Optometry’s Meeting® CE translates AOA’s pediatric, diabetes guidelines into practice.

Evidence-based guidance that doctors of optometry need to know

Greater patient outcomes require strong clinical evidence, predicated on greater scientific rigor-that's the idea behind AOA's evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, and two continuing education (CE) courses pulling it all together at Optometry's Meeting®.

"Evidence-based medicine is intended to inform the doctor of the science behind diagnosis and treatment."

Pediatrics and diabetes care represent two distinct yet commonplace avenues in today's optometric practice. However, in either field, evolving clinical research constantly identify new information, techniques or devices that can make a difference in everyday practice. That's where AOA's evidence-based clinical practice guidelines come into play.

These guidelines, Eye Care of the Patient with Diabetes Mellitus and Comprehensive Pediatric Eye and Vision Examination, are the culmination of numerous months' work, thousands of abstracts and clinical papers, and the input of cross-disciplinary guideline development teams, all working toward grading evidence that doctors of optometry can put into practice, today.

But, guidelines are only step one to elevating patient outcomes and the standard of care; the next is putting those words in action. In the inaugural, January/February 2014 issue of AOA Focus, Lori Grover, O.D., Ph.D., AOA Evidence-Based Optometry Committee member, said these evidence-based guidelines could provide a gold standard for new doctors entering the field, and that CE should change as a result: "The faster we can have this translated to care, the better off our patients will be."

This June, Optometry's Meeting offers two CE credit hours in a pair of courses that provide real-world application of the pediatric and diabetes guidelines. These translation-to-care courses present the latest recommendations from AOA's evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on pediatric and diabetes care, and offer easy-to-employ guidance for the everyday diagnosis, management and treatment in your practice.

Presenting the diabetes guideline course, David Masihdas, O.D., AOA EBO Committee member involved in the diabetes guideline development group, says evidence-based medicine is intended to inform the doctor of the science behind diagnosis and treatment-obviously, it's difficult to diagnose a condition if there's unfamiliarity with it. Therefore, Dr. Masihdas' CE course highlights the extent that diabetes has gripped the American population.

"Doctors of optometry provide 70 percent of the eye examinations in this country, and as a general rule, see their patients more often than other providers. Who else is in a better position to serve these patients?" Dr. Masihdas notes.

"All doctors of optometry have patients with diabetes in their practices, and the course stresses that as part of the patient's health care team, we need to help these patients get better at managing their condition."

In the same way, doctors of optometry serve a role in supporting children's eye health and vision development. Considering one in five preschoolers in the U.S. have vision problems, doctors of optometry ensure those critical development years aren't marred by vision deficiencies, potentially setting children up for scholastic failure.

Learn more about the evidence supporting the need for early childhood comprehensive eye examinations during CE presented by Michael J. Earley, O.D., InfantSEE® & Children's Vision Committee member, at Optometry's Meeting.

Want to attend?

Here's what you need to know to earn two CE credit hours in these evidence-based clinical practice guidelines translation-to-care courses:

What:
"Diabetometry and Diabetometrists: Metabolic Syndrome, Hypertension and Lipid Levels-AOA Diabetes Guideline EBO Committee Course"
When:
3-4 p.m., Wednesday, June 20
Course Number:
145

What: "Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines for Pediatric Eye and Vision Examination"
When:
7-8 a.m., Friday, June 22
Course Number:
2000

Earn up to 40 hours of CE credits across five days when Optometry's Meeting convenes in Denver, Colorado, June 20-24, and return to your practice brimming with industry best practices in clinical care, practice management, staff training and more. Open the CE catalog today to start charting your courses at Optometry's Meeting-here's why.

Don't forget to take advantage of early-bird registration discounts, now through April 1, and save up to 20 percent off on-site registration fees. Online registration is fast, easy and preferred-simply click here to register today.

March 20, 2018

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