Retinal Diseases Unveiled with SD-OCT (ELC67106)
Instructor: Elena Z. Biffi, OD, MS Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has revolutionized our approach to retinal disease identification, diagnosis and decision-making. The unique capability of Spectral Domain (SD)-OCT technology is to perform a layer-by-layer analysis of the retina with a resolution highly superior to fundus ophthalmoscopy and/or fundus photography. The high sensitivity of this instrument with its superior imaging capabilities provides detailed information on ocular subsurface structures, otherwise obtainable only by histology.
This course is intended to capitalize on the aforementioned unique capabilities offered by SD-OCT to enhance participants’ in-depth understanding of retinal anatomy, biology and pathology, explaining how different retinal layers and their integrity contribute to normal visual function. Once this knowledge is mastered, retinal diseases can be catalogued, understood and differentiated from each other based on SD-OCT appearance and their specific retinal layer localization. Characteristic, disease-specific SD-OCT patterns can be identified; these patterns will be illustrated via engaging case presentations in the overall framework of epidemiology, pathophysiology and clinical features for various retinal conditions. Particular emphasis is placed on correlating fundoscopic appearance with OCT layer-by-layer analysis, which provides the foundation for an imaging-driven diagnostic approach. Furthermore, understating of normal and abnormal retinal layer architecture will be tied to potential visual function; in turn, these conditions will be placed in the overall diagnostic and management framework that students will be facing in their day-to-day primary care and ocular disease practice.