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Getting Started

Posted By Lindsay Shepard, Friday, January 18, 2013
Updated: Friday, January 18, 2013

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 all about.


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!!!!!


Lindsay 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.

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James Soque CRA OCT-C COA FOPS says...
Posted Friday, January 18, 2013
We are delighted with your enthusiasm Lindsay, and what a wonderful post!
The pathophysiology of many retinal disorders, including the vasculitis of your wonderful angiogram you posted, continues to be an amazing challenge for we angiographers. Hopefully, many more on, and off line, will share in your experiences.
Congratulations on our position at The Illinois Retina Institute, and we are wishing you continued success in all your diagnosis challenges, and angiograms, and pursuits!
Jim Soque
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