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).