Posted By Jim Soque,
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017
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are many ways to get around Pittsburgh... car, bus, taxi, bike, pedicab, boat
or your own two feet! We have the tips and information you need to get around town.
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Authority of Allegheny County is the public transit agency for the Greater
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Flying? You're going to love Pittsburgh International Airport. PIT, in airport parlance, is a growing world-class facility that serves
more than 8 million passengers annually and offers flights to more than 50
nonstop destinations on multiple carriers. PIT Airport has Public Train Transportation
from the Lower Level, Door 6, that leaves every 30 minutes, but one can also
use ‘Uber’ ™ or ‘Lyft’™, if you are traveling with 6 passengers or more. The ride times vary, but either one is just less
than 22 miles.
+ Travel Times to Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is within 500
miles of more than half the U.S. population and less than a 90-minute flight
from 50% of North America's population. It's less than 6 hours by car or train
to 9 states, D.C. and Canada:
| City||Distance||Flight Time||Drive Time |
| Erie||126 miles||40 minutes||2.5 hours|
| Cleveland||129 miles||40 minutes||2.5 hours|
| Baltimore||218 miles||1 hour||4.5 hours|
| Washington, DC||221 miles||1 hour||5 hours|
| Cincinnati||295 miles||1 hour||6 hours|
| Philadelphia||295 miles||1 hour||6 hours|
| Toronto||324 miles||1.25 hours||6 hours|
| New York||368 miles||1.25 hours||7 hours|
| Chicago||452 miles||80 minutes||8 hours|
| Boston||593 miles||1.5 hours||10 hours|
| St. Paul||849 miles||2.25 hours||15 hours|
| Omaha||891 miles||2.5 hours||16 hours|
| Miami||1168 miles||3 hours||21 hours|
| Dallas||1228 miles||3 hours||23 hours|
| Seattle||2006 miles||5 hours||44 hours|
| Phoenix||2118 miles||4.5 hours||40 hours|
| Los Angeles||2445 miles||5 hours||48 hours|
| San Francisco||2587 miles||5.5 hours||50 hours|
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Posted By Heather Carmello, CRA, OCT-C,COA & Don Kuitula, CRA, OCT-C,
Monday, March 27, 2017
Updated: Friday, April 7, 2017
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Welcome to Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania! We will be having an indoor/outdoor reception to welcome you as
attendees Friday evening following the meeting. This is a great opportunity to
network, make new friends and see old friends. There will be a cash bar and light
hors’doeuvres served in the restaurant and wonderful outdoor patio!
Image courtesy of wyndhampittsburgh.com
Pittsburgh has many outdoor adventures
and events to think about! There's kayaking on the northshore through Pittsburgh's
venture outdoors (https://www.ventureoutdoors.org/kayak-pittsburgh-north-shore/).
The Pirates may be out of town that weekend but you can walk along the north
shore and see PNC park and Heinz Field home of the Steelers.
Image courtesy of Melanie Maxwell
The free shuttle from the Wyndham will
take you 3 miles around the hotel and let me tell you that will take you far.
If you ask to go to Penn Ave in the strip you have food, shopping and a unique
historical area to tour.
Image courtesy of madeinpgh.co
Lastly if you just want to walk around
the hotel vicinity there's Schenley park and plenty of unique food choices
including Peace Love and Little Donuts!
Image courtesy of
fineartamerica.com google search
We look forward to seeing you
General Chair, 2017
Don Kuitula, CRA,OCT-C
Education Chair, 2017
year meeting Pittsburgh,PA
Posted By Alan Wee,
Friday, February 3, 2017
Updated: Friday, February 3, 2017
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Singapore is a great introduction to Asia, everyone speaks English, taxis are reasonable to travel around in, the streets are clean and SAFE (you can wander around alone pretty much anywhere at any time of the day), food is good and reasonable. We are a major financial hub for South East Asia, so we have all nationalities here, in addition to the native Chinese, Malay and Indian population. This means you can get anything from a fantastic grilled Japanese eel meal, craft brewed German beer, Swiss rosti, authentic Italian, Middle Eastern cuisine and pretty much anything in between. Our multi-cultural background promises lots to see and experience.
First, around SNEC
You can get food around the hospital, but its still hospital food. If you have some time, the surrounding areas have some gems.
Tiong Bahru Market
This is one of the oldest wet markets in Singapore. If you stay around the SNEC area, make it a point to go to Tiong Bahru market in the morning for breakfast before the day's work starts and see how we locals start our day. The first floor houses the stores that sell meat, fish, vegetables, spices and household items. It's quite a special experience to walk around and take in the sights, sounds and smells.
The second floor has all kinds of food stalls selling Chinese, Malay and Indian food. Walk around the second floor and have a look at what the locals are eating before trying out something. Good recommendations might be fried carrot cake (savory radish flour cake fried with eggs), traditional kaya jam on toast (sweet coconut jam), Soya milk made fresh (Teck Seng Soya Milk is the bomb! http://ieatishootipost.sg/teck-seng-soya-bean-milk/
The Tiong Bahru area is slowly gentrifying so you find nice upmarket food options like the Tiong Bahru Bakery, PS Cafe, Open Door Policy etc. There are a fair number of quaint shops to poke around in as well.
Nylon Coffee Roasters
Widely recognized as one of the best coffee places in Singapore, they are owner-run and roast their own coffees in house. Dennis and Jia Min take great pride in seeking out the best green coffees they can get their hands on and presenting them in a way that shows off the coffee's attributes. They don't serve food but have lots of neighboring shops that do a nice meal.
These guys have probably been around a long time in the coffee scene. They also serve their own house blend that is sensibly dark roasted and tasty. They have nice sandwiches and wraps.
There is a nice cluster of food places about 10 minutes from SGH that is worth exploring.
Man Man Unagi
restaurant serves Japanese grilled eel. They fly in live eels from Japan. The head chef has 20 years of experience preparing unagi. They dispatch the live eel in the window and grill it to order. This rivals some of the best grilled eel meals you can get in Japan: crispy on the outside and meltingly soft on the inside. Excellent stuff, but there is a queue that starts from 11:30am and doesn't really die down till 1:30pm or so. Last orders for lunch are at 2:30pm. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Man-Man-Japanese-Unagi-Restaurant/185009705272373
Apiary ice cream is set up by 2 young guys and is 2 minutes walk from Man Man. Try my favorite Ferrero Rocher Ice cream which I happily drive across town for when the mood strikes. Or they have an excellent selection of ice creams that they prepare in house.
The Botanist is an excellent coffee place that serves a refined lunch menu. It's botanical themed interior helps with escaping the heat as well!
There are also many excellent dining options on Keong Saik Street near SGH.
Burnt Ends is extremely well respected among the fine dining crowd and serves a really excellent lunch. Not cheap but worth the money!
Smith Street, Temple Street, Mosque Street
This is an area of nearby Chinatown that is nice to explore for the shops and food along with the Chinese and Indian temples (for the shutterbugs). You can spend a few hours wandering around, shopping and eating. There are a whole cluster of shops on Temple Street that supply equipment to the F&B industry (Sia Huat, Lau Choy Seng), you can look inside and gawk at the huge size and variety of cooking tools & vessels and pick up some nice buys
Haji Lane, Arab Street, Sultan Mosque, NOX, MRS PHO
This area has lots of nice shops selling quirky interesting fashion, knick knacks and good food. It is a traditional Malay area and houses the spectacular Sultan Mosque which you can visit and photograph. I'd definitely recommend checking this area out, it's a crowd-pleaser for both the guys and the girls.
is an interesting concept (since we're all "eye" people). It's a restaurant where you dine in pitch darkness and are served by visually impaired wait staff. You can tell them what you don't eat, but otherwise everything served to you is a mystery which you then discuss with your dining friends and finally talk with the sighted wait staff at the end of the meal. Quite an experience and you should make reservations.
MRS PHO is an authentic Vietnamese eatery that is cheap, good and comes complete with slightly rushed and brusque service. I really like the food here.
Once the day's activities are done, some food recommendations to go try with friends:
These guys serve amazing food and are one of the more exciting culinary concepts around. They serve modern Middle Eastern cuisine that has big flavors and makes people happy when they eat it. Definitely worth going in a group so you can try lots of stuff!
This place is run by a really passionate team with lots of heart. One of the owners comes from a seafood trading background, so they have access to really excellent quality seafood. They use modern cooking techniques and serve up seafood in very exciting and tasty ways (they smoke their salmon in-house and it tastes unlike any of the commercial stuff you might be used to)
Chye Seng Huat Hardware
Contrary to the name, this is actually THE groundbreaking coffee establishment in Singapore. They setup shop in a traditional industrial area (hence the name) and totally renovated the building. It's now a hip cafe on the ground floor. They have a coffee roastery and coffee academy on the premises. At night, it's a buzzing craft beer spot.
Night Safari and the Singapore Zoo
The Night Safari is something I recommend people check out, simply because there are not many night zoos around the world and I think we do a good job. Most people will come about 7pm, but I recommend coming about 9pm and plan to leave by 11pm+ (it closes at midnight). You can take a tram around the zoo but there is sometimes a long queue. The night safari is designed so you can walk and explore it as well. It's fairly cool at night so this can be a nice option.
The Singapore Zoo is really good too if you can spare the time during the day to visit.
For the shutterbugs among us - here's a list of photo venues I highly recommend checking out!
Cultural: Little India, Chinatown:There are a good number of Indian temples and Chinese temples to take photographs at in addition to the authentic shops and eateries.
Tiong Bahru Market: In addition to the good eats around this place, there are also interesting market activities to take photos of. I like watching the fishmongers expertly fillet the various fishes using a big old Chinese cleaver.
Architecture: One Fullerton gives a nice view of the marina bay and the Marina Bay Sands casino (looks like a ship on top of 3 buildings), you can also admire the Fullerton hotel which used to be the general post office during British colonial times. Take a short stroll over to the Victoria Concert Hall and the Cavenagh Bridge for old British architecture. And then it's another short walk to explore the national gallery which is pretty big and always has a few exhibitions going on.
Flora & Fauna: The Singapore Zoo is fantastic for the greenery and natural enclosures for the animals. The other good spots for greenery are the Gardens found nearby the bay, in addition to the Singapore Botanic gardens (a UNESCO heritage site). The botanic gardens are worth a visit because they are fairly accessible, and there are amenities like a cafe. It's free to enter and explore but you can also arrange a small group and contact the botanic gardens directly and they might be able to host a small group to move around the gardens.
This is only the smallest sample of what Singapore has to offer visitors and I think you will enjoy your visit!
Google Maps is an amazing program - I was able to create a custom map of the different locations mentioned above. This map includes extra places to visit in addition to the places mentioned in the article. Look forward to seeing you all at ICOP!!
Alan Wee runs around for his work most of the time visiting hospitals and clinics in his role as a service and applications engineer with an ophthalmic equipment company. He manages to find time to explore the many eateries and interesting spots around Singapore.
Posted By John Hensel,
Monday, December 12, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
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There have always been two sides to me, the artistic and the scientific. As a professional photographer and artist based in Boston, I have passionately pursued my artistic side. Yet I've always found myself spending much of my leisure time reading about science, and imagining what it would be like to make a contribution in that field. So I was delighted to come across the field of Ophthalmic Photography. It offered the opportunity to apply my photographic knowledge to the pursuit of medical advances and to do something good in the world. I was so intrigued that I took the plunge, signing up for the OPS Annual Program to learn all about the field and see whether it could be a good fit for my passions (to make a long story short it was all that I hoped it would be!)
In prepping for the conference, I found the OPS Lending Library as well as the OPS Website to be wonderful resources that allowed me to learn the basics of eye anatomy and ophthalmic photography as I eagerly anticipated getting to the conference to learn more. Sarah Moyer Armstrong was extremely helpful, thorough and informative in her responses to my inquiries on course selection. With Sarah's advice I took the Crash Course, as well as intro courses and workshops on Fundus Photography, Fluorescein Angiography and OCT-A as well as the stunning course "Best of the Best". Upon meeting Sarah at the conference, her warmth, encouragement, and introductions were invaluable. I cannot thank her enough.
Myself with Sarah Moyer Armstrong, CRA, OCT-C, FOPS at the OPS Business Meeting (Photo by Alan Frohlichstein, CRA, FOPS )
Crash Course Class of 2016. It was a lot of fun! (Photo by Alan Frohlichstein, CRA, FOPS)
As a "newbie" I was amazed at the generous amount of hands-on and small group training, not to mention the one-on-one interactions I was able to have with experts in the field; a special thank you to Bob Cavicchi, Sarah Moyer Armstrong, Houston Sharpe III, Hoang Nguyen, Jim Soque and many others.
I also especially appreciated the combination of lecture courses with associated workshops as it satisfied my curiosity on the science/context/history and how it related to the "how to".
Great Hands-on Training with Instructor Adeline M Stone, COT, CRA, CDOS (Photo by Alan Frohlichstein, CRA, FOPS)
There were also the fascinating special events such as the Scientific Paper Session and the reception where I was warmly welcomed by my instructors, fellow students, and committee members. I felt excited by the potential to join this community of highly engaged photographers.
And for a fun break and mixer, there was the photo scavenger hunt! Here is my team, literally embodying the OPS!
My Scavenger Hunt Team. (Photo by Chuck Hamm, CRA, OCT-C)
Lastly, one particular highlight I will always remember… the incoming President Michael Kelly took the time to give a lecture in the Crash Course. He spoke of the fascinating detective work that goes into imaging difficult cases. I was intrigued by the iterative methodology of combining techniques and subtly altering standard methodologies to get to the bottom of unusual cases. He was speaking my language, and of my dreams to use my photographic knowledge to make a contribution to medicine/science and to helping patients.
Thank you Michael Kelly, FOPS (Photo by Alan Frohlichstein, CRA, FOPS)
I take my hat off to the incredible all-volunteer effort that produced a conference that was well organized, educational, welcoming, and inspiring. Thank you!
I also have some exciting news since returning home from the conference. I will be beginning my first Ophthalmic Photographer position at Massachusetts Eye and Ear in January, 2017! I can’t wait!
Bio: John Hensel has a BA in visual arts from Oberlin College. Currently he is a professional photographer, business owner, and artist living in Boston, MA. He is very excited to begin a career in ophthalmic photography!
Posted By Chris Barry, FOPS,
Friday, October 28, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, November 1, 2016
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I first visited Singapore
in 1975, a long time ago, and possibly before many of our potential delegates
were born! Even then, Singapore was a dynamic bustling Asian port. Today,
Singapore is an international metropolis and gateway to Asia.
Spectacular waterfront of modern Singapore
National Eye Centre (SNEC) started operations in 1990. Today, the SNEC
has almost 250,000 outpatient visits, 14,000 major eye surgeries
and 13,000 laser procedures per year. The SNEC is a major centre in Asia for
ophthalmic practice, research and teaching.
|Dennis Orlock with Joseph Ho, Paul Chua
and Kasi Sandhanam at the Imaging
Department of the Singapore National
Eye Centre (circa 2008).
|The Singapore National Eye Centre
officially opened 1990.
The entrance to SNEC (circa 1980).
The International Conference on Ophthalmic
Photography has a long and distinguished heritage. Originally the idea came
from Don Wong (one of our illustrious OPS founders) and in 1996 the first ICOP
took place in Rome. Every four years since, there has been an ICOP. The year 2000
in Singapore, then Adelaide Australia, Oxford (UK), San Francisco (X2) and
What should we expect at ICOP?
Firstly, it is a totally different format with only
one lecture timeline. Therefore we are all in the same room, share breaks and
mingle continuously. The format is engineered for making friends, having fun
and being exposed to different knowledgeable and experienced speakers from
across the globe. It is often surprising how other photographers solve problems
and find answers to those things that just drive you crazy! Plenty of time is
left open to sample the delights that Singapore has to offer. There will be a
photographic competition for delegates, see the details on the OPS website
(opsweb.site-ym.com/page/PhotoContest). ICOP is a jointly organized conference
by the OPS, British, Dutch and Australian ophthalmic photographers. It will be
held in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) which
attracts high profile speakers worldwide including the latest in ophthalmic
Singapore 2000 was my first ICOP, what did it offer?
For a start, Singapore is a fabulous place, melding
Asian/European and far Eastern cultures with a huge range of food, peoples and
experiences: a true "melting pot” of
traditions from around the world tempered by an Asian/Oriental outlook. It is easy to get around in Singapore, most
people have English as a first language. There is an excellent transport system
with English signage. Most good airlines go to Singapore and for the more
adventurous Asia is only a short plane ride away (Ankor Wat is one hour away!).
Power voltage is 220 (So you will need a transformer if you use 110V), the
plugs are UK style three pin, so a converter is necessary. Singapore has a
friendly and helpful population with an extremely low crime rate. It is a high
energy and hectic lifestyle whilst you feel safe at all the local tourist
ICOP remains a highlight of learning and interacting
with like-minded ophthalmic photographers. Many of the people that I met at the
previous Singapore have remained good friends and I look forward to seeing many
of them again and to making new friends 16 years later.
Stay tuned for more information as we roll out this
truly wonderful opportunity. There will be updates on Social Media, the OPS
website and any other way we can send you details.
Singapore is safe, central to all of Asia, English
speaking, westernized yet with the flavour of an exotic and exciting
experience. Don’t miss out, start your planning now this could be the
experience of a lifetime!