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Bitesize - Webinar - OCT in glaucoma - 26 April

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Communication Clinical practice

OCT in glaucoma diagnosis and management

Presented by Thurka Sivapalan MCOptom

About the event

This interactive webinar will cover the basic principles of OCT to help diagnose, monitor and manage glaucoma related conditions in community practice and in hospital. It will be aimed at optometrists new to OCT in glaucoma as well as in those working in hospital clinics. 

The audience will be introduced to the role of OCT in glaucoma diagnosis, a systematic approach to OCT interpretation, the potential pitfalls and be able to identify when there is progressive disease. 

The webinar will include three glaucoma cases from clinical practice and are reflective of real life patient scenarios. Each case will discuss OCT scans as a tool to aid with diagnosis and monitoring. The audience will be asked to reply to poll questions regarding their use of OCT in clinical practice and test their understanding of the glaucoma cases presented. 

Target audience: Although new OCT users will benefit from the webinar, delegates will benefit most from this session if they have regular access to an OCT. OCT scans from Zeiss Cirrus will be presented and attendees will apply the fundamental principles of OCT interpretation to their machines in practice.

Domains and learning outcomes

Clinical Practice

s.5 Keep your knowledge and skills up to date 

  • Be able to systematically interpret OCT scans
  • Understand the OCT parameters used in glaucoma
  • Identify the potential pitfalls and common artefacts that reduce scan reliability

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

  • Identify which patients are suitable for OCT
  • Understand the limitations of OCT.


s.2 Communicate effectively with patients 

  • Be able to interpret OCT scans and communicate the results to patients

s.3 Obtain valid consent 

  • Be able to communicate with the patient so that they are able to make an informed decision about having an OCT scan.


Thurka Sivapalan BSc MCOptom DipTp(IP) DipGlauc Prof Cert Med Ret

Thurka Sivapalan graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2001 and became an independent prescriber in 2012. 

For the past 10 years, she has developed specialist glaucoma skills and qualifications at Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead and Sussex Eye Hospital in Brighton. Her main clinical responsibilities include the management of complex glaucoma cases, post op clinics, performing selective laser trabeculoplasty treatments and the supervision of glaucoma virtual clinics.

Terms and conditions

  • To attend this webinar you must be a College of Optometrists member, a student, or a pre-registration trainee.
  • To be eligible for your interactive CPD point you must ensure the following standards are met, you must:
    • have a minimum attendance of 50 minutes
    • complete a minimum of 4 of the 6 polls
    • complete the post event feedback

CPD does not apply to students and pre-registration trainees. 

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