With Kaleidoscope’s investment and experience in ophthalmic medical devices and pharmaceuticals, we could not pass up the opportunity to attend a professional event this large in the ophthalmology space. Kaleidoscope Innovation’s Staff Biomedical Engineer Ben Ko, Staff Industrial Designer Frank Busch, Design Engineer Stephanie Klunk, Senior Design Engineer Tom Meyer and Business Development Manager Matt Suits all attended this year’s AAO congress in Chicago. Here are some of their collective takeaways:
AAO, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, is the leading professional society for all things related to the study and treatment of ocular diseases. AAO states their mission as being “to protect sight and empower lives by serving as an advocate for patients and the public, leading ophthalmic education, and advancing the profession of ophthalmology.” (For those not as familiar with the term, ophthalmology is defined as “a branch of medical science dealing with the structure, functions, and diseases of the eye.”)
The association was founded in 1979 out of the split of the AAOO, or the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, into separate professional medical associations. So while AAO was technically founded in 1979, its roots run much farther back in the annals of history, with AAOO’s formation in 1896.
Since that time, the association has grown to more than 32,000 members, largely in the U.S. but also drawing international thought leaders.