AOA diabetes resources only a few clicks away

Diabetes Alert Day is as much about awareness as it is about starting a conversation. With the incidence of diabetes continuing to skyrocket, take a moment to review AOA's diabetes resources to help further that discussion with your patients.

Review these resources so you, too, can become a crucial part of the conversation on Diabetes Alert Day.

The American Diabetes Association's (ADA's) Diabetes Alert Day, observed annually on the fourth Tuesday in March, is the nation's "one-day wake-up call" for diabetes risk awareness.

The alert day urges the public to participate in a prediabetes questionnaire that indicates a person's potential risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes. The quiz encourages people to use that information to initiate discussions with health care providers about mitigating those risks.

Review these member resources today so you, too, can become a crucial part of the conversation on Diabetes Alert Day.

Optometrists' AOA toolkit for diabetes

The prevalence of people with diabetes is concerning enough—an estimated 25.8 million Americans have diabetes—and because as many as 40 percent of that population are not even aware of their condition, early detection is a critical intervention. As optometrists are often among the first practitioners who detect signs of diabetes, ODs are a valuable asset to any patient's multidisciplinary care team.

Resources such as the "Optometrists Form Front Line in Battling Diabetes" online supplement derived from the "Diabetes Summit" at Optometry's Meeting® 2013 reinforce that point. The supplement highlights an AOA member panel discussion that detailed the role optometry plays in managing care for patients with diabetes or at risk for developing the disease.

Taking action on that crucial role is where information such as AOA's first evidence-based clinical practice guidelines—"Eye Care of the Patient with Diabetes Mellitus"—helps member ODs develop care plans. The new guideline recommends approved measures that aid in timely detection, intervention and determination for future evaluation and appropriate patient referral.

Find additional resources at the AOA Diabetes & Eye Health Web page to stay current on diabetes-related information, and clinical items such as the AOA Diabetes Eye Report form to help improve communications between the optometrist and doctor with regards to annual dilated eye exams.

March 25, 2014

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