The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) has cancelled its annual meeting, scheduled for May 15-19 in Boston.
The news comes amid myriad postponements and cancellations nationwide to stop the spread of coronavirus, a highly contagious virus can cause a severe respiratory disease known as COVID-19.
The organization announced it decided to cancel the meeting “in the interest of public safety, after monitoring daily recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), and the City of Boston.”
In its statement, ASCRS said it would explore the possibility of rescheduling the meeting and will continue to offer online resources to support ophthalmologists’ ongoing clinical and networking needs.
“We appreciate your ongoing patience as we continue to work through reconciling registration fees and hotel cancellations,” the statement said. “No action is needed on your part at this time. We will update you by the end of the week.”
According to ASCRS, it has worked closely with the Boston Convention Exposition Center to navigate this very challenging and dynamic situation.
“During this entire process there has never been an option that was an ideal solution, but we ultimately feel this is the correct decision and in the best interest of our members,” the statement continued.