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Wow, what a difference!

Posted By Houston P. Sharpe III, Friday, August 28, 2015
Updated: Friday, August 28, 2015

I have always enjoyed attending OPS meetings and webinars.  During my first OPS meeting I knew almost no one. Each year since, I have met many new people who are interested in or already immersed in ophthalmic photography.  I am always excited to return home and apply these new tips and tricks during our clinic and observe the resulting differences.   Seeing the change in quality, that resulted from implementing the knowledge gained from the OPS continuing education programs, has impressed upon me the fact that we have a responsibility to continue our education in order to improve our skills.

Recently, I had a difficult view during a FA on a traditional fundus camera due to a severe cataract in the transit eye.  After finishing the mid-phase photographs I felt less than thrilled with my performance.  I thought about a trick that I remember hearing during a lecture at an OPS meeting, "If you have a difficult view through a cataract for a FA, use the Heidelberg”.  Wow, what a difference!  That severe cataract was causing very little distortion to the averaged image I was able to quickly obtain.  After showing my fellow photographers and the attending, I told them the trouble that I had and how I circumvented it.  I felt even more joy from passing on the technique to those around me, hoping that one day it will make a difference in someone else’s treatment. 

I hope to see y’all in Las Vegas for this year’s annual meeting where we can all learn from each other!

 Houston P. Sharpe, III, COA, OCT-C (top); Debra Cantrell, COA (bottom).

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Elizabeth L. Affel MT MS OCT-C CDOS ROUB COA FOPS says...
Posted Friday, August 28, 2015
Congratulations, Rachel! I love when one of those "pearls" comes to mind.
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Rachel A. Hollar CRA OCT-C says...
Posted Friday, August 28, 2015
Oh NO!

This was not my article - sometimes fields are reset when adding content to blog page and I didn't catch it this time!

This article was written and provided by Houston Sharpe!

(Sorry Houston!)
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Houston P. Sharpe III COA OCT-C says...
Posted Friday, August 28, 2015
No problem.

Thanks Rachel!
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Elizabeth L. Affel MT MS OCT-C CDOS ROUB COA FOPS says...
Posted Friday, August 28, 2015
Thank you, Houston!
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