Retinal imaging and its diagnostic potential - can AI unlock its full potential?

About the session

CPD ref: C-108315


This lecture concentrates on current developments in retinal imaging and diagnostics for clinical purposes (including OCT, OCT-A, wide field imaging and structural and functional markers). The session will explore how the implementation of AI 'advantages and disadvantages' may offer solutions for early detection, risk prediction and screening purposes.

Target audience

  • Optometrist 
  • Dispensing optician.

Domains and learning outcomes

Clinical practice

s.5 Keep your knowledge and skills up to date

  • Understands the recent developments in the use of AI, imaging and diagnostics in optometry and ophthalmology.

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

  • Understands how retinal imaging and diagnostic tests may be used to aid clinical examinations and early detection of disease

Leadership and accountability

s.12 Ensure a safe environment for your patients

  • Understands the advantages and disadvantages of AI and new diagnostic tools to be able to use safely with patients


Dr Rebekka Heitmar MCOptom Prof Cert Med Ret

Rebekka is a German trained GOC registered optometrist. Following her PhD at Aston University she continued as a lecturer teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in optometry at Aston University and more recently the University of Huddersfield.

Rebekka's research is focussed on retinal imaging both with a focus on methodology and clinical interpretation/ application.