3 AOA tools, resources for diabetes care

3 AOA tools, resources for diabetes care

Hear that alarm sounding? It's America's one-day wake-up call for type 2 diabetes risk.

Many people learn of their diabetes risk through a dilated, comprehensive eye examination from their doctor of optometry.

Today is the American Diabetes Association Alert Day®, an annual occasion that brings attention to a disease that affects 29 million American adults and, more succinctly, the 25 percent of those who aren't aware of their condition. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention further estimates nearly 86 million Americans are considered prediabetic-high blood sugar but below type 2 threshold-with 90 percent unaware.  

It's unsurprising then that many people learn of their diabetes risk through a dilated, comprehensive eye examination from their doctor of optometry. This window into a patient's health uncovers the minute vascular changes that signal diabetes, and reinforces the importance of regular, in-person eye care.  

As the nation assesses its diabetes risk today, AOA members can take advantage of these tools and resources in the fight against diabetes:

  1. Eye Care of the Patient with Diabetes Mellitus clinical practice guideline.The AOA's first evidence-based clinical practice guideline is posted to the National Guideline Clearinghouse, and was honored with the American Public Health Association's (APHA's) Vision Care Section Outstanding Scientific Paper (Project) Award in 2015. This guideline provides doctors with a vital resource in the detection and routine screening of people with diabetes, implementing cross-disciplinary evidence-based guidance that is the culmination of two-and-a-half years of expert review. Access a summary version of the guideline in a condensed, nine-page quick-reference guide here.
  2. Continuing education (CE) at Optometry's Meeting®. Diabetes is the subject of several CE courses at Optometry's Meeting 2017 in Washington, D.C., June 21-25. (Education in the Round) Diabetes in Your Practice: What You Find May Surprise You 1-2 p.m., June 23 and Diabetes Center of Excellence: How Can I Join In? 2-4 p.m., June 24.
  3. Additional resources at AOA Marketplace and on the AOA's website. View more diabetes-related information on the AOA Diabetes & Eye Health web page, and search AOA Marketplace to find practice and patient education products.

Click here (member login required) to read "Eye Care in the Diabetes Age," an AOA Focus feature article about optometry's expanding role in diabetes care.

March 28, 2017

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