AOA offers frontline tools for diabetes care

AOA offers frontline tools for diabetes care

Doctors of optometry are on the front lines in the early diagnosis and timely treatment of diabetes.

National health observances, like today's American Diabetes Association's Alert Day, offer an opportunity for doctors of optometry to engage patients in conversations about their eye health and vision care.

Doctors of optometry are on the front lines in the early diagnosis and timely treatment of diabetes. To help them with those patient conversations, the AOA provides a number of members-only resources including:

  • The AOA's Eye Care of the Patient with Diabetes Mellitus  clinical practice guideline. Recognized by the National Guideline Clearinghouse, this evidence-based practice guideline provides doctors with a vital resource in the detection and routine screening of people with diabetes. It also was honored with the American Public Health Association's (APHA) Vision Care Section Outstanding Scientific Paper (Project) Award for 2015. The guideline, which can be publicly accessed online, offers evidence-based guidance to assist in patient care decisions, but also reaffirms optometry's vital role in the multidisciplinary fight against diabetes.

  • Continuing education at Optometry's Meeting®Diabetes will be the subject of two continuing education courses at Optometry's Meeting 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts, from June 29-July 3. Don't miss "Diabetes Mellitus and its Ocular Manifestations" presented by Mile Brujic, O.D., from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on June 30. The second course, by the Optometric Retina Society, is called "Diabetes Update 2016." Steven Ferrucci, O.D., and Jeffry Gerson, O.D., will speak from 11 a.m. to noon June 30. Click here to learn about other Optometry's Meeting offerings.

  • COPE-approved courses through EyeLearn, AOA's members-only online learning resource. Stay up to date on your diabetes clinical knowledge via EyeLearn (member login required), including a new, COPE-approved course called "Diabetes Nation: Where Are We and Where Do We Go from Here," supported by an educational grant from Optos. The course concentrates on the causes and consequences of diabetes, covering the diagnosis and staging of diabetes-related eye disease, the importance of diagnostic imaging and evidence-based treatments for preventing vision loss.

  • Additional resources at AOA Marketplace and aoa.org.View more diabetes-related information on the AOA Diabetes & Eye Health Web page.  Search AOA Marketplace to find practice and patient information products.

March 22, 2016

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