Additional Programs

Enhance your experience by registering for specialized, pre-meeting programming. Separate registration is required.


Registration for the 2018 Annual Meeting is now open.

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Highlights for the main events and special presentations are regularly updated in these sections.

For detailed information on the speakers, topics and course synopses, please refer to the Real-Time Program (available late December).

ASCRS Annual Meeting on Cataract, IOL and Refractive Surgery
ASCRS Glaucoma Day
ASCRS Refractive Day
Cornea Day
Skills Transfer Sessions
Young Eye Surgeons (YES)

ASOA Annual Meeting on Ophthalmic Practice Management

ASOA Workshops

Technicians & Nurses Program
T&N Tech Talks

Industry Spotlight Theater
EyeWorld Events


ASCRS Glaucoma Day

Friday, April 13
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sponsored by the ASCRS Glaucoma Clinical Committee. Improve patient outcomes and change your treatment of glaucoma with cutting-edge guidance. Acclaimed speakers, real-world case studies, debates videos and the latest surgical techniques and clinical advances make this year's premier glaucoma event. Visit the ASCRS Glaucoma Day website.  


ASCRS Refractive Day 

Friday, April 13
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

ASCRS Refractive Day is the one day meeting you need for all of your refractive cornea and refractive IOL needs. This program is a comprehensive overview of all of the advances in refractive surgery you need to improve your outcomes and learn about the latest advances in this exciting specialty. Visit the ASCRS Refractive Day website.  


Cornea Day

Friday, April 13
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This one-day cornea meeting is geared toward the practicing ophthalmologist with an interest in comprehensive ophthalmology, anterior segment surgery and corneal disease. Visit the Cornea Day website.  


ASOA Workshops

Friday, April 13
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The ASOA Workshops provide optional programming on a variety of key topics. These hands-on training and leadership workshops cover practice management essentials from optimizing clinic flow to delivering a quality patient experience. Seating is limited. Separate registration fees apply. Visit the ASOA Program page for full workshop information.  


T&N Tech Talks

Friday, April 13
1 – 4:30 p.m.

This educational forum features 10-minute presentations relative to cataract, cornea, glaucoma, pediatric, refractive, retina or supplementary topics submitted by and presented to technicians/nurses/orthoptists/ophthalmic photographers. Visit the T&N Program page for full T&N Tech Talks information.  


Industry Spotlight Theater

Exhibit Hall, Back of 1200 aisles

ASCRS•ASOA will offer a series of scheduled product-focused education sessions (non-CME) in the exhibit hall. These sessions will provide attendees with overviews and comparisons across several different ophthalmic product categories. Complete schedule coming soon.

Saturday, April 14
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
2 – 3 p.m.

Sunday, April 15
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
11 a.m. – noon
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Monday, April 16
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
10:40 – 11:40 a.m.
11:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.
1 – 2 p.m.
2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.



ASCRS, ASOA and JCAHPO are proud to present three concurrent program tracks within the ASCRS•ASOA Annual Meeting and the Technicians & Nurses Program. Please view the Continuing Education details below.

Continuing Medical Education 

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) and the Asia-Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (APACRS). ASCRS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ASCRS takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of the CME activity.

Ophthalmologists attending the ASCRS•ASOA Annual Meeting will have the opportunity to:

  • Incorporate the latest developments for the management of multiple ocular conditions within the various ophthalmic specialties
  • Incorporate current and advanced treatment strategies for ocular conditions, including anterior segment and refractive surgery, glaucoma and retinal conditions
  • Identify complicating factors in anterior segment surgery
  • Develop appropriate treatment plans to address complicating factors pre-, peri- and post-operatively
  • Compare and contrast ophthalmic treatments and technology
  • Integrate prescribed medical and surgical treatment options into everyday practice
  • Examine external legislative and internal practice issues affecting the field of ophthalmology

Designation Statement
The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery designates the ASCRS and ASOA programs within this live educational activity for a maximum of 36 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

All CME activities approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ are valid for recognition by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME).

Physicians not licensed in the U.S. who participate in this CME activity are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Physicians can claim CME credit up to the maximum listed above for attending the Physicians Program (ASCRS), including scientific films and posters on-demand, scientific papers, courses, symposia and general sessions), the Practice Management (ASOA) Program, or a combination thereof.

Attendees registered as exhibitors, spouses, and guests are not eligible for CME credits.

Note: All attendees must have their badges printed on site to be verified as eligible for credit.

Self-Assessment Credit

ASCRS will be submitting certain portions of the ASCRS program to the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) for approval of Self-Assessment Credit. Please refer to the Credit Information section of the ASCRS•ASOA Meeting App for details.


Continuing Education Credit

ASOA offers various continuing education credits for its 2018 program:

  • American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) AAPC continuing education credit for select ASOA course tracks
  • Certified Ophthalmic Executive (COE) Attendees: The ASOA Annual Meeting on Ophthalmic Practice Management qualifies for COE Category A credits. All attendees seeking COE credits MUST be registered for the ASOA program or the Joint ASOA-Technicians & Nurses program. Speakers: ASOA designates this activity for a maximum of 15 COE Category C credits.

Attendees registered as exhibitors and guests may not claim education credits for this program.

Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Photographers Society and American Orthoptic Council (JCAHPO/OPS/AOC)
Application will be made for JCAHPO/OPS/AOC continuing education credits for the Technicians & Nurses Program, as well as the Friday “Tech Talks” optional program. JCAHPO is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #13516, for Contact Hours. All attendees seeking JCAHPO/OPS/AOC credits MUST be registered for the Technicians & Nurses Program or the joint ASOA/ Technicians & Nurses program.

Attendees registered as exhibitors and guests may not claim education credits for this program.

Note: All attendees must have their badges printed on site to be verified as eligible for credit.

Evaluations and Claiming
The ASCRS and ASOA programs will be evaluated electronically. Attendees have three options for evaluating sessions and claiming credit.

  • Onsite: Visit any Connect and Claim Station and evaluate sessions and claim credit
  • Online: Visit the ASCRS•ASOA websites, follow the link to evaluate the program and print a copy of the credits/hours
  • All Access App: Access the evaluation and credit claim through the app

The Technicians & Nurses program will use paper evaluations, which will be given to attendees upon entering the course room. JCAHPO credits are processed and claimed directly through JCAHPO.

Notice About Off-Label Use Presentations
The ASCRS Annual Meeting may include presentations on drugs or devices, or uses of drugs or devices that may not have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or have been approved by the FDA for specific uses only. The FDA has stated that it is the responsibility of the physician to determine the FDA clearance status of each drug or device he or she wishes to use in clinical practice.

ASCRS is committed to the free exchange of medical education. Inclusion of any presentation in this program, including presentations of off-label uses, does not imply an endorsement by ASCRS of the uses, products or techniques presented.

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.