100% Optical

On stage at 100% Optical: Widefield OCT angiography

Tariq Aslam, consultant ophthalmologist at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, on unleashing the potential of non-invasive angiography

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Could you give us an insight into the topic your session will cover?

In the presentation I will be discussing the exciting new technology of ultra-widefield optical coherence tomography angiography (UWF–OCTA) imaging. Here at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, we have acquired one of the first commercially available machines in Europe and within hours of its set up, we were using it to transform management of patients with medical retinal disease.

What are some of the key messages you wish to highlight?

Retinal imaging has been undergoing a revolution in terms of scope, power and quality over recent decades and the development of widefield imaging with OCTA is the latest milestone that will finally unleash the full potential of non-invasive angiography for diagnosing and managing common retinal vascular diseases such as diabetes and vein occlusion. This session will present various cases demonstrating the ease of objective interpretation of these images to define key characteristics such as areas of retinal ischaemia and neovascularisation in a wide retinal field.

Who is this topic for? Who might benefit the most from joining?

The topic is for any physicians who are involved in imaging or managing diabetic patients, with immediate implications for ophthalmic practice and future implications for optometric screening.

What do you hope the top takeaway will be for attendees?

Widefield OCTA technology has the potential to revolutionise the way we examine and grade vascular retinopathies such as diabetes and retinal venous occlusion. It provides incredible images with machines that are already here and being used and likely to become more and more commonplace.

2024 marks 10 years of 100% Optical. How do you feel about being part of a milestone year for the optical show?

It’s a great honour to be there to mark this prestigious milestone and I’m pleased to be talking about a new technology that I believe will lead the way for the next ten years.

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