Continuing Medical Education (CME)

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 12.5 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 as follows:

Friday: Ophthalmologist Program (max 2 credits)
Saturday: Ophthalmologist Program and Young Eye Surgeons (YES) Program (max 7 credits).
Sunday: Ophthalmologist Program (max 3.5 credits), Young Eye Surgeons (YES) Program (max 3 credits)

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.

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.

Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE®)

ASCRS is a COPE-Approved Administrator/Provider. COPE Accreditation Pending. Continuing Education Credits must be claimed on site each day via a paper form.

Certified Ophthalmic Executive (COE)

The ASOA Practice Management Program within the ASCRS and ASOA Combined Ophthalmic Symposium qualifies for COE Category A credits for attendees, and COE Category C credits for speakers.

All attendees seeking COE credits MUST be registered for the program.

American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)

ASOA has applied for AAPC Continuing Education Credits.

Educational Objectives

ASCRS Young Eye Surgeons (YES) 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 ophthalmic treatments and technology
Identify and discuss complicating factors in anterior segment surgery.
Assess and treat dry eye disease
Evaluate minimally invasive glaucoma surgery options

ASCRS Ophthalmologist Program

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

Develop appropriate cataract surgery treatment plans for more challenging eyes (post-refractive, irregular astigmatism, dry eye disease)
Explore innovations in topical, lens-based and corneal solutions for presbyopia correction
Determine patient selection for pseudophakic presbyopia management
Implement strategies for the surgical correction of astigmatism
Determine IOL power calculations for routine and challenging cases
Compare and contrast recent and emerging microinvasive glaucoma surgical (MIGS) options
Implement strategies to manage glaucoma surgical cases
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.
Be familiar with the newest updates in corneal refractive surgery, including SMILE, corneal inlays, and collagen crosslinking.
Compare and contrast various ophthalmic surgical techniques on porcine or artificial eye models for ocular conditions: to include anterior segment and refractive surgery

Develop skills to manage intraoperative complications as reproduced in the lab setting
Formulate new skill sets through the use of new technologies and advanced devices
Increase proficiency and experience in a variety of corneal surgical procedures and suturing techniques.

ASOA Practice Management Program

At the conclusion of the program, practice administrators, ophthalmic technicians, and nurses 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
All attendees seeking COE credits MUST be registered for the program.

Optometrist Program

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

Identify steps to maximize the MD/OD relationship for best patient care
Define current strategies for the treatment of the complex cornea with contact lenses
Analyze current glaucoma management strategies
Discuss pearls for improving the management of high-risk cataract surgical patients
Describe the latest advancements in corneal collagen crosslinking.
Evaluate innovations in technology for Dry Eye Disease and Ocular Surface Management, including optimizing surgical outcomes by enhancing the ocular surface
Evaluate surgical peri-operative care options for cataract, glaucoma and corneal procedures
Discuss increasing success rates with Presbyopia correcting IOLs and Refractive Surgery
Explain growing a Refractive surgery practice in today’s market
Identify, treat and manage Complex Ocular Surface Conditions
Summarize current and future ophthalmic pharmaceuticals