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Sydney Eye Specialists Interactive Therapeutic Optometry Course: Glaucoma Management 101 and Ocular & Medical Retina Emergencies

Date: 28/03/2022 (AEDT)

Venue: The Dome, Burwood RSL, 96 Shaftesbury Rd Burwood, NSW, 2134

Provider: Sydney Eye Specialists

Contact: Amanda Ryder, [E], [P] 0478 652 000

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the basic principles of the glaucoma assessment: e.g slit lamp examination, pachymetry, intraocular pressure measurement and various methods, visual field assessment , disc photography and OCT assessment. How to examine an optic disc and fundus in regards to glaucoma and common medical retina disorders.
  • How to read a nerve fibre layer OCT and posterior pole OCT as it pertains to glaucoma. Common pitfalls and errors.
  • Red flags when assessing a glaucoma patient: How not to miss a brain tumour, optic atrophy, papillloedema, papillitis, or congenital disc anomalies either clinically or on OCT/photography. Warning signs in the pattern of the visual field test result that should prompt neuro-imaging or referral.
  • Medical management pearls in glaucoma: An overview of glaucoma drops and new therapies on the horizon. Adverse effects and the importance of compliance/follow up. Interventional therapies in the pipelines such as prostaglandin implants.
  • Laser and surgery in glaucoma management. The role of glaucoma laser therapies such as: laser iridotomy, iridoplasty, and selective laser trabeculoplasty. Surgical options such as the istent inject combined with cataract surgery. Principles of glaucoma management in regards to angle closure, secondary causes of glaucoma, and in the context of uveitis. When to refer and initial management steps by the optometrist.
  • Acute ocular & retinal emergencies: Initial assessment and management steps by the optometrist; When to refer e.g. acute posterior vitreous detachment, retinal break & retinal detachment; Retinal artery & vein occlusion; ocular ischaemic syndrome; Anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy; Anterior & posterior uveitis; vitreous haemorrhage etc
  • Medical Retina Spot test: How to identify multiple common retina signs and disorders based on clinical photographs & OCT Initial steps in the investigation and management of these retinal disorders When to refer
  • The co-management of common retinal disorders: from screening to management e.g. diabetic retinopathy Common investigations; Frequency of monitoring; When to refer back again
  • An awareness of new and emerging therapies in the management of common retinal disorders. The latest clinic trial evidence in the management of AMD (age-related macular degeneration), Diabetic retinopathy, and Retinal vein occlusion. The ability to have a discussion with the patient about the current standard of care and potential options in the future.

Max CPD hours awarded: 2.25

Session Information

Glaucoma Management 101 and Medical Retina Emergencies
Duration of CPD Session/Module
Duration of CPD Session/Module inclusive of Assessment Component

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.