Diagnosis and assessment
Early and accurate diagnosis of retinal diseases presents a key challenge for ophthalmologists, with no standardized guidelines on the correct assessment methods to employ. The Vision Academy aims to provide guidance on these topics via its consensus statements, particularly on the following topics:
- Additional measures of visual function beyond acuity
- The role of OCT-A in retinal disease management
- Monitoring of the second eye in nAMD
- Principles of a diabetic retinopathy screening program
Additional measures of visual function beyond acuity
Measuring visual acuity alone is inadequate to fully assess visual function impairments, patient outcomes, and treatment responses. The Vision Academy aims to raise awareness of visual function impairments in patients with retinal diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy (DR), and diabetic macular edema.
The role of OCT-A in retinal disease management
The technique of optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) is in clinical use around the world. However, the technology is advancing much faster than the community’s understanding of, and experience with, the technique. The Vision Academy aims to raise awareness and provide guidance to the ophthalmic community on the current limitations and potential pitfalls of OCT-A.
Coming soon: Monitoring of the second eye in nAMD
In neovascular AMD, early detection of the disease is crucial in order to prevent visual deterioration. Careful monitoring of the second eye is therefore imperative for early detection of any bilateral disease. The Vision Academy aims to provide practical support and guidance on best practice in these patients, including guidance on available detection methods such as OCT, contrast sensitivity, noise field perimetry, and methods of self-assessment.
Coming soon: Principles of a diabetic retinopathy screening program
Early detection of DR through appropriate screening is vitally important to help preserve vision in individuals with diabetes. The Vision Academy aims to communicate the latest evidence and best practice on DR screening.