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Focus on Diabetes: A Closer Look at Diabetes for Optometrists


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Target Audience
This activity is intended for optometrists and other eye care professionals.


Learning Objectives
Module 1:

  • UNDERSTAND the ocular manifestations associated with diabetes.
  • RECOGNIZE and appropriately refer patients with signs that could indicate undiagnosed diabetes.
  • APPRECIATE the person-centered considerations involved in the treatment of diabetic eye disease and the fact that ocular complications may manifest differently with differing patient characteristics. 
  • DISCUSS some of the key messages people with diabetes should be hearing consistently from all of their health care providers including eye care professionals. 


Module 2:

  • DISCUSS some of the recent advancements in the treatment of diabetic eye disease.
  • APPRECIATE the value of early diagnosis and treatment of diabetic eye disease.
  • UNDERSTAND the latest recommendations for person-centered, outcomes-driven pharmacologic management of type 2 diabetes and how newer treatments affect diabetic eye disease specifically.
  • GAIN a basic understanding of continuous glucose monitoring and related new metrics (e.g., time in range) for assessing diabetes management.


Modules 3:

  • UNDERSTAND the complementary roles of diabetes health care
    and eye care providers within the larger interdisciplinary diabetes
    care team.
  • EXPLAIN the decision cycle for person-centered management
    of type 2 diabetes and how it may be adapted for person-centered management of diabetic eye disease.
  • LEARN several approaches to effectively communicating with
    patients with diabetes and eye complications.
  • APPRECIATE the need for holistic care that addresses not only patients’ eye health concerns, but also their psychosocial needs and potential barriers to optimized diabetes management and eye health.  


CE Credits Available
1.0 COPE credit hour for completion of the entire module series


Availability: Retired
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
No Credit Offered
American Diabetes Association 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202 1-800-DIABETES
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