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.

Go wild with eyePAC after hours at the San Diego Zoo! Contributors to ASCRS’ non-partisan political action committee, eyePAC, will enjoy exclusive access to our annual reception, which will be held at Sydney’s Grill, located within the Australian Outback/Urban Jungle section of the world-famous wildlife sanctuary that houses more than 3,700 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies. Up-lit trees and colorful umbrellas create ambience throughout the venue, where you and your guests will enjoy drinks and an ample array of substantial hors d'oeuvres after the zoo has closed to the public. A few steps in any direction will allow you to see giraffes, koalas, rhinos, and more. Zoo staff will also provide private animal presentations throughout the evening as part of your VIP experience. It’s sure to be an exotic evening to remember! Shuttle will be provided. Attendance limited to U.S. Domestic ASCRS members. Questions: tobrien@ascrs.org

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ASCRS•ASOA Welcome Party

Saturday,May 4

Be sure to join us Saturday, May 4 from 4:30-6pm at the ASCRS ASOA Welcome Party taking place in the exhibit hall. There will be music and live entertainment while enjoying complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and refreshments and networking with the exhibitors in a relaxed, fun environment.



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 

Subspecialty Day Exhibits
Upper Level, Sails Pavilion
Friday, May 3, 7am-4pm

The ASCRS Subspecialty Day exhibit hall, open to all attendees of ASCRS Glaucoma Day, ASCRS Refractive Day and Cornea Day offers a unique opportunity for you to connect with exhibitors that pertain to your field. The exhibits for Subspecialty Day will be open for a limited time, beginning with breakfast on Friday morning, prior to your sessions for the day. Be sure to also stop by the exhibits during your breaks and lunch.

Saturday, May 4 9am-6pm
Sunday, May 5-Monday, May 6 9am-5pm

Visit our world-class exhibit hall featuring products and services being represented by over 300 participating industry companies. The exhibit hall will be located in Halls A-D of the San Diego Convention Center. Open for a total of 25 hours during the Annual Meeting, don’t miss the opportunity to connect with our exhibitors! Prior to your arrival in San Diego, you can search and save the exhibitor list by company name or specific product listing. Use the Exhibitor Product Search or view the exhibit hall floor plan to locate exhibit booths. .

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, May 6, 2019
4:45 – 5:15 p.m.

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

Industry Spotlight Theater

For the third year in a row, ASCRS ASOA will offer a series of product- focused corporate educational sessions, (non-CME) in our Industry Spotlight Theater located in booth 1345 in the exhibit hall. These sessions will provide you with overviews and comparisons across several different ophthalmic categories. Industry Panel discussions will follow each session.

Daily Giveaways

Win big when you visit the exhibit hall!

By networking with exhibitors, attendees can receive a specially-numbered ticket either from a participating exhibitor booth, or from other sources that will be designated by ASCRS•ASOA. The ticket must be dropped into the raffle drum located by the item(s) of choice. Tickets dropped in each drum will be entered into the drawings to win. Drawings will take place in the exhibit hall and announced over the meeting app. Drawings will take place Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. A Grand Prize drawing will be hold on Monday afternoon. Giveaway items will be announced in the coming months.

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, May 5
    6:30 a.m.

    Join us for the 7th 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 San Diego, California. to raise money for the ASCRS Foundation. Thanks to Johnson & Johnson Visions’ sponsorship, 100% of runner registration fees benefit the Foundation's ongoing humanitarian eye care programs in the United States and abroad (www.ascrsfoundation.org/programs). More than $100,000 has been raised by runners since the race began in 2012. All participants will receive a technical running shirt with their registration and a finisher’s medal on race day.

    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, May 4–Monday, May 6

    All attendees can visit the (3) 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.

    Food & Beverage In the Exhibit Hall 

    • Saturday, May 4–Monday, May 6
      11 am – 2:30 pm.
      Exhibit Hall D ASCRS•ASOA Bistro located in Exhibit Hall D, Ground Level
    • The Best Way to Eat, Meet, & Network at ASCRS•ASOA
    • We know it can be difficult to find a quick meal or a place to sit and meet during a busy convention. With the ASCRS•ASOA Bistro, you will have a comfortable setting to eat, meet, and network with colleagues and fellow attendees. The ASCRS•ASOA Bistro is the ideal lunch option for exhibitors during 2019 Annual Meeting. The Bistro is a sit-down lunch concept conveniently located right on the exhibit floor. This all-inclusive menu will offer a rotating menu that will include a variety of healthy and delicious options.
    • Price:Individual Lunch Ticket: $26.00 per ticket.
    • PRE-PURCHASE TICKETS - suggested
    • Click here and pre-purchase your lunch tickets to avoid lines at the cashier and receive express entree. You can also purchase tickets onsite at the Bistro concierge desk in the Hall D Lobby. A limited amount of space will be saved for walk-up diners.

    *Concession stands will be open in Exhibit Hall A-D