Continuing Medical Education

The following have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™: Young Eye Surgeons (YES) Program, Physicians Program, Practice Management Program.

The Practice Management Program qualifies for COE Category A credits.

Optometrist Program: ASCRS is a COPE-Approved Administrator/Provider. COPE Accreditation Pending.

August 24–26, 2018

JW Marriott Austin
110 E. 2nd Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Educational Objectives

Yes (Young Eye Surgeons) Program

At the conclusion of the program, ophthalmic residents, fellows, and physicians within the first 5 years of practice will be able to:

  • Improve Surgical and decision-making skills.
  • Implement strategies to manage complications.
  • Compare and contrast current and advanced treatment strategies and technology for ocular conditions, including anterior segment, cases.
  • Impmlement best practices in the diagnosis, preparation for, and surgical management of routine and complex cataract and anterior segment cases.
  • Assess current practices for improvements in protocol and technique in the management of asligmalism and integrate necessary updates.
  • Identify complicating factors in anterior segment surgery.
  • Assess and treat dry eye disease
  • Evaluate minimally invasive flaucoma surgery options

Ophthalmologist Program

At the conclusion of the program, ophthalmologists will be able to:

  • Identify steps to maximize the MD/OD relationship for best patient care
  • Implement current strategies for the treatment of the complex cornea with contact lenses
  • Analyze current glaucoma management strategies
  • Integrate pearls for improving the management of high-risk cataract surgical patients
  • Evaluate current keratorefractive outcomes parameters and incorporate updated best practices to achieve higher-level outcomes, institute pearls for avoiding and managing complications.
  • Assess and treat MGD and evaporative dry eye disease
  • Evaluate surgical post-op care options

ASOA Practice Management Program

At the conclusion of the program, practice administrators, ophthalmic technicians and nurses, optometrists, and ophthalmologists with an interest in ophthalmic practice management will be able to:

  • Summarize the latest legislative, regulatory, and coding updates.
  • Discuss changes in private insurance environment.
  • Describe and implement adjustments to policies and procedures related to documentation with respect to audits.
  • Compare and contrast business models for the integration of new technologies.
  • Review best practices for OD referral networks.

Optometrist Program

At the conclusion of the program, optometrists will be able to:

  • Describe innovations in diagnostic and treatment technology, the management of presbyopia, drug delivery, and refractive surgery.
  • Explain advances in the treatment of glaucoma and best practices for the improvement of integrated MD/OD patient care.
  • Assess personal practices for the management of routine and complex anterior segment cases and integrate modifications as necessary.
  • Analyze current controversies in cornea and external disease management.
  • Compare and contrast advances in ocular surface disease/dry eye diagnostic and therapeutic options.
  • Identify advances in contact lens technology and list best practices to prevent dropout.

Accreditation Statement

The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ASCRS takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of the CME activity.

Designation Statement

The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery designates this live activity for a maximum of 18.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians may claim credit for participation in the YES session (7.0 credits), the physicians program and the practice management program (maximum 11.5 credits). CME credit is not available for the optional workshops on Friday or the luncheon on Saturday within the ASOA Practice Management program.

All CME activities approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ are valid for recognition by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME). Physicians not licensed in the U.S. who participate in this CME activity are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Attendees registered as exhibitors, spouses, and guests are not eligible for CME credits.

Continuing Education Credit

Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE®)

This activity, COPE Activity Number 113945, is accredited by COPE for continuing education for optometrists. Please see the Optometrist Program for full details on COPE Course IDs.

Certified Ophthalmic Executive (COE)

The Practice Management Program within the Combined Ophthalmic Symposium qualifies for COE Category A credits. All attendees seeking COE credits MUST be registered for the program.

Notice of Off-Label Use Presentations

This program may include presentations on drugs or devices, or uses of drugs or devices that may not have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or have been approved by the FDA for specific uses only. The FDA has stated that it is the responsibility of the physician to determine the FDA clearance status of each drug or device he/she wishes to use in clinical practice. ASCRS is committed to the free exchange of medical education. Inclusion of any presentation in this program, including presentations of off-label uses, does not imply an endorsement by ASCRS of the uses, products, or techniques presented.

ADA/Special Accommodations

ASCRS fully comply with the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the rules and regulations thereof. ASCRS also requires ADA compliance from contracted vendors and facilities. Any participant in this educational program who requires special accommodation or services should contact an Amber Wojtyna at by July 31, 2018 or an ASCRS staff member on site.