AOA Launches New Resource
St. Louis, MO. (May 8, 2014)—Optometrists have another quick-reference clinical tool at their fingertips with a new ophthalmic image catalog now available from the American Optometric Association's Contact Lens and Cornea Section (CLCS).
Accessible via an online database, the Anterior Segment Image Catalog provides all AOA members with a variety of clinically reviewed photographs of anterior segment conditions that will help both in patient education and optometric research. The current library may be viewed at www.aoa.org/optometrists/membership/aoa-sections/contact-lens-and-cornea-section.
The online database features numerous images of anterior segment conditions, including corneal ulcers, gaping radial keratotomy (RK) incisions and keratoconus-among others-and could expand to include additional ocular images in the coming months. "This is going to be a massive member benefit," says Jeffrey Sonsino, O.D., CLCS secretary.
To ensure overall clinical accuracy, each image has been reviewed by an expert panel to ensure quality of photography and appropriate diagnosis before being placed in the catalog for members' reference, Dr. Sonsino says.
Member ODs also can help support the selection of images in the catalog by submitting their own ocular pictures with a brief description of the image. Visit the CLCS webpage and click on the Anterior Segment Image Catalog banner portal to access the gallery. Select "upload images" to submit photographs for panel review.
Bart Pemberton, O.D., a CLCS member and image catalog work group member, says the project is currently collecting photographs.
"This is another helpful clinical tool available to AOA members," Dr. Pemberton says, acknowledging the gallery as a culmination of several years' work by CLCS members and the idea of CLCS past-chair Christine Sindt, O.D.The CLCS includes practitioners and optometry students with a passionate interest in the field of contact lens, cornea, anterior segment disease, refractive surgery and related technologies.
Find more information, visit www.aoa.org/optometrists/membership/aoa-sections/contact-lens-and-cornea-section to learn more about what membership in the CLCS means for you.