Technicians & Nurses

The Technicians and Nurses Program – which is sponsored by the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO) – features educational content created specifically for ophthalmic technicians and nurses. Topics covered in these valuable sessions include IOL calculations, presbyopia, retinal imaging and more.

Saturday, May 4–Monday, May 6
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

See the Technicians & Nurses Preview Program here.

Attend case-based presentations and Q&A discussions that will address important topics for clinical ophthalmic practices and ASC facilities.

Registration includes:

  • Two concurrent session rooms
  • Basic, intermediate and advanced sessions
  • Exhibit hall entry
  • Networking events
  • Crossover access to attend ASCRS Annual Meeting physician sessions

Credits: Submitted for 21.0 IJCAHPO Group A, CA BRN nursing contact hours, AOC and OPS credits.
Register for the T&N Program


T&N Learning Labs

Friday, May 3
Session 1: 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Session 2: 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Each of these learning labs will guide the attendee through the biometry process, with the objective to elevate the attendee’s knowledge of IOL calculation measurements – demonstrating how to translate and correlate the results through the hands-on use of multiple instruments. The attendees will rotate through 4 stations, each with different equipment. The planned stations include IOL Master, LENSTAR, and ultrasound A-Scan. At each station, attendees will have the opportunity to practice the skill and perfect their technique. A question and answer session at the end will provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of the instructors.

Lead Instructors for both Sessions 1 and 2:
Rhonda Waldron, MSc, COMT, CRA, ROUB
Craig Simms, COMT, ROUB, CDOS

Credits: Submitted for 3.50 IJCAHPO Group A
Separate registration required; $150 additional fee applies.

ATPO “Train the Trainer” Course

Friday, May 3
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology, Inc. (ATPO) will host a “Train the Trainer” course, held in conjunction with the IJCAHPO Technicians & Nurses Program. You will be provided with an organized strategy to help you create and implement effective, ophthalmic specific training methods in your practice. Topics will include identifying a good trainer, matching learning styles, utilizing effective training techniques, developing a systematic approach and evaluating the success of your training methods.

Credits: Submitted for 2.50 IJCAHPO Group A and 6.5 Certified Ophthalmic Executive (COE) Category A
Registration for Train the Trainer will be available through IJCAHPO/ATPO.

ATPO Who Wants to be a Super Tech?

Friday, May 3
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

This session is a fun game-show like event that features questions from various areas of the IJCAHPO certification examination content. All levels of difficulty will be covered. Prizes and recognition will be awarded to all participants!

Credits: Submitted for 1.5 IJCAHPO Group A
Registration for Who Wants to be a Super Tech will be available through IJCAHPO/ATPO.


COA/COT/COMT Written Certification Exam Review Sessions

Friday, May 3
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

IJCAHPO Certification Examination content areas will be reviewed and discussed in classroom format with the use of a PowerPoint presentation, ending with a question and answer session.
Registration for ATPO Exam Review Sessions will be available through IJCAHPO/ATPO.