Eat, drink, and be merry at one of several celebratory events.


Converse with the most experienced leaders in the ophthalmic field and over 300 industry representatives.


Mingle with your colleagues throughout the day by attending these popular activities and venues.



Registered attendees for the ASCRS•ASOA Annual Meeting have countless networking opportunities at the conference. There are also a variety of special organized events and locations that are created to foster new and old relationships with your colleagues, consultants, industry representatives and the leaders of our organizations.




eyePAC Reception

Friday, April 13
7 – 9 p.m.

Don’t miss an unforgettable evening at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery—the most elegant and enchanting venue in Washington, D.C. Centrally located in the vibrant Penn Quarter neighborhood, the National Portrait Gallery features extraordinary works of art in a stunning architectural setting. The reception will be held in the Great Hall and Luce Foundation Center, where you’ll enjoy drinks and light fare under a city-block-long skylight. Plus, you will have private access to three levels of painting, sculpture, folk art and craft collections on display from floor to ceiling in this National Historic Landmark building. It’s sure to be a night to remember! Attendance limited to U.S. Domestic ASCRS members. Questions: tobrien@ascrs.org

Register now.



ASCRS•ASOA Launch Party

Saturday, April 14
5 – 6:30 p.m.

The ASCRS•ASOA Launch Party provides an opportunity for all attendees to come together and celebrate the kick-off of the 2018 Annual Meeting. Enjoy networking with colleagues, friends and mentors while enjoying a sampling of complimentary hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine.



ASOA Celebration

Sunday, April 15
The Howard Theatre (620 T Street)
8 p.m. – midnight

Enjoy a night of music, dancing, refreshments and fun with your colleagues. Badges required for admission. Shuttle buses will be provided between the Celebration and the headquarter hotel, the Marriott Marquis, Washington, D.C. Questions: asoa@asoa.org




Consultants on Call

Saturday, April 14–Tuesday, April 17
ASOA Networking Lounge

Receive free consultations from select ASOA consultants during this once-a-year opportunity. The complete schedule can be found here.


ASOA Roundtables

Saturday, April 14

11 a.m. – noon


Brainstorm with colleagues and moderators on a diverse selection of practice management topics. The complete list of roundtable topics can be found here.

Exhibit Hall 

Saturday, April 14–Monday, April 16

Over 300 vendors and consultant companies will be available to help answer questions on every ophthalmic product and service that your practice needs. Use the Exhibitor Locator to select from product and service categories.

Connect and Claim Stations 

The Connect and Claim Stations are interactive, multimedia and multiservice information stations. The following services will be offered:

Computers with internet Access
Computerized Evaluations for ASCRS•ASOA Annual Meeting
ASCRS and ASOA programs will be evaluated electronically. Attendees can visit any Connect and Claim Station and evaluate programs they have attended. When the evaluation is complete, a copy of the continuing education credits/hours for that day can be printed. If attendees do not complete the evaluations during the meeting, they can complete them at home. Visit the ASCRS•ASOA websites, evaluate the program and print a copy of the credits/hours. Important Reminder: All attendees must have their badges printed on site to be verified as eligible for credit.
The program evaluation and credit claims will be available at Connect and Claim Stations and online, with the exception of the Technicians & Nurses Program. Paper evaluations will be given upon entering the course room and will be used for the Technicians & Nurses Program, and JCAHPO credits are processed and claimed directly through JCAHPO.
Messages, Attendee Locator
The message center will list only people who have registered for and arrived at the meeting. Users may leave/retrieve messages by text or voice. Text is entered via a computer keyboard; voice messages are recorded via a microphone. Text messages can be left in six languages. Monitors will list attendees who have messages.
Product Locator
Attendees will be able to browse the exhibitor directory by entering a key word or selecting a product category. A print-out will list booths where selected product(s) is displayed. Attendees can also search for specific exhibitors.
Session Locator
Attendees will be able to browse the entire program and select session or course by speaker, topic, date or time. Schedule, content and speaker information can be printed.



ASCRS Film Festival Reception 

Monday, April 16
4:45 – 5:15 p.m.

Meet with colleagues to discuss the film entries before the grand Film Festival Awards Ceremony. Free admission for all attendees. Light refreshments will be provided. Questions: mmartin@ascrs.org


ASCRS·ASOA MEMBER BENEFITS LOUNGE | Level 1, near rooms 144A and 143C
Saturday, April 14 – Monday, April 16 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, April 17 | 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

New in 2018, ASCRS·ASOA Member Benefits Lounge will provide detailed information on your member benefits, professional and networking opportunities for you to enjoy:

  • Professional Headshots – Get a professional headshot to feature on your practice website and online profiles. First come, first served; stylist provided for light hair and make-up. Photos will be available for you to download within two weeks after the conference.
  • Video Testimonials – On Monday, April 16, from Noon – 5 p.m., become a brand ambassador! The ASCRS·ASOA marketing team will be recruiting volunteers to provide short testimonials about the annual meeting and membership experiences.
  • Foosball – Take a break and network with your colleagues over an exciting game of Foosball.
  • Charging Stations – Bring your devices and laptops to charge up while you meet up with your colleagues.
  • Insights Survey – Take a minute to fill out our survey card and help shape the direction of ASCRS and ASOA. The surveys are anonymous with only 3-5 questions. Our goal is to have a better understanding of what you need from your membership.
  • Benefits Chats – Learn more about how ASCRS and ASOA can help your practice and your individual needs. Presentations on your member benefits with Q&A will be available daily.
  • ASCRS ASOA Member Benefit Chats Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday
    9:30AM Social Media
    10:30AM EyeConnect
    12:30PM Foundation Young Eye Surgeon Center for Learning
    1:30PM ASOA EyeConnect
    2:30PM Government Relations Government Relations
    3:30PM Foundation
    4:30PM Center for Learning ASOA

ASCRS•ASOA Booth 1056

Saturday, April 14 –Monday, April 16
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Find everything you need for the conference and year-round education at the ASCRS·ASOA Booth #1056, located next to the Industry Spotlight Theater, in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (JCRS), EyeWorld, Ophthalmology Business, Administrative Eyecare (AE), and the ASCRS Clinical Survey Report. New brochures, postcards and flyers on select member benefits and educational programs will also be available for you to take at your convenience.

  • Charging Stations – Bring your devices and laptops to charge up while you meet up with your colleagues.
  • Insights Survey – Take a minute to fill out our survey card and help shape the direction of ASCRS and ASOA. The surveys are anonymous with only 3-5 questions. Our goal is to have a better understanding of what you need from your membership.
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    ASCRS Foundation Run for Sight

    Sunday, April 15
    6:30 a.m.

    Join us for the 6th Annual ASCRS Foundation Run for Sight, supported by the ASCRS Foundation and Johnson & Johnson Vision

    Featuring a 5K run and a 1-mile walk, this event will bring together ASCRS delegates, their families and citizens of Washington, D.C. to raise money for the ASCRS Foundation. All funds raised for the ASCRS Foundation, more than $91,800 over the past five years, go to benefit the Foundation's ongoing humanitarian programs in Ethiopia and the United States.

    Bus transportation to-and-from the National Mall will be provided for ASCRS attendees and all participants will receive a runner shirt with their registration.

    Register for the Run for Sight 5K/1-mile walk.


    ASOA Networking Lounge

    Saturday, April 14–Tuesday, April 17

    Plan your day. Relax with colleagues. Strategize with COEs and consultants. Enjoy light refreshments. The lounge will include the following: Consultants-on-Call, Career Center, Volunteer Information, Certification Center, ASOA Ribbon Wall, ASOAnalytics Demos and more!


    YES Connect Lounge

    Saturday, April 14–Tuesday, April 17

    Are you a physician with less than 5 years of practice? Visit the Young Eye Surgeons (YES) Connect Lounge to learn how ASCRS can help you establish your career. Meet with colleagues, ASCRS leadership, and expand your network. Light refreshments and daily giveaways will be provided.


    Re-Fresh and Re-Charge Lounge

    Saturday, April 14–Monday, April 16

    Throughout the meeting – from Saturday, April 14 through Monday, April 16 – all attendees can visit the Re-Fresh and Re-Charge Lounges in the Exhibit Hall. The Lounges offer attendees the chance to recharge their tablets, cell phones and other devices while relaxing and networking with colleagues in between education sessions. The Lounge will also offer complimentary flavored ice water stations and our ASCRS ASOA Today recordings.

    Food & Beverage In the Convention Center & Exhibit Hall 

    Saturday, April 14–Monday, April 16

    11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Exhibit Hall A & B Concessions:

    The Walter E. Washington Convention Center and ASCRS•ASOA will offer food stations of many different concepts during the lunch break: Saturday, April 14-Monday, April 16, in the Exhibit Hall, as well as various offerings in the Downtown Food District on the Concourse Level and the Uptown Food Court on the 2nd Level. From domestic classics like bbq, deli, pizzas and burgers to International favorites such as Mediterranean, Asian and Italian… we will have something for everyone.

    (Subject to change)

    Express Cafes and Coffee Carts will also be located throughout the convention center and open for the duration of the meeting at earlier time frames.

    The Uptown Food District

    • Go Gourmet: Choose from breakfast options, gourmet subs, sandwiches and salads that make this convenient spot a great stop any time of the day.
    • Wings over DC: Experience an assortment of wings, with flavors including garlic parmesan, sweet & spicy BBQ and hot buffalo. Or choose a juicy burger.
    • Bone Doctors: Enjoy the fresh taste of BBQ inspired cuisine featuring pulled pork, barbeque chicken and host of finger-licking good sides dishes.
    • Freschetta: Hearty Italian-inspired pasta and salads such as tortellini parmarosa or vegetable lasagna will satisfy your most serious cravings.

    The Downtown Food District
    • Taste of Jamaica: Bring the Caribbean to your fingertips with your choice of a BBQ jerk chicken sandwich, fish sandwich or curry chicken plantain served with your choice of veggies or potato chips.
    • Lobster Rolls: Hearty Italian and Mediterranean-inspired subs and salads satisfy your most serious cravings.
    • Asian Cuisine: Featuring classic stir fried specialties and Asian inspired favorites.
    • Philly Cheese steak: Philly cheese steaks, snacks and grab-and-go items, with a Mid-Atlantic flavor.
    • Fish-N-Chips/Popcorn Shrimp: Deep fried shrimp or cod fish each served with the perfect sauce and accompanied with French fries.
    • Hot Dogs & Sliders: Enjoy grilled beef patties topped with American cheese or a foot long hot dog cooked to perfection, each served with potato chips.