Diabetes affects multiple organs, yet the eye complications have not been the subject of many continuing professional development education initiatives. These eye complications can lead to loss of the ability to drive, to be employable, to live independently, and may even affect the ability to take medications properly. In conjunction with the Canadian Ophthalmology Society (COS), this program was designed to educate primary care physicians about how to manage and protect the eye in patients with diabetes.
In this interactive, case-based session, the importance of family practitioners in the care of the eyes of patients with diabetes will be reinforced. Through this program, family doctors can help close the current screening and care gap for diabetic eye disease here in Canada. Participants will understand the consequences of delays in screening, and the various ways in which diabetes can affect the eye. Treatments will be explained so that the family doctors can answer any questions that patients may have after specialist appointments. Participants will learn what a comprehensive eye exam really means, and they will be introduced to a practical tool developed by COS which will help encourage eye screening in people with diabetes. Practical tips on when to refer and what information needs to be passed on to the eye care professional (i.e., optometrist/ophthalmologist) will be provided, along with an explanation of what the reports coming back mean. To help to reduce these eye complications, the session will also emphasize the importance of good diabetes care in general.
Director Primary Care Initiatives, Canadian Heart Research Centre; Associate Editor, Elsevier WebPortal - PracticeUpdate Primary Care; Medical Director LinCorp Medical Inc.
Dr. Peter Lin is the Director of Primary Care Initiatives at the Canadian Heart Research Centre. He has given over 120 lectures in 2014. He has two busy family practices in Toronto. Currently, he is the health columnist for CBC Radio. He has also been the guest editor for Focus on Cardiology and a consultant for Perspectives in Cardiology, and was on the editorial board for The Canadian Alzheimer Disease Review. He is also Associate Editor for the Elsevier WebPortal - PracticeUpdate Primary Care. He is also a contributing author to the Canadian Diabetes Guidelines 2013. Dr. Lin received a teaching award from the Canadian College of Family Physicians in 2011.
Friday, November 24
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
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