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Optimizing Outcomes in Diabetic Retinopathy; Improving Screening, Referral, and Treatment


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 Overview:  The past 40 years have witnessed great advancements in therapeutic options for treating diabetic retinopathy. Despite a number of effective treatment options, diabetic eye disease is a one of the leading causes of vision loss in the United States, in part because many patients are not identified as needing therapy. In addition to counseling patients on the importance glucose control has on maintaining vision, clinicians should emphasize the need for regular vision tests among patients with diabetes. Early detection offers the best long-term visual outcomes and is even more important with new treatments approved for the management of diabetic retinopathy.

Target Audience:  The intended audiences for this activity are physicians and other health care professionals who manage patients with diabetic retinopathy.


After participating in this educational activity, participants should be better able to: 

  • Examine the pathophysiology behind diabetic retinopathy to better comprehend how treatment may improve vision loss;
  • Recognize risk factors and employ current screening and referral guidelines to assist in the prevention of visual loss in patients with diabetes;
  • Apply evidence-based medicine and best practices for the optimal use of intravitreal anti-VEGF therapy in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy;
  • Incorporate effective communication techniques and educational tools to improve the patient’s knowledge of diabetic retinopathy.


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

The University of Cincinnati designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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