Keep An Eye Out: 23,000 Eye Physicians and Surgeons to Attend Weekend Convention in New Orleans

Blind New Orleans musician and photographer, Henry Butler, will explore the nature of “seeing” in keynote lecture on Sunday

NEW ORLEANS – The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) will welcome more than 23,000 eye physicians and surgeons to the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (MCCNO), from Saturday, Nov. 11 until Tuesday, Nov. 14. It's the tenth time the academy has met in the Big Easy. AAO last met in New Orleans in 2013. This year’s meeting is projected to have an economic impact of more than $29.4 million.

Henry Butler, an eight-time W.C. Handy “Best Blues Instrumentalist – Piano” award nominee and world-class photographer, will deliver the Michael F. Marmor Lecture in Ophthalmology and the Arts: “One Man’s Vision” at 9:28 a.m. on Sunday, November 12 at the MCCNO in the Great Hall.

AAO is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons who are committed to protecting site and empowering lives by serving as an advocate for patients and the public, leading ophthalmic education and advancing the profession of ophthalmology. Keynote speakers will include Henry Butler, a blind New Orleans photographer and musician and Seema Verma, an administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The 32nd Annual Run for Vision 5k will be held in conjunction with the convention at the New Orleans Riverwalk, Canal Street and Convention Center Blvd., on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 a.m. For more information, visit

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