Facemasks and gloves will be worn by all Venetian Team Members based on their role and responsibilities, and in adherence to state or local regulations and guidance.
  • Those staying at the Venetian resort will receive a Venetian Clean “personal care” amenity kit in their suites, with two face masks, two sets of gloves, a 2 oz. bottle of hand sanitizer, and a packet of sanitizing wipes per suite. Each day of their stay, guests will be provided fresh masks and gloves.
  • Guests not staying at the resort can obtain masks and gloves at the thermal screening areas, Grazie®desks and throughout the casinos.

Physical Distancing

  • Guests and Venetian Team Members are required to remain at least six feet away from others while standing in queues, using elevators or moving around the resort.
    • Restaurant tables, and other physical layouts have been arranged to ensure appropriate distancing, complying with, or exceeding, local and state-mandated occupancy limits.
    • Where distancing is a challenge, other mitigating protocols have been introduced, such as transparent barriers.

Safety and Security

  • A team of security officers monitor the property around the clock.
  • A team of certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) offer onsite service 24 hours a day to the entire resort.


  • Thermal scanners are present at every entrance to the Venetian Resort and Sands Expo, providing non-invasive temperature checks upon arrival.
  • Those with a temperature at or over 100.4°F (38°C) will be subject to a discreet secondary screening. In this screening, a contactless method will be used to measure temperature. Those confirmed to have a temperature at or over 100.4°F (38°C) will undergo a further medical assessment and be directed to appropriate medical care. They will not be permitted to enter the resort.


  • Venetian Team Members are undergoing additional Venetian Clean training, including proper handwashing, physical distancing and enhanced sanitation protocols. This training includes procedures for guests or Team Members who become ill while at the resort

Preliminary Program 

Please note, the topics, times and speakers are subject to change.

12:00 PM – Inscripción (Registration)

1:00 PM – Bienvenida (Welcome) 
  J. Fernando Arévalo MD PhD (Venezuela/USA)

1:05-1:15 PM – Oftalmología Pediátrica (Pediatric Ophthalmology)
  Hilda Capó MD (USA)

1:20-1:35 PM – Tumores y Patologías Oculares (Ocular Pathology and Tumors)
  Zelia M. Correa MD PhD (USA); Carlos Medina MD (USA); Abelardo Rodríguez MD (Mexico)

1:40-2:05 PM – Catarata (Cataract)
  Moderador: Ashley Behrens MD (USA)
  Panelistas: Daniel Scorsetti MD (Argentina); Jesús Arrieta Camacho MD (Mexico); José Antonio Claros MD (Mexico)

2:10-2:30 PM – Córnea, Dacriología y Superficie Ocular (Cornea, Dacriology and Ocular Surface)
  Moderador: Enrique Graue-Hernández MD (Mexico)
  Panelistas: José Alejandro Claros MD (Mexico); Paulo E.C. Dantas MD (Brazil); Luis Izquierdo Jr. MD (Peru)

2:35-2:40 PM – Exhibición Comercial (Exhibits)
  Arturo Ramírez-Miranda MD (Mexico)

2:45-3:25 PM – Retina (Retina)
  Moderador: Roberto Gallego-Pinazo MD (Spain)
  Panelistas: Rosa Dolz-Marco MD (Spain); Valentina Franco Cárdenas MD (Mexico); Alejandro Lavaque MD (Argentina); José A. Roca MD (Peru); Matko Vidosevich MD (Argentina)

3:30-3:40 PM – Uveítis (Uveitis)
  Andrés F. Lasave MD (Argentina)

3:45-3:55 PM – Neuroftalmología (Neurophthalmology)
  Emely Karam MD (Venezuela)

4:00-4:15 PM – Glaucoma (Glaucoma)
  Monica Mayorga MD (Costa Rica); Luis Silva MD (Venezuela/USA)

4:20-4:40 PM – Cirugía Refractiva (Refractive Surgery)
  Moderador: Alejandro Navas MD (Mexico)
  Panelistas: Arturo Ramírez-Miranda MD (Mexico); Enrique Graue-Hernández MD (Mexico)

4:45-4:55 PM – Cirugía Oculoplástica (Oculoplastic Surgery)
  Ximena Arze MD (Bolivia)

5:30 PM – Cierre de la reunión (End of Session) 

A PDF certificate of attendance will be available to registered attendees 15 days after the close of the meeting.

Please Note:  Transportation to this meeting is provided via the AAO shuttle service at their normal routes and schedule.
AAO shuttle service ends at 3:30 pm.

Additional transportation is not provided for this meeting.