Eye Care Webinar, Thursday, March 25 2021 19:00 CET

Advanced application & Interpretation of OCT and OCT Angiography in clinical practice

Background information:
OCT and OCT angiography can be used to diagnose many diseases. In this webinar, we will focus on three different diseases where wide field, OCT and OCTA can make a difference in clinical practice.

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Learning Objectives
  1. The aim of this event is to help ophthalmologists understand and learn how to use OCT and OCTA in daily clinical practice for certain diseases.
  2. Get practical tips from the examples discussed to increase your diagnostic confidence.
  3. In the question-and-answer session, you could find answers that you need.
Dr. Sal Rassam, MD, DO, FRCOpht
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Panacea Medical Centre
Worthing, United Kingdom

Background Information
Dr. Sal Rassam is a consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon & Clinical Lead at Panacea Medical Centre Undertook a fellowship in disease of the Retina and Vitreoretinal Surgery at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne, Australia and spent over 2 years conducting research on Ocular Circulation at the Hammersmith Hospital, London. He has special interest in ocular circulation & ocular imaging.

OCT Angiography technology for Choroidal Neovascularization
OCT Angiography has changed the way we inspect and define Choroidal Neo vascular process. The high-resolution images and the ability to dissect through the different layers of the retina has given us a better understanding of the disease and its response to treatment. Image manipulation software has improved definition, allowing for a better look at the fine detail. While the CANON OCT-A1 allows for automated production of well-defined images for fast patient throughput, manual manipulation provides a great deal of detail that otherwise would not be visible.

Learning objectives of the presentation
To highlight the advanced features of Canon OCT-A1 image manipulation software providing greater detail & understanding in the Choroidal Neovascular process and its response to treatment.
Prof. Tariq Aslam, MA (Oxon), DM (Oxon), FRCSEd (Ophth), PhD
Director, IOVS MSc Course Professor of Ophthalmology and Interface Technologies; University of Manchester, Consultant Ophthalmologist
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
Manchester, United Kingdom

Background Information:
Prof. Tariq Aslam began his medical training at Oxford University and completed his medical retina fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital. His first research doctorate from Oxford University involved clinical trials in ophthalmic surgery and a further PhD from Heriot Watt University investigated technology applications in ophthalmology. Both doctorate theses utilized his skills in computer programming and his most recent led to a prize for the best PhD across all University disciplines. His current research explores many clinical interests in retina including psychological aspects and the potential for computerized and technological enhancement of patient care including novel device development. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, predominantly as lead author, a number of patents and is an investigator on multiple commercial as well as investigator lead studies. His research has led to a spin-out medical technology company with awards for social impact, which is his ultimate research goal.

Key uses of the wide field OCT-A: Vascular disease
In this presentation I present the practical applications of canon wide field OCT-A imaging in retinal vascular disease such as vein occlusions, diabetes and other less common conditions. With particular reference to limiting invasive investigations and need for rapid, accessible imaging I will describe why such wide field OCT-A imaging is not only interesting but an important tool to have for efficient, accurate and effective patient care.

Learning objectives of the presentation
To understand the principles of wide field OCT-A and what information can be garnered from these images.
To understand in which clinical scenarios might wide field OCT-A imaging help.
To understand what signs are important indicators for disease diagnosis or progression.
Dr. Orlaith Mc Grath, MB, BCh, BAO
Ophthalmology Clinical Research Fellow
University of Manchester
Manchester, United Kingdom

Background Information:
Dr. Orlaith Mc Grath is an Ophthalmology Clinical Research Fellow working with Professor Tariq Aslam at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Orlaith is carrying out an MPhil in Ophthalmology Technical Applications with the University of Manchester. She worked as an Ophthalmology Senior House Officer in Cork University Hospital, Ireland last year and she is currently in the process of applying for Ophthalmology national recruitment here in the UK.

Key uses of the wide field OCT-A: Uveitis
The practical application of wide field OCT-A imaging in patients with uveitis. I describe complex retinitis and vasculitis cases secondary to uveitis where efficient, non-invasive widefield OCT-A imaging has been fundamental to guiding our diagnosis and management.

Learning objectives of the presentation
To understand the principles of wide field OCT-A and what information can be garnered from these images.
To understand in which clinical scenarios might wide field OCT-A imaging help.
To understand what signs are important indicators for disease diagnosis or progression.
Dr. Barbara Parolini, MD
Head of Vitreoretinal Unit
Eye Care Clinic
Brescia, Italy

Background Information:
Dr. Barbara Parolini graduated in Italy from Medical School and obtained the diploma in Ophthalmology with laude in 1997. She has undertaken a postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF (San Francisco, USA) and at UMDNJ (Newark, USA), on retinal pigment epithelium transplantation in 1994-1995 and 1997-1998. Her expertise are complex cases of submacular surgery, diabetic retinopathy and high myopia, as well as eye reconstruction after trauma.
Dr. Parolini has published 60 peer-reviewed papers, 3 Book Chapters and an Ebook on Vitreoretinal Techniques (released in 2018).She is tutor of Bremen EVRS VitreoRetinal School and Thessaloniky VitreoRetinal School. Dr. Barbara Parolini obtained a patent of a model of macular buckle and a kit for episcleral surgery. Since 2016, VicePresident of the European VitreoRetina Society.

The beauty of Wide Field imaging in myopic traction maculopathy

Myopic traction Maculopathy (MTM) is one of the major complications of eyes with high myopia. The aim of the present talk will be to display examples of different stages of MTM pictured by wide field OCT. MTM can involve not only the posterior pole but also the peripheral side of the eye.

Learning objectives of the presentation
I will present new information on Myopic Traction Maculopathy (MTM). MTM is a disease that involves the macula but has consequences also on the peripheral area around the macula.
I will also present the new OCT-based MTM staging system (MSS). The MSS offers:
  • nomenclature of MTM
  • type of evolution and natural history info of MTM
  • prognosis of MTM
  • guidelines for treatment of MTM
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