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SPOTLIGHT: OPS Mid-Year Educational Program, Fort Worth, TX, May 13-14, 2016

Posted By Brittany Jackson, CRA, OCT-C, Friday, March 25, 2016
Updated: Friday, April 1, 2016
The Ophthalmic Photographers Society is honored to announce the Mid-Year Education Program Keynote Speaker for Friday, May 13th, 2016 is Calvin Mein, MD from Retinal Consultants of San Antonio, in San Antonio, Texas.

"Retina Surgical Videos” by Calvin Mein, MD

Date:  Friday, May 13, 2016 @ 11:15 – 12:15pm
Fort Worth Botanic Gardens
Dorothea Leonhardt Lecture Hall

Dr. Mein is a Fellow with the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a Board Certified Ophthalmologist and Surgeon with over 40 years experience.    He has received many clinical awards including Top MD, Super Doctor, and Top Doctors of South East Texas, Castle Connolly of 2013.

Dr. Mein has been a wonderful asset to the OPS Educational Programs with well attended and well received lectures at numerous OPS meetings.   An OPS Lecturer for us since 2011, Dr. Mein will present videos of Vitreo-Retinal Surgery.  These will include techniques for Pars Plana Vitrectomy, EpiRetinal Membrane Peeling, Retinal Detachment Repair, The McCannel suture technique for repair of a posteriorly dislocated IOL, and many other interesting surgical cases.

The content is ideal to educate both photographers and technicians who are often asked to image patients prior to or post-operative to retinal surgery, but who rarely accompany the physician to assist with surgery. Attendees will observe through video demonstrations the complex microsurgical manipulations used in posterior segment eye surgery.  

Ophthalmic surgical videos are therefore a key component to provide a complete understanding of many forms of eye diseases and their management.  

At the end of this course, students will be able to list several retinal surgical procedures and describe in general terms how they are performed and appreciate the complexity of imaging an ophthalmic surgical procedure.  

Please join us for Dr. Mein’s one hour lecture at the OPS Mid-Year Educational Program in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, May 13th, 2016.  

The OPS Mid-Year Curriculum is proud to offer 16 OPS Credits and 13 JCAHPO-A Continuing Education Credits during this two day Educational Program.  

Don’t miss out on this event!!! It’s a fantastic way to network with other colleagues in your field, meet new people, and visit a really great city with a thriving cultural district and music scene.  


See you in Fort Worth!

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What is OCT-A?

Posted By Taylor Pannell CRA, OCT-C, Friday, March 11, 2016
Updated: Friday, March 11, 2016

What exactly is OCT Angiography? This new technology has the capability to show blood flow in just a quick scan, no injection and no bright lights needed. The OCT-A technology takes the original OCT scan software and builds onto it creating an information image based on the movement of red blood cells. The upcoming classes held during the OPS mid-year conference in Fort Worth, TX will give detailed outline of this new software. The course will review possible scanning artifacts to be aware of, new patient management protocols and software specs.














With the new OCT-A software, it seems we have an answer to a question we have yet to ask; how does OCT-A compare or differ from the standard fluorescein angiogram? Is one better than the other or do they complement each other? These questions will also be addressed at the 2016 mid-year conference. The courses will go over different diseases and pathology. Images will be show in order to compare OCT-A to different imaging modalities such as: color fundus photos, fundus auto- fluorescence and fluorescein angiography. As stated earlier, it seems (with OCT-A) that we have an answer to a question that we have yet to ask. These courses are meant to give the viewer as much information as possible for them to come to their own informed conclusions about the software. We currently do not have all of the answers as the technology is still in the infant stages. We look forward to seeing you in Texas!!!


P.S. - If you are interested in learning more about the OCT-A technology, check out our OCT-A themed webinars in December of 2016!


 *Images provided by the diagnostics team of the Flaum Eye Institute at the University of Rochester


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OPS Webinars - 2015 December Edition

Posted By Gnomes Behind the Curtain, Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Winter is coming!!! But fear not - we have new webinars to help you through!

While you lament the passing of bright fall colors for the dull, cold gray of winter consider checking out some of the new webinars offered by the OPS Board of Education.

There are two more webinars coming up this month (Dec 10th and Dec 15th). Don't miss them!!

Each course only costs $25 for OPS members and $30 for non-OPS members. You will also have the opportunity to collect OPS or JCAHPO credits at the end of each course by completing a short quiz. Registration is super easy all all information can be found HERE.

Below you will find the dates and times for each course along with a link to their descriptions:




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Some things to do in Las Vegas at the 2015 OPS Meeting

Posted By Heather Carmello, CRA, Friday, November 6, 2015
Updated: Friday, November 6, 2015

Well where do I start! 

There is so much to see here in Las Vegas! You could work your way through the Vegas Strip, by foot after classes every day, and you still wouldn't make it through the whole area.

Check out the fountain at the Bellagio, it’s free! I love free!

There are also an abundance of shows to see such as O at the Bellagio, Mystere at Treasure Island, Ka at New York New York.

Do you want to have some fun with celebrities, wax celebrities that is? Check out Madame Tussauds Wax Museum located in the Venetian Shoppes. 

Maybe you want to check out a gourmet candy store located in the Mirage and see some wild animals at Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden. 

Whatever suits your fancy when you visit Vegas, there’s something for everyone. Can’t wait to see you there!!!!

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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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