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Press Room Guidelines and Media Accreditation Policy for the 2017 ASCRS•ASOA Annual Meeting

Who Can Register

Press passes are issued to individuals representing a recognized news organization, including freelancers who contribute to such organizations. ASCRS•ASOA reserves the right to inspect the credentials of anyone requesting a press pass and to refuse to issues a press pass. Reporters and editors of newsletters can obtain media registration if their publications are external (not internal company newsletters). ASCRS•ASOA will review applications on an individual basis. Media representatives must pre-register online.

View the Press Registration Form.


ASCRS/ASOA considers the following to be official credentials for media:

  • A recognized press card
  • A business card clearly showing media affiliation and positions (such as editor, writer, producer, reporter, etc.)
  • A letter on official letterhead from an editor of a recognized publication or a producer of a broadcast program certifying that the individual is covering the conference for the respective organization


Freelance reporters should register in advance with an assignment letter from a qualified media outlet.

How Many Can Register

We will admit a maximum of two writers/reporters and one photographer from any newspaper, magazine, newsletter or other regularly issued general interest or health publication. A maximum of four persons from a television network will be approved.

Who is Not Permitted to Register

Publishers and individuals involved with public relations, marketing, sales, circulation, advertising, or any other non-editorial function are not eligible for press passes. Industry representatives and members of public relations firms, advertising agencies or representatives of corporate public relations/advertising/marketing departments may not register as media.

Observations of Release Times

All media representatives agree to be bound by the embargoes and release times states on the news releases, news conference and schedule and other materials issued by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators.

Photography, Video, and Audio Recordings

Those wishing to take photographs, videotape, or record any part of the Annual Meeting must receive prior clearance from the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery communications staff.

*Note: We recommend that you contact ASCRS•ASOA at least two weeks prior to the meeting if you have any doubts about your eligibility for press registration.

Meeting Locations & Dates
  • Walter E. Washington Convention Center
  • ASCRS Annual Meeting on Cataract and Refractive Surgery: April 13–17, 2018
  • ASOA Annual Meeting on Ophthalmic Practice Management: April 13–17, 2018
  • Technicians & Nurses Program: April 14–17, 2018
2017 Annual Meeting Highlights

More than 6,000 attendees arrived in Los Angeles May 5–9 for the 2017 ASCRS•ASOA Annual Meeting. Check out this video to view highlights from the conference.