Collaboration With The Multidisciplinary Team

Multidisciplinary collaboration to manage patients with diabetes has been shown to reduce Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) by at least 0.5%.1 The team approach has also been shown to improve both patient satisfaction and quality of life as well as lower the risk of complications from diabetes.2 For instance, effective blood sugar management has been shown to reduce systemic complications by 53% to 63%.3,4

Each of the eye care providers on the diabetic care team have an important role. Optometrists and general ophthalmologists are both adept providers for dilated eye examinations. They will diagnose diabetic retinopathy (DR) and determine if referral for treatment is necessary. Optometrists and most ophthalmologists will refer patients who need treatment to a retinal specialist.6

Unfortunately, some patients with DR will lose substantial vision despite treatment. Patients who have lost substantial vision or have trouble with activities of daily living can be referred to a low vision specialist. These specialists can help patients learn to use their remaining vision to the fullest potential through utilizing low vision devices such as telescopes, magnifiers, and independent living aids.7


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Scientific Council

Neil M. Bressler, MD

James P. Gills Professor of Ophthalmology
Professor of Ophthalmology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Baltimore, MD

A. Paul Chous, MA, OD, FAAO

Specializing in Diabetes Eye Care & Education, Chous Eye Care Associates
Adjunct Professor of Optometry, Western University of Health Sciences
AOA Representative, National Diabetes Education Program
Tacoma, WA

Steven Ferrucci, OD, FAAO

Chief of Optometry, Sepulveda VA Medical Center
Professor, Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University
Sepulveda, CA

Julia A. Haller, MD

Wills Eye Hospital
Philadelphia, PA

Allen C. Ho, MD, FACS

Director, Retina Research
Wills Eye Hospital
Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
Philadelphia, PA

Charles C. Wykoff, MD, PhD

Director of Research, Retina Consultants of Houston
Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
Blanton Eye Institute & Houston Methodist Hospital
Houston, TX

Diabetes Educators Scientific and Educational Toolkit

The RELIEF Diabetes Educators Toolkit is an online resource that aims to provide clinically relevant information and various educational tools about the recognition and diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy (DR), treatment strategies, and resources to enhance collaborative eye care. Click on one of the options below to learn more about DR and ways to help maintain healthy vision in patients with diabetes.

This activity for Diabetic Retinopathy education is provided by Med Learning Group.
This activity is supported by an independent medical education grant from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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