COURSE AND WETLAB PROGRAMME

Please note that there is an additional charge of €50
for wetlabs. All other courses are free of charge.

Anterior Segment Imaging

The Galilei system and an additional Scheimflug machine will be demonstrated. Participants will have the opportunity for hands-on training and to discuss the features of this diagnostic system with the instructors.

How to Write a Paper

This workshop is aimed at those who are interested in writing an article for publication. It will look at the methods of getting published, and the process to go through from your initial idea to publication. The session will also explain the reviewing process and explain why some articles are rejected. This will be an interactive workshop and will hopefully give you the confidence to get your ideas onto paper and to submit your article to a journal.

IOL Master Advanced User Training

This session will focus on best practices for obtaining accurate preoperative measurements for IOL power calculation utilizing the IOL Master optical biometer. Discussion will include interpretation of the waveform, handling of “double peaks”, deleting/not deleting scans, measuring difficult eyes and the correlation of measurements obtained to those obtained by LenStar and Immersion Ultrasound. A review of changes in recent software upgrades will be included along with case presentations of challenging eyes. Attendees will have the opportunity for hands-on application of the latest software version of the IOL Master provided by Carl Zeiss Meditec.

IOLs: Materials, Shapes and Complications

This course will cover the advantages and disadvantages of the different IOL materials and designs, and participants will also be shown photographs of changes which occur to the intraocular lens once it has
been implanted.

LenStar Advanced User Training

This session will focus on best practices for obtaining accurate preoperative measurements for IOL power calculation utilizing the LenStar optical biometer. Discussion will include interpretation of the waveform, when to delete/not delete scans and/or move calipers, validation criteria for standardizing keratometry as well as correlation of measurements obtained to those obtained by IOL Master and Immersion Ultrasound. Tips and pearls on measuring difficult eyes will be illustrated through use of case presentations. Attendees will have the opportunity for hands-on application of the latest software version of the LenStar LS900 provided by Haag-Streit.

Measurement of Visual Acuity
This course has 2 sections:

1. Visual Acuity
• Definition
• Task (detection, recognition, alignment)
• Different test measurements (according to patient age)
• Notation of VA (decimal, scale, Snellen, LogMar)

2. Contrast Sensitivity
• Definition
• Measurement systems
• VA and CSF relationship

Optical Coherence Tomography for Ophthalmic Technicians

Optical Coherence Tomography is a technique of imaging the posterior pole using interferometry, a process analogous to ultrasound. OCT allows a tomography of the retina and its different layers with an axial resolution of 10 microns. Its final image is a false colour image representing different layers, from RPE to the RNFL layer. This permits the exact localisation of the pathology and an evaluation of its volume. OCT is an advantageous method because it is not invasive, and in many cases pupil dilatation is not necessary. Good results are obtained with only 3mm dilatation. This course shows the basis of the technique, its advantages and applications, and some results in different cases of retina pathologies. Participants will have hands-on practice with the equipment.

Phacoemulsification

This hands-on wetlab course will cover wound construction, capsulorhexis, phacoemulsification, I/A and IOL implantation.

Premium Axial Eye Length Measurements

This course will discuss current methods of obtaining accurate, reproducible measurements utilizing both optical and immersion A-Scan biometry. Emphasis will be placed on criteria for determining the accuracy of measurements obtained by each method and correlation of the two. The latest information concerning “best practices” for the IOL Master 500 as well as the LenStar LS900 will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to apply principles learned utilizing the following equipment:

• Accutome: A-Scan Plus
• Ellex: eyecubed
• Quantel Medical: Compact Touch
• Sonomed: PacScan 300A
• Carl Zeiss Meditec: IOL Master 500
• Haag Streit: LenStar LS900

Premium Immersion Ultrasound (A-Scan)
Axial Eye Length Measurements

This course will review criteria for determining the accuracy of measurements obtained by immersion ultrasound and their correlation to optical measurements. The session will include a review of
ultrasound principles and machine settings that must be understood in order to evaluate the waveform and obtain an accurate measurement. A step-by-step explanation of “optimal” examination technique will be presented. The session will conclude with live demonstrations of axial length measurements utilizing the latest version A-Scan equipment provided by the following manufacturers.

• Accutome: A-Scan Plus
• Ellex: eyecubed
• Quantel Medical: Compact Touch
• Sonomed: PacScan 300A+

Premium IOL Power Calculations

With the increased requirements for multifocal and accommodative lenses along with the added complexity of lens power calculation after refractive surgery, IOL power calculation is more important than ever. This course will include discussion on the importance of standardization of keratometry and biometry measurements, personalization of lens constants, appropriate formula selection, and the latest data on the accuracy of available methods for calculating IOL power for the post refractive surgery patient.

Refractive Surgery

In this course participants will have the opportunity to look at the current techniques used in refractive surgery:

• Topography - the course will contain a theoretical part and hands on practice where participants will learn to do exams.

• Critical points about patient selection and decision-making concerning a photorefractive candidate, and evaluating quality of vision following refractive surgery.

• An overview of microkeratomes will be given along with handson practice where the participants can look at assembly and tips for a safe procedure.

• Postoperative complications, emergencies and re-operations will also be covered.

Part 1 - Theory:
• Current techniques
• Evaluating visual performance following
• refractive surgery
• Patient selection/Decision-making
• Emergencies/Postoperative complications
• Re-Operations

Part 2 - Practical:
• Topography
• Overview of microkeratomes

Please note: All those attending Part 2 must also participate in Part 1 of the course.
However it is possible to attend Part 1 without attending Part 2 of the course.

 

Slit Lamps

The slit lamp is essentially a binocular microscope and is a way of combining magnification with illumination. A few basic rules can make the equipment easier to use. This course welcomes both beginners and those who have a greater understanding of the area, and will provide an informative demonstration of the microscopic slit lamp.

Standardized Technique for B-Scan Ultrasound Evaluation of the Posterior Segment

B-Scan ultrasound is a valuable tool for differentiation of a wide range of ocular disorders of the posterior segment in eyes with both clear and opaque media. Discussion of the diagnostic capabilities enhanced by optimal examination technique will illustrate ways to maximize utilization of this technology as an adjuvant to diagnosis of the ocular patient. The first half of the course will review ultrasound physics principles and standardized protocol for optimal exam technique. Topics will include standardized probe/scanning
orientations for localization and documentation of masses, imaging of the optic nerve and macula, as well as comprehensive examination of the eye with opaque media. The second half of the course will consist of case presentations illustrating B-scan differentiation of ocular disorders involving the vitreous, retina, choroid, sclera, and optic nerve, as well as the combined use of diagnostic A-scan for differentiation of masses. The session will conclude with live demonstrations of comprehensive examinations utilizing the latest version B-Scan equipment provided by the following manufacturers.

• Accutome: B-Scan Plus
• Ellex: eyecubed
• Quantel Medical: AVISO
• Sonomed: Master Vu B-Scan

 

Visual Fields

This course provides the opportunity for hands-on learning as an introduction or as an update of your existing skills. Visual field testing provides extremely important information and is a vital skill to master.

 

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