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The Filmore District

Posted By Denice Barsness, CRA, COMT, ROUB, CDOS, FOPS, Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Not many cities can boast a vibrant section of town that is upscale but approachable, fashionable but not elitist, comfortable without being boring.  San Francisco’s Fillmore District, just around the corner from the Hotel Kabuki, (4 blocks!) is all of these, and, best of all, it’s not striving to be original. It just is! Download the iPhone app from . 

PDF of shopping and dining in the Fillmore Disctrict





Denice Barsness, CRA, COMT, ROUB, CDOS, FOPS

General Chair, Mid-Year Program

Tags:  dining  Fillmore District  San Francisco  shoping  shopping 

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PhotoBooth. Where else in the world can you get an REAL Tintype Portrait of yourself done? where but San Francisco!

Posted By Michael P. Kelly, FOPS , Monday, April 15, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

At PhotoBooth they make authentic, wet collodion process tintypes right in their shop, while you wait. Each Portrait is a completely hand-made, one-of-a-kind art object -- your image, rendered in pure silver, on an aluminum plate. Yes, they use the exact process, formula and technique that originated in the 1850's....4x5 or 8x10…your portrait alone, or with your sweetie is a fun thing to do in SF. They also offer Daguerreotype on stainless steel…very cool. Reservations are suggested since it takes about 30 minutes start-to-finish, but they also will take walk ins. Individual 4x5 Tintype is $60.00, Ferrotype is $85.00. Couples Package is $300 and includes a Tintype of each person and two Tintypes as a couple. Now that is what I call a photographers souvenir!

One block away for lunch is Lucca Ravioli which is a real-deal Italian delicatessen where they should charge you just to enjoy the delicious smells of fresh ravioli, cheeses, sauces, breads and salami -take a ticket and order a sandwich or a cup of soup for lunch as you walk back down vibrant, busy Valencia Street.

Photobooth 1193 Valencia Street @ 23rd San Francisco, CA 94110


Store Hours:

Wed 1-8pm Thur - Sun 1-9pm

Tintype Hours: Fri - Sat 2-8pm Sun 2-6pm

Tags:  Photobooth  tintype 

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NIGHTLIFE at the California Academy of Science, Golden Gate Park

Posted By Michael P. Kelly, FOPS , Sunday, April 14, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Nightlife runs from 6 -10 pm on Thursdays nights at the California Academy of Science (for Adults 21+). This is one the worlds largest natural history museums with an Aquarium, Planaterium, and Rainforest, all under one roof. Scattered throughout are bar-stations selling alcohol and food, with either DJ or band for entertainment. Admission is $12.00 per person and well worth it! Where else can you enjoy sips and apps while walking through a rainforest, or watching researchers dissecting specimens, or enjoying a view of the stars on the rooftop? This is a VERY popular activity in SF, so get your tickets online if possible –we didn't and had to wait in a long line to get in. Each Thursday there are activities that introduce visitors to cutting-edge science in an informal, social atmosphere. In addtion, some weeks they will have robot demonstrations, chocolate tastings, performance art, film screenings, and talks by the likes of Jean-Michel Cousteau, Buzz Aldrin, or adventurer David de Rothschild. The aquarium has a glass tunnel and you have sharks swimming all around and above you. The rainforest is very interesting as you wind your way up an open staircase from the "jungle floor” to the tree-tops. Once insdie the Academy, you can purchase tickets to the Planetarium shows which are really spectacular! Programming details for each week are available at 
 NightLife VIP Tours offer visitors the opportunity for a more exclusive Thursday evening experience. Tickets ($59 per person) include admission to NightLife, a one-hour behind-the-scenes tour featuring the Academy's renowned gem and mineral collection and interaction with Academy researchers in the lab, express entry into the building, an open bar in a reserved cocktail area prior to the tour, VIP access to the Rainforest, and a reserved pass for the 8:30 planetarium show.

Tags:  aquarium  California Academy of Science 

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Rated #11 on "San Franciscos Most Iconic Drink List" is Tommys Margarita

Posted By Michael P. Kelly, FOPS , Saturday, April 13, 2013
Updated: Monday, April 8, 2013

Tommys Mexican Resturant is an SF institution and is located on Geary Street in the Richmond District. They offer HUNDREDS of tequilas and their Margaritas are hands down the very, very best. This little place is located in a typical San Fran neighborhood and is a great place to visit for lunch or dinner (they don't take reservations). Its fun to choose a new or different tequila to use in your margarita, but you can also leave it up to the expertise of the legendary bartenders -they certainly know best. Though I love a well-made margarita, my preference is to enjoy an anejo or extra-anejo neat in a snifter, in the same fashion some of our Eye Imaging cousins enjoy a single-malt, or cognac. My favs are Herradura anejo and Chinaco, but if you want to spluge and delve into the best...start saving up your pesos now to order a shot of Don Julio REAL...and don't forget to invite me along! Tommys is called "The Premier Tequila Bar on Earth" and I have to agree.

To get a "flavor" of how fun the place is:

SF's Most Iconic Drink List

They are located between 23rd and 24th avenues on Geary Blvd. at 5929, the same location they have had since 1965! If you're coming by bus from downtown, take the 38 Geary or 38 Geary Limited and exit on 25th avenue. Tommy's is 1 block down Geary. If you need to contact them, try:

5929 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121 (415) 387-4747
Noon to 11pm



Tags:  drinks  tommy Mexican 

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Whats the best Photo Store in San Francisco??

Posted By Michael P. Kelly, FOPS , Friday, April 12, 2013
Updated: Monday, April 8, 2013


The place for photography equipment, rentals and repairs in SF is Adolph Gasser Photography, downtown. Its a camera store, audio/video store, photo lab, and rental house that has served Bay Area imaging professionals needs since 1950. If I was intrigued by a new lens or piece of equipment, I would rent it from here, put it through its paces, THEN decide if I really wanted to buy one. There are so many unique and fascinating photo-ops in San Fran; if you've been contemplating the purchase of that telephoto lens or a Leica M, S, or V-Lux 4, or want to test out some high-end video equipment, there is no better place to rent it and no better locale to use it in than The City by the Bay. I'd definitely recommend calling in advance to reserve the equipment you want. If you happen to have a car this trip, they have free parking across the street. An interesting tib-bit is that Ansel Adams was best-man at Adolph Gassers wedding, which was held at Adams home in Carmel, California.

181 Second Street at Howard
in downtown San Francisco

Tags:  camera  Photo  store 

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Missed the registration deadline! Onsite registration will be available at the Hotel Kabuki.

Posted By Barbara McCalley , Thursday, April 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Did you miss the pre-registration deadline for the OPS' Mid-Year Educational Program to be held at the Hotel Kabuki April 19-20 in San Francisco? Well, it's not too late, if you still want to attend the program. We will have onsite registration available at the Hotel Kabuki (just outside the meeting rooms on the lower level). Program registration will be done online through the OPS website. If you are not a member of the OPS, you will need to ‘join' to set up a profile through our website so you will be able to collect the CECs at the end of the program. To save time at onsite registration, it is recommended you establish your profile before arriving in San Francisco. To ‘join' just click, ‘Join OPS' in the upper right corner and select the member type "non-member meeting attendee only " or if you would like to receive the member benefits included with membership, select the ‘Active' membership and submit the $90.00 annual membership fee.

Program attendees will have the opportunity to visit the vendor exhibit area at the Kabuki, in addition to the ASCRS Exhibits at the Moscone Center.

For questions regarding the onsite registration process or setting up your OPS profile, please contact Barbara McCalley in the OPS Central Office, during the week of April 15th. Telephone: 800-403-1677 or 417-725-0181.

Tags:  onsite registration 

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Buena Vista Café……translation?: "Good View!”

Posted By Michael P. Kelly, FOPS, Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Updated: Monday, April 8, 2013

The Buena Vista Café in San Francisco is a VERY popular and historic bar at the very end of the Powell & Hyde Cable Car line. Famous for their Irish Coffee, this is a combo locals AND tourist favorite -a rarity for sure! In 1952 the owner challenged an international travel writer, Stanton Delaplane, to recreate a highly-touted "Irish Coffee” served at Shannon Airport in Ireland. He accepted the challenge and the two began experimenting until they reached success. Check out the YouTube link below to see the Irish Coffees being mixed en mass. As many as 2000 Irish Coffees are made each day. This is a fun place to stop in and enjoy a libation and a nice view of the bay, day or night. One of the easiest and most popular ways to reach the Buena Vista is by Cable Car. Any Powell & Hyde Street Cable car going towards Fisherman's Wharf will take you directly to its doorstep on the corner of Hyde and Beach Streets. (Of note, the offices of the AAO are one block away, on Beach Street)

THE BUENA VISTA CAFE<br> 2765 Hyde St (@ Beach)<br> San Francisco, CA 94109<br> Phone: 415-474-5044
M-F 9am-2am, Weekends 8am-2am

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Speaker Spotlight: Asim Ali, MD

Posted By Cynthia VandenHoven, CRA, Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The OPS is proud to present Dr. Asim Ali, assistant professor at the University of Toronto and clinical director at the Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Ali's Mid Year Program talk; "Pearls of Pediatric Anterior Segment Imaging"will demonstrate the wide range of anterior segment imaging systems used in the adult patient population can also be invaluable in the high volume pediatric ambulatory and surgical setting. A DSLR camera, photoslit lamp, fundus camera, scheimpflug imaging with Pentacam, Visante OCT and UBM can all be adapted for imaging of children. Novel uses of the hand-held Bioptigen OCT and RetCam for supine slitlamp and gonio-photography will also be covered.

Imaging for diagnostic, clinical, teaching and research plays a vital role in Dr. Ali's clinical and surgical practice. He has amassed an enviable teaching collection composed exclusively of images of his own patients. In 45 mins he will present a short collection of what he describes as his "greatest hits” of pediatric anterior segment imaging.


Cynthia VandenHoven, CRA

Member, Board of Education

Tags:  anterior segment  pediatric  speaker spotlight 

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Speaker Spotlight: Ari Green, MD

Posted By Debra Brown, COT, CRA, Thursday, April 4, 2013
Updated: Sunday, March 17, 2013

Dr. Green is an associate professor of neurology, assistant clinical director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center, and the director of the Neurodiagnostic Center at University of California San Francisco. He images the retina, optic nerve, and the relationship between inflammation, neurodegeneration and demylination to gain a better understanding of nerve fibers in the brain in multiple sclerosis. Dr. Green has completed both neuroophthalmology and neuroimmunology fellowships. He has received awards for his research and his most recent publication is "Getting Beyond the Ganglion Cell; Morphomatic adjustments for Retinal OCT in MS.” JAMA 2013 Jan 1;70(1):13-5. Dr. Green will be speaking at the OPS Mid-Year Program on "Retinal Imaging of Neurodegenerative Diseases – Opportunities and Pitfalls.


Debra Brown, COT, CRA

Education Chair, OPS Mid-Year Program

Tags:  Ari Green  multiple sclerosis  speaker spotlight 

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Speaker Spotlight: Edutainment!

Posted By Timothy J. Bennett CRA, OCT-C, Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Years ago, one of our faculty members approached me about improving our local technician education program. We were already doing a simple quiz-show format of questions & answers with the questions being read out loud from hand-written cards. But he wanted to "jazz things up a little”. He told me he had researched and found an online source for Jeopardy style lockout buzzers/lights that would allow contestants to buzz in when they knew the correct answer. He wanted to pick contestants from the audience and turn it into a competition. Now all we needed was a way to project the questions and he asked if we could make it more interactive like Jeopardy, with onscreen columns of different question-and-answer categories.

I gave it some thought and told him was possible but entirely too much work to warrant the effort. But he knew me too well! I gave it a little more thought and started tinkering with PowerPoint and hyperlinks to build a screen that we could move back and forth between categories. I had attended an OPS course entitled "Whiz-Bang PowerPoint Presentations” where Bill Anderson shared a way to hyperlink menus to organize an educational program with easy navigation between multiple speaker presentations. I figured I could build a Jeopardy template using similar hyperlinks between slides.

Suddenly the project grew and seemed to take on a life of its own. Each presentation contains over 250 hyperlinks, tons of photos, videos, and sound files and we can chose from a bank of hundreds of questions!

We would pick contestants who would use the buzzers to buzz in when they knew the answers, we kept score, and gave prizes to the winners. Different faculty members acted as the host and relished playing the part of Alex Trebek. I was the "puppet master” behind the scenes, driving the program and selecting the appropriate hyperlinks to navigate through the questions.

Something was still missing however. It was a spectacle, but the majority of the audience was reduced tobystanders when we could only chose five contestants from the group. So we eventually opened it up to the entire audience rather than a handful of contestants. At times it can become a little chaotic this way, but everyone seems engaged and involved.

Although we've used it at Penn State for audiences ranging from physicians, technicians and the general public, the version used at OPS meetings has a higher level of of both difficultyand "cheesiness". Imagers seem to not only recognize rare and unusual eye findings, but also have a warped sense of humor and "get” the tongue-in-cheek nature of the categories and questions. It works best with larger audiences so it's become a staple at the OPS Mid-Year Educational Programs where the entire group is together.

The last few years, I've come out from "behind the curtain" and started hosting Ophthalmic Jeopardy myself. When I retire from ophthalmic photography, maybe I can be a substitute for Alex Trebek! So if you haven't been to an OPS mid-year in recent years, you should check it out. It's entertaining for sure, but at its core it's also educational – in short it's "Edutainment”!

Tags:  speaker spotlight 

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