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Welcome to the Ophthalmic Photographers' Society Blog! The posts on this blog are authored by a myriad of individuals in Ophthalmology. Posts are not always authored by those directly affiliated with the Ophthalmic Photographers' Society and opinions may not be those of the OPS; however, all posts are submitted to a review process and have been approved by the OPS before being posted. Comments are open to the public. New posts are added every Friday, so make sure to check back often!

 

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Ophthalmic Jeopardy!

Posted By Tim Bennett, Monday, April 3, 2017
Updated: Friday, May 12, 2017

In what’s become a bit of a tradition at OPS Mid-Year Educational Programs, I been invited to present Ophthalmic Jeopardy again in 2017. The mid-year is a great environment for this presentation, as the attendees are all together in the same lecture hall for the entire program. In short, I have a captive audience!

If you’ve never seen it, Jeopardy is an irreverent but truly educational event, loaded with audio clips, videos, and spectacular clinical images. Although it’s been presented several times at OPS meetings, it’s just a little different each time. I try to customize the content for each specific meeting and location, often pulling inspiration from topics that will be covered by other presenters earlier in the educational program. At every OPS lecture I attend, I often take notes looking for new categories and questions. I also get some great material from other OPS members who forward ideas and images to me after seeing Jeopardy in action.

Looking over the great lineup of speakers and topics scheduled for Pittsburgh, I’ve been able to choose some cool categories and begin writing questions. New or recent categories will include: Creepy Crawlies, Oma Gosh, and The ‘Burgh. Of course I’ll include some of the classics such as: Animal Kingdom, Celestial Bodies, Ex Girlfriends, Video Acuity, and OCT Rorschach Test.

Hopefully I’ll see you in Pittsburgh. I’ll be channeling my inner Alex Trebek as host of Ophthalmic Jeopardy - although it’s probably closer to the Will Ferrell’s SNL impersonation of Trebek! Ophthalmic Jeopardy is a fun, informative, and challenging way to learn. If you do attend the meeting, be sure to pay attention to all the great speakers/lectures in the Mid-Year program lineup. I’ve been known to sneak in questions at the last minute and see if everyone has been paying attention!

For more on the origins and evolution of Ophthalmic Jeopardy, check out my personal blog at: http://eye-pix.com/what-is-edutainment/

Tags:  2017  blog  cute  education  Educational Meeting  Ice Breakers  Interactive  Jeopardy  Meaningful Use  Mid-year  Pittsburgh  Special Events  Travel 

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Special Events!

Posted By Alan Frohlichstein, BFA, BS, CRA, FOPS, Thursday, October 6, 2016
Updated: Thursday, October 6, 2016

For those of you attending the OPS Annual Education Program in Chicago this year there are a few special events in the area you may wish to participate in if your schedules allow.

The first is the Chicago Architectural Open House. This is an annual event which showcases architecture in the Chicago area and gives access to many building and clubs which are not open to the public. Many of the buildings are a short walk from the Inter Continental Hotel. Details of this event which runs Saturday October 15 and Sunday October 16, 2016 may be found at the Chicago Architecture web site:

openhousechicago.org

The second special event is the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival, running from October 13 through October 27th. Many of the films are within walking distance of the Inter Continental.The full schedule may be found at:

Chicagofilmfestival.com

Another event is the Chicago Museum Week, offering discounts to many of Chicago's museums. Details and locations may be found at:

chicagomuseumweek.com

Whatever you choose to do, I hope you have an opportunity to enjoy some of the culture and dining Chicago has to offer!

Tags:  2016  AAO  blog  Chicago  Educational Meeting  Meaningful Use  PDC  Travel 

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My First Internship Experience

Posted By Joyce Kasab, Friday, August 19, 2016
Updated: Friday, August 19, 2016

After spending four years in snowy Rochester, New York, a summer in North Carolina is quite the change of pace. As a student of the Biomedical Photographic Communications major at RIT, a co-op or internship requirement was my last requirement to fulfill before officially graduating and entering the workforce. Sarah Moyer, an RIT alum, graciously agreed to take me on as an intern this summer at the prestigious Kittner Eye Center at UNC Chapel Hill. Because UNC is such a teaching and research-based institution, I knew that the opportunities to observe and learn would be great. Thanks to the innovative clinical studies and patients traveling from all over the state, I was finally able to apply my academic studies and image a wide variety of pathology, ranging from macular degeneration to Stargardt’s Disease, on all types of instruments. It has been thrilling to implement my knowledge in a real-world clinical environment, where my actions directly impact and help patients every day.

 

 Patient care is vital to ophthalmology, a field with a high amount of geriatric patients. After imaging over 200 patients in just 5 weeks, I’ve realized that the top three essentials to providing a positive experience are patience, clarity, and comfort. An ophthalmic imager must be calm and patient, which puts the patient at ease. This allows the patient to ask you questions so they are not in the dark about their own medical care. Clarity is a skill I’ve honed over time- when I first began speaking to patients, I would quickly speak in detail about the test. As I’ve continued working, I’ve learned what the patients want to know most, and whittled down my pre-imaging "spiel” to the essentials, speaking slowly and clearly. This ensures they aren’t overwhelmed by the information I’ve just given them. My final realization is that a comfortable patient is a happy one. If the patient is struggling physically or emotionally, it will affect their cooperation with the imaging.




In college, I learned about and practiced with mydriatic fundus cameras and one spectral domain OCT machine. When I got to the Kittner Eye Center, I was trained on two OCT machines, in addition to a non-mydriatic, a mydriatic, and a widefield fundus camera that I now use on a daily basis. I was also exposed to anterior segment OCT, corneal topography, specular microscopy, full-field and multi-focal ERG, slit-lamp imaging, external photography, visual fields and even animal imaging. My biggest struggle on the mydriatic fundus camera was adjusting my working distance to avoid artifacts in my images. As for the widefield camera, learning to hold patients’ eyelids and achieve the largest field of view was something I had never done before, and proved to be challenging. There are so many instruments being utilized every day by the rest of the imaging staff, and through careful training, I have been able to expand my technical skills and knowledge. While learning these new processes can sometimes be frustrating, I have learned to take mistakes in stride and continue to ask questions. No one starts off perfectly, and remembering that has been both humbling and encouraging.

 



As I wrap up a very hot but wonderful summer here at UNC, I’d like to thank Sarah Moyer, Houston Sharpe III, Rona Esquejo-Leon, Debra Cantrell, and the rest of the Kittner Eye Center staff, faculty, residents, fellows, and patients for being so welcoming and supportive. I am sincerely appreciative and grateful for everyone who has helped me get here, and cannot wait to take the next step into the world of ophthalmic imaging.

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author: Joyce Kasab is a recent graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology Class of 2016, majoring in Biomedical Photographic Communications. Originally from Long Island, New York, she is interning at the UNC Kittner Eye Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina until August 2016.

Tags:  blog  education  Internship  Kittner  Meaningful Use  New Life 

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A Mid-Year Vendor Forum

Posted By Stuart Alfred, CRA, OCT-C, Friday, April 29, 2016
Updated: Friday, April 22, 2016

Of my many identities:  partner, dad, photographer, healthcare provider…there is one identity:  consumer, that is among my lesser favorites.  It implies somehow giving up on a duty or chore.  Except as an OPS ‘consumer’. The modicum of money I spent is much more an investment than an expense.       

The Mid-Year meeting for example, what value and purchasing power. In my experience Mid-Year meetings have tended toward easily accessible.  Yet!  fewer days on my calendar expended. The somewhat longer annual programs can be …turbulent.. in comparison.  The Mid-Year offers a stellar line of global speakers, on facets wide ranging, in one room.  Someway I find the condensed nature provides a more relaxed environment.       

Some brilliant OPS volunteer or board recently came up with the idea to create a vendor forum– allowing me unconstrained access to vendor reps, instruments, all while providing CECs for the face time!  If you aren’t familiar with this new vendor forum, not familiar with these industry leading reps., shake hands with some fountains of support!      

At the Mid-Year meetings you need to be prepared...  These vendor colleagues are leaders in the industry competition, or Clinical Application Specialists, they know clinically how we implement our devices.  Therefore they share techniques with us we may not be aware of.  How can this service exist in our otherwise fettered consumer interactions:  because the majority of them has years of service in clinic roles precisely like ours, and serve as vibrant OPS members.      

My Institute administration will thankfully ask me to weigh in on new instruments and modalities; now back to being a ‘big’ consumer.  Vender Form is the place to bring that exact administration inquiry from your practice. Get business cards and pass requests for demos. You are now in the driving seat for major financial investment at the backing of your physicians.  You consume, but, in fact support your reps careers and that vital industry.      

It can be said I’m a consumer of these vendors and their talented and generous personnel.  Name another ‘product’ where year after year the ‘seller’ supports your learning at an OPS level?  ZEISS Meditec and Greg, Gary and Kevin Langton. Then Dale Brodsky at Fundus Photo, LLC, S4OPTIK, Heidelberg Engineering, Optos, Topcon, Optovue, Regeneron, Sonomed Escalon Nidek ​and the list goes on.    

In Ann Arbor 2015 –and as planned in Ft. Worth 2016 - the Vendor Forum provides a small group of 5 random attendees a rotation through all the visiting vendors one table at a time: Heidelberg Engineering , Zeiss… are all currently slotted to bring their newest technologies and teams.   We in effect purchase these structured and accredited times to pick their brains while they pick ours.    

These orchestrated meeting are just the first royalty check.  During the meeting’s breaks, all of lunch, after hours at the watering hole, these rock star representatives become friends.      

Our profession and society are unique in many ways.  The reps and CASs we enjoy allow us ongoing support, encouragement and training with not much effort from ourselves.  Why is that?     

To describe vendors as valuable assets in an understatement.  Like we innovate in our clinics, they innovate at their HQ, much of it based on our feedback to them.  A vital, valued and –obviously- symbiotic relationship.

Tags:  2016  blog  education  Educational Meeting  Fort Worth  Interactive  Meaningful Use  Mid-year  PDC  Special Events  Texas  Travel 

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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

 

Tags:  blog  education  Educational Meeting  Meaningful Use  Mid-year  OCT-A 

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