ASCRS again takes annual meeting to San Diego

San Diego will host this year's annual meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), with events from Friday, April 27, to Wednesday, May 2.

More than 1,000 speakers from around the world will present papers, courses, films, educational posters, and symposia on current issues in ophthalmology.

Friday, April 27

The ASCRS/American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators (ASOA) welcome reception will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. at Sea World. Badges are required to board the buses to the event.

Saturday, April 28

The ASCRS opening general session, 10 a.m. to noon, will feature addresses from Samuel Masket, MD, outgoing president, and Richard L. Lindstrom, MD, incoming president. Also scheduled is the annual Binkhorst Lecture, to be given by Steven C. Schallhorn, MD, whose topic will be "Refractive Surgery in the Naval Aviator." Additionally, honored guests Eric J. Arnott, MD, and Jared M. Emery, MD, will be introduced.

The physicians' program will run from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Highlights will include a symposium on "hot topics" from 1 to 2:30 p.m., as well as symposia on the femtosecond laser, aberrations in LASIK, ectasia, phacoemulsification, and phakic and aspheric IOLs. A second round of symposia will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and topics will include diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma management, endothelial transplantation, and flap creation. Also, a Spanish-language presentation will discuss complicated cataract and refractive surgery cases.

The annual ASCRS Run for Sight will begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday at the South Embarcadero Marina Park.

Sunday, April 29

The general session, from 10 to 11 a.m., will feature the Manus C. Kraff Lecture on Science and Medicine. This year's speaker will be SuperFoods author Steven G. Pratt, MD, discussing "21st Century Health Styling."

Also on Sunday, the Government Relations General Session will present "Medicare: What's the Prescription?" from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This session will feature perspectives on Medicare physician payments, including paying for reporting and performance, from key government officials and the physician community.