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Online Topics: Key Issues in Glaucoma Management

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.

Current issues offer one hour of COPE accredited continuing education. Expired issues are available for content only. 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.

Note:  Participants are able to print certificates and are responsible for submitting copies for licensing requirements and maintaining copies for their professional records.  

Available Issues

Key Issues in Glaucoma Management: Issue 1

  1. Who Has Glaucoma? Definitions and Diagnosis by Steven L. Mansberger, MD, MPH
  2. Aqueous Humor Dynamics: What IOP Means for the Clinician by John J. McSoley, OD

Key Issues 1Learning Objectives

  • Define glaucoma and common subtypes.
  • Discuss the role of Iop in glaucoma diagnosis.
  • Delineate the relationship between aqueous humor dynamics, IOP, and glaucoma.
  • Identify individual IOP reduction needs in glaucoma patients. 

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Please note that Issue 1 is no longer available for CE credit.

Key Issues in Glaucoma Management: Issue 2

  1. Current Medical Treatment of Glaucoma by Bruce E. Onofrey, RPH, OD, FAAO
  2. Improving Adherence to Glaucoma Medications by Baharak Asefzadeh, OD, MS, FAAO

Key Issues 2Learning Objectives

  • Select appropriate medical therapy for the individual patient by evaluating both the efficacy and safety of glaucoma drugs.
  • Identify ocular perfusion pressure as a risk factor for glaucoma progression.
  • Identify barriers to medication adherence among their patients.
  • Take steps to reduce nonadherence among glaucoma patients in their practices. 

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Key Issues in Glaucoma Management: Issue 3 

  1. Normal Tension Glaucoma by Murray Fingeret, OD, FAAO
  2. Visual Field Testing for Glaucoma by Leo Semes, OD, FAAO

Key Issues 3Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate normal tension from high tension glaucoma 
  • Conduct an appropriate workup to diagnose normal tension glaucoma.
  • Identify early glaucomatous damage on visual field based on established guideline for minimal glaucomatous defect.
  • Properly stage glaucoma using the AGS severity scale. 

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Key Issues in Glaucoma Management: Issue 4 

  1. New Trends in Medical Treatment of Glaucoma by Paul Karpecki, OD, FAAO
  2. Caring for Patients Who Undergo Glaucoma Surgery by Scott G. Hauswirth, OD, FAAO

Key Issues 4Learning Objectives

  • Analyze the need for new drugs and technologies for medical management of glaucoma.
  • Examine the mechanisms of action of IOP-lowering agents used to treat glaucoma in order to provide the most appropriate therapy.
  • Assess professional readiness to participate in perisurgical glaucoma care.
  • Offer pre-referral counsel to glaucoma patients. 

COPE: 49032-GL      Event: 111216     

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Key Issues in Glaucoma Management: Issue 5 

  1. Primary Angle-Closure Glaucoma: An Update for Optometrists by Ambika Hoguet, MD
  2. Secondary Open-angle Glaucoma Detection and Management by Daniel K. Roberts, OD, PhD

Key Issues 5Learning Objectives

  • Diagnose and classify angle closure, angle-closure suspect, and PACG.
  • Provide better care to patients at risk for angle closure.
  • Review key clinical features of common types of secondary open-angle glaucoma.
  • Improve detection of secondary open-angle glaucoma based on history and clinical examination. 

COPE ID: 49801-GL         Event: 111558        

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Key Issues in Glaucoma Management: Issue 6 

  1. The Future of Glaucoma: Perspectives for Optometrists by John Flanagan, OD, PhD, DSC (HON), FCOPTOM, FAAO
  2. Evaluating Glaucoma Progression by Murray Fingeret, OD

Key Issues 6Learning Objectives

  • Describe the pathophysiology of glaucoma and new imaging techniques and biomarkers of disease.
  • Describe the latest advances in pharmacological and surgical treatments to manage glaucoma and the future goals of treatment.
  • Monitor glaucoma patients and glaucoma suspects more effectively.
  • Analyze OCT and VFT results more accurately. 

COPE ID: 51147-GL    Event: 112250   

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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.