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OPS Forum Rules and 'Netiquette' Locked Topic 0 T. Bennett OPS Forum Rules and Netiquette The purpose of the OPS Forum is to provide connections between and support for OPS members. We want this to be a place where our community will develop; we can enjoy one another's company, share interests and foster education. To achieve this, we strive to maintain an atmosphere that can be enjoyed by all and we ask all members of the community to be respectful at all times. This means please use etiquette and politeness. Treat people with kindness, gentleness and respect. If you do this, the rest of the code of conduct won't need more than a cursory mention. The OPS Forum Moderators reserve the right to edit or delete any forumcontent that does not adhere to these rules. Start clear threads. Start your post with a clear specific subject. Post a follow up to let the people that help you know that you appreciate their help and let future readers know the information was useful. You can also mark a thread solved as a courtesy. Stay on topic. Each thread should stay on one topic. Off-topic messages may be deleted without notice. If you have made a mistake, apologize, and re-post to the correct thread, if one exists. Otherwise, start a new one. If your message is deleted, the poster is responsible for re-posting to the correct thread. Keep the language and tone polite and respectful and maintain decorum. Name calling, rudeness, disrespect toward others, insults, profanity or inappropriate discussion will not be tolerated. Any attempt to disrupt a thread or to promote discord is prohibited. Often discussions deteriorate in response to a single message. Do not respond back. It takes two for a discussion to fly off. Remember: everyone has the right to express their opinion, but within the bounds of decency and sensitivity to others. All posts made to these forums express the views and opinions of the author of each post. Respect the privacy of others. No advertising or commercial postings are permitted except as an appropriate reply to a message. You should identify your business. We have sponsors listed on the Sustaining Members' Page. If you wish to become a Sustaining Member with a link for our members to access, please apply for membership as a Sustaining Member. No job advertisements or employment opportunities may be posted in the OPS Member Forum. They can be submitted to the OPS Career Center through the OPS Central Office. Politics and Religion: These two topics can cause serious problems. Please find another venue to exercise your freedom of speech on these topics. No trolling. Don't post to inflame others. Substance is the key to avoid trolling (sowing discord or attempting to upset people). There is zero tolerance for trolls. They cannot be reasoned with and we don't attempt to. When writing your messages, please use the same courtesy that you would show when speaking face-to-face with someone. This is less obvious and harder than you think. Practice. No pornographic material. Sexually suggestive material will seriously scrutinized. We'd like everyone to be able to read the forums at work or share them with family and friends. No promotion of violence or advocating breaking the law. Unsubstantiated accusations, libelous and defamatory statements and innuendo prohibited. Do not post copyrighted materials - text or images - without the copyright-holder's permission. You may be asked to prove you have permission. No attacks on individuals, groups or businesses. Criticize ideas, not people. Intolerance toward race, gender, ethnic groups or business is prohibited. Avoid uppercase. Don't type whole messages in uppercase as this is the method to indicate shouting. It is also difficult to read. No profanities or foul language. We reserve the right to edit or remove inappropriate messages. Avatars, photos and images must adhere to forum standards and norms. No spamming. Links: You may post links to sites with content that is acceptable according to this code of conduct Financial Interest. If you have a financial interest in a product or service you discuss in this forum, please indicate so in your post. Remember, you are representing yourself to your colleagues and your profession. We are individuals with different interests, but with OPS in common. The OPS Board of Directors
by T. Bennett
Friday, March 23, 2012
OPS Member Forum Participation Locked Topic 0 T. Bennett Dear OPS Member, This community forum is a vehicle for OPS members to share thoughts, ask questions,and learn more about what goes on in our Society and our profession. Although the forum is visible to anyone visiting the OPS website, you must be a registered OPS member in order participate in the forum and take advantage of the all the features of the site. OPS members who wish to post a new forum topic or reply to an existing thread need to login to the website. Once logged in, you can post to the forum and subscribe to receive email alerts whenever a new topic is posted. If a particular topic is of interest to you, you can then subscribe to that thread to receive alerts whenever a new post is added. If you are not an OPS member and enjoy the forum, blogs and other public features of this website, please consider joining the OPS so you can receive these and other benefits of OPS membership. We hope you enjoy our online community forum! OPS Board of Directors
by T. Bennett
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Just Got My Calendar!! 1 E. Kegley Note: I received this message by email so am re-posting here:I Ssooooooo agree!And since it is really difficult to get (travel) to the meetings the online webinars are a bonus!We all need to put our thinking caps on and keep developing new classes!Thanks OPS!LoriLori Guerette, CRA COA OCT-C May you find your marbles,And recall the carefree joy of childhood
by B. McCalley
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Anyone using the sonomed vumax ultrasound? 1 S. Herman Not a big fan of the Sonomed. The software is especially clunky. In 2019 there are really only two players for a quality B scan: Ellex and Quantel. As an echographer I could make the argument for either. Both have strengths and weaknesses. Probe quality, sound quality, software issues, portability. I would demo those two and make your decision based on your needs and demographics. Personally I went with Ellex as I had a long standing relationship with the original Innovative Imaging. The probe is quality. I could argue for Quantel as well. Their compact Touch is an outstanding value.Hope this helpsDenice Barsness, CDOS and ROUB
by D. Barsness, CRA, COMT, ROUB, CDOS, FOPS
Monday, March 25, 2019
Clinical trial image submissions 3 M. Whelehan Margaret,I am the photographer for a practice that has about 40-50 studies and I submit all the images for all my trials.
by E. Kegley
Monday, March 25, 2019
Model Eye/Training Eye 1 J. Griffith, OSC Hi Jason, If you do any clinical trials with the DARC reading center, they usually send your site a test eye that can clamp on to the fundus camera to certify your equipment. It's something that you keep at your site. If you happen to be involved with DARC at all you could use theirs for training purposes maybe? Test eyes from clinical trial reading centers are the only ones I have ever used, but they are all great and easy to use. Not sure if that is helpful or not. Good luck!Margaret
by M. Whelehan
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Windows 7 End Of Life 1 J. Griffith, OSC To the best of my knowledge, since Topcon is (currently) the only traditional fundus camera produced... I would hold onto it for dear life! Never used Topcon, but very happy to see they have not given up (yet). Doesn't Topcon have their own propriety capture software you could use? Otherwise, there are a few companies out there who I believe offer capture software. This is all new to me too, since I've only used OIS (back in the day) and now Merge and now IBM. I would suggest you peruse all things OPS (Journal, education programs, etc..) to see what companies support our organization and give them a call! Gary
by G. Miller
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Merge voltage fluctuations 4 E. Silvis We went about two weeks with our fundus cameras shut down. Turns out the 'correction' is a rather hefty UPS unit which was installed, cleared by Merge and now we are back up and running.Won't get political about it, but our clinical engineering folks tested our equipment when we first received that first email from Merge and everything was in perfect order. I knew we would have been fine shooting images, but the Admins thought it best to pay heed to the notice and pull the plug, so to speak.Hopefully, those of you who have Merge are getting your UPS units and are back up and running.Gary
by G. Miller
Saturday, March 16, 2019
OPS 50th Anniversary! 1 P. Morris Here’s the direct link to the 50th anniversary page:  https://www.opsweb.org/page/50thAnniversary In addition to the home page slideshow, we put up a gallery of images from the OPS photo archives, but I really can’t take much credit for it. Many people were involved in gathering, scanning and cataloging these photos that chronicle five decades of OPS professionalism, education, and camaraderie.  Contributors to this archive project include Denice Barsness, Paul Montague, Cindy Montague, Paula Morris, Alan Frohlichstein, Joe Warnicki, and Barb McCalley.  Photographers include Paul, Alan, John Gerty, Denice, and many, many others. It’s an amazing collection and this gallery is just a small sampling.  Someone just mentioned that captions would be cool in the gallery photos. Although we didn't do that, anyone logged in as an OPS member can comment on the individual photos. This should be a fun year-long celebration!
by T. Bennett
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Zeiss Merge Exposure Change 0 G. Miller I'm an old timer used to using the keypad on my Zeiss 450 to make changes. But we have a newer 450 finally on line and I need to correct the default exposure settings (without a keypad! YIKES!)   Anyone know how to set defaults one a 450 without the keypad?? Gary
by G. Miller
Monday, December 31, 2018
Barrier Filter for DSLR 3 P. Crown thanks for sharing, I took a quick glance and it looks like I'll have to give them a deeper look, they have quite a selection of optics that they provide.
by P. Crown
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Thoughts on Oral Administration of Angiograhic Dyes 4 A. Howard With fluorescein I have the patient use a straw to drink their "cocktail". Spares the teeth, somewhat, and helps to avoid the worst of the taste since the dye is towards the back of the tongue. I associated the taste of fluorescein to spinach, that had some vinegar and was left overnight in an aluminum pan. A water chaser helps as well.
by J. Gerty
Monday, December 24, 2018
Practice/Clinic inquiry 0 P. Crown Hello all,  I've been in a retina clinic for the past 4.5 years and it has been a wonderful experience.  I've been looking more at expanding my experience and skills in ophthalmic photography beyond retina.   Without naming clinics I'd love if colleagues could share experiences about different styles of clinics, what to look for, what to avoid? As a side note, if enough information was gathered, it could also create an interesting and informative article for the JOP. Attached, photos' highlighting some of the fun along the way.
by P. Crown
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
FF450+ Lens Hood 2 J. Strong We don't have an FF450 and I've not used one so I'm not a ton of help...but some food for thought.It should be easy enough to find a different way to have a lens cap on there, even if it means making a detailed sketch and having a 3D printer burn one out. Speed is an important thing, the longer it takes to get the photo, the less patient the patient is, and the quality potential for imaging tends to decrease. Is there a different way to drop the glare? Overhead lighting being turned off? Different location for room lighting (under cabinet only during capture vice using overhead)? using only reflected light during OCT on matte painted walls to reduce polarized light potential? At the worst if the glare is from external lighting you could drop a sheet over the photographer, camera, and patient and reminisce of the similarity to wet plate collodion photograph capturing processes.
by P. Crown
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Do you routinely perform OCT with or without dilation? 5 M. Whelehan I should add, that when obtaining OCT's you're able to see if you need to get BR, FAF, multi-color or true color of specific pathologies. For 3 of our 4 retina specialists I see the new patient before they do. A lot of the time our referring doc's don't include locations of issues, etc., so when a patient is dilated I can save the MD time by catching scans of whatever the issue is without them needing to bring the patient back for a second go.This being said, we scan out to the edge of the retina to find retinal tears, lattice degeneration, CHRPE lesions, melanomas, nevi, you name it. Without dilation it's much more difficult on the patient, and it's more time consuming.Why OCT through those areas rather than just obtain a super-duper-wide-angle-everything's-funky fundus image? A fundus image doesn't show the RPE in cross section. Some tears are self-sealed and don't need laser, the OCT can show that. Some tears aren't apparent and under examination look to be "white without pressure", where the OCT can show a micro-tear. Is there harm in dilation? In my own personal theory I feel that there's less potential harm in dilation than in not dilating. What's worse than having an issue, is having an issue that was overlooked because we were trying to save 2 minutes of time.
by P. Crown
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Membership Meeting Minutes from 2017 2 B. McCalley I second the Thank you!Libba
by E. Affel
Monday, October 22, 2018
In Memory Of Harry Kachadoorian, CRA 1 J. Soque I have fond memory's of Harry, and I remember some of his fantastic images. It is a loss to the profession, as well as his family and friends.Alan
by A. Frohlichstein
Monday, October 15, 2018
In Memory Of Harry Kachadoorian, CRA 2 J. Soque Sorry to hear the sad news. Harry was definitely one of the good guys. Nice photo, Jim. How recent was that taken?
by T. Bennett
Monday, October 15, 2018
White Circles /Spots on Pheriphery of Fundus Photos? 14 C. Boddie I have had this same issue with our Canon CR-2 AF. Are you using the 2 lights in your image to focus? They can be inaccurate in the periphery since our camera doesn't swivel on it's axis. After an image with the spots I adjust up or down and forward or back to find a full image (or as full as I can get) then capture and adjust focus from there, sometimes I can get a more clear photo. Hope it helps!
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Scientific Exhibit Committee Looking for New Members 0 B. McCalley Hi all, The OPS Scientific Exhibit Committee is looking for some new members. What does this committee do and how much work is involved do you ask…well… ·         Most of the work takes place between June and November ·         2 members organize, host and judge the print and stereo divisions ·         2 members mount the prints and put together the stereo slides ·         1 member puts the PowerPoint presentation together for the banquet ·         1 member organizes the volunteers to host the exhibit at the AAO ·         1 member updates the Call for Photos ·         We have about 2-3 online conference calls a year ·         The Chair of the Committee works with the AAO on booth space ·         Assemble and dismantle the exhibit at the AAO We are looking for at least 5-6 volunteers to join the committee. It’s a lot of fun, it’s laid back and  we will mentor all new committee members. Please contact me offline if you’d like to join, tjsteffe@umich.edu   Thanks, Tim Steffens
by B. McCalley
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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