2024: Education & CME

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Please note that this link will be available during the annual meeting dates.

CME Accredidation Statement: 

In support of improving patient care, the annual meeting has been planned and implemented by Houston Methodist and ASOT. Houston Methodist is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Please note: No CME will be offered for the wet lab component of the Annual Meeting.


Continuing medical education (CME) consists of educational activities that serve to maintain, develop or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public or the profession. The content of CME is the body of knowledge and skills generally recognized and accepted by the profession within the basic medical sciences, the discipline of clinical medicine and the provision of health care to the public.

Fee Information: 

There is no additional fee for the annual meeting.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships:

All individuals who are in a position to control the content of an educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months related both to content and to commercial supporters of the activity. Prior to the beginning of the educational activity, an individual must disclose to learners any relevant financial relationship(s):

  • Name of the individual
  • Name of the commercial interest(s)
  • Nature of the relationship the person has with each commercial interest

For an individual with no relevant financial relationship(s), the learners must be informed that no relevant financial relationship(s) exist. A financial disclosure form must be completed by anyone who is in the position to control the content of an educational activity. This means that Houston Methodist needs a signed form from the speaker, regardless of degree, training, expertise, faculty or non-faculty status, external or internal to Houston Methodist, and any other individuals who has any control of the content of the presentation.

Program Overview:

ASOT Eye Trauma 2024 is an intensive expert-led program focused on improving outcomes for the injured eye. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the latest in diagnosis, treatment, and research, gain exposure to devices, and learn surgical skills for damage control after eye trauma.

The program emphasizes a holistic, cross-disciplinary approach to the injured patient, which includes managing injuries that affect multiple sites in the eye (orbit, adnexa, muscles, anterior and posterior segments and innervation); treating eye injuries in the setting of an unstable patient with systemic polytrauma; anesthesia in emergency settings; consent and liability; infection control; and addressing the psychological effects of vision loss after trauma. International eye care providers who cannot travel to the USA will have live-stream access to the program. The course will be recorded for enduring educational content.

Target Audience:

This course is designed for ophthalmologists, ophthalmology trainees, researchers, medical students, and optometrists. The information is relevant to providers across all sub-specialties including retina, cataract, glaucoma, oculoplastics, cornea, pediatrics/strabismus, neuro-ophthalmology and public health. The hands-on wet lab is open to ophthalmologists and ophthalmology residents.


Educational Objectives:

  1. Learn the principles and surgical skills for damage control ophthalmology
  2. Understand evidence-based decisions and controversies in managing trauma of the orbit, adnexa, cornea, lens, vitreous, retina, extraocular muscles, and optic nerve
  3. Understand the classification of eye injuries and its importance in epidemiology and trauma research
  4. Learn the impact of NASA space programs in laser and radiation eye injury prevention; ocular vulnerabilities during space exploration; treatment in zero gravity; and advances in ophthalmic telemedicine
  5. Develop a holistic approach to managing the injured patient, including consent, care in patients with systemic polytrauma, and addressing the psychological impact of injury and vision loss
  6. Explore current technology for diagnosing, imaging, and treating the injured eye

Educational Methods:

Didactic lectures, panel discussions, pro-con controversial case debates, industry-led technology displays, hands-on skills transfer lab.