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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.

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

Posted By Brittany Jackson, CRA, OCT-C, Friday, April 1, 2016
Updated: Friday, April 8, 2016
The Ophthalmic Photographers Society is incredibly excited to announce the Saturday, May 14th, 2016 Mid Year Meeting Keynote Speaker,  Dr. Alan Kimura from Colorado Retina Associates in Denver, Colorado.

"Restoring Vision by Replacing and Engineering Cells: The Promise of Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine” by Alan Kimura, MD, MPH.

Date:  Saturday, May 14, 2016 11:15 – 12:15pm
Fort Worth Botanic Gardens
Dorothea Leonhardt Lecture Hall

Dr. Kimura is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and serves as one of a handful of oral board examiners in the Western United States. He is also a member of ISCEV, ARVO, AAO and other professional organizations and continues an enthusiastic involvement with research pursuits as a co-investigator in many studies, as Medical Chair in Denver for the Foundation for Fighting Blindness and his numerous publishing and authoring endeavors.   

A wonderful contributor to previous OPS Educational programs, Dr. Kimura is a gem that we are beyond excited to welcome back for what we know will be a fantastic lecture in terms of dynamic and new content, infused with Dr. Kimura’s unique and enthusiastic style of public speaking.  He’s an entertainer, folks!

Dr. Kimura attended the World Stem Cell Summit in Atlanta, Georgia in December of 2015 and has designed his talk to comprehensively cover the latest and greatest pearls of wisdom and discoveries from the recent Summit.  The course will review of the science behind stem cells research in the field of ophthalmology.  A review of the translational research into restoring vision will also be presented as well as a discussion on society’s role in regulating stem cell research.


Stem cell advancements are a key component of advancing medicine for the treatment of visual loss.   With Dr. Kimura’s Keynote address we know all attendees will have a better understanding of the science behind stem cell research and the advancement efforts to use stem cell technology to begin to restore vision loss.  

The OPS Board of Education is proud to offer this exciting program that was designed to cover the "Future of Medicine” with 16 OPS Credits and 13 JCAHPO-A Continuing Education Credits during this two day Educational Program.    

Don’t miss out on this event -> Register Today!

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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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