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OPS Facebook Challenge (April - June)

Posted By Administration, Friday, March 29, 2013
Updated: Friday, March 29, 2013
This update is brimming with congratulations and change! A big congratulations go out to Jennifer Thomson. She is stepping down as the Facebook Editor as she will be spending more of her time as the Marketing Chair for the OPS. Elaine Lok has graciously accepted the new role as Facebook Editor and will make Jen proud! Please welcome Chuck Hamm and Noelle Pensec to the Facebook Team. They have been participating in our Challenges for months and are excited to run a few Challenge of their own! We are excited with all of the growth on the Facebook Team. If you are interested in getting more involved with the OPS, please contact Professional Development Committee (PDC) Chair, Sarah Moyer at

As many of the Challenges work better when we receive images from other photographers to post, we wanted to share our Facebook Challenge Schedule with you so that you could prepare images for the Challenges ahead of time. The list below indicates the Monday of the week the challenge will run (Monday-Friday), the topic of the challenge and the Facebook Team member responsible for hosting that Challenge. If you have an image or comment that you think would be helpful for that
Challenge, please email it to our address:

Apr 1 - What's your favorite thing about San Fran (Rona)
Apr 8 - Artifacts quiz (Chuck)
Apr 15 - FAF photos (Amy)
Apr 22 - Images with the iPhone use in clinical setting (Rona)
Apr 29 - Share your personal photos of San Fran / What did you learn at Mid-Year (Elaine)

May 6 - Favorite Stereo Pair (Noelle)
May 13 - Share your "Eye as Art" images (Elaine)
May 20 - Get to Know the OPS (Sarah)
May 27 - What did you do for Memorial Day weekend? (Chuck)

Jun 3 - Meet your New FB Team
          Monday - Rona
          Tuesday - Elaine
          Wednesday - Amy
          Thursday - Noelle
          Friday - Chuck
Jun 10 - Guess that Visual Acuity (Noelle)
Jun 17 - Hidden Shapes (Amy)
Jun 24 - What's Up with New Orleans? (Sarah)

Your Facebook Team:

Rona Esquejo-Leon

Amy Désirée Goldstein

Chuck Hamm

Elaine Lok, Editor

Sarah Moyer

Noelle Pensec

Jennifer Thomson


PS. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Facebook page,here’s the link:

OR --> Download a free QR app and check us out...



Be sure to "like” us!!

Tags:  blog  cute  Facebook  funny  Ice Breakers  Interactive  Meaningful Use  PDC  Social Media 

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San Francisco!

Posted By Jay Rostvold, Friday, March 15, 2013
Updated: Friday, March 15, 2013

I’m looking forward the OPS Mid-Year Educational Program in San Francisco April 19th and 20th! The program will include the Inaugural OPS/ASCRS Symposium, which should be very cool.

I know that many of you are planning to do some site seeing while you are in San Francisco; let me give you some advice.

The Golden Gate Bridge - what is the attraction there? First: it’s not golden, it’s red; and a bridge is a bridge.

Fisherman’s Wharf - now why would you want to go there if it smells like fish?

Alcatraz Island - it was a prison. Do you want to go to a prison on vacation?

Ghirardelli Chocolate - don’t bother, you can buy them at the drug store back home.

Now this is what I think you should see: The OPS/ASCRS Photo Exhibit.

The OPS and ASCRS have worked together for eleven years putting together the Annual OPS/ASCRS Photo Exhibit with very few OPS Members ever seeing it. What excites me about this year is that more OPS members will be able to see this Exhibit than ever before. Please take the time to view the wonderful images at the Exhibit.

It will be easy to find in a very prominent area near the ASCRS registration.


You can see all that other stuff when you return! You’ll be back because most people leave their hearts in San Francisco!

Jay Rostvold is the Director of Imaging at Wolfe Eye Clinic in West Des Moines IA. Jay spent 30 years as an Ophthalmic Photographer with the Department of Ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and has been a member of the Ophthalmic Photographers Society since 1979

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Denice’s Favorite Hike within 45 minutes of San Francisco: The PaloMarin Trail

Posted By Denice Barsness, Friday, March 1, 2013
Updated: Friday, March 1, 2013


Approximately 45 minutes from San Francisco, at the southernmost tip of the Point Reyes National Seashore you will find the Palomarin Trailhead. Depending on your abilities and desire, you can take a day hike to the Alamere falls, about 5.5 miles from the start of the trailhead. Or, take an out-and-back hike on the Coast Trail, turning around at whatever point you like. The bulk of the trail is flat, with only mild undulations in a few spots. At nearly all times the Pacific Ocean will regale you on your left side, with majestic coastal forests on your other side. The entire loop is a moderate 10 mile semi-loop hike. Alert: Bikes and dogs are not allowed on the trails. Poison oak thrives here, so no scrambling! Trail conditions on the coast can change rapidly so bring layers and appropriate rain gear. The coastal cliffs are unstable. Obey the signs and view the falls from safety points- these are well marked and should be observed!

This is an all day hike. Head out in the morning, pack a lunch and have an unforgettable California Coastal experience. Sunset in April will be around 7:00 p.m.- if you find yourself on the trail as the sun goes down you will be treated to a memorable event backlighting the Farallon Islands.

Top off your day by stopping in Stinson Beach and having dinner and wine at the Sand Dollar Inn, established 1926.

Getting there:
From US 101 in Marin County, exit CA 1/Mill Valley/Stinson Beach. Drive on Shoreline Highway to the junction with Almonte, about 1 mile. Turn left on CA 1 and drive about 2.5 miles to the junction with Panoramic. Continue straight on CA 1 about 13 miles to an unsigned junction with Olema-Bolinas Road (just past Bolinas Marsh). Turn left. Drive 0.1 mile to a T intersection with Olema-Bolinas Road, turn left, drive about 1 mile to the junction with Horseshoe Hill Road, and again, turn left. Drive to the next stop sign, then turn right onto Mesa Road. Drive about 4 miles, then continue the last 1 mile on the dirt road to the trailhead at the end of the road.

GPS coordinates for trailhead:
Latitude 37°56'3.27"N
Longitude 122°44'50.79"W


Denice Barsness; CRA, COMT, ROUB, FOPS

Tags:  blog  cute  education  Educational Meeting  Hike  Ice Breakers  Interactive  Meaningful Use  Mid-Year  PaloMarin Trail  PDC  San Francisco  Travel 

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An OPS Application of Ancient Roman History - Or - Great Things Can Happen on the OPS Forum

Posted By Paula Morris, Sunday, February 24, 2013
Updated: Monday, February 25, 2013

I never thought of myself as a "phobic”. I mean, I didn’t think I was really fearful of things, but instead exercised a healthy amount of caution and common sense when it came to avoiding dark alleys, or wearing spike heels on icy surfaces. And I’m not crazy about spiders, so the first time I photographed a wildly inflamed eye with tarantula spines firmly stuck in the cornea, that aversion seemed reasonable.

But one day I was looking up something on the internet, and a misspelling led me to entries regarding phobias. Holy cow! It would seem that if there is a Greek word for it, there can be a phobia assigned to it. Case in point: neophobia – fear of anything new, also called cainotophobia from the Greek word for kainos meaning "new.” Reading about it made me pause………….

While I don’t think I am afraid to try new things, I am always willing to hang around in my comfort zone. I can be adventurous, but routine is comfortable. So when the OPS launched the new website, even though I was one of the folks who worked on finding a good answer for our Society’s needs, I was flat out intimidated by all the features the website offered! How was I supposed to know how to find things on the site (even though I helped upload some of the content)? This was all new stuff – I was an old dog and this was definitely a new trick!

Wait! Was I exhibiting the textbook symptoms of "neophobia”? Was I afraid to actually take the time to check out the new features? Or had I not looked at the website as an efficient new way of really connecting to OPS members. Hmm.

So, looking for comfort through familiarity, I started checking out the home page, and there in the left side menu, I found the word, "Forums”. Hey! I’d paid attention in History class and I knew of the famous, sometimes infamous, Roman Forum. Suddenly I smiled as the lyrics from the Peter Allen song, "Everything Old is New Again”, leapt into my thoughts.

It looked like the OPS has our own version of a "The Forum”, with many of the same features: a gathering place for people with like interests, and an efficient way to communicate with many people at once; much more far reaching than my personal email list. It’s a tool in the Merriam- Webster application meaning "something (as an instrument or apparatus) used in performing an operation or necessary in the practice of a vocation or profession”.

Our website can develop forums for all kinds of OPS groups, and in fact, the OPS Boards and committees have been using this feature in some capacity to conduct official OPS business since the website was launched. The forums are powerful tools, (but can be as fun to use as a toy), as they not only provide an easy venue to contact everyone subscribed to the forum, but all messages are archived and can be referred to at any time by any forum member. And files and documents can be stored for access through the Forum as well. So cool! For someone like me who is never very good at organizing my email, immediately saving and deleting, all these wonderful forum features are a gift.

A few weeks ago, a friend had a question about fluorescein sodium, and we quickly took it to the OPS member forum. In no time, folks were posting helpful information in response – members we were acquainted with, and some members we had never met! What a fabulous resource; and those responses were saved under that topic and are available for review by any member who may have missed the original postings. No doubt, we have the Roman Forum beat there.

If you aren’t an OPS member, you can read postings on the member forum, but you can’t participate by posting to it. But if you are an OPS member, you have full access to the website, including the member forum. All you have to do is log on, and the website is yours. To get to the OPS member forum, look at the left side menu on the home page, and select the 9th item down, "Blogs/Forums/Groups”. Expand the menu to the right, and select the second item down, "Forums”, and then click on the "OPS Member Forum” line. It is so easy – with only one thing to remember: you will get an initial email to let you know there is a new topic on the forum automatically. To continue to get email alerts to keep you up-to-date, you should click on the middle item just above the gray "TOPICS” bar that says, "Subscribe to Instant Updates” – or, you can choose "Subscribe to Digest”. Your choice to fit your style. You’ll need to choose if you want to receive alerts on topics, so if a topic doesn’t interest you, just don’t select one of the "subscribe” items. Sincerely, once I discovered how amazingly easy this is, I have been all over the website now – and this is just one feature of all that the website has to offer.

There are even sticky notes to educate you about the member forum, and guidelines for proper "netiquette” to keep our forum friendly and useful.

So, if you haven’t been on one of the OPS forums, I think you are missing out on a fabulous source and resource. Don’t be neophobic, give it a try. And if you have a quirky sense of humor, why not image that a posting is from someone in a toga!


"See” you on the forum!

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OPS Facebook Challenges

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 4, 2013
Updated: Friday, January 4, 2013

Please welcome Amy Goldstein to the Facebook Team!  She has been participating in our Challenges for months and after attending the Annual Program in Chicago is excited to get more involved with the OPS.  We’re happy that Amy is joining the Team!

As many of the Challenges work better when we receive images from other photographers to post, we wanted to share our Facebook Challenge Schedule with you so that you could prepare images for the Challenges ahead of time.  The list below indicates the Monday of the week the challenge will run (Monday-Friday), the topic of the challenge and the Facebook Team member responsible for hosting that Challenge.  If you have an image or comment that you think would be helpful for that Challenge, please email it to our address:

Jan 7 - Tell us what you did over the holidays (Elaine)

Jan 14 -  OPS Facebook Best of 2012 Week (Amy + Elaine)

Jan 21 - Favorite fundus Image (Jen)

Jan 28 - Tell us what you do stay healthy, especially since winter is upon us (Jen)


Feb 4 - Name that Diagnosis (Amy)

Feb 11 -  Personal Photography (Elaine)

Feb 18 - Descriptive Fluorescein Angiograms (Elaine)

Feb 25 - Show us your favorite OCT image (Jen)


Mar 4 -   Share with us the best career advice you've received (Amy)

Mar 11 - Submit your favorite anterior segment photos (Rona)

Mar 18 - Name that Diagnosis (Elaine)

Mar 25 - What can you do to keep your eyes healthy? (Jen)


Your Facebook Team:

Rona Esquejo-Leon

Amy Désirée Goldstein

Elaine Lok

Jennifer Thomso


PS.  If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Facebook page, here’s the link:


OR --> Download a free QR app and check us out...

 Be sure to "like” us!!

Tags:  blog  cute  Facebook  funny  Interactive  PDC  Professional Development Committee  Social Media 

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