OCT Refresher Day - Birmingham Optical


We all see that OCTs are playing a vital role in practice. How often have you had a fairly routine examination, on a retina that is fairly non-suspicious, only to scan and find something more sinister lying beneath.

There are many OCTs to use from, all offering their own perks. If you're working with hospitals or consultants, doing the odd day here or there. Or referring between them, it's useful to know how to use each one. Of course, some now come with attachments, allowing you to assess the anterior chamber and any narrow angles more objectively. It's amazing when you think about it really, from Van herick to full frontal visual. 

Among the many online resources for learning about OCT advances, Birmingham Optical are offering a refresher course in March to delve into the world of coherence tomography. I recognise a few names scanning the list of speakers and am really excited to hear about their research. 

The course is run in a two track plan, with free movement between the two. I personally love viewing the AC with the OCT, though I'm not sure I'm getting the most out of what I'm seeing. Dr Sandip Doshi will discuss Anterior OCT in more depth (see what I did there?) in a morning session.

Cardiff University students will recognise Dr Louise Terry (PHD) who will present her findings on OCT in AMD. As well as discussing the use of artificial intelligence in diagnosis, which I'm looking forward to. There has been much debate about AI in medicine, controversy of tech over taking the role of the clinician. Personally, I think used correctly they act as a fantastic aid and screening  tool  for many pathologies.

Branching out from the testing room, Sophie Withers BSc (Hons) McOptom, will discuss OCT from a business standpoint. OCTs are a big financial investment, as we move away from the stereotype of spectacle pushing and into this new form of imaging, it allows us to tell patients much more about their eye health. We can immediately create a visual for them and give clear, specific explanations, given good lay terms of course. 

The event takes place on the 4th of March, in the ABDO National Resource Centre, B6 5RQ. You can register for the event here: Click me

OCTs are be particularly useful in determining the size of drusen, to check if naevi are flat or monitoring VMA/VMTs. OCTs have endless uses and not just in the posterior pole. Advances are constantly developing in retinal scans and it's invaluable to keep up to date with the potential of the tech.


This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Birmingham Optical. The views are of my own and are not in association with my employer or other collaborations. I always endeavour to give my honest opinions and remain impartial through a collaboration. Please feel free to contact for further information.

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