26 Oct See the Invisible – the quest of imaging vitreous
Meeting name: 5th Meeting on OCT in Ophthalmology and New Therapies
Date: Sep 30 & Oct 1, 2022 (my keynote lecture was on Sep 30)
Location: Bydgoszcz, Poland
Sponsors: Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland & Oftalmika, Bydgoszcz, Poland
Title of Keynote Lecture: See the Invisible – the quest of imaging vitreous
Sponsored by Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun and Oftalmika Eye Institute in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Dr. Sebag was invited as the Keynote Speaker to 300 Ophthalmologists who were meeting for the first time since the pandemic to learn about advanced imaging and new therapies for eye diseases. He spoke about the history of imaging vitreous, which is very challenging because vitreous is ‘designed’ to be invisible. Yet, recent advances with ultrasound and laser light are enabling sophisticated imaging of this exquisitely mysterious (Figure 1) but very important part of the eye. As described by Dr. Sebag in his keynote lecture, clinical advances at the VMR Institute for Vitreous Macula Retina in Huntington Beach and technologic innovations at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Poland, and Columbia University in collaboration with the Radiology department at Weill-Cornell Medical in New York will soon provide better imaging technologies that will enable new therapies to treat and ultimately prevent vision loss and blindness.
Human vitreous body dissected of its outer coats to reveal an exquisite gel structure that maintains clarity within the center of the eye, when normal. In addition to other factors, aging, diabetes, and myopia (near-sightedness) alter this structure and contribute to eye diseases.