I discovered the Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society after I saw a job listing for ophthalmic photography at a major hospital. Up until that point, I had worked as a photographer in portrait studios, wedding venues, architectural developments, and the great outdoors, but had never considered work as a biomedical photographer. I did some research and quickly found the OPS website. When I considered the fascinating parallels between digital cameras and the photoreceptors in our eyes, I knew I had found the perfect career.
In 2009, I enrolled in an Ophthalmic Medical Technology program in Portland, Oregon. During my first year there, I received a brochure detailing the 2011 OPS Midyear Program that was being held in Seattle. I was still a student and had little experience, so I made some calls and wrote to the organizing staff. Their positive responses inspired me to get involved. I volunteered to help move equipment and to distribute and collect evaluation cards for the workshops and lectures. Helping out was a rewarding experience that gave me an opportunity to interact with everyone at the conference.
Pictured above: Author of this blog entry, Tom Reeves, helping out at the Mid-year meeting Pictured below: Sarah Moyer, co-chair of the PDC, discussing with Tom how to get involved in the OPS
The people I met were truly exceptional individuals. From the president of the OPS, Paula Morris, and the program chair, Lydia Dimmer, to the many attending photographers and technicians, everyone took an interest in making me feel welcome. During the lectures and workshops and even the reception afterwards, I could see real enthusiasm about sharing knowledge of photography and getting to know one another for the benefit of an enriched society. I am honored to have found a group of such talented individuals who share these interests.
My hope as an artist is to help people see the world with new clarity, and fortunately my goals as an ophthalmic imaging specialist contribute to making that hope a reality. Attending my first OPS program was truly inspirational and educational, and I am excited to be involved with the society for years to come. Meeting regularly as a community of eye imaging experts helps us all become more skillful and knowledgeable, and that makes us even more valuable as personnel in the field of ophthalmology.
About the Author: Tom Reeves is a student at the Ophthalmic Medical Technology program at PCC in Portland, Oregon. He will be graduating with an A.A.S. degree and a COT certification in June 2012. Tom is currently looking for job opportunities in New York City.