I was fortunate enough to win the overall prize at the 2013 Ophthalmic Imaging Association conference in the UK with this image showing a vitreous veil. This image was taken on the Optos on a young baby using the techniques devised by C.K Patel.
Another image I entered which I thought was relevant was this Anish Kapoor inspired silicon oil bubble selfie image (unfortunately this didn't win).
I arrived late on the Thursday in Chicago and had a stroll around the city admiring the architecture. Staying on the Michigan Avenue Golden Mile was a great location for the conference!
The first lecture on the first day was a really interesting talk on paediatric imaging, lots of great RetCam photographs and it was fascinating to hear a different approach to paediatric imaging.
I enjoyed an amazing talk by Denise Cunningham on Advanced Fundus Autofluorescence imaging. She illustrated the advantage of pre-bleaching the retina and being aware of the potential damage to patients with Stargardts.
The lecture on high-speed ICG was interesting , showing how to image feeder vessels. This technique is something that I have brought back to the UK and I am using in clinic.
It was great to learn about the history of ophthalmic imaging in the J. Donald M. Gass Memorial Lecture as well as the contributions made by Dr Gass.
There were great workshops on anterior segment photography and getting hands on a selection of the slit lamp instruments was really useful. I also had a go at gonio photography, thankfully on a test eye as this was something I had never tried. After the workshop I feel pretty confident that I can take reasonable photographs and I am looking forward to having a go!
The talk by SriniVas Sadda on OCT technology was mind blowing! En face OCT and OCT angiography is the way forward and I hope to have a go on these machines soon.
Overall it was a great experience attending the conference and I feel very lucky to have had the chance to be there. There were so many great talks ranging from the early contributions made by Don Gass and Johnny Justice to the future of ophthalmic imaging.
Thanks to everyone at OIA and Topcon for giving me this opportunity and thank you to the OPS for and amazing conference!
Jonathan Brett is a member of OIA and has been since 2004. He purely works within ophthalmic photography but also produces any other graphic/photography/video work that is required. He has a background in art and design! He was able to come to the OPS conference in 2005 which was also in Chicago and to ICOP when it came to Oxford.