Retina Rocks is a free, open-source online image library whose mission is to help educate the world’s eye care providers about why the retina rocks!
The collection, culled from our fellowships and from patients we’ve personally seen in our practice, was created over a 30-year period as an internal teaching collection at Bennett & Bloom Eye Centers in Louisville, KY. In 2019 the collection was donated to seed Retina Rocks with its initial files, which currently contains over 31,000 multimodal images covering the spectrum of vitreoretinal disorders. We publish cool cases every Monday through Friday on our Instagram feed, @retina.rocks. These cases can also be directly viewed here from within this site. Retina Rocks also includes bite-sized annotated bibliographies for most disorders covering over 5,500 major publications and studies. Here’s a sampling of what these look like.
We love gorgeous pictures so virtually all images are of publication quality. More important than a pretty picture, however, is what that picture teaches us about a disease. Many of the Retina Rocks images are therefore meant to tell a story or convey a “teaching moment,” exploring the multiple ways a disease changes over time, responds to treatment or presents with a cool or unique finding.
Case of The Month and Key Journal Articles
June's Case of The Month
This 78YO male’s suspect nevus vs uveal malignant melanoma (MM) was successfully treated with initial photodynamic therapy (PDT) (due to the presence of subretinal fluid) followed by transpupillary thermotherapy (TTT) once dry. He developed a secondary branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO), likely due to thermal damage from the TTT (arrow). BRVO’s are virtually always caused by an artery compressing a vein at a shared arteriovenous crossing. However, rarely, they can occur due to other causes, including inflammation (most commonly sarcoidosis) or secondary to interventions such as TTT. Vision is 20/30 and we continue to follow him closely. Scatter laser will be needed if he develops increasing ischemia with neovascularization from the BRVO. [This case can be found on www.retinarocks.org in the Cancer 1 Uveal malignant melanoma (MM), Uveal MM NZG-20210225]
Key Retina Journal Articles
Here are this month's articles (prior months' articles in Retina Rocks are located in the _Key retina journal articles folder at the top of the collection).
Every month we pull key clinical references from the major ophthalmic and retinal journals. Although we can't provide the actual journal article PDF for obvious copyright issues, we provide a single line citation including a brief summary of the article's main points. Our goal is not to be inclusive, but to capture all major clinically relevant references.