Opportunities for optometrists to become involved in the management of diabetic retinopathy (DR) in varying capacities are set to increase in future as the range of care pathways and treatment options expand for this condition. Many community optometrists are involved in the screening of DR, whilst others are involved the treatment and monitoring of diabetics following referral.
Even if not directly involved already, it is very important for optometrists to have an awareness and understanding of the various treatment options currently available for diabetic retinopathy and maculopathy in this rapidly changing area.
This CPD course considers screening for DR and treatment of DR, which includes laser photocoagulation, emerging medical therapies (e.g. anti-VEGF intravitreal injections and steroid intravitreal implants) as well as surgical options (e.g. vitrectomy).
See also: Diabetes and the eye – part 4
Australia: 2 C points, self-accredited
New Zealand: 1 CD point, accredited to 31 October 2020
- Practitioners will have an understanding of the indications for treatment and the features of laser photocoagulation treatment for patients with diabetic retinopathy.
- To recognise, evaluate and manage diabetic eye disease and refer accordingly.
- To understand the clinical treatment of a range of systemic diseases with ocular manifestations and adverse ocular reactions to medication.
How to access
NOTE: ProFile online CPD is currently only available to Specsavers employees with an iLearn account. If you are an external optometrist and would like to be added to our database to receive online CPD material, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Login to iLearn and find the course using the following path:
Available Courses > Optometrist > CPD Online Learning > Diabetic Eyecare Part 3 (AU 2C, NZ 1CD)
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