About the Meeting

This annual meeting provides high-quality education for anterior segment specialists, practice managers, and ophthalmic technicians and nurses.

 Important Dates

View the table below to find important dates and deadlines for registration, housing, submissions and more.


Check this section for all media inquiries, press kit, photo requests, and information on the Media Lab.

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Taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress (April 13–17, 2018) will be the largest U.S. meeting that integrates a scientific program dedicated to the needs of the anterior segment specialist with the leading practice management program for comprehensive ophthalmology and subspecialties.

The meeting will include quality education for clinical staff as well through the Technicians & Nurses Program, which will feature T&N Tech Talks on Friday afternoon. The meeting will also offer special programming and events for Young Eye Surgeons (YES)—residents and fellows and surgeons one to five years in practice.

Learn directly from the world’s thought leaders in ophthalmology, broaden your networking connections, and return with the practical tools needed to improve your practice. ASCRS•ASOA registration includes:

  • ASCRS and ASOA presentations and online post-meeting resources.
  • Innovative lectures on surgical techniques and technologies.
  • Unlimited access to roundtables, consultations, legislative and regulatory updates, and ophthalmology’s most established practice management program.
  • Quality clinical and surgical offerings for technicians and nurses.
  • Suggested ASOA courses for ophthalmologists.
  • Scientific discussions and interactive panels.
  • Exhibit Hall entry to interact with more than 300 ophthalmology industry exhibitors.

Enhance your experience in Los Angeles by registering for specialized, pre-meeting programming on Friday, April 13, 2018, including ASCRS Glaucoma Day, ASCRS Refractive Day, Cornea Day and the ASOA Workshops. ASCRS Glaucoma Day is sponsored by the ASCRS Glaucoma Clinical Committee to provide glaucoma management in the cataract and refractive context. ASCRS Refractive Day is sponsored by the ASCRS Refractive Surgery Clinical Committee and aimed at providing a comprehensive overview of the advances in refractive surgery. Cornea Day is sponsored by the ASCRS Cornea Clinical Committee and the Cornea Society. It offers an overview of anterior segment surgery and corneal issues in cataract and refractive surgery. The ASOA Workshops offer specialized training and leadership conditioning to expand career opportunities. Hands-on skills training, ASCRS Glaucoma Day, ASCRS Refractive Day, Cornea Day, T&N Tech Talks, and the ASOA Workshops require separate registrations.

Attendees can also earn CME credits by registering for EyeWorld CME Educational Symposia. These free educational symposia provide concentrated information on topics ranging from the latest innovations in refractive surgery—lasers and IOLs—to ocular surface disease and glaucoma management.




For Members of the Media:

Members of the media are welcomed and encouraged to attend the ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress. We kindly request that all journalists pre-register. Registered media will have full access to all the resources in the Media Lab, including material from exhibitors, press kits, special meeting information, and ASCRS•ASOA programming material and updates.

To register, please submit your information under the Press Registration page.

For Exhibitors:

Exhibitors may issue press releases regarding their products, data or other proprietary information available in the exhibit hall. They may also reference the fact that they are exhibiting at the ASCRS•ASOA Annual Symposium & Congress and that sessions at the meeting will provide additional data or information about their products or services. However, no company shall describe the presentation of data or information at the meeting in such a way as to imply an endorsement by ASCRS. Specifically, words such as “featured” or “showcased” must be avoided as an example. Furthermore, no company shall issue a release listing by name official ASCRS•ASOA meeting content, programming, educational sessions or other presentations.

Any press release referencing an exhibitor’s participation in the meeting must also include the following disclaimer:
All educational content of the ASCRS•ASOA Annual Symposium & Congress is planned by its program committee, and ASCRS•ASOA does not endorse, promote, approve, or recommend the use of any products, devices, or services.

The use of the ASCRS•ASOA logo is NOT permitted. Improper press releases will result in a Priority Point penalty.

Exhibitors may place press releases and other press information in the ASCRS•ASOA Press Room on-site. Materials can be dropped off during Press Room hours and placed on the provided racks. Other than dropping off materials, access to the Press Room is limited to registered members of the media.



Meeting Contacts


4000 Legato Rd, #700
Fairfax, VA 22033
Phone: (703) 591-2220
Fax: (703) 591-0614
Housing - OnPeak
E-mail: ascrs-asoa@onpeak.com
Domestic Phone: (800) 370-8282
International Phone: (312) 527-7300

Registration - Convention Data Services
E-mail: ascrs@xpressreg.net
Domestic Phone: (800) 748-5064
International Phone: (508) 743-0538
Monday–Friday | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 249-3000


ASCRS Program

Georgia Pearson
Continuing Medical Education
Laura Johnson
  Paper Submissions
Carla Fernandez


ASOA Program

Laureen Rowland

Samantha Engler


Technicians & Nurses Program

Joyce D’Andrea


ASCRS•ASOA Meeting Logistics and Membership

ASCRS•ASOA Meeting Logistics
Paula Schneider
Housing, Travel, and Facilities
Amber Wojtyna
ASCRS Membership
Michelle Martin

ASOA Membership
Amy Bell

Exhibits, Exhibitor Registration and Exhibitor Affiliate Functions
Jamie Barbera
ASCRS Registrar


Additional Programs

Cornea Day/Cornea Society
Gail Albert
ASCRS Glaucoma Day
Laura Johnson
EyeWorld Events
Shelly Dixon

ASCRS Refractive Day
Deborah Berry

Angela Nichols


Marketing and Communications

Maureen Varnon

Meeting Locations & Dates
  • Walter E. Washington Convention Center
  • ASCRS Symposium on Cataract and Refractive Surgery: April 13–17, 2018
  • ASOA Congress on Ophthalmic Practice Management: April 13–17, 2018
  • Technicians & Nurses Program: April 14–17, 2018
2017 Annual Meeting Highlights

More than 6,000 attendees arrived in Los Angeles May 5–9 for the 2017 ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress. Check out this video to view highlights from the conference.