Diabetes affects multiple organs, yet the eye complications have not been the subject of many continuing professional development education initiatives. These eye complications can lead to loss of the ability to drive, to be employable, to live independently, and may even affect the ability to take medications properly. Hence, in conjunction with the Canadian Ophthalmology Society (COS), this program was designed to educate primary care physicians about how to manage and protect the eye in patients with diabetes. In this interactive, case-based session, the importance of family practitioners in the care of the eyes of patients with diabetes will be reinforced. Through this program, family doctors can help close the current screening and care gap for diabetic eye disease here in Canada. Participants will understand the consequences of delays in screening, and the various ways in which diabetes can affect the eye. Treatments will be explained so that the family doctors can answer any questions that patients may have after specialist appointments. Participants will learn what a comprehensive eye exam really means, and they will be introduced to a practical tool developed by COS which will help encourage eye screening in people with diabetes. To help to reduce these eye complications, the session will also emphasize the importance of good diabetes care in general.Learning Objectives
- Describe the importance of retinopathy in patients with diabetes.
- Define macular edema, and proliferative and non-proliferative retinopathy.
- Recognize how to screen for these conditions.
- Summarize the current treatment options for our patients.
This Group Learning program has been reviewed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and is awaiting final certification by the College’s Ontario Chapter.
This program was supported in part by an educational grant from Bayer.