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The Importance of Autofluorescence

Date: 20/07/2021 (ACST)

Venue: (Virtual/Online) 10 Myer Court, South Australia, SA, 5009

Provider: Optos Australia

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Contact: Kim Rainsford, [E], [P] 08 8444 6503

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the difference between a structural image of the retina and a functionality image of the retina
  • Understand the importance of carrying out AF imaging in order not to miss early metabolic changes within the retina
  • Understand the microstructure of the RPE
  • Understand the essential part the RPE plays in normal metabolic activity to allow the retina to function normally
  • Understand the role lipofuscin plays in retinal metabolism and how to interpret the findings due to its presence
  • Understand and interpret autofluorescent images of normal and abnormal retinas
  • Recognise different retinal conditions associated with hyperfluorescence within the retina
  • Interpret the different signs obtained from structural and functionality images and understand the significance of the two information streams
  • Understand the importance of AF imaging, how it may allow the clinician to intervene & treat retinal conditions at an earlier stage to prevent sight loss and potentially reverse early retinal damage
  • Collate information obtained from the images and make competent decisions to influence the outcomes for the patient
  • Make competent clinical around whether to refer or monitor a patient who shows signs of retinal metabolic change
  • Discuss with competence the findings from the imaging session with the patient
  • Give good advice on lifestyle matters such as stopping smoking, lifestyle alterations, obesity management, dietary inclusions to establish the best metabolic environment for sustained retinal function

Max CPD hours awarded: 1

Session Information

The Importance of Autofluorescence
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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.