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Discovering the OPS

Posted By John Hensel, Monday, December 12, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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 CavicchiSarah Moyer ArmstrongHouston Sharpe IIIHoang NguyenJim 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!

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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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Evening Entertainment Establishments

Posted By Donald Kuitula, Friday, June 12, 2015
Updated: Monday, June 15, 2015

Like any good college town, Ann Arbor has a large variety of drinking establishments featuring great drink specials along with lively atmospheres. Those seeking a game of pool, a place to dance or even drink beer from "Das Boot” will find it here. The following is a small list of bars showing the diversity of hangouts in the area:

The Brown Jug is a U of M landmark which opened its doors back in 1936. The bar is named after the jug that is passed to the winner of the Michigan/Minnesota football game each year. Dating back to 1903, the brown jug is the oldest rivalry trophy in college football. The Brown Jug has been recognized as one of the best campus bars in the U.S. and offers an expansive food menu and equally impressive drink menu with lots of daily specials. This is a place where their motto holds true: "good food, good drinks and good friends”. If you like outdoor dining and house made sangria, look no further than Dominick's in the south university area. They are known for their seafood, Italian fare and pizza. In addition to their top selling sangria, a pink slushy drink called Constant Buzz is also a favorite of Dominick's regulars. It's best to arrive before seven as the place fills up quickly each night. 

Ashley's near the heart of campus on South State Street has been rated as one of the top 100 beer bars in the country. They offer over 50 taps with a mix of local favorites as well as beers from around the world. The dining menu at Ashley's has pub bites as well as burgers, wraps, sandwiches and a large selection of specialty fries. When you are in the mood to lay it all out on the dance floor, Necto has been recently voted as the best nightclub in Michigan. "Transport” Thursday offers Ann Arbor's biggest college party as DJ Knowledge brings high energy with Top 40, House, Throwback and Pop. "Frequency” Saturday Night is reserved for Top 40, Dance and House music with DJ Hardy and host MC Yoda. Their extended weekend happy hour goes from 9-11 Thursday through Sunday to help you bust out your best moves.


If your goal is to shoot pool, throw darts and have some PBR and popcorn, check out the 8 Ball Saloon. This seedy dive bar is located in the basement of the famous Blind Pig music venue which has hosted everyone from Jimmy Hendrix to the MC5 to Nirvana. It features a great jukebox, cash only bar with cheap drinks and an utter lack of pretension. When there is a big game on that you simply cannot miss, Scorekeepers is the place to be with many large projection screens to appease the most diehard sports fan. Known as a college bar that caters to the younger crowd, this bar also turns into a dance club after 11 pm. This is a great place for big groups and anyone looking to catch their favorite team in action.

The Rathskeller is located beneath the Heidelberg restaurant. The alpine dining room upstairs serves a variety of traditional German food from marinated Herring and Spaetzle to Schnitzel, Sauerbraten and Knockwurst. Head downstairs to the Rathskeller to enjoy over 14 taps specializing in the many different styles of German beer. If you've ever wanted to drink out of a bierstiefel (glass boot), this is the place! The boots are offered in 1 or 2 liter sizes and you can even purchase one to take home with you. Bill's Beer Garden is a place like no other. It takes over the parking lot of Downtown Home and Garden when the century old retailer closes its doors at 6:30. There is ample outdoor seating along with a large selection of beer and wine. Food can be brought in from the adjacent Mark's Carts food cart courtyard. The courtyard has eight food carts ready to serve Mexican, Indian and Chinese among other types of food. It's a true collaboration of three different businesses coming together to offer a unique outdoor experience.


When the night time is the right time, there is a bar for any mood or occasion. These are just a few of the many places around town to help you unwind after the conference. I encourage you to head out and explore the nightlife in Ann Arbor!

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CRA Performance Exam

Posted By Eric Kegley, Friday, April 3, 2015
Updated: Friday, April 3, 2015

So, have you ever been to a Mid-Year Program? I haven’t, and I’ve been a member of the OPS and a CRA since 2006! Even before I had joined the OPS I often attended the OPS Annual Meeting to get my JCAHPO credits since most of what I did in the office was photography related.

 Well…. this year that is going to change. I currently serve on the OPS Board of Certification (BOC) as the CRA section chair, and as such will be in Ann Arbor for the CRA performance exam which is to be held on Sunday, June 28th, 2015. I thought this would be a great time to attend a Mid-Year Program as well.  The program looks great!

And speaking of the CRA performance exam, do you plan on taking the exam in Ann Arbor? Did you know about that opportunity? This will be the second time as the Chair of the CRA section that I will be organizing the CRA performance exam. I am even more excited to be there this time.

I remember taking the performance exam in San Francisco in 2006 when it was offered immediately before the ICOP meeting. I also remember how nervous I was. Even though I had already been imaging patients for 14 years, it was still a little strange to be having to perform those tasks in front of another imager, especially Jonathan Shankle, of all people.

But in all seriousness, this summer would be a great time to visit beautiful Ann Arbor and achieve part of the requirements for certification as a CRA (don’t forget about the written test!). Tim Steffens, the Chair of the BOC, will be hosting the meeting and the exam at Kellogg Eye Center. Achieving my certification was a goal that I had set for myself when I first started imaging all the way back in 1993 and it gave me great personal and professional satisfaction to attain it. I believe that most CRAs feel the same.

If you are planning on coming to Ann Arbor for the exam, make sure you have all the requirements met by the end of April. (

The deadline for applying for the performance exam is six weeks prior to the date of the exam, May 15th 2015.

More information about registering for the performance exam in Ann Arbor can be found at:

 If you have any questions, feel free to email


I hope to see you there and best of luck!


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Keynote Speaker Spotlight: Cagri G. Besirli, M.D., Ph.D.

Posted By Elaine Lok, CRA, Friday, March 13, 2015
Updated: Friday, May 15, 2015


"Ultrasonography for Intraocular Tumors" and "Telemedicine for Pediatric Retinal Diseases"

Speaker: Cagri G. Besirli, M.D., Ph.D, University of Michigan, Kellogg Eye Center


Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015 @ 11:15AM-12:15PM



The Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society is pleased to announce Dr. Cagri Besirli the second of two keynote speakers for the 2015 Mid-Year Program.

Please join us for Dr. Besirli’s 60 minute presentation on two topics in the morning on Saturday, June 27th: The utilization of ultrasound in documenting intraocular tumors, and Kellogg Eye Center’s telemedicine advances in documenting and treating pediatric retinal diseases will be discussed.

A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, MO, Dr. Besirli is a vitreoretinal specialist with a focus on ocular trauma surgeries and pediatric retinal disorders.


Talk 1

Ultrasonography for Intraocular Tumors

Course Description: The principles of ophthalmic ultrasound and its role in the diagnosis of intraocular tumors will be reviewed using a case study approach.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the attendee should be able to describe different ultrasound techniques used in the evaluation of intraocular tumors, list the steps involved in patient evaluation, and discuss the ultrasonographic findings seen in common tumors.


Talk 2

Telemedicine for Pediatric Retinal Diseases

Course Description: The emerging field of ophthalmic telemedicine for the evaluation and diagnosis of children with retinal disorders will be discussed, with special attention given to the role of photographic screening in Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP).

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the attendee should be able to describe the advantages and disadvantages of telemedicine for ROP screening, discuss the findings of major clinical trials evaluating the photographic screening of ROP, list the challenges faced by ophthalmic telemedicine programs.


Elaine Lok, CRA

Education Chair 2015 Mid Year Program

Program Information

Mid-Year Program Information

Mid-Year Program Registration

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