Glaucoma is an insidious, often asymptomatic cause of blindness due to progressive optic nerve damage. Because it can occur with or without the presence of elevated intraocular pressure, widespread screening in primary care is neither cost effective nor recommended. However, primary care clinicians must be knowledgeable about groups at high risk for glaucoma and ensure appropriate referral for diagnosis and treatment to preserve sight. As a key part of team-based management of patients with glaucoma, primary care clinicians are responsible for much of the day-to-day care of these patients, and for counseling patients on their medications in terms of possible side effects and interactions with other medications, as well as the importance of adherence to preserving their sight. This eCourse takes a case-based approach to exploring management of patients with glaucoma, including risk factors and high-risk groups; the expected benefits, side effects, and potential drug-drug interactions of glaucoma medications; the latest surgical techniques; and tips for ensuring adherence.
Audio-enhanced slide lecture
To improve primary care management of patients with glaucoma by increasing knowledge of groups at high risk, comorbid conditions associated with glaucoma, types of medical treatment and the importance of adherence to preserving sight, and surgical approaches to glaucoma management
After completing this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Identify signs, symptoms, and risk factors for glaucoma that should prompt referral to an eye specialist
- Counsel patients on treatment options for glaucoma, their associated side effects, and the importance of adherence to therapy
- Identify comorbid conditions and medications that can increase the risk of glaucoma or that impact intraocular pressure
Nurse practitioners and physician assistants
The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
This activity is provided for 1.0 contact hours under ANCC criteria.
This activity is provided for 0.3 contact hours related to pharmacotherapeutic content.
The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education (UNMC CON CNE) has been awarded Accreditation with Distinction, the highest recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Accreditation Program (ANCC). This distinction is valid through 2020.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC) through the joint providership of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education (UNMC CON CNE) (provider) and Practicing Clinicians Exchange.
This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1.00 AAPA Category 1 CME credits by the AAPA Review Panel. Approval is valid for one year from the issue date of July 26, 2017. Participants may submit the post-test at any time during that period.
This program was planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards for Enduring Material Programs and for Commercial Support of Enduring Material Programs.
This activity was supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.
The opinions or views expressed in this continuing education activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Continuing Education Alliance, Practicing Clinicians Exchange, or Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.
Accredited status as a provider of continuing nursing education refers only to the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education continuing education activities, and does not imply UNMC or American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation endorsement of any commercial supporters.
Please note that while the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education is an ANCC accredited organization, this does not imply endorsement by the UNMC or ANCC of any commercial products affiliated with this activity.
All faculty and planners participating in continuing education activities sponsored by the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education are expected to disclose to the audience any significant support or substantial relationship(s) with providers of commercial products and/or devices discussed in this activity and/or with any commercial supporters of the activity. In addition, all faculty are expected to openly disclose any off-label, experimental, or investigational use of drugs or devices discussed in this activity. The faculty and planning committee have been advised that this activity must be free from commercial bias, and based upon all the available scientifically rigorous data from research that conforms to accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.
Please note that this activity may refer to use of products for a purpose other than which they were approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Dr Mantravadi: consultant: Allergan, Gore Medical.
Ms Phillips has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
The Planning Committee for this activity included Heidi Keeler, PhD, RN, and Renee Paulin, MSN, RN, CWOCN, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education; Mark P. Christiansen, PhD, PA-C, of the University of the Pacific; and Ruth Cohen and Leslie Burgess of Practicing Clinicians Exchange. The members of the Planning Committee have no significant relationships to disclose.
Participants wishing to earn CE/CME credit must:
- Listen to the presentation and study the program slides
- Relate the content material to the learning objectives
- Complete the post-test and evaluation form online
Successful completion of the post-test is required to earn CE/CME credit. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70%.
The estimated time to complete this activity is 1.00 hours.
Release date: July 26, 2017
Expiration date: July 26, 2018
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