New diabetes management course available

New diabetes management course available

The newest COPE-approved continuing education (CE) course has the latest insights on a topic of growing importance—caring for patients with diabetes.

A members-only online learning platform, EyeLearn has more than 500 courses.

Written by A. Paul Chous, O.D., optometric representative to the National Diabetes Education Program, the "Diabetes Nation" course, sponsored by an education grant from Optos, gets you up to speed on the current state of diabetes and diabetes care, including the diagnosis and management of diabetic retinopathy. It is now available on EyeLearn, AOA's member-exclusive online learning resource.

The number of Americans with diabetes is growing quickly. The National Eyecare Workforce study projects an increase in Type 2 diabetes from 7.4 percent of the population in 2012 to 12 percent in 2015, with optometrists often being the first to diagnose the disease.

In the November/December 2014 edition of AOA Focus (page 14), Dr. Chous says, "All health care providers, including optometrists, should talk about the ABCs of diabetes care: A1C, blood pressure, cholesterol and not smoking. These are the biggest contributors to most diabetes-related complications."

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Diabetes is not the only emerging topic addressed by resources in EyeLearn. In February, a COPE-approved course, "High-Energy Visible Light: The Danger and Opportunities for Protection," sponsored by Luxottica, was added to the SUN series.

Exposure to this type of light through TV watching and digital devices is growing. It has become a suspect in the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), making it important for ODs to be aware of its implications.

A members-only online learning platform, EyeLearn has more than 500 courses, including CE resources, accredited education and board-certification preparatory courses. All EyeLearn resources are included as an AOA member benefit. COPE-approved courses include "Comprehensive Care of the Patient with AMD," and the SUN Series with interactive education on ultraviolet awareness, plus the new session on high-energy visible light.

Unaccredited resources include:

June 10, 2015

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