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American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses (ASORN)


ASORN’s mission is to foster excellence in ophthalmic patient care while supporting the ophthalmic team through individual development, education, and evidence-based practice.

655 Beach Street
San Franciso, California 94109
(415) 561-8531

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Organizational membership

Regular members (includes active members): Registered Nurses (RNs) presently engaged in ophthalmic nursing in offices and clinics, community health, management, research, and surgical settings. International Members: RNs working in ophthalmology who are not registered in the United States. Associate Members: RNs interested in, but not currently practicing, ophthalmic nursing. Affiliate members: Includes non-RNs active in the field of ophthalmic health care, such as Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurses, Certified Surgical Technologists, and Certified/Non-Certified Ophthalmic Medical Personnel, physicians, and anyone committed to fostering the ophthalmic team concept and collaboration among all who work in our specialty, and are NOT Registered Nurses. (Affiliate members have all the rights and privileges of regular members except they cannot chair committees, hold national office, or vote.) Retired RN members: Includes regular and affiliate members, age 62 or older, who are interested in ophthalmic patient care but have retired from active practice, and who have been ASORN members for at least two years immediately prior to retiring from active nursing practice.


ASORN provides certification for ophthalmic nurses, publications, webinars, live meetings, networking opportunities, online continuing education, a quarterly journal, and volunteer opportunities.


Annual meeting held each year in conjunction with the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) meeting and two to three ASORN regional meetings in Fort Worth, Texas; San Antonio, Texas, and a third rotating location.


Journal: INSIGHT: The Journal of the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses Books: Ophthalmic Procedures in the Operating Room and Ambulatory Surgery Center Ophthalmic Procedures in the Office and Clinic Care and Handling of Ophthalmic Microsurgical Instruments Core Curriculum for Ophthalmic Nursing Standards of Ophthalmic Clinical Nursing Practice


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Tel: 415–447–0205

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Last updated: January 30, 2023