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Iris melanoma and secondary haemorrhage (Nikon FS-3 camera)


By Sandra Shaw
National Communications Manager


Melbourne optometrist Associate Professor Mark Roth has won the Grand Prize Anterior Segment Photo contest for 2015, which is conducted by the American Academy of Optometry.

He received the award at the annual academy meeting, which was held this year in New Orleans.

Professor Roth considers clinical photography an integral part of optometry. ‘It’s a critical clinical tool, educational in terms of communication to the patient but also awesome fun,’ he said.

The 2015 Primary Care Section Annual Academy Ocular Photography Contest received 132 images submissions from 91 optometrists.

Submissions were graded in seven categories, each assigned a numerical value between 1 and 10 for focus, exposure, field of view, difficulty of capturing image, absence of distracting elements, lighting and visual impact.

The total scores of 12 optometrist judges were averaged to determine the winners.

The winning entry was of an image titled ‘Iris melanoma and secondary haemorrhage’.

Professor Roth said a 56-year-old, white, male patient presented with an iris melanoma of the left eye. In the image, the pupil is retracted and the lesion displays abnormal vascularity with an episode of bleeding.

The haemorrhage was managed with topical steroids and IOP-lowering medications, and resolved within one week.

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