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System-based Screening and Referral for Diabetic Retinopathy
Vindico Medical Education

Avon, OH
Jul 11, 2018

Cole Eye Institute Faculty

Amy Babiuch, MD
Robert Engel, OD
Wes Immler, OD
Rishi P. Singh, MD


Optometrists are well-placed to identify patients with diabetic retinopathy (DR), but guidelines for monitoring and referral can be confusing, especially for patients with early cotton wool spots or equivocal macular OCT readings. As stated by Dr. Robert Engel, "I view diabetic retinopathy very differently now than I did just 5 years ago before joining the Cole Eye Institute. I had no idea what I was missing, and I thought I was pretty thorough." Utilizing a blend of case reports and didactic imaging, an expert panel of retina specialists and optometrists will provide modern, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to help optometrists assess and monitor DR more precisely, as well as to help establish a reliable, pragmatic protocol to identify candidates for referral to retina specialists for co-management.

Upon successful completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Screen patients for diabetes and diabetic retinopathy according to clinical practice guidelines to ensure prevention of avoidable vision loss.
  • Employ effective, evidence-based methods to diagnose and assess diabetic retinopathy.
  • Identify patients who are candidates for referral to specialists for treatment of vision-threatening diabetic retinal disease.

The intended audience for this activity is optometrists and other health care professionals involved in the care of patients with diabetic retinopathy.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pmRegistration and Dinner
5:30 pm – 5:35 pmIntroduction and Pretest – Part 1 - Rishi P. Singh, MD
5:35 pm – 5:50 pmDiabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy: Imperfect Together - Robert Engel, OD
5:50 pm – 6:10 pmUse of Screening in Patients at Risk for Diabetic Retinopathy - Wes Immler, OD
6:10 pm – 6:30 pmDiagnostic Pearls: Going Beyond Fundus Examinations - Amy Babiuch, MD
6:30 pm – 6:35 pmPosttest – Part 1 - Rishi P. Singh, MD
6:35 pm – 6:45 pmQuestion and Answer - All Faculty
6:45 pm – 7:00 pmDessert Break
7:00 pm – 7:05 pmIntroduction and Pretest – Part 2 - Rishi P. Singh, MD
7:05 pm – 7:20 pmReferring – When and Where? - Robert Engel, OD
7:20 pm – 7:40 pmFollow-up Care for Diabetic Retinopathy – State of the State in 2018 - Amy Babiuch, MD
7:40 pm – 8:00 pmExercise in Imaging – When to Refer - Rishi P. Singh, MD
8:00 pm – 8:05 pmPosttest – Part 2 - Rishi P. Singh, MD
8:05 pm – 8:15 pmQuestion and Answer - All Faculty
8:15 pmMeeting Adjournment

There is no fee to register for this dinner meeting.

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Purdue University is approved by the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) as an administrator/provider of continuing education (CE).

This activity has been submitted for COPE approval. Event ID #, COPE Event ID #, and credit hours to be provided onsite. Please consult your state’s Board of Optometry to determine if the CE credits may apply toward your CE requirement for license renewal.

In accordance with the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education Standards for Commercial Support, all CE providers are required to disclose to the activity audience the relevant financial relationships of the planners, teachers, reviewers, and staff involved in the development of CE content. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he or she has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the past 12 months with a commercial interest related to the practice of optometry.

Faculty, topics, program schedule, and credit hours are subject to change. Audiotaping or videotaping is prohibited without written permission from the Program Committee.