CME: Viewpoints on Cases in Diabetic Retinopathy: What the Optometrist Needs to Know

Viewpoints on Cases in Diabetic Retinopathy: What the Optometrist Needs to Know

Viewpoints on Cases in Diabetic Retinopathy: What the Optometrist Needs to Know

How and when should patients with suspected moderate/severe nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy be referred? These patient cases offer some insight.

Available credits: 0.25

Time to complete: 15 minutes


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  • Overview

    A paradigm shift is occurring for the management of nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy, with new evidence demonstrating that patients with moderately-severe to severe nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy can benefit from anti-VEGF treatment. Join Dr. Mark Dunbar and Dr. Jay Haynie as they discuss the evidence for this evolution and what optometrists need to know to protect the vision of their patients with diabetic eye disease.

    Vision loss caused by diabetic retinopathy can have a significant impact on a patient's quality of life. This activity emphasizes more assertive action in clinical practice for patient with diabetes. The acronym ASSERT-D is a reminder to Assess and Screen for Eye health and Refer or Treat patients with Diabetes.

  • Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

    In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, Global Learning Collaborative (GLC) requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. GLC resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational programs.


    Mark T. Dunbar, OD, FAAO
    Director of Optometric Services
    Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
    University of Miami
    Miami, FL

    Consulting Fees: Allergan, Genentech, Regeneron Pharmaceutical, Zeiss

    Jay M. Haynie, OD, FAAO
    Executive Clinical Director
    Retina and Macula Specialists
    Tacoma, WA

    No relationships reported

    Reviewers/Content Planners/Authors:

    • Rob Braun has nothing to disclose.
    • Emily Chew, MD has nothing to disclose.
    • Ann Early has nothing to disclose.
    • Amanda Hilferty has nothing to disclose.
    • William Mencia, MD, FACEHP, CHCP has nothing to disclose. 
    • Robert S. Schneider, MSW has nothing to disclose. 
    • Stephanie Wenick has nothing to disclose. 
    • PIM Planners: Judi Mitchek, BSN, MSN, MBA, RN, Trace Hutchinson, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, and Amanda Glazer, PhD, CHCP  have nothing to disclose. 
  • Learning Objectives

    After participating in this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

    • Refer patients with suspected moderate/severe nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy
    • Explore current clinical practices for classifying DME based on OCT findings
  • Target Audience

    This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of optometrists and other eye health professionals.

  • Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements

    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Global Learning Collaborative (GLC) and the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health, of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. GLC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Global Learning Collaborative designates this enduring material for a maximum of .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Review Group Vision Care Education.  Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

    Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by COPE to provide continuing education to optometrists.

    This course is COPE approved for 0.25 hours of CE credit. Course ID is 64691-PS. Check with your local state licensing board to see if this counts toward your CE requirement for relicensure.

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    Prova Education's methodology demonstrates a commitment to continuing medical education and the innovative assessment of its effects. Our goal is clear—to develop and deliver the very best education in the most impactful manner and to verify its results with progressive outcomes research.

    This activity is provided in partnership with the National Eye Institute, of the National Institutes of Health, of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The National Eye Health Education Program of the NEI is acknowledged for its important contributions to this initiative.

  • Commercial Support

    This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

  • Disclaimer

    The views and opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of GLC and Prova Education. This presentation is not intended to define an exclusive course of patient management; the participant should use his/her clinical judgment, knowledge, experience and diagnostic skills in applying or adopting for professional use any of the information provided herein. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients’ conditions and possible contraindications or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. Links to other sites may be provided as additional sources of information. Once you elect to link to a site outside of Prova Education you are subject to the terms and conditions of use, including copyright and licensing restriction, of that site.

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