Learn How to Diagnose and Monitor AMD Using OCT

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Julie Rodman, OD, guides optometrists through the clinical applications of OCT and OCT-A for patients with AMD.

The following article is a part of Ophthalmology Advisor’s conference coverage of the Southeastern Educational Congress of Optometry (SECO) 2021, held in Atlanta and virtually from April 28 to May 2, 2021. The team at Ophthalmology Advisor will be reporting on the presentations offered by these leading experts in optometry and ophthalmology. Check back for more from the SECO 2021 Meeting.


With a constantly evolving understanding of optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging, a course at the Southeastern Educational Congress of Optometry (SECO) 2021 annual meeting provides optometrists a chance to bone up on several of the key applications of this technology. Julie Rodman, OD, provides optometrists 5 key aspects of monitoring age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patients with OCT. In particular, the course reviews the Beckman classification system and delves into advanced disease presentations.

The course, “Following AMD with OCT” shows the retinal structures that are key to making an OCT interpretation for patients with the degenerative disease. Using an SD-OCT normative scan, she will review the features of the inner and outer retina, the photoreceptor integrity line, retinal pigment epithelium, and the choroid. 

She will also address the pathogenesis, risk factors, and prevention strategies associated with AMD and explain the Beckman Classification criteria for early, intermediate, and advanced AMD. Finally, she will describe several variants of AMD, including retinal angiomatous proliferation and polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy.

The course will also offer a step-by-step guide for co-managing optometrists to incorporate the next advancement, OCT angiography, into their workup of patients with AMD.  Dr Rodman will detail the precise anatomical changes these patients’ examinations will show and how to use that information to guide treatment decisions.  

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Rodman J. Following AMD with OCT. Presented at: Southeastern Educational Congress of Optometry (SECO) 2021 Annual Meeting; April 28-May 2, 2021; Atlanta, GA. Course 155