Fundamentals for Retinal Technicians
8:00 History of Retinal Imaging
Retinal imaging has changed dramatically since its inception, and it behooves the ophthalmic imager to understand where the field started and how it has changed. Starting with retinal drawings, imaging of the posterior pole was and is very important for documentation as well as for diagnostic value. This presentation will cover the beginnings of imaging, from film based photography to electronic flash cameras, up to present and future technology. Fluorescein and ICG angiography will be discussed in length, as well as OCT and OCT angiography.
9:45 Master OCT
Nothing has changed the landscape of ophthalmic imaging so much as optical coherence tomography. Since it’s commercial introduction in 1996, OCT has affected almost every ophthalmic practice. Most technicians are familiar with the basic use of OCT, and this presentation expands on that basic knowledge. Understanding not only how to image, but what we are imaging is critically important in producing an optimal diagnostic image to assist the physician in determining diagnosis and treatment plan. Advanced techniques, such as enhanced depth imaging and full depth imaging will be discussed, along with tips for imaging subtle retinal pathology; such as outer retinal tubulation and choroidal imaging.
10:45 Imaging for Specific Ocular Diseases
In order to provide optimal imaging, the technician must understand which modalities are needed for specific diseases. This presentation will cover the most common retinal diseases and the imaging modalities used to diagnose. The role of fluorescein angiography, autofluorescent imaging, ICG angiography and OCT will be discussed in regards to these specific diseases.
11:30 Lunch on your own
12:30 Workup of the Retinal Patient
Patients in a retina practice present unique and diverse diseases, and it is critical that the ophthalmic technician understands the necessary questions to ask for an accurate history and chief complaint. Equally important is the knowledge of what diagnostic tests are needed to better provide the physician with the tools to diagnose and recommend treatment. This presentation will cover standard ophthalmic testing, as well as retina specific testing tools. Creating an accurate picture of the patient’s symptoms and history as well as tips for eliciting this information from the patient will be discussed.
1:30 The Role of the Technician in Intravitreal Injections
With the advent of anti-vegf therapy, intravitreal injections have become increasingly common in the retina practice. The importance of understanding the procedure, pre and post instructions and aseptic technique will be discussed, as well as tips for scheduling and logistics of an ever increasing injection population in clinic.
2:30 Assisting in Retinal Surgery
Ophthalmic technicians tend to wear many hats, and surgical assisting can be one of those hats. This presentation will cover surgical scrub and sterile technique, as well as an in depth look at common retina surgeries. Even if a technician is not assisting in surgery, it is important from a patient education standpoint that they understand the procedure that was performed.