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The glitter of the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting was, to no one's surprise, the commercial displays. Over an area approximately equivalent to three football fields, potential buyers were exposed to an impressive display of chromium, plastics, electronics, and tireless salespersons. There was no lack of opportunity to restock one's office with the latest equipment or to release surplus cash. All this represented the best and worst of free enterprise.
At the fringes of the exhibition hall were the displays of posters and scientific enterprises of a more modest nature. Against one back wall was possibly the most unique exhibit of all, for it emphasized neither the present nor the future but rather the past. Under the heading of the "Museum" were artifacts of quaint spectacles, some ancient instruments, commemorative stamps, and vignettes of historical significance. But the real purpose of this exhibit was to announce the academy's sponsorship of
Cogan DG. Academy Exhibits and the Museum. Arch Ophthalmol. 1985;103(2):189. doi:10.1001/archopht.1985.01050020041014