This series of six publications focuses on Key Issues in Glaucoma Management. It aims to support optometrists’ clinical reasoning and decision-making abilities and help them turn medical management of glaucoma into a vital segment of their practices.
Each case offers one hour of COPE certified continuing education credit. Upon successful completion of the examinations, participants are prompted to print their certificate and are responsible for uploading their credit to ARBO’s OE Tracker system.
Issue 1 defines glaucoma and common subtypes, discusses the role of IOP in glaucoma diagnosis, delineate the relationship between aqueous humor dynamics, IOP, and glaucoma, and identifies individual IOP reduction needs in glaucoma patients.
Issue 2 examines current medical therapies for the treatment of glaucoma as well as different ways to improve adherence to glaucoma medications to help patients gain greater control of their disease.
Issue 3 examines the differences between normal tension and high tension glaucoma and provides strategies for managing the disease and provides information about visual field testing to detect and evaluate functional loss and progressive damage from glaucoma.
Issue 4 examines new trends in the medical treatment of glaucoma such as new drugs and delivery systems for treatment as well as exploring ways to comanage care for patients who undergo glaucoma surgery with ophthalmic colleagues.
Issue 5 provides an update on primary angle-closure glaucoma, detailing the optometrists role in preventing and managing the disease, as well as an examination of secondary open-angle glaucoma detection and management.
COPE ID: 49801-GL
About the Series:
As primary eye care providers, medical optometrists are well positioned to identify patients at risk and to diagnose, monitor, and treat glaucoma. However, given that the expanded scope of practice incorporating glaucoma treatment is relatively new, many optometrists lack confidence in their ability to treat this potentially blinding disease. In order to instill confidence and help optometrists make sound clinical judgments about the care of glaucoma patients, Key Issues in Glaucoma Management will help optometrists better understand the various aspects and nuances of the disease, including our current understanding of the role of intraocular pressure (IOP) in glaucomatous optic nerve damage. Course content will also include current rationale on glaucoma diagnosis and evidence-based strategies for reducing IOP.
Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented through the joint sponsorship of the New England College of Optometry and Candeo Clinical/Science Communications, LLC. The New England College of Optometry is accredited by The Council on Optometric Practitioner Education® (COPE®), created by the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) to accredit continuing education on behalf of optometric licensing boards.