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OWA CPD Metro Evening 8th November 2022

Optometry Western Australia’s first of two November CPDs will be on the November 8th & presented by Associate Professor Chandra Bala. 

Topic: Understanding Retinal Ischaemia

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Venue:  FJ Clark Building, QEII Medical Centre, Nedlands, WA. 

Summary:  Retinal ischaemia in a vision-threatening complication that is associated with almost every disease of the posterior segment.  It may be an incidental finding in the context of chronic insidious disease or an acute presentation in a patient with profound vision loss.  This talk will provide an overview of retinal ischaemia with an emphasis on the pathophysiologic mechanisms that drive ischaemia, the multimodal imaging features of retinal ischaemia and the current management paradigms to treat retinal ischaemia.

Learning Objective

  • Understand the pathophysiologic mechanisms that are unique to retinal ischaemia and different to occlusive pathologies in other systems of the human body
  • Understand the manifestations of retinal ischemia as seen on colour photography, OCT, OCT angiography and fluorescein angiography
  • Understand if and when retinal ischaemia requires treatment and the varying treatment paradigms for this complication

Max CPD hours awarded:  1 HOUR Therapuetic Interactive


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Assoc. Professor Chandra Balaratnasingam

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Associate Professor Chandra Balaratnasingam MBBS, PhD, FRANZCO

Associate Professor Chandra Balaratnasingam is a consultant ophthalmologist and vitreoretinal surgeon at the Lions Eye Institute (Nedlands and Murdoch Offices) and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. He was awarded his medical degree with Honours and PhD with High-Distinction from the University of Western Australia. He undertook specialist training in ophthalmology in Western Australia after which he completed 3 years of post-fellowship sub-specialty training in retina diseases in North America. This included training at the University of British Columbia, Canada, Vitreous-Retina-Macula Consultants of New York, USA and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, USA. Following fellowship training, Assoc. Professor Balaratnasingam was appointed to clinical faculty at New York University School of Medicine, USA where he worked as a vitreoretinal surgeon prior to returning to Australia. He has over 15 years of research experience in ophthalmology and has published over 100 scientific manuscripts and over 10 book chapters in key retina texts. His research expertise is in the field of retinal vascular diseases with a focus on diabetic retinopathy. He is a regular invited speaker at international meetings and serves on the editorial board of the journal Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology that is published on behalf of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.

CPD Sponsor: Bayer Australia

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Bayer have been long term supporters of Optometry WA CPD evenings, both metro, regional and ECO events. Bayer provide OWA with popular speakers during the year's CPD calendar.

Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation Optometry Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.