Retina specialists invited to share ideas at 'River City Retina Club'

Published on May 30, 2014

Once a month, University of Louisville Physicians and the UofL School of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences host the River City Retina Club (RC2), a meeting where retinal specialists from across Kentuckiana and UofL can share ideas on management of complex cases. 

Club meetings, which are held every third Thursday, recently were approved for CME credit for attendees. 

Shlomit Schaal, M.D., Ph.D., the director of retina and the director of the fellowship program in vitreo-retinal surgery for UofL Physicians, said RC2 “also offers UofL medical students, residents and fellows an exceptional opportunity to hear clinical viewpoints from outside the school.”

The next meeting is June 19, where spectacular stereoscopic 3D (three-dimensional) surgical videos will be presented during the “What’s New” section.  University of Louisville Physicians is among the first in the world to use stereoscopic 3D recording for eye surgery. Using 3D glasses, spectators get a unique view inside the eye. 

Footage shown will include a 3D video demonstrating a complex retinal detachment repair technique that involved encircling silicone scleral buckle and a 23 gauge valved vitrectomy system.

“You don’t want to miss this,” Schaal said.  “Three-dimensional videos can be useful to demonstrate the complexity and the beauty of retinal detachment repair surgeries.” 

Special projection on a large 3D monitor is used to provide the illusion of depth when viewing the film. Two cameras record the image, and the view “helps trainees understand the complexity of the eye,” Schaal said. 

While it is mainly for teaching purposes, it "opens a new horizon in recording eye surgery," Schaal said.

The June 19 meeting will be held from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the basement conference room of the Kentucky Lions Eye Center at 301 E. Muhammad Ali Blvd. A sign-in sheet will be available for CME credit. 

To attend the June 19 meeting, please confirm participation by sending an e-mail to Erin Moody at to ensure enough pairs of 3D glasses will be available.

For more on RC2, visit the website here.

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