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Registration for Skills Transfer Sessions is open.

Attendees must be registered for the meeting to attend Skills Transfer Sessions. These are open to physicians only. An additional registration is required for each Skills Transfer Session; fee for all sessions is $320.

Registration for the Skills Transfer sessions is now open. Register online at annualmeeting.ascrs.org/registration or by phone through Convention Data Services: Domestic (800) 748-5064 or International (508) 743-0538.

Please check the times and dates of the pre-requisite courses and labs prior to purchase as there is some overlap. All skills transfer session sales are final and tickets are non-refundable.

In accordance with ACCME regulations, equipment from several corporate supporters will be used. We are unable to guarantee the attendee’s request to use a specific company’s equipment.

Skills Labs

STS-1: Advanced Phaco (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, May 6, 2017
8 – 9:30 a.m.

Lead Instructor: Kevin M. Miller, MD

Participants will be able to practice the latest techniques for phaco: microincisional phaco techniques, chopping, flipping, divide and conquer, clear corneal incisions, capsule staining, advanced machine settings, capsule tension ring implantation, pupil expansion devices, intrascleral haptic fixation of IOL and new IOL technology. This session is for experienced surgeons. Attendee limit: 16

STS-2: Advanced Phaco (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, May 6, 2017
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Lead Instructor: Jason J. Jones, MD

Participants will be able to practice the latest techniques for phaco: microincisional phaco techniques, chopping, flipping, divide and conquer, clear corneal incisions, capsule staining, advanced machine settings, capsule tension ring implantation, pupil expansion devices, intrascleral haptic fixation of IOL and new IOL technology. This session is for experienced surgeons. Attendee limit: 16

STS-3: Anterior Vitrectomy (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, May 6, 2017
3 – 4:30 p.m.

Lead Instructor: Lisa B. Arbisser, MD

Participants will be able to practice a pars plana approach for the anterior segment surgeon: pars plana incision technique, particulate identification of vitreous, vitrector settings and manipulation. Principles for safe handling of complications will be stressed. Attendance in the pre-requisite didactic course for this lab is strongly recommended. Attendee limit: 16

Pre-requisite Course: 06-303 “Comprehensive Strategy for Unplanned Vitrectomy Technique for the Anterior Segment Surgeon” Saturday, May 6, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

STS-4/STSR: PCRI and Toric Alignment Imaging

Sunday, May 7, 2017
8 – 10 a.m.

Lead Instructor: Jonathan B. Rubenstein, MD

Participants will be able to practice techniques to control pre- and postoperative astigmatism in the cataract patient through the use of imaging technologies, as well as through the creation of manual and femtosecond intralimbal corneal relaxing incisions. Attendee limit: 32 total (including 16 Resident and Fellow attendees)

STS-5: ECCE/SICS (SOLD OUT)

Sunday, May 7, 2017
10 – 11:30 a.m.

Lead Instructor: John D. Welling, MD

Participants will be able to practice primary ECCE and SICS surgery, how to convert from a clear corneal phacoemulsification to either an ECCE or SICS approach, and how to deal with complications of ECCE surgery. Attendance in the pre-requisite didactic course for this lab is strongly recommended. Attendee limit: 16

Pre-requisite Course: 07-106 “Extracapsular Cataract Extraction: Endangered Procedure” Sunday, May 7, 8 – 9:30 a.m.

 
 

STSR2: YES Residents & Fellows Phaco (SOLD OUT)

Sunday, May 7, 2017
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Lead Instructor: Elizabeth Yeu, MD

Participants will be able to practice techniques for phaco: microincisional phaco techniques, chopping, flipping, divide and conquer, clear corneal incisions, capsule staining, machine settings. This session is for residents/fellows only. Attendee limit: 32

STS-7: Iris Suture (SOLD OUT)

Sunday, May 7, 2017
3 – 4:30 p.m.

Lead Instructor: Steven B. Siepser, MD

Participants will be able to practice techniques for using sutures in the anterior segment management of complications, anomalies and surgical challenges. Techniques include simple dialysis repair, cycloplegia repair options, traumatic and congenital colobomas, haptic recovery and stabilization of IOLs. Attendance in the pre-requisite didactic course for this lab is mandatory. This session is for surgeons with good bimanual dexterity looking to add advanced surgical maneuvers to their repertoire. Attendee limit: 16

Pre-requisite Course: 07-305 “Iris Suturing Techniques” Sunday, May 7, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

STS-8: MIGS (SOLD OUT)

Monday, May 8, 2017
8 – 10 a.m.

Lead Instructor: Nir Shoham-Hazon, MD

Participants will be able to practice various microinvasive glaucoma surgical techniques, using a variety of microstents and other devices. Attendance in the pre-requisite didactic course for this lab is strongly recommended. Attendee limit: 32

Pre-requisite Course: 07-304 “Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery for the Comprehensive Ophthalmologist: Exploring Various Microstents and Devices” Sunday, May 7, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

STS-9: Iris Prosthesis

Monday, May 8, 2017
1 – 3 p.m.

Lead Instructor: Michael E. Snyder, MD

Participants will be able to practice the intricate steps of implanting an iris prosthesis. Those with a particular interest in iris reconstruction for either congenital or acquired iris defects will work side-by-side with skilled instructors demonstrating advanced surgical techniques, using a variety of available iris prostheses. This session includes a pre-requisite didactic training, on-site in the lab room. Attendee limit: 16

STS-10: FLACS

Saturday, May 6, 2017
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Lead Instructors: Jonathan D. Solomon, MD; I. Paul Singh, MD; Paul Dougherty, MD; Mark Kontos, MD; Jonathan Song, MD

Participants will be able to practice techniques for integrating femtosecond laser technology and associated anterior segment imaging into premium cataract surgery. Lab features allotted hands-on time with the various platforms under the guidance of physician instructors and industry technical support teams. Discussion will include how femtosecond lasers assist with the treatment of corneal astigmatism, the capsulotomy and lens fragmentation, as well as options for managing difficult cases. Attendee limit: 12

STS-11: FLACS

Saturday, May 6, 2017
3 – 4:30 p.m.

Lead Instructors: Keith Liang, MD; Y. Ralph Chu, MD; Marc Michelson, MD; James Khodabakhsh, MD; Jennifer Wu, MD

Participants will be able to practice techniques for integrating femtosecond laser technology and associated anterior segment imaging into premium cataract surgery. Lab features allotted hands-on time with the various platforms under the guidance of physician instructors and industry technical support teams. Discussion will include how femtosecond lasers assist with the treatment of corneal astigmatism, the capsulotomy and lens fragmentation, as well as options for managing difficult cases. Attendee limit: 12

STS-12: FLACS

Sunday, May 7, 2017
8 – 9:30 a.m.

Lead Instructors: Mark Packer, MD; Jeffrey Whitman, MD; Bret Fisher, MD; Barry Seibel, MD; Alice Epitropoulos, MD

Participants will be able to practice techniques for integrating femtosecond laser technology and associated anterior segment imaging into premium cataract surgery. Lab features allotted hands-on time with the various platforms under the guidance of physician instructors and industry technical support teams. Discussion will include how femtosecond lasers assist with the treatment of corneal astigmatism, the capsulotomy and lens fragmentation, as well as options for managing difficult cases. Attendee limit: 12

STS-13: FLACS

Sunday, May 7, 2017
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Lead Instructors: Denise Visco, MD; Michael Endl, MD; Jeff Machat, MD; Shachar Tauber, MD; R. Wayne Bowman, MD

Participants will be able to practice techniques for integrating femtosecond laser technology and associated anterior segment imaging into premium cataract surgery. Lab features allotted hands-on time with the various platforms under the guidance of physician instructors and industry technical support teams. Discussion will include how femtosecond lasers assist with the treatment of corneal astigmatism, the capsulotomy and lens fragmentation, as well as options for managing difficult cases. Attendee limit: 12

STS-14: FLACS

Sunday, May 7, 2017
3 – 4:30 p.m.

Lead Instructors: Mitch Jackson, MD; Anil Shivaram, MD; Sheri Rowen, MD; Subba Gollamudi, MD; Kristin Carter, MD

Participants will be able to practice techniques for integrating femtosecond laser technology and associated anterior segment imaging into premium cataract surgery. Attendees will be allotted hands-on time with the various platforms under the guidance of physician instructors and industry technical support teams. Discussion will include how femtosecond lasers assist with the treatment of corneal astigmatism, the capsulotomy, and lens fragmentation, as well as options for managing difficult cases. Attendee limit: 12



Meeting Locations & Dates
  • Walter E. Washington Convention Center
  • ASCRS Symposium on Cataract and Refractive Surgery: April 13–17, 2018
  • ASOA Congress 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 Symposium & Congress. Check out this video to view highlights from the conference.