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    Examining poster themes at ARVO 2017

    This year’s Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) annual meeting in Baltimore brought together 12,000 researchers from 75 countries.

    Whoever said that spending five days walking around a massive indoor convention center looking at cardboard posters is boring hasn’t lived and breathed an ARVO meeting.

    Besides improving one’s Fitbit scores (I logged 10,000 strides [three miles] per day), this meeting is like no other—it provides the opportunity for one-on-one interaction with scientists. It’s speed dating for science geeks.

    No one individual can digest the 5,647 posters and myriad oral presentations and panel discussions, but certain themes emerged, even to the casual observer. Poster numbers are included.

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    Non–invasive vascular imaging, blood flow, and chronic eye disease

    There’s a wealth of new information on ocular coherence tomographic angiography (SD-OCTA) and the newer swept source (SS-OCT) imaging of the choroid—the latter providing even faster scanning, higher sensitivity, better penetration with better signal to noise ratio. #49

    The further commercial realization of Doppler SD-OCT modes provide non-invasive visualization and quantitative analysis of the blood flow to the retina, optic nerve, and choroidal vasculature. #3040

    Qualitative vascular images of hidden ocular tissue as well as quantitative blood flow analysis will drive the future of primary eye care because diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) all involve early subclinical disruption of circulation and subsequent pathophysiology tissue damage, now managed by the subspecialist. #712

    Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, FAAO
    Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, FAAO, is director of ocular preventive medicine at James Lovell Federal Health Care Facility in Chicago. He is ...

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