In Focus: An Ophthalmology Update for Generalist Physicians

Pre-recorded breakout session workshops


Robin W Cottle, MD, FRCS(C), MHSc

Clinical Instructor, University of British Columbia, Department of Ophthalmology, Vancouver, BC, Canada; Comprehensive Ophthalmologist in private practice

Dr Cottle is a clinical instructor at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Ophthalmology where he teaches medical students and residents.  Prior to establishing his comprehensive ophthalmology practice in Vancouver in 1992, Dr. Cottle was in general practice for six years before returning to medical training, completing a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology and his ophthalmology residency.  He especially enjoys making ophthalmology understandable for learners and patients alike.


Session Description:

Information helpful for the generalist clinician will be emphasized. Topics will include: typical ophthalmic complaints and their physical findings; screening for diabetic retinopathy and age related macular degeneration with new approaches to their treatment; and the epidemiology of Herpes Zoster and the importance of its prevention.



1. Discuss the significance of patients presenting with complaints such as flashing lights, floaters, vision loss, red eyes, etc.

2. List the public health implications of Herpes Zoster and the importance of prevention.

3. Explain the many ophthalmic indications for anti-vascular endothelial growth factor antibody injections.