This Eye Connect initiative highlights the importance of screening, diagnosing, and treating diabetic retinopathy (DR) and diabetic macular edema (DME) in patients with diabetes. This multidisciplinary CE collection of expert faculty discussions and patient cases targets the collaborative goal of primary care providers (PCPs) (ie, internists, family practitioners [FPs], nurse practitioners [NPs], and PAs), endocrinologists, and eye care specialists (optometrists, comprehensive ophthalmologists, residents, retina specialists, and retina fellows) of achieving optimal eye health for patients with diabetes.
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DR/DME affects a majority of patients with diabetes, but appropriate management of diabetes, vision screening, and timely referral to specialty eye care can help halt progression of the disease.

A collection of CE activities offers practical strategies for DR/DME that clinicians can use to empower patients to engage in recommended diabetic eye care to underscore the importance of early intervention and an overview of novel screening and diagnostic tools that can be used to expedite care.

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New data regarding the use of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) prophylaxis in patients with moderate to severe nonproliferative DR (NPDR) without DME underscore the need for an evidence-based shift to proactive DR treatment (rather than “watch and wait”).

A collection of CE activities provides guidance for treatment of DR/DME with anti-VEGF agents, strategies to reduce anti-VEGF treatment burden, and highlights the need for individualized treatment and shared decision-making.

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Because disparities in eye care exist, it is important for clinicians to understand the social determinants that their patients may experience, such as older patients and members of racial/ethnic minorities.

A multidisciplinary collection of CE activities offer insight into the social determinants that certain populations of patients with DR/DME may experience and suggest ways clinicians can mitigate these barriers to ensure equity in eye care.

This initiative is provided by Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC.

In collaboration with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Academy of Physician Associates, California Academy of Family Physicians, Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity, Endocrine Society, Global Education Group, National Minority Quality Forum, and Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry.


Supporter Acknowledgment
This initiative is supported by an independent medical educational grant from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC presents this resource for educational purposes only. Healthcare professionals are expected to employ their own knowledge and judgement during any discussion with, or treatment of, their patients.

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