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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The 2018 ASCRS•ASOA Annual Meeting – the largest U.S. meeting for anterior segment specialists, practice managers, 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, administrators, 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 Saturday Night 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 Glaucoma Day, ASCRS Refractive Day, Cornea Day. Registration for Subspecialty Day includes access to all three programs. Or, if you’re interested in business-related education, you can register for the ASOA Workshops*.

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.




For Members of the Media:

Members of the media are welcomed and encouraged to attend the ASCRS•ASOA Annual Meeting. 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 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.



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

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

ASCRS•ASOA Meeting Logistics
Paula Schneider
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


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 Annual Meeting on Cataract and Refractive Surgery: April 13–17, 2018
  • ASOA Annual Meeting 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 Annual Meeting. Check out this video to view highlights from the conference.