Click bait – digital imaging for beginners

About the session

CPD ref: C-108317


Fundus imaging and now even OCT are commonplace in practice. However we seldom use anterior eye imaging. We use imaging to help support our clinical decision making, monitoring patients and receiving advice and second opinions. However, unless you have a digital slit lamp in practice, anything presenting in the anterior segment is simply described in as much detail as possible on records or referral letters. This workshop will teach you the fundamental basics in understanding how to set up your mobile and utilise your camera software to successfully image the anterior segment. We will go through the best technique to visualise and image different structures of the anterior segment through your slit lamp without the need for a digital slit lamp. Alongside the clinical benefits this technique brings to practice there is a certain ‘wow’ factor for patients when seeing something as simple as a cataract.

Target audience 

  • Optometrist
  • Contact lens optician.

Domains and learning outcomes

Clinical practice

s.5 Keep your knowledge and skills up to date

  • Able to understand and use a new technique to image the anterior eye with the use of common readily available technology.

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

  • Able to take anterior eye images and understand the benefit of improved patient record keeping and a more refined triage or referral process.


s.10 Work collaboratively with colleagues in the interests of patients

  • Understands how digital imaging can enable improved collaboration and communication between optometrists in primary care, and secondary care and so facilitate shared care and eliminate unnecessary referrals.


Hamza Mussa BSc MCOptom Prof Cert Med Ret

Hamza qualified from Aston University in 2016 and has been working in a high street practice as a lead optometrist for over six years. 

Hamza runs a globally recognised social media account called ‘The Crazy Optom’ with over 32k followers. 

He developed a technique to utilise a mobile phone and adapter to image the anterior segment. Hamza’s imaging is regularly used in educational content for both practitioners and patients internationally.