Additional Programs

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


Earn continuing education credits: CME, COE, Nursing, JCAHPO, OPS/AOC, and AAPC (pending accreditation).

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Thank you for attending the ASCRS Symposium. Please check later this summer for 2017 program information.


ASCRS Symposium on Cataract, IOL and Refractive Surgery

General Sessions

ASCRS•ASOA Joint Government Relations General Session

Friday, May 6
5 – 6 p.m.
Room 220-222

ASCRS Opening General Session

Saturday, May 7
10 – 11:45 a.m.
Great Hall A&D


The Sunday Summit General Session

Sunday, May 8
10 a.m. – noon
Great Hall A&D

  • ASCRS Lecture on Science, Technology, & Medicine
    Connect and Be Heard: Make a Difference in Health Care with Social Media
    • Kevin Pho, MD
  • 60 Minutes
    International Trends in Anterior Segment Surgery
    • Moderator: Edward J. Holland, MD
    • Panelists: Ike Ahmed, MD; Nicole R. Fram, MD; Stephen S. Lane, MD

ASCRS Innovators General Session

Monday, May 9
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Great Hall A&D

This session features special innovative presentations followed by the ASCRS 2016 Charles D. Kelman, MD Innovator’s Lecture.


The Best of ASCRS 2016 General Session

Tuesday, May 10
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Great Hall A&D

This special wrap-up session will highlight some of the most important and interesting papers presented at the 2016 ASCRS Annual Meeting, as selected by EyeWorld editorial board members from among the “Best Paper of Session” winners. Following summary presentations of the best papers, the specialty section editors of EyeWorld will debate the conclusions and implications in a free-flowing panel discussion.

  • Moderator: Eric Donnenfeld, MD
  • Panelists: Reay Brown, MD; Clara Chan, MD, FRCSC; David Chang, MD; Elizabeth Hofmeister, MD; Kerry Solomon, MD
  • Speakers: Neel Desai, MD; W. Barry Lee, MD; Boris Malyugin, MD, PhD; Robert Noecker, MD, MBA; Richard Tipperman, MD


From discussing diagnostic technologies that maximize quality of vision for IOL patients to looking at methods for imaging the anterior segment, ASCRS Symposia offer in-depth analysis and instruction on an array of ophthalmic topics.

Pardon the Ophthalmology: Hot Topics in Cornea and External Disease

Saturday, May 7
3 – 4 p.m.
Great Hall A&D

Common and advanced corneal cases will be presented to the panel and audience for lively and interactive discussion with regard to management and treatment.

Instructional Courses

Course presentations are 90-minute scientifically sound and unbiased instructional lectures, which aim to achieve a stated educational objective for the learner. Instructional courses are presented by accepted instructors and faculty using varied formats.

Handout Description: Handouts: A handout is a supplement to enhance your experience in a course. Instructors are asked to emphasize key points for the learner.

Handout Instructions: We strongly encourage you to print your handouts in advance. In an effort to ‘Go Green,’ we are cutting back on our onsite printers. You may access the 2016 handouts using your registration number, which is the same as your badge number. ASCRS Instructional Course Handouts

Scientific Papers

Enhance your educational experience by attending any of our rapid-fire paper sessions. Paper sessions are formatted for 5-minute presentations that have been clustered in groups followed by active discussion by panelists and audience members.

Best Paper of Session (BPOS): At the end of each paper session, the panelists will confer to select the Best Paper of Session.

Join us for the ASCRS Best of 2016 General Session on Tuesday, May 10, 1 p.m. with a special wrap-up session highlighting the most important papers presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting, as selected by EyeWorld editorial board members from among the “Best Paper of Session” winners. Following summary presentations of the best papers, the specialty section editors of EyeWorld will debate the conclusions and implications in a free-flowing panel discussion.

Skills Transfer Sessions

Master complex diagnostic and surgical techniques in these high-demand, hands-on sessions. View the full list of Skills Transfer Sessions.

Scientific Posters

Electronic Poster Presentations: Accepted poster abstracts will be presented in electronic format only (PowerPoint). All accepted poster submissions will be available for viewing on-demand at kiosks throughout the convention center. View scientific posters in advance of the annual meeting.


Film Viewing

Saturday May 7–Tuesday, May 10

All films are available for viewing to receive CME credits. Film & Poster kiosks are conveniently located throughout the convention center. View Film Festival Videos.

ASCRS 34th Film Festival Awards Ceremony

Monday, May 9
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Great Hall A&D

Free admission for attendees to the ceremony, the door prize drawings, and the earlier ASCRS Film Festival Reception.

ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame Exhibit

Saturday, May 7–Tuesday, May 10
Ground Level, Lobby B, MCCNO

ASCRS has inducted over 40 members into the ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame for their contributions to the science and practice of ophthalmology. The 11th ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame Exhibit will feaure an extensive collection of photographs, books, personal effects, and other memorabilia associated with the 2016 ASCRS Hall of Fame honorees.

Ophthalmic Photographers Society Exhibit

The jointly sponsored with ASCR, the Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society (OPS) Exhibit showcases high-quality images that demonstrate superior imaging techniques at the ASCRS Annual Symposium & Congress. OPS represents members who perform imaging of all structures of the eye using highly specialized equipment in order to increase the level of patient care and help to advance the science and practice of ophthalmology. Acceptance of photograph for the exhibit is highly selective.

Programming for Young Eye Surgeons (YES)

ASCRS seeks to meaningfully engage with residents, fellows, and ophthalmologists in their first five years of practice through educational content developed with the young surgeon in mind. Exclusive YES programming includes the following events:

  • Challenging Video Cases for the Young Eye Surgeon Symposium
    Sponsored by the YES Clinical Committee
  • EyeWorld Phaco Fundamentals Symposium
  • Skills Transfer Session for Residents and Fellows
  • Roundtable with the Experts for Residents and Fellows
  • YES Connect Lounge
    YES Giveaway available only in the YES Connect Lounge

Visit the Young Eye Surgeons page for more information.

Incoming ASCRS president Kerry D. Solomon, MD, on why you should attend the ASCRS Symposium.

Discover Los Angeles

Los Angeles will host the 2017 ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress. Eclectic, progressive, trendy, laid back or retro, every neighborhood in L.A. boasts a unique, signature scene.