Frontiers in Diabetic Macular Edema: Addressing Health Disparities and Other Barriers to Optimal Outcomes

Frontiers in Diabetic Macular Edema: New Ways to Address Barriers and Health Disparities for Better Vision Outcomes

Frontiers in Diabetic Macular Edema: New Ways to Address Barriers and Health Disparities for Better Vision Outcomes

This article will navigate persisting disparities to determine which populations are most vulnerable and discuss new ways to help overcome barriers and improve diabetes-related vision outcomes. 

Available credits: 0.25

Time to complete: 15 minutes


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  • Overview

    Diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema remain the leading cause of vision loss among adults. Yet, we continue to see high rates of vision loss. See how our experts, Dr. Vivian Fonseca and Dr. Rishi Singh, are identifying which populations are the most vulnerable and the barriers faces. Then learn about the exciting new strategies that are emerging to improving screening and vision outcomes.  

  • 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.


    Vivian Fonseca, MD
    Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology
    Assistant Dean for Clinical Research
    Tullis Tulane Alumni Chair in Diabetes
    Chief, Section of Endocrinology
    Tulane University Health Sciences Center
    New Orleans, LA 

    Contracted Research Support: Fractyl
    Honoraria for Consulting and Lectures: Abbott, Asahi, AstraZeneca, Bayer, Intarcia,
    Novo Nordisk, Sanofi- Aventis, Takeda
    Stock Options: BRAVO4Health, Mellitus Health
    Stock: Amgen

    Rishi P. Singh, MD
    Staff Physician, Cole Eye Institute
    Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Professor of Ophthalmology
    Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
    Cleveland, OH

    Consulting Fees: Alcon, Bausch and Lomb, Genentech, Gyroscope, Novartis, Regeneron
    Contracted Research: Aerie, Apellis, Graybug

    Reviewers/Content Planners/Authors:

    • Stephen Chavez has nothing to disclose.
    • Ann Early has nothing to disclose.
    • Anna Trentini has nothing to disclose.
    • Stephanie Wenick, MPhil, has nothing to disclose.
  • Learning Objectives

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

    • Explain why the risk of DME-related blindness is heightened in vulnerable populations impacted by gaps in health equity
    • Describe the barriers that may prevent the optimization of treatment for DME in vulnerable populations and strategies to overcome them
  • Target Audience

    This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of ophthalmic surgeons, ophthalmologists, diabetologists, endocrinologists, primary care physicians, optometrists, and retina specialists.

  • Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements

    Global Learning Collaborative is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Global Learning Collaborative designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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  • Commercial Support

    This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Genentech, a member of the Roche Group.

  • 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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