Retina Rocks was founded as a free, open-source resource 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 26,000 multimodal images and videos 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 4,300 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.
Maternally inherited diabetes and deafness (MIDD) simulates a macular pattern dystrophy due to accumulation of hyperautofluorescent subretinal yellow vitelliform material. The multiple islands of macular atrophy, best seen on fundus autofluorescence, are classic for this disorder. It is caused by an A3243G mutation in mitochondrial DNA, and is responsible for up to several percent of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Check out the full set of images in the Retina Rocks collection, dating back to 2012, to see the progression of the parafoveal macular atrophy. [This case can be found on www.retinarocks.org in the Maternally inherited diabetes and deafness (MIDD) folder, MIDD ZXP-]
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.
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