Join the American Society of Retina Specialists

Thank you for your interest in joining the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), an organization representing more than 3,000 retina specialists worldwide. The mission of the ASRS is to provide a collegial open forum for education, to advance the understanding and treatment of vitreoretinal diseases, and to enhance the ability of its members to provide the highest quality of patient care.

Join ASRS to enjoy the many benefits of membership.    

Complete applications are reviewed by the ASRS Credentials Chair and sent to the Board of Directors for review on a monthly basis. New members are inducted after each review.

Membership categories


Practicing Retina Specialist - Regular or International Member Criteria

Retina Fellow-in-Training (FIT) or International Fellow-in-Training (INT-FIT) Criteria

Apply for physician membership now

Ophthalmology Resident

Ophthalmology Resident Criteria

Apply for Ophthalmology Resident now


Scientific Associate Criteria

Apply for associate membership now

Practice Administrators

Practice Administrator Membership Criteria

Enroll for PA membership now  

Physician Membership required to enroll a PA

Senior Members

  • A member who has retired from full-time medical work and requests to be made a Senior Member
  • Waived dues
  • Digital subscriptions to JVRD and Retina Times
  • Ineligible to hold office or vote

Lifetime Members

  • A member who has fully retired from medical work and meets the following criteria:

       1.) has been an active member of ASRS for a minimum of twenty years and,

       2.) attended at least one Annual Meeting in the past 5 years

  • Waived dues
  • Reduced meeting registration
  • Digital subscriptions to JVRD and Retina Times with the option to request paper copies
  • Ineligible to hold office or vote

2024 Dues Rates

Membership dues are set by the ASRS Board of Directors and will be invoiced upon acceptance into the Society.  In order to remain active in the ASRS, dues must be renewed on a consecutive year-to-year basis. The ASRS requires that members re-apply if they have not submitted dues for more than two fiscal years.


Early Bird

On or before April 1


After April 1

Regular Member $525 $550
International Member $425 $450

FIT, International FIT Member, and Ophthalmology Resident

$0 $0
Special rate for new international members $250 $250
Practice Administrator Member $100 $100

Benefits of Membership

As the world's largest retina society, the ASRS offers an unparalleled global network of leading retina specialists and world-class meetings and resources to help members stay at the forefront of developments in the field and delivery of the highest quality care. Here's is a sample of benefits exclusively offered to ASRS members.


Annual Scientific Meeting: The year’s premier retina event attracting vitreoretinal specialists from across the globe for networking and a multi-faceted educational program featuring expert presentations on state-of-the-art retina techniques and clinical breakthroughs, expert panels, case conferences, instructional courses, a clinical poster display, industry exhibits and more.

Annual Business of Retina MeetingThis unique event is designed for retina physicians and their administrators to gather information and transformational strategies for boosting practice efficiency and success in the increasingly complex health care environment. 

Continuing Medical Education: ASRS is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide medical education for physicians. ASRS offers many CME opportunities including our Annual Scientific Meeting, the Business of Retina Meeting, and a series of live and enduring educational webinarsfeaturing leading retina specialists weighing in on a wide range of topics.


Therapeutic Surveillance Activities: ASRS collaborates with the FDA and CDC to investigate reported adverse events and notifies members about relevant FDA MedWatch alerts.

Find a Retina Specialist: As a service to the general public, ASRS offers the online Find a Retina Specialist directory to help patients find retina specialists in their geographic areas. Inclusion in the online directory is reserved for ASRS members who opt to participate.

ASRS.ORGYour ticket to all things retina begins here. The site offers a vast array of educational resources, practice and policy information, as well as industry and society news.

Multimedia Library: A one-stop shop for our most compelling multimedia assets. Browse our collections of  innovative surgical videos, clinical Updates from the Field reports, Spotlight Cases, webinars, podcasts, images,  meeting presentations and more. 

Retina Career Center: Members looking to fill a position in their practices or take the next step in their retina careers are invited to take advantage of the ASRS Retina Career Center for a customized, retina-focused search experience.

Retina Atlas: A comprehensive, dynamic, and iterative online clinical resource offering 100+ chapters showcasing world-class images from the Retina Image Bank along with clinical information, resources and more on an array of retina conditions.

Retina Image Bank: A vast open-access library of more than 30,000 unique and downloadable retina images.

Annual Meeting Archives: A clinical treasure trove featuring enduring scientific meeting content from podium presentations and posters to on-demand cases, courses and papers.  

PAT SurveyThe annual Preferences and Trends Survey (PAT) measures member preferences on a wide range of medical, surgical and socioeconomic topics and allows participants to benchmark themselves against their peers in real time. Members are eligible to participate and to receive survey results. ASRS also offers the Global Trends in Retina Survey examining retina practice trends worldwide.


ASRS provides first-class publications to keep members well informed about developments impacting retina from socioeconomic and regulatory issues to advances in retina science and practice.  

Journal of VitreoRetinal Diseases (JVRD): ASRS's official peer-reviewed scientific journal provides a trusted resource for the highest-quality research and clinical information in the rapidly evolving field of retina. JVRD is published online and in print 6 times a year and is free for members. 

Retina Times: This quarterly magazine covers the latest clinical trials, research, and technology updates, ASRS news and meeting plans, as well as socioeconomic issues and international news.

Retina News & Alerts: Retina FYI is a weekly e-update on Society activities, programs, evolving regulatory and practice issues. Late-breaking news is communicated to member through timely e-blasts alerts.  


Advocacy Initiatives: ASRS serves as the voice of retina, advocating inside the 'beltway' and beyond on behalf of retina specialists and their patients on an array of legislative and regulatory issues as well as  third-party payer issues. 


Through ASRS membership sections -- Early CareerWomen in RetinaFellow-in-TrainingFellowship DirectorsInternational and, Practice Administrator -- members can tailor their experience with programs, resources, networking events, grants/scholarships geared toward their specific interests, career levels and needs.