Monday, May 13, 2013

Optometry Seminar for Maine O.D.s Featuring Dr. Aaron Parnes

Aaron Parnes, M.D.
Maine Vitreoretinal Surgeon
On Monday, May 6th, EMG hosted an Optometry Seminar for optometrists throughout the state.  79 optometrists RSVP’d to the event, along with about 25 employees of Eyecare Medical Group. The topic of the evening was Retina, and Dr. Aaron Parnes, who will be joining Eyecare Medical Group in August of 2013 after he finishes his clinical fellowship at Yale Eye Center, was the first to speak.

Dr. Parnes talked about the current treatment options for Wet AMD, including treatment via intravitreal injections with drugs such as Lucentis,Avastin, and Eylea.  He discussed the clinical trials that have gone on for the treatment of Wet AMD and how to interpret those results. He also discussed individualizing treatment for patients with the wet form of age related macular degeneration.

Dr. Parnes then moved his discussion to DME, or diabetic macular edema. The discussion on DME revolved around the treatment and management of the disease. He discussed the different treatment standards including laser treatment, vitrectomy, and the use of corticosteroids in managing and treating diabetic macular edema. 

Jackie Nguyen, M.D.
Dr. Nguyen’s discussion was on the use of the OCT in today’s retina practice. Dr. Nguyen talked a lot about interpreting OCT’s and showed case studies of different pathology found using the OCT, or optical coherence tomography. Dr. Nguyen discussed how OCT can be used in diagnosing different retinal issues, and showed case studies of patient with different retinal problems, including epiretinal membrane, vitreomacular traction, macular holes, and retinal detachments.

Darrin Landry, our retinal photographer, raffled off his book, “Optical Coherence Tomography: A Clinical Atlas of Retinal Images” and Dr. Daniel Roy from Sanford was the winner of the raffle.

Thanks to all of the optometrists who attended Monday’s seminar, thanks to Darrin for donating his book to the raffle, and thanks to Dr. Parnes and Dr. Nguyen for sharing their presentations with us.