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    ASCRS, ASOA to converge in Boston

    What conference attendees need to know: From program highlights to exhibit hours



    This month’s simultaneous meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators will convene in Boston from April 25 to 29.

    The Boston Convention Center will host the concurrent sessions of the ASCRS and ASOA meetings this month (Images courtesy of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau).

    Boston—Plans are under way for the 2014 annual symposium of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)—the only U.S. meeting dedicated exclusively to the needs of anterior segment specialists, according to organizers—in Boston from April 25 to 29.

    Likewise, preparations for the simultaneous annual congress of the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators (ASOA) promise a comprehensive practice management program.

    According to the societies, last year’s combined event drew record attendance, bringing together more than 7,500 physicians, administrators, and health-care professionals.

    This year’s agenda includes innovative lectures on surgical techniques and technologies, scientific discussions, legislative and regulatory updates, and practice management programs, plus offerings for technicians and nurses. Among the highlights:


    Two subspecialty days will be held Friday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    • ASCRS Glaucoma Day 2014 will feature updates, debates, and interactive case studies on what comprehensive ophthalmologists and anterior segment surgeons need to know about glaucoma management.

    Scheduled topics include “Imaging: Pearls for Diagnosis and Progression,” “Surgical Management of Chronic Angle Closure,” “Update on Medical and Laser Treatment in Glaucoma: Pearls for Your Practice,” and the 2014 Stephen A. Obstbaum, MD, Honored Lecture, to be given by Thomas W. Samuelson, MD, clinical associate professor of ophthalmology, University of Minnesota.

    • Cornea Day 2014 is sponsored by the ASCRS Cornea Clinical Committee and The Cornea Society. This 1-day symposium promises an overview of anterior segment surgery, corneal issues in cataract and refractive surgery, and infectious and inflammatory disease, as well as innovations in medical and surgical cornea. The program features lectures, debates, panel discussions, and surgical video reviews.

    Planned sessions include “Recent Advances in Cataract Surgery for the Corneal Surgeon,” “What Do I Do with the Intraocular Lens? (Case/Video Presentations),” “Refractive Surgery: Screening, Surgery, and Beyond,” “Current Management of External Ocular Infections: What Works, What Doesn’t, and What Might,” “Diagnosis and First-Line Treatments of Fungal Keratitis,” and “Video Pearls in Keratoplasty Surgery: You NEED to SEE This.”


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