Looking through the 2020 Lens: Understanding Diabetic Retinopathy and Current Evidence for Improved Care

Released On
August 31, 2020

Expires On
August 31, 2021

Media Type

Completion Time
60 minutes

Optometry, Ophthalmology

Diabetic Retinopathy

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This activity is jointly provided by Med Learning Group and Ultimate Medical Academy/Complete Conference Management (CCM).

This activity is supported by an independent medical education grant from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Credit Available

  • Physicians — maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • Nurses — 1.0 ANCC contact hour.

All other health care professionals completing this course will be issued a statement of participation.

Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of retina specialists, ophthalmologists, and optometrists who manage patients with DR, DME, and AMD.

Program Overview

This online activity is focused on management of patients with diabetic retinopathy.

Learning Objectives

After completing the CME activity, learners should be better able to:

  • Explain the importance of proper eye care in patients who have or are at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy (DR)
  • Describe the progressive visual changes that can be experienced by those who have, are at risk for, or have been treated for DR, thereby emphasizing the importance of proper eye care
  • Establish collaborative strategies that promote team-based communication and patient continuity of care to provide appropriate eye-care delivery for patients who have or are at risk for developing DR
  • Define the pathogenic changes observed with DR, which would be best managed by team-based approaches for appropriate eye-care delivery
  • Evaluate the efficacy and safety of currently available treatments, including panretinal photocoagulation (PRP) and agents that target the VEGF pathway, used to manage patients with DR


Allen C. Ho, MD, FACS

Wills Eye Hospital Attending Surgeon and Director of Retina Research
Professor of Ophthalmology
Thomas Jefferson University
Mid Atlanta Retina
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Physician Continuing Medical Education

Accreditation Statement

Med Learning Group is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This CME activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME Essentials.

Credit Designation

Med Learning Group designates this online activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Continuing Education

Purpose: This program would be beneficial for nurses involved in the care of patients with DR. Credits: 1.0 ANCC Contact Hour.

CNE Accreditation Statement

Ultimate Medical Academy/CCM is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Awarded 1.0 contact hour of continuing nursing education of RNs and APNs.

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In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support, educational programs sponsored by Med Learning Group must demonstrate balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. All faculty, authors, editors, staff, and planning committee members participating in a MLG‐sponsored activity are required to disclose any relevant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services that are discussed in an educational activity.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

Dr. Allen Ho

  • Consultant/Advisor for Adverum, Aerie, AGTC, Alcon Laboratories, Aldeyra, Allergan, Apellis, Asclepix, Beaver-Visitec International, BioTime, Chengdu Kanghong Biotechnology, Genentech, Graybug, Gyroscope, IRIDEX, Iveric/Ophthotech, Johnson & Johnson, Lineage/BioTime, Notal, ONL, Optovue, PanOptica, Regeneron and RegenXBio.
  • Grants from Aerie, AGTC, Alcon Laboratories, Aldeyra, Allergan, Apellis, BioTime, Chengdu Kanghong Biotechnology, Genetech, Gemini, Graybug, Gyroscope, Iveric/Ophthotech, Johnson & Johnson, Lineage/BioTime, Lumithera, National Eye Institute, Novartis, Optovue, ProQR, Regeneron, RegenXBio and Sanofi.
  • Ownership in Covalent Medical, ONL and PanOptica.

CME content review
The content of this activity was independently peer reviewed. The reviewer of this activity has nothing to disclose.

CNE Content Review
The content of this activity was peer reviewed by a nurse. The reviewer has nothing to disclose.

The staff, planners, and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME/CE activity:

Matthew Frese, MBA, General Manager of Med Learning Group, has nothing to disclose.
Christina Gallo, SVP, Educational Development of Med Learning Group, has nothing to disclose.
Nicole Longo, DO, FACOI, Director of Medical and Scientific Services of Med Learning Group, has nothing to disclose.
Melissa A Johnson, Senior Program Manager of Med Learning Group, has nothing to disclose.
Lauren Welch, MA, VP, Accreditation and Outcomes of Med Learning Group, has nothing to disclose.
Russie Allen, Accreditation and Outcomes Coordinator of Med Learning Group, has nothing to disclose.

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  2. Participate in the enduring activity; and
  3. Complete pre-and-post surveys and evaluation.

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