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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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Las Vegas - Off the Beaten Path

Posted By Donald Kuitula, Friday, August 14, 2015

Las Vegas is known for its luxurious casinos, spectacular entertainment and all you can eat buffets. A few days of indulging in the decadence of this town can leave you exhausted. If you need a break from the glitz and glamour and wish to seek out lesser known places to enjoy, this list may be helpful.



With the annual meeting being held at the fabulous Flamingo on The Vegas Strip, we will begin with those places nearby. Next door to the hotel, at The Linq, you will find the Polaroid Fotobar (3545 Las Vegas Blvd South, Suite L-7) where you can instantly turn any image from Facebook, Instagram or your phone into a classic looking Polaroid print. In addition to the store, which stocks all things Polaroid, there is a free museum upstairs featuring permanent and traveling exhibits from world renowned artists. 

The National Atomic Testing Museum (755 E. Flamingo Dr.) is a museum dedicated to the history, development and testing of the nuclear bomb. There are over 12,000 unique artifacts, historical videos and interactive displays including an exhibit which delves deep into the highly secretive Area 51.

KISS: By Monster Mini Golf (4501 Paradise Rd.) is a rockin' 18 hole tribute to the band Kiss. The indoor course features glow-in-the-dark mini golf with a live dj spinning Kiss music along with Kiss trivia, contests and prizes. It is also home to the largest Kiss gift shop in the world as well as the "Hotter Than Hell” Wedding Chapel and the "Rock n' Roll All Night” Cafe. If mini golf wasn't enough to quench your competitive spirit, head on over to The Pinball Hall of Fame (1610 E. Tropicana) which features a collection of over 200 working pinball machines spanning all eras from the 1950's to present day machines. You can play to your hearts content so bring a pocket full of quarters and unleash your inner pinball wizard! It isn't about winning or losing here because as a registered non-profit company, most of the proceeds from the machines go directly to the owners favorite charity The Salvation Army.

A visit to Las Vegas is not complete without a trip to Downtown Vegas. The "original” Vegas features old school casinos (featuring better odds), the unforgettable Fremont Street Experience and a few other out of the way spots to discover. The unique Downtown Container Park (707 Fremont St.) is a sustainable shopping, dining and entertainment area made completely out of used shipping containers stacked upon each other. Shopping includes clothing boutiques and art galleries along with an array of restaurants, bars and dessert places to satisfy your sweet tooth. The Mob Museum (300 Stewart Ave.) resides in a former federal courthouse and contains over 41,000 square-feet of mob history. Exhibits, artifacts and interactive environments tell the story of notorious mobsters such as Al Capone, Lucky Luciano and Bugsy Siegel alongside those who brought them to justice including J. Edgar Hoover, Elmer Irey and Harry Anslinger. A mile north of downtown brings you to the...

Neon Boneyard (770 N. Las Vegas Blvd) which is home to more than 150 historic neon signs from the golden days of Las Vegas. Guided tours of this outdoor museum bring you up close to fantastic and ornate casino signs, some of which date back to the 1930's. There is also a night tour showcasing some of the beautifully lit restored signs.

The ever expanding city of Las Vegas has much to offer beyond gaming and nightlife. Taking time away from familiar hot spots will allow you to discover some hidden gems and help you to recharge for another night on the town.

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Me, Myself, and Eye

Posted By Timothy Bennett, Friday, July 24, 2015
Updated: Friday, July 24, 2015


As a life-long photographer, I’ve taken my share of selfies over the years. I’ve even attempted a few with the equipment I use for diagnostic ophthalmic photography. Part 1 of this blog explored the fun side of taking selfies with ophthalmic instruments.This post explores the more serious side of eye selfies. 

Surprisingly, the ability to take eye "selfies” has helped me identify and track pathology in my own eyes. Two years ago I suffered an idiopathic retinal tear with avulsed bridging vessel and persistent vitreous hemorrhage. This was successfully treated with vitrectomy. Like many patients, I developed a cataract after the vitrectomy. I also began to notice some distortion that corresponded to progression of an epiretinal membrane (ERM) in the same eye.

Any time I noticed a change in vision I would repeat an OCT on myself. Over the course of six months I tracked an increase in thickness of about 100 microns. The cataract also progressed and I was scheduled for cataract surgery. Two weeks prior to surgery I noticed a very subtle change in vision and sat down at the OCT like I’d done several times in the past. The OCT detected some cystoid macular edema (CME) from the ERM. Picking up the CME prior to cataract surgery was very beneficial. Preexisting CME can be exacerbated by cataract surgery, so my surgeon began a course of treatment that reduced the edema. My OCT selfies likely helped us avoid more severe or persistent edema by catching it in advance.

Cataract surgery went as planned, but within a few hours of my procedure I began to notice a new visual abnormality: a paracentral gray scotoma. Upon arriving at the clinic the next day for my post-operative check, I immediately did an SLO/OCT selfie and identified an unusual finding that corresponded directly to the scotoma.

SD-OCT demonstrated an area of hyper-reflectivity in the middle retinal layers just temporal to the fovea (green arrows) and the IR reflectance image showed a distinct dark gray lesion. Fortunately, the scotoma began to fade within a few days and so did the lesion. The jury is still out on the exact cause of the lesion but the selfies have enabled us to track improvement of my condition and possibly publish a case report. We believe it may be a case of paracentral acute middle maculopathy (PAMM), a recently described variant of acute macular neuroretinopathy (AMN). It's rare enough, that I was able to present it at the OPS Rare Case Symposium in Ann Arbor.

As you can see, image quality can be quite good with a little practice. So good in fact that I’ve received a bill from my institution for OCT images that I’ve performed on myself! Here is a double selfie video of a Spectralis IR fundus image showing how easy it is to capture my own epiretinal membrane.


There is a belief that taking selfies can be a sign of narcissism rather than simple self-expression. There is also some concern it can be addicting and unhealthy. Maybe this is true and I should stop taking selfies of my own eyes. After all I keep finding abnormalities! But there is a growing trend in telemedicine where patients can take and forward selfies to their doctors to help diagnose or triage the urgency of their condition. 

Ophthalmic Photographers taking diagnostic selfies: obsessive, silly, or beneficial?

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New Structure for 2015 Annual Program!

Posted By OPS, Friday, June 26, 2015
Updated: Friday, June 26, 2015

The OPS is excited to announce a new registration structure for our 2015 Annual Program.  Attendees selecting the Unlimited Lecture Package will be able to attend courses during each timeline of every day of the program.  Attendees selecting the 1-Day Lecture package will be able to attend courses during each timeline of the single day of their choosing.  Early registration is always recommended as all courses are first come, first serve.  Attendees will still select the individual courses they wish to attend to ensure enough seats for everyone.  An additional fee will be charged per workshop.


Registration Packages will include attendance for courses as detailed above, a light breakfast and lunch, and special events- Scientific Paper Session, Awards Presentation, Welcome Reception and the J. Donald M. Gass Memorial Lecture.

     Annual Program Registration Package Options

  OPS Members                   Non-OPS Members

Pre-Reg     Onsite                 Pre-Reg     Onsite

Unlimited Lectures      $450              $500                       $550             $600

1-Day Lectures             $265              $315                       $315             $365

Per Workshop (add)    $25                $25                          $35               $35

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