What You Always Wanted to Know About the Retina Fellowship Match (PART III): MATCH DAY & BEYOND

Nicolas Yannuzzi, MD Ophthalmology Resident Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Session 3 began with Dr. Netan Choudhry discussing the techniques of capturing OCT images of peripheral pathology. He showed several methods of obtaining peripheral scans including internal and external fixation methods, increasing the OCT B-scan length, using a 20 diopter trial frame, and OCT montage. He showed some fantastic OCT images of an astrocytic hamartoma, a VHL lesion, and an ora serrata pearl.


Next Dr. Jay Duker imparted 10 great pearls for the management of retinal vascular diseases. These included:

  • Hard exudates may get worse then round up before the patient gets better
  • Asymmetric diabetic retinopathy is not associated with ipsilateral carotid disease
  • Retinal cysts over scars in wet AMD are usually not VEGF mediated
  • Late diabetic vitreous hemorrhage is a tractional disease; consider taking the patient with full PRP and vitreous hemorrhage to the OR for a vitrectomy as the bleed is likely not VEGF mediated

Finally, Dr. Charlie Wykoff showed multiple cases to the panel, sparking a vigorous debate on when to take a traumatic pediatric macular hole to surgery. Polling the audience revealed about 10% of the room was using telemedicine for follow up or detection of wet AMD. 20-30% of the room had done a vitrectomy for refractory DME within the past month, and 1/3 of the room was using genetic testing in inherited retinal diseases.

RETINA Roundup VBS VI Coverage: 3/27/2018  VBS VI: Historic Delivery of Gene Therapy for LCA 3/27/2018  VBS VI: Surgical Adventures - Curing One Eye at a Time 3/26/2018  VBS VI: Retinaws 3/26/2018  VBS VI: Complications Session 3/26/2018  VBS VI: Women of VBS Breakfast 3/26/2018  VBS VI: Endophthalmitis Session 3/25/2018  VBS VI: Retina Caliente 3/25/2018  VBS VI: Lifetime Mentorship Award: Jay Duker 3/24/2018  VBS VI: Surgical Adventures - Bridging the Gap 3/24/2018  VBS VI: Real World Retina - Practice Management, Private Equity, Advice for Young Retina Specialists 3/24/2018  VBS VI: Medical Retina 3/24/2018  VBS VI: Live Surgery Session 3/23/2018  VBS VI: Fellows' Forray 3/24/2018  VBS VI: Welcome to Miami