Continuing Medical Education

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

The Practice Management Program qualifies for COE Category A credits.

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

August 25–26, 2018

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

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Educational Objectives

Yes (Young Eye Surgeons) Program

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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.
  • Compare and contrast current and advanced treatment strategies and technology for ocular conditions, including anterior segment, refractive surgery and glaucoma.
  • Implement 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 astigmatism and integrate necessary updates

Ophthalmologist Program

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

  • Develop appropriate treatment plans to address complicating factors pre-, peri- and post-operatively.
  • Compare and contrast recent and emerging microinvasive glaucoma surgical (MIGS) options
  • Implement strategies to manage glaucoma surgical challenges
  • Analyze refractive surgery planning and treatment options
  • Implement strategies for the surgical correction of astigmatism
  • Determine IOL power calculations for routine and challenging cases
  • Evaluate how to integrate crosslinking into practice
  • Compare and contrast new advances in dry eye disease
  • Identify retinal diseases that the comprehensive ophthalmologist should be able to diagnose and either treat or refer

ASOA Practice Management Program

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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 various aspects of benchmarking and integrate adjustments to practices as necessary
  • Describe and implement adjustments to policies and procedures related to regulatory compliance
  • Assess leadership qualities and practices and apply concepts

Optometrist Program

Credits must be claimed on site each day via a paper form.

At the conclusion of the program, optometrists 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 data on the risks and benefits of corneal crosslinking.
  • Assess and treat MGD and evaporative dry eye disease.
  • Evaluate surgical post-op care options.

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 19.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM, Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physicians may claim credit for participation as follows:

  • Friday:  Young Eye Surgeon (YES) sessions (max 7.0 credits) OR ASOA Workshops (max 8.0 credits)
  • Saturday: Ophthalmologist Program and the Practice Management Program (max 7.75 credits)
  • Sunday: Ophthalmologist Program (max 4.0 credits)

CME credit is not available for the lunch sessions on Friday and Saturday within the ASOA Practice Management program or the Optometrist Program.

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®)

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

Certified Ophthalmic Executive (COE)
The Practice Management Program within the Combine 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 the ASCRS meeting department at by August 3, 2018 or an ASCRS staff member on site.