The Role of Optometry in the Management of Diabetes
Diabetes can cause potentially irreparable eye damage and poor vision over time. This activity will review the role of optometrists in the areas of prevention, co-management and rehabilitation for individuals with diabetes. It will focus on how to conduct a diabetes risk assessment, ongoing care of individuals with known diabetes and collaboration among members of the interprofessional health care team for optimal outcomes. Key strategies for vision rehabilitation will also be addressed.
This activity is provided by Optum Health Education and UnitedHealthcare Vision.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of optometrists who have an interest in managing patients with diabetes.
At the end of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Identify the three phases of optometric care.
- List the steps included in a diabetes risk assessment.
- Discuss the role of the optometrist in the ongoing care and counseling of a patient with known diabetes.
- Describe strategies for vision rehabilitation.
Scott Edmonds, OD, FAAO
Chief Eyecare Officer
Emeritus Co-Director of the Low Vision, Contact Lens and Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service
Wills Eye Hospital
Ryan Edmonds, OD
Specialty Contact Lens Director, Edmonds Eye Associates
Preceptor, Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University and the Western University of Health Sciences–College of Optometry
Lecturer and Educator, Wills Eye Hospital
About the presenters
Dr. Scott Edmonds is the chief eyecare officer at UnitedHealthcare. He is the emeritus co-director of the Low Vision, Contact Lens and Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service at Wills Eye Hospital, where he served for 40 years and continues in a teaching capacity. He is a senior partner at Edmonds Eye Associates. He is a clinical professor at Western University of Health Sciences–College of Optometry, a member of the adjunct faculty of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University and a member of the allied medical staff at Lankenau Hospital. He has written and lectured extensively on clinical and public health topics. He is the author of a blog series on health care reform for Healio’s Primary Care Optometry News.
A 1976 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a 1980 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Dr. Edmonds is a past president of the Philadelphia Optometric Society and the Chester Delaware Optometric Society as well as the 1988 president of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association. On the national level, he has served as the chairman of a number of committees for the American Optometric Association and has completed two terms on the American Council on Optometric Education.
Dr. Edmonds was honored by the Pennsylvania College of Optometry as the Preceptor of the Year in 1983. He was honored as the Optometrist of the Year in 1985 by the Philadelphia Optometric Society and again in 2008 by the Chester-Delaware Optometric Society. He was honored as the Pennsylvania Optometric Association Optometrist of the Year in 2008. He was a 2015 APEX award winner for publication excellence in the category of social media-blog Content and the 2016 winner of the Dr. Jerry P. Davidoff Memorial Award for leadership service.
Dr. Ryan Edmonds is the Specialty Contact Lens Director at Edmonds Eye Associates in Philadelphia. He is a preceptor for the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University and the Western University of Health Sciences–College of Optometry. He is the contact lens lecturer and educator at the Wills Eye Hospital, having served as an attending optometrist for 10 years. He is a consultant and featured speaker for several major contact lens companies.
Dr. Edmonds is a 2006 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a 2010 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. He is a past President of the Chester Delaware Optometric Society and has served on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association. Dr. Edmonds has developed a keen interest in public health and served for several years as a traveling optometrist for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation serving remote communities in western Alaska. In this role, he traveled to many small villages in rural Alaska to provide eye care for this unique population.
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
Optum Health Education
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The activity faculty and planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education and UnitedHealthcare Vision. Optum Health Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit designation statements
Optum Health Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 COPE credit hours. Optometrists should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
- 1.00 COPE - Optometrists
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