Finally! The week of the 2018 ASCRS-ASOA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC is here. Our staff is excited to spend the next few days with attendees, during the excitement of almost peak cherry blossom bloom in Washington, DC.
The annual meeting is about cutting-edge technology and educational offerings – but we hope you will make time in your agenda to give back and expand your sight giving abilities. There are multiple offerings related to the Foundation’s work on humanitarian eye care, and lots of ways for you to make a difference this week:
- Join the Steps for Sight Challenge, and every step you take at the annual meeting (Friday-Sunday) can benefit our programs – and earn you prizes! Johnson & Johnson Vision will match the first $10,000 raised by participants. Learn more at http://steps4sight.everydayhero.do/
- Be healthy and do good by running the ASCRS Foundation Run for Sight 5k sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision on Sunday morning. Your race (or 1k walk) registration will 100% benefit our humanitarian eye care programs. To register visit: www.tracs.net/ascrs5k or visit the Johnson & Johnson Vision Booth (#1817) on Saturday.
- Plan to attend the ASCRS instructional course, “Volunteer Eye Surgeons: Reaching Untreated People,” led by foundation co-instructors Susan MacDonald, MD, Lisa Park, MD, and David F. Chang, MD. The course will be held on Sunday, April 15th from 8am-9:30am (156, Level 1, Convention Center)
- The ASCRS Foundation will host a Give Sight wall display in the exhibit hall this year. The wall will feature those patients awaiting treatment through our charitable programs. Help us swap a patient photo for your photo – replacing a face in need with the face of generosity – by making a gift during the meeting. The first $25,000 donated by meeting attendees will be matched, $1 for $1, by Aerie Pharmaceuticals.
- Be sure to catch “ASCRS Foundation: Doing Good in Memphis,” a film submitted in the Special Interest category for the 36th Annual ASCRS Film Festival. The film is produced by Operation Sight volunteers Emily Graves, MD, FACS, Jason D. Jensen, MD, and Brian Fowler, MD.