Education, Education, Education: your diabetic patient and you

16:00-17:00

Claire Mallon - Stand B16: 1 CET Point

Diabetic Retinopathy is a leading cause of preventable blindness in the working age population and its development and progression can be asymptomatic.This interactive presentation will highlight the increasing prevalence of Diabetes in the U.K. and the role community Optometrists play in helping educate their patients in the self-management of their condition.It will cover the risk factors for the development and progression of diabetic retinopathy, grading scales within regional retinopathy screening programmes and referral protocols given the additional strain on current screening and Ophthalmology services.Delegates will be taken through a series of real patient case studies with fundus photographs and OCT reports, and they will be encouraged to differentially diagnose retinal pathology as well as give suggestions as to how they might manage such cases if they presented in practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • An awareness of the prevalence of diabetes in the U.K.
  • An understanding of the risk factors for the development and progression of diabetic retinopathy
  • An understanding of the use of fundus photography and OCT in the differential diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy and other retinal pathologies
  • An awareness of the current options for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy
  • An understanding of the importance of communication in educating patients with diabetes to help them with the self-management of their condition

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