Ophthalmology Updates! 2017 (Part 2)

The presentations described in this report provided attendees the opportunity to both refresh their knowledge of existing conditions, and discover the latest advances in the field.Its unique format gave a platform for the extrely qualified line up to relay results from some of their cutting edge research and appeared to be very well received by the audience. 

Electrophysiology 101Associate Professor John Grigg delivered an introductory presentation on the useful but complex subject of ocular electrophysiology. He gave one of its main uses as explaining differences between functional and eye examination results – for example, when the eye appears to be normal clinically but vision is poor. Read more.  Functional visual lossDr Mike Jones opened with a discussion on conversion disorders (CDs), which are defined as a loss or distortion of neurologic function not explained fully by organic disease, the effect of a substance, or as a culturally-sanctioned behaviour or experience. Read more.   Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) ToxicityWhile Dr Jennifer Arnold gave an erudite pair of lectures, the one reported here relates to the ocular consequences of long-term hydroxychloroquine therapy taken orally for rheumatoid arthritis (and other rheumatic disorders), lupus, malaria, and several other conditions. Read more.   Cornea: dry, and corneal collagen cross-linkingProfessor Stephanie Watson spoke about dry eye disease (DED), which was well within her field given her anterior segment focus. She opened with a review of the just-released DEWS II suite of reports, which was compiled by committees of relevant topic specialists drawn from around the world – including many Australians. Read more.  Neuro-ophthalmology: Giant cell arteritisAssociate Professor Clare Fraser gave a lecture on giant cell arteritis (GCA), which she described as a body-wide vasculitis of the medium-sized muscular arteries that, ultimately, causes intimal thickening and occlusion of the affected vessels. Read more.   Glaucoma ImagingClinical Associate Professor Andrew White opened with the opinion that despite all the instrumentation available, nothing beats a good fundus photo. Furthermore, it is probably the only record that is backwards and forwards compatible – an image is always reviewable but digital records may not be. Read more.  

Read Part 1: Ophthalmology Updates 2017!

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