Comprehensive Care and Referral Strategies for the Optometrist


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Program Medium

Internet-based program

Estimated Time to Complete Educational Activity

2.5 hours

Course Overview

In this web-based program, physicians and optometrists will learn how recent developments in retinal screening have helped to advance the management of diabetic macular edema and age related macular degeneration.

Release Date

August 1, 2017

Expiration Date

August 1, 2019

Method of Physician Participation Utilized in Learning Process

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity. During the period August 1, 2017 through August 1, 2019 participants must 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; 2) study the educational activity, and are expected to view all 6 segments totaling 2.5 hours to successfully complete the activity and earn CME credit; 3) register and complete the evaluation form and post-test; 4) score 100% on the post-test; and 5) print out your CME certificate.


Participation in this WebCAST is complimentary, and clinicians are invited to view this CME-certified program and/or share this invitation with other colleagues, departmental staff members, and healthcare professionals. 

Grantor Support

Supported by an educational grant from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and CMEducation Resources, LLC. University of Massachusetts Medical School  is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

University of Massachusetts Medical School designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Policy on Faculty & Provider Disclosure

It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts Medical School to ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all activities. All faculty participating in CME activities sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Medical School are required to present evidence-based data, identify and reference off-label product use and disclose all relevant financial relationships with those supporting the activity or others whose products or services are discussed. Faculty disclosure will be provided in the activity materials.

Other Credits

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American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Program Faculty and Disclosure

Program Chair  
Director of Optometry 
University of Miami, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute 
Miami, FL     
Speaker’s Bureau: Regeneron, Genentech
University of the Incarnate Word 
Attending Optometrist 
UIW Eye Institute 
University of the Incarnate Word  
San Antonio, TX    
Consultant: Eye Promise, Zeiss, Genentech
Stock Shareholder: Eye Promise
California Retina Consultants
Nothing to disclose
Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology
Tulis- Tulane Alumni Chair in Diabetes
Chief, Section of Endocrinology
Tulane University Health Sciences Center
President, Science and Medicine (2012)
American Diabetes Association (ADA)
Consulting and Lectures: Takeda, Novo Nordisk, Sanofi-Aventis, Eli Lilly, Pamlabs, Astra Zeneca, Abbott, Amgen, Boehringer Ingelheim, Janssen
Research Support (to Tulane): Grants from Novo-Nordisk, Asahi, Eli Lilly, Abbott, Endo Barrier, Gilead Sciences

Program Manager Gideon Bosker, MD has nothing to disclose.
Program reviewer Denise Leary has nothing to disclose

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Detail the practical, case-?based and guideline-?consistent approaches for the optometry specialist when screening a broad range of patients at risk for age-?related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic macular edema (DME); 
  • Apply optometry-?focused screening methodologies—among them, in-?office/in-?clinic screening devices, evolving technologies for evaluation of retinal disease, dilated eye exams, telemedicine technology, optometrist-?based screening and referral etc.—to optimize detection and referral to retina specialists for definitive treatment and prevention of progressive eye pathology and blindness in the setting of optometry and diabetes practice; 
  • Understand the disease burden, epidemiology, consequences, identification, disease state classification, and multiple clinical manifestations and symptoms of DME, AMD, and related conditions as they present to the front lines of optometry practice; 
  • Apply at the front lines of optometry practice national association guidelines for systematic screening and eye findings-?directed referral to retina specialists; 
  • Recognize which patient populations should be screened in the optometry and diabetes specialist setting and how often, and what specific technologies should be used to optimize detection of DME and AMD;

Hardware and Software Requirements:

To participate in this program, viewers must have a PC or Macintosh computer that has active, ongoing internet access for the duration of the program, as well as a compatible Flash-viewer. An email address is required for registration, and a printer is required to print out the CME certificate.

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Key Program Topics Include:

Age- Related Macular Generation
Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome
Color Fundus

Compliment Factor H
Diabetic Edema
Diabetic Retinopathy
dry AMD
glomerulonephritis type II



Mild to Moderate Nonproliferative
Paroxymal nocturnal hematuria

Retinal screening
Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor
Vascular permeability
wet AMD