When I first started in this field ten years ago, I never
would have imagined all the opportunities that would come before me and fun
experiences I would get to enjoy. I think this is a truly interesting field of
work and there are so many things to enjoy about it, but one of my favorite
parts is the art aspect of every image.
I would like to start off with a big HELLO to everyone, and
also a Thank You!! I have been in ophthalmology for 10 years and recently in
retina specifically for two years. When I started two years ago, just learning
how to capture an image and work the camera, I never would have thought that I
would fall in love and have such a great passion for this art. This is truly an
amazing field of work that is so rewarding in numerous ways. The more I
research the more interested I become and the more my eagerness to learn grows.
As I have researched and sought out other resources to learn from, I came
across the amazing OPS Facebook page. The Facebook page has not only taught me
many things, but it has allowed me to interact with others in this field. One
of my favorite things about the OPS Facebook page is checking what challenge is
next on the OPS Blog. (Insert link to blog). There have been so many challenges
that I have enjoyed but here are a few of my favorites.
One of my all time favorite challenges so far is FA
Interpretation!!! First I just love a good IVFA image!! But more importantly I
enjoy getting others’ input by reading their comments and analysis of images.
It’s great because some comments will give you a different outlook on a picture
that maybe you were overlooking before. On many occasions I have been reading
through responses and thought to myself "Yes, Yes I love that answer!!” I have
found that learning things from the interpretation of others has allowed me to
further my knowledge and use it to my benefit on the job, which is what this is
Another one of my favorite FB challenges is Name that
Diagnosis. Since now I work strictly in retina, there are so many things that I
do not get to see on a regular basis. I used to work in General and some of the
things that we would get to see were so interesting!! I love to see and examine
pictures of different areas and structures of the eye and try to figure out for
myself what they may be. Many times I think how great it would be to be able to
see some of these things myself. I also enjoy the art of ophthalmic images and
the amazing technique and quality that other imagers in this field posses!!
I have had the opportunity to meet so many great people
since I started in this field and everyone has been so helpful and encouraging.
Many of the people I have met and spoken to have encouraged me in so many ways
and have offered to help me further my knowledge with information about other
available resources. I admire the passion and amazing knowledge that everyone
has and hope to just keep improving my own skills and understanding.
OPS Facebook page has been one of my favorite resources and
learning tools. I know how much this page has done for me and see I am not the
only one as I watch the number of fans increases weekly. Keep up the Good Work
and Thank You for Everything!!!!!
Shepard joined Illinois Retina
Institute in February 2011 as an Ophthalmic Tech. and has since moved to the
Retinal Angiography Department. Prior to working at IRI she worked as an
Ophthalmic Tech. for a dual general ophthalmic practice for 8 years.