Retina Seminar for Technicians
8:00 – 9:00 Anatomy for the Ophthalmic Technician
The ophthalmic technician must have a solid base of knowledge of the anatomical structures of the eye. This lecture will outline ocular structures and their importance in the visual process, as well as acquisition of proper imaging for diagnosis. Upon completion, the attendee should have an understanding of anterior and posterior anatomy of the eye. Attendees should also have an improved understanding of retinal layers, as well as identifying major anatomical landmarks in the eye.
9:00 – 10:30 Fundus Photography, Fluorescein and ICG Angiography
This lecture will provide a comprehensive overview of color fundus photography, as well as the principles of fluorescein angiography and Indocyanine Green (ICG) angiography. Concepts such as transit, mid and late phases, hypo and hyper fluorescence and how to plan for specific disease entities will be covered in length. Upon completion of this program attendees should have a better understanding of the common terms used in angiography. Students should be able to recognize and explain terms such as pooling, staining, hypo and hyper fluorescence. Attendees should t have a better understanding of the role of angiography in the study of retinal diseases and disorders.
10:45 – 12:00 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. Upon completion, the attendee should have a comfortable knowledge base of how OCT works, as well as gain tips and techniques for specific disease pathologies
12:00 Lunch on your own
12:45 – 1:45 OCT Angiography
This lecture will cover the concept and science of OCT angiography, as well as its role in clinical practice. Using OCTA as a clinical tool alongside standard imaging, such as FA, ICG and OCT will be discussed. Upon completion, the attendee should be able to explain how OCT angiography differs from standard OCT. The attendee will also be expected to explain and identify common pathologies that OCT angiography can be used to image.
1:45 – 2:30 Workup of the Retina Patient, and the Role of the Technician in Intravitreal Injection
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. The technician’s role in intravitreal injections will also be discussed. 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. Upon completion, the attendee should be able to describe a thorough workup routine for the retinal patient. The attendee should also understand the importance of each step of a patient workup, and how it relates to the ultimate diagnosis of disease
2:45 – 3:15 The Technician Assistant’s Role 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.