Continuing Medical Education Program


Accreditation Continuing Education Program Information

The 2024 Annual Meeting, held in Seattle, Wash., from May 5 - 9, is an accredited continuing education activity. Attendees who register for CME credits and pay the processing fee are eligible to claim credit for attending in-person, accredited paper and cross-sectional group sessions, minisymposia and symposia.

Attendees interested in claiming credit for the Annual Meeting are required to add the “CME credits and certificates” session to their registration and pay the associated fee by May 9, 2024. Follow these instructions to add the CME session to your new/existing registration.

Exhibitors may be eligible to claim credit and should contact for assistance.

Statement of need

Ophthalmic researchers and physicians are often unaware of and/or have limited exposure to the most recent research advances in vision and ophthalmology. This research continuously evolves toward enhancing the general understanding of the eye and visual systems, which gives rise to new pre-clinical treatment options, and revised standards of practice. Exposure to this new information is a critical first step in enhancing the understanding of basic eye functions and vision disease processes.

Target audience

The educational design of this activity addresses the needs of basic researchers, clinician-scientists, ophthalmologists, ophthalmology residents, optometrists, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, PhD candidates, medical students and research assistants/associates involved in the treatment of patients with eye and vision diseases and disorders.

Educational objectives

After participating in this CME activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the results of basic and clinical ophthalmology investigations and vision research underway, relevant to my area of interest or practice.
  • Describe new models and methods being used by researchers and practitioners in eye and vision science.
  • Cite ways in which new research data and methods may influence my research and/or practice.
  • Discuss prospective advancements in eye and vision research and/or practice.
Physician accreditation statement

ACCME logoThe Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician credit designation

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

The maximum amount of credit available is typically about 19-23 credits. The exact amount of credit available will be posted no later than April 15 with the list of accredited sessions. 

The following Annual Meeting session types are not accredited nor eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™: ALCON/Keynote series, Award lectures, Posters and Special sessions.

International Attendees: The American Medical Association (AMA) has determined that physicians not licensed in the U.S. who participate in CME activities are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Instructions to receive credit and/or obtain a certificate

Attendees interested in claiming AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for attendance at the Annual Meeting must pay the CME credits and certificates fee. Payment is collected during the registration process by adding “CME credits and certificates” as a session. Attendees who do not register for CME before the conclusion of the meeting will not be able to claim and request credit. Attendees registered as guests are not eligible to receive CME credit. Only the sessions listed as “accredited” are eligible for credit.

CME registrants will receive an email with credit claiming instructions prior to the start of the Annual Meeting or within two business days of your purchase (whichever is later). All requests for credit must be submitted no later than 11:59pm U.S. Eastern Time on Friday, Aug. 30, 2024.

CME credit and certificates processing fee


March 8
April 26
ARVO MIT/Nonmember-in-Training $79 $79
ARVO Member/Exhibitor (paid full-meeting access badge)  $99 $119
Nonmember/Exhibitor (complimentary full meeting access badge only) $99 $119


Certificate of participation

ARVO is accredited to offer AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to physicians. All other participants in the CME program may request a Certificate of Participation that documents the number of hours attended* by following the same instructions listed above and paying the CME credits and certificates fee.

*Some accrediting agencies may award equivalent Continuing Education (CE) credit when presented with a Certificate of Participation from an activity that offered AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Check with your accrediting agency for more information.

Certificate of attendance

Certificates of attendance are available free to all attendees. These certificates state that one has attended the Annual Meeting but does not offer credit tracking. They will be available for pick-up onsite at the meeting registration desk and ARVO Central in the exhibit hall.

American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) diplomates

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, earns credit toward the Lifelong Learning requirement for the American Board of Ophthalmology’s Continuing Certification program. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting credit. 

The Annual Meeting qualifies for Lifelong Learning (Part II). Credits will be reported to the ABO via the ACCME in September each year.

ARVO does not solicit commercial support so learner data will not be shared with any entity other than the ACCME for the purpose of granting credit. Attendees will be able to provide the required information for Continuing Certification credit tracking on the Overall Meeting Evaluating Form. By providing the required information, attendees will give ARVO permission to share their learner data with the ACCME.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Fellows and Health Care Professionals participating in the Continuing Certification Program can record credits earned at the Annual Meeting toward Section 1: Group Learning Credits.

European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) CME/CPD requirements

European physicians can convert the credit earned from the Annual Meeting to meet the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) CME/CPD requirements.

The American Medical Association has an agreement of mutual recognition of credits with the UEMS, the accreditation body for European countries. Physicians interested in converting AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to UEMS-European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education CME credits (ECMECs) should contact the UEMS at

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