UHW Ophthalmologists Ms. Emer Henry and Mr. Gareth Higgins took part in the recent "Mini-Medical School" run by RCSI from 21st-23rd February.
Ms. Henry gave a lecture entitled "What Can go Wrong With the Eye" outlying practical aspects of Ophthalmology as a career.
Mr. Higgins took part in the Practical Surgical Skills section, teaching suturing techniques to the participants.
UHW Eye Department, with the kind assistance of Thea pharmaceuticals, had the pleasure of hosting a mini-symposium on "Ocular Surface Disease" at Faithlegg House Hotel on Tuesday 14th February.
The programme was as follows:
"Gonococcus as a cause of Corneal Perforation".
Dr. Robert Brady, SHO in Ophthalmology, UHW
"A case of fungal keratitis caused by Phoma Species"
Dr. Maeve Rhatigan, SHO in Ophthalmology, UHW
"Management of Recurrent Corneal Erosion"
Mr. Paddy Condon, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Waterford
"Ocular Surface Disease"
Mr. Alex Shortt, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London
University Hospital Waterford Eye Clinic has recently been equipped in November 2016 with the most technological advanced clinical retinal imaging system available in the World.
The “DRI OCT Triton, swept source OCT” will revolutionise our diagnostic capabilities.
Waterford was the first city in Ireland to acquire an OCT imaging system in 2008 and now almost 10 years later we are at the forefront of a new technology “Angio OCT”.
The DRI OCT Triton high definition B-scans not only provides extremely clear images of the retinal structures but for the first time penetrates deep into the choroid and sclera revealing features not visible with the older technologies. It also images the cortical vitreous and its relation to the retina not previously possible and allows better planning of retinal surgery.
The “Angio OCT” function is probably the most exciting aspect of the technology. For the first time we can non-invasively image the blood flow of the retina and reveal its intricate structure at different levels. We can appreciate individual capillaries and we can see their relationships in 3D.
Our Glaucoma and Corneal surgeons are also pleased as they can now offer anterior segment OCT and HD Optic disc OCT imaging with associated progression software.
Our Medical Retinal and Vitreoretinal consultants attended the “1st International Swept Source OCT & Angiography Conference in Madrid” on the 10th and 11th of February 2017. This was an opportunity to meet some of the World experts in the frontier of this new technology and join the discussion on its clinical applications.
We are now equipped with technology to compete for funding for international medical retinal research projects.