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 Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, the ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress (May 6–10, 2016) 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, May 7–9, which will feature new 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:

  • 1,300 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 New Orleans by registering for specialized, pre-meeting programming on Friday May 6, including ASCRS Glaucoma 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. 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, 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.



Important Dates

December 2

Registration opens

January 13 Real-Time Program available online

February 18

Tier 1 discounted registration deadline

April 8

COE exam (on-site) registration deadline

April 15

Housing reservation deadline
Residency/fellowship documentation submission deadline
Discounted registration for residency/fellowship deadline
Cancellations/refunds deadline
Wire/bank transfers deadline

April 21

Tier 2 discounted registration deadline
Course handouts available

May 5

On-site registration opens

May 6–10

EyeWorld Events
ASCRS Symposium on Cataract, IOL and Refractive Surgery
ASOA Congress on Ophthalmic Practice Management

May 6

ASCRS Glaucoma Day
Cornea Day 2016
ASOA Workshops
COE Review: Part 1
ATPO COA/COT/COMT Exam Review Sessions
T&N Tech Talks (New educational Forum for Technicians & Nurses)
May 7

COE Review: Part 2

May 7–9

Technicians & Nurses Program
Exhibit Hall open

May 10

COE Exam (No on-site registration)




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.

For Exhibitors:

Exhibitors are welcome to access the Media Lab during the meeting. All media material, including press releases and kits can be dropped off at the Media Lab during registration hours. One copy of all your materials in the Media Lab will be reserved for ASCRS•ASOA files.

Session abstracts for the ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress will be available online on Friday, December 18, 2015. This information is provided for the use and convenience of our members and attendees. Companies may not single out specific educational sessions within their marketing materials or create press or marketing materials that suggest that presentation at our meetings suggests endorsement of any product or service.

To register or obtain an advance media kit, please contact:

Chris Daniels
Director of Marketing and Communications
4000 Legato Road, Suite 700
Fairfax, VA 22033



Exhibit Hall

Exhibit Hall B–D, Level 1

The ASCRS•ASOA Exhibit Hall will be open Saturday, May 7–Monday, May 9 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. 

ASCRS Glaucoma Day and Cornea Day Exhibit Hall will be open Friday, May 6 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

View the Exhibit Hall location at the Ernest M. Morial Convention Center.

View the Ernest M. Morial Convention Center layout.



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

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 582-3000


ASCRS Program

Paper Submissions
Tammy Gard
Clinical Course Submissions
Jennifer Carstens
Special Symposia
Film Submissions and Film Festival
Michelle Martin
Poster Submissions
Carrie Braden
Skills Transfer Sessions
Angela Nichols
Technicians and Nurses Program
Joyce D’Andrea
Young Eye Surgeons (YES) Program
Carrie Braden
CME, Faculty CME Review
and Financial Interest

Laura Johnson
OPS Photographs
Jennifer Carstens


ASOA Program

Shannon Mueller


ASCRS•ASOA Meeting Logistics and Membership

ASCRS•ASOA Meeting Logistics
Paula Schneider
Housing, Travel, and Facilities
Amber Wojtyna
Exhibits and Exhibitor Affiliate Functions
Jamie Barbera
Annual Meeting Registration
Marlene Braxton
ASCRS Membership
Michelle Martin

ASOA Membership
Amy Bell


Additional Programs

Cornea Day/Cornea Society
Gail Albert
ASCRS Glaucoma Day
Laura Johnson
EyeWorld Events
Jessica Donohoe


Marketing and Communications

Chris Daniels