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FAIRFAX, VA – (October 16, 2014) – ASCRS and ASOA will offer an expanded Spanish-language program at the 2015 ASCRS•ASOA Symposium and Congress. For the first time, the meeting will be held jointly with La Asociación Latinoamericana de Cirujanos de Catarata, Córnea y Segmento Anterior/ Latin American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons [ALACCSA-R (LASCRS)]. The joint meeting will be held from Friday, April 17 to Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in San Diego, California.
The expanded Spanish-language programming will include courses and symposia developed in conjunction with ALACCSA-R (LASCRS). This joint meeting and the new, expanded Spanish-language programming reflects the international nature of ASCRS and its membership, 40 percent of whom are from outside the U.S. Complete 2015 Symposium and Congress information will be available shortly at Annualmeeting.ascrs.org. 
“This is an exciting and powerful partnership that is sure to advance ophthalmology“, said ASCRS President Richard A. Lewis, MD. “ASCRS continues to build international alliances, as part of its effort to deliver quality eye care around the world and here in the US.”
“Latin American ophthalmology has long been known for its innovative techniques and procedures,” said William De La Peña, Chairman of ALACCSA-R (LASCRS) Board of Directors. “And we have worked hard to bring the best presenters from Latin America to this joint meeting. We’re very excited about the program and this new partnership with ASCRS.”
La Asociación Latinoamericana de Cirujanos de Catarata, Córnea y Segmento Anterior/Latin American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons [ALACCSA-R (LASCRS)] was founded in 1991 as a nonprofit entity whose sole purpose is to expose ophthalmologists to the latest scientific and technological advances in anterior segment surgery. ALACCSA-R (LASCRS) is the only organization that represents all of Latin America in our subspecialty and has acted in that position in joint activities with ASCRS, ESCRS, APASCRS and the PAAO. Characterized by high scientific quality, internationally recognized faculty, and the attendance of thousands of ophthalmologists in our specialty, ALACCSA-R (LASCRS) offers several educational meetings year-round. ALACCSA.com 
The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery is an international, educational society with 9,000 members. Its mission is to advance the art and science of ophthalmic surgery and the knowledge and skills of ophthalmic surgeons by providing clinical and practice management education and by working with patients, government, and the medical community to promote the delivery and advancement of high-quality eye care. ASCRS.org