OCT & OCTA in medical retina

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CPD ref: C-108321


This discussion workshop looks at interpreting several medical retina cases using OCT scans. It is set at an intermediate level for optometrists to develop their skills at interpreting OCT scans and an introduction to OCTA scans.

Target audience

  • Optometrist.

Domains and learning outcomes


s.2 Communicate effectively with patients

  • Able to use and understand OCT scans to effectively explain and communicate to patients your findings, in language that is understandable by the patient.

Clinical practice

s.5 Keep your knowledge and skills up to date

  • Understands how the OCT works and able to use it to understand the anatomy of the retina and how different pathologies are displayed in an OCT scan
  • Understands how OCTA works and how to interpret the findings
  • Understands treatment options and the urgency of referrals for patients with retinal pathology.

s.6 Recognise, and work within, your limits of competence

  • Able to interpretate and understand OCT scans to recognise when to engage with colleagues for support and when to transfer care to appropriate experienced/qualified colleagues.

s.7 Conduct appropriate assessments, examinations, treatments and referrals

  • Able to interpret and understand OCT scans to allow accurate diagnosis and appropriate onward referral.


Mike Horler BSc FCOptom DipTp(IP) Higher Cert Med Ret

Mike is a Consultant Optometrist in Medical Retina at Sussex Eye Hospital, Brighton and is also Medical Retina Module Co Lead in Moorfields post graduate education team.

Previously, he has held posts at City University and University of Auckland, New Zealand, and has previously undertaken research in glaucoma and visual fields. Mike lived in New Zealand, where he gained an IP qualification in 2006, practicing in community and university.   

Mike also worked in Brighton, where he was a community optometrist with special interest in AMD and has a wide range of experience in optometry and sub specialty ophthalmology.

He has delivered numerous CPD-accredited lectures and workshops, at Optometry Tomorrow and Bitesize, College webinars, PAC and LOC study days. Mike was awarded Fellowship of the College in 2021 and is also a College Assessor.