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 press registration information.

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The 2018 ASCRS•ASOA Annual Meeting – the largest U.S. meeting for anterior segment specialists, practice management staff, and ophthalmic technicians and nurses – is coming to the nation’s capital, April 13-17, 2018!

Register for this highly-anticipated event and gain access to:

  • Exclusive programming only available at the ASCRS•ASOA Annual Meeting.
  • Specialized education for every member of your practice.
  • Cross-functional team learning opportunities that provide your full staff (physicians, practice management staff, technicians and nurses) with a holistic view of patient care and business building opportunities.
  • Valuable and engaging general sessions and world-renowned keynote speakers.
  • Interactive educational sessions with practical information you can apply immediately in your practice.
  • A variety of learning experiences from innovative symposia and paper presentations to practical instructional courses and hands-on skills transfer sessions*.
  • The most updated industry-related government relations briefings.
  • A world-class exhibit hall featuring more than 300 industry exhibitors representing a variety of products and services including the new Industry Spotlight Theater.
  • Networking opportunities of every variety including receptions, attendee lounges and more.
  • Exciting entertainment events such as the Friday Night DJ Party, the ASCRS•ASOA Saturday Night Launch Party and the Sunday Night ASOA Celebration.

You are also able to tailor your meeting experience by freely choosing which educational offerings to attend while on site, making the ASCRS•ASOA Annual Meeting a truly unique and personalized event.

And, get a jumpstart on your  ophthalmic education by attending ASCRS Subspecialty Day* on Friday, April 13: ASCRS Refractive Day, ASCRS Glaucoma Day, Cornea Day, Registration for Subspecialty Day includes access to all three programs. For business-related education, register for one of the ASOA Workshops*. Additional programming options for Friday include T&N Tech Talks and Skills Transfer sessions.

Don’t miss your chance to 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 Subspecialty Day, ASOA workshops and ASCRS Skills Transfer Sessions require a separate registration and fee.



Important Dates

November 6

Full Meeting Registration Opens

December 22

Real-Time Program Available Online

January 24

Tier I Registration Deadline

March 29

COE Exam Registration Deadline
(Non on-site registration permitted. ASOA Congress registration is required to register for the COE Exam.)

Cancellations/Refunds Deadline
Wire/Bank Transfers Deadline

March 29

Tier II Registration Deadline

April 13

ASCRS Refractive Day
ASCRS Glaucoma Day
Cornea Day
ASOA Workshops
COE Review: Part 1
ATPO COA/COT/COMT Exam Review Sessions
T&N Tech Talks

April 14

COE Review: Part 2

April 14–16

Technicians & Nurses Program
Exhibit Hall open

April 17

COE Exam (no on-site registration)




For Members of the Media:

Members of the media are welcome and encouraged to attend the ASCRS•ASOA Annual Meeting. We 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 materials 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 Meeting 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 Meeting 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.



Exhibit Hall

The ASCRS•ASOA Exhibit Hall will be open Saturday, April 14–Monday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The Exhibitor Locator is a helpful tool to save information regarding exhibitors you would like to visit. 

The ASCRS Subspecialty Day Exhibit Hall will be open Friday, April 13 in the Ballroom A-C Pre-Function space on Level Three.

View the Exhibit Hall location at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

View the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Layout.



Meeting Contacts


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

Email: registration@ascrs.org
U.S. Phone: (703) 591-2220
International Phone: (800) 451-1339

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


ASCRS Program

Deborah Berry
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

Housing, Travel, and Facilities
Amber Wojtyna
ASCRS Membership
Michelle Martin
ASOA Membership
Susan Younker
Exhibits, Exhibitor Registration and Exhibitor Affiliate Functions
Jamie Barbera

ASCRS Registrar
ASCRS•ASOA Meeting Logistics
Amber Wojtyna


Additional Programs

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

ASCRS Refractive Day
Angela Nichols

ASOA Workshops
Samantha Engler


Marketing and Communications

Maureen Varnon


Media Contact

Denise Monasterio

2017 Annual Meeting Highlights

The 2018 Annual Meeting is widely regarded as the best meeting for anterior segment surgeons and their administrators. Watch this video to see how your colleagues rank this exceptional event.