Diabetic eye disease and GPs

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In this episode:

  • GPs should write a referral to optometrists to state clearly what the appointment is for
  • We are to educate patients re the link between diabetes and eye disease and the need for regular screening
  • It is important to adopt the risk-based approach and manage identified risks supporting the patients along their treatment journey via a team-based approach


Host: Dr David Lim, GP and Medical Educator

Total time: 38 mins

Guest: A/Prof Peter van Wijngaarden, Ophthalmologist


Eye Health CPD for GPs:

Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA) has launched two free CPD courses to help General Practitioners reduce the incidence and impact of macular disease – Australia’s leading cause of severe vision loss and blindness.
Funded by the Federal Government and developed by a consortium of partners, including RANZCO with support from RACGP, ACRRM and world-renowned retinal specialists, each course is a CPD activity under the RACGP CPD Program and has been approved for three CPD points.
Available through the MDFA website, the courses cover age-related macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease each accredited for three CPD points.

Eye Health CPD for GPs:

• Increase your knowledge of macular disease to enable early diagnosis and interventions
• Improve communication with patients about managing modifiable risk, including regular eye exams
• Adopt up-to-date, evidence-based best practice
• Understand how to link patients with supports and services

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Last Updated: 5 Jul, 2022

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