Free Ophthalmology CME

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    Common Eye Problems Seen in Primary Care – Free CME Course from Pri-Med®

    Learn about current treatments for three common conditions seen in primary care: diabetic retinopathy, hypertension-related eye conditions, and glaucoma. A better understanding of the current treatments will improve communication between you and ophthalmology and will also enhance co-management and patient education of disease process, management options, and prognosis. Earn credits with this free ophthalmology CME course today.

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    • Cost: Free
    • Credit hours: 1
    • CME credits awarded by: pmiCME, the accredited division of Pri-Med®
    • Format: On-Demand Course Online
    • Material last updated: 2/8/2019
    • Expiration of CME credit: 2/8/2022
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    CME: Dry Eye Disease: Therapeutic Updates and Optimizing Treatment

    Dry eye disease (“dry eye”), also referred to as ocular surface disease and keratoconjunctivitis sicca, is a condition with a diverse group of etiologies and clinical presentations. Common symptoms include discomfort or pain, visual disturbance, and tear film instability. Compared with those without the condition, patients with dry eye experience higher rates of lost of work productivity, impaired of daily activities, medical visits, and sleep and mood disorders, and worse emotion well-being and overall quality of life. Although dry eye prevalence varies based on a variety of patient factors, estimates place the prevalence of dry eye as high as 19% of the adult population and more than 34% of the elderly population.

    By the end of the session the participant will be able to:

    • Describe the pathophysiology of dry eye with a focus on the factors affecting therapeutic mechanisms.
    • Identify symptoms of dry eye and optimize diagnostic procedures to initiate treatment as early as possible.
    • Accurately diagnose,** discuss, and apply treatment strategies in dry eye
    • Evaluate available and emerging therapeutic options for dry eye, and individualize patient treatment regimens.

    Target Audience:

    The following healthcare professionals: ophthalmology and optometry; physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists who practice or are interested in ophthalmology; and any other healthcare professionals with an interest in or who clinically encounter patients with dry eye.

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    • Cost: Free
    • Credit hours: 1
    • CME credits awarded by: ScientiaCME
    • Format: On-Demand Online
    • Material last updated: 7/30/19
    • Expiration of CME credit: 7/30/21
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    CME: Glaucoma: optimizing pharmacotherapeutic management strategies

    Glaucoma, a heterogeneous disease leading to progressive damage to the optic nerve, causes irreversible vision loss and affects up to six million people in the U.S., and just as many worldwide have glaucoma-related bilateral blindness. The prevalence of glaucoma is increasing, and more than 100 million people across the globe will have glaucoma by 2040. Approximately half of all individuals with glaucoma are unaware of their condition due to the asymptomatic nature of the disease. Although the incidence of glaucoma-related blindness has decreased over the last 20 years thanks to effective management strategies, 13% to 40% of people with glaucoma still develop unilateral or bilateral blindness, typically at a rate of 1.1% per year.

    By the end of the session the participant will be able to:

    • Individualize intraocular pressure targets based on known risk factors and patient-specific characteristics, and optimize assessment of intraocular pressure profiles to readily identify peaks and fluctuations
    • Identify first-line pharmacotherapies, laser therapies, and glaucoma implants for lowering intraocular pressure, and select appropriate monotherapies and combination therapies for patients
    • Discuss present and emerging pharmacotherapies currently in clinical development and their mechanisms of action, and apply those therapies to patient cases
    • Describe barriers to care in the treatment of patients with glaucoma and what clinicians may do to aide patients in circumventing them

    Target Audience:

    Healthcare professionals (HCPs) including: comprehensive ophthalmologists and retinal specialists; physician assistants and nurse practitioners who practice in ophthalmology; and any other HCPs with an interest in or who clinically encounter patients with glaucoma.

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    • Cost: Free
    • Credit hours: 1
    • CME credits awarded by: ScientiaCME
    • Format: On-Demand Online
    • Material last updated: 2/17/2020
    • Expiration of CME credit: 2/17/2022
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    CME: Glaucoma: Updates from the AAO 2019 Annual Meeting

    Glaucoma, a heterogeneous disease leading to progressive damage to the optic nerve, causes irreversible vision loss and affects up to six million people in the U.S., and just as many worldwide have glaucoma-related bilateral blindness. The prevalence of glaucoma is increasing, and more than 100 million people across the globe will have glaucoma by 2040. Approximately half of all individuals with glaucoma are unaware of their condition due to the asymptomatic nature of the disease. Although the incidence of glaucoma-related blindness has decreased over the last 20 years thanks to effective management strategies, 13% to 40% of people with glaucoma still develop unilateral or bilateral blindness, typically at a rate of 1.1% per year.

    By the end of the session the participant will be able to:

    • Summarize the most impactful findings at the AAO 2019 meeting relating to glaucoma, including diagnostic testing, therapeutic success, and emerging therapies, and apply that knowledge to patients with different forms of glaucoma
    • Recall the results from the Horizon, LiGHT, and OHTS studies
    • List conditions that can masquerade as normal-tension glaucoma (NTG) and the role of systemic blood pressure in evaluation and management of NTG
    • Summarize the role of the following in glaucoma: hemoglobin video imaging, bimatoprost sustained-release implant, and the microshunt technology

    Target Audience:

    HCPs including: comprehensive ophthalmologists and retinal specialists; physician assistants and nurse practitioners who practice in ophthalmology; and any other HCPs with an interest in or who clinically encounter patients with glaucoma.

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    • Cost: Free
    • Credit hours: 1
    • CME credits awarded by: ScientiaCME
    • Format: On-Demand Online
    • Material last updated: 04/10/2020
    • Expiration of CME credit: 04/10/2021
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    Ocular surface disease (OSD): diagnostic, management, and clinical considerations in “dry eye”

    After completing Ocular surface disease (OSD): diagnostic, management, and clinical considerations in “dry eye” , you will be able to:

    • Discuss the causes, symptoms, and types of dry eye or ocular surface disease, emphasizing the pathophysiology that impacts treatment decisions
    • Describe the clinical implications of dry eye on contact lens or surgical success, and apply this knowledge in patient cases when discussing expectations with patients
    • Utilize patient history, ocular examination, and tear quantity tests to accurately diagnose ocular surface disease, with an emphasis on the importance of early diagnosis
    • Compare available and emerging treatments for ocular surface disease based on mechanisms of action and efficacy, with a focus on individualizing treatments to improve patient outcomes

    Target Audiences:

    Ophthalmologists, optometrists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists who practice or are interested in ophthalmology; and any other healthcare professionals with an interest in or who clinically encounter patients with dry eye.

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    • Cost: Free
    • Credit hours: 1
    • CME credits awarded by: ScientiaCME
    • Format: On-Demand Online
    • Material last updated: June 16, 2017
    • Expiration of CME credit: June 16, 2020
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    Glaucoma: therapeutic updates, best practices, and barriers to effective care

    This free online CME course provides insights about Glaucoma and will help physicians better treat patients suffering from the disease.

    Topics covered in the course include:

    • Monitoring intraocular pressure (IOP) and optimizing targets.
    • Current and emerging treatment options for glaucoma.

    After completing this course, you will better be able to:

    • Individualize intraocular pressure targets based on known risk factors and patient-specific characteristics, and optimize assessment of intraocular pressure profiles to readily identify peaks and fluctuations
    • Identify first-line pharmacotherapies, laser therapies, and glaucoma implants for lowering intraocular pressure, and select appropriate monotherapies and combination therapies for patients
    • Discuss present and emerging pharmacotherapies currently in clinical development and their mechanisms of action, and apply those therapies to patient cases
    • Describe barriers to care in the treatment of patients with glaucoma and what clinicians may do to aide patients in circumventing them


    Ophthalmologists; physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists with an interest in ophthalmology or diseases affecting the eye; and any other healthcare professionals with an interest in or who clinically encounter patients with glaucoma.

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    • Cost: Free
    • Credit hours: 1
    • CME credits awarded by: ScientiaCME
    • Format: On-Demand Online
    • Material last updated: April 30, 2018
    • Expiration of CME credit: April 30, 2020
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    Wills Eye Knowledge Portal

    All CME at the Wills Eye Knowledge Portal is now free of charge. A good way to start is by taking the very helpful virtual video tour. Some recent titles are:
    • Pre-Operative Evaluation Anterior Segment Trauma
    • Keratoconus – Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK) for Keratoconus – Is It Worth It?
    • ECP for Glaucoma
    • Managing Diabetic Retinopathy in the Cataract Patient
    • Neovascular AMD Treatment Update

    Target Audience: Ophthalmologists

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    • Cost: Free
    • Credit hours: 88
    • CME credits awarded by: Wills Eye Institute
    • Format: On-Demand Online, Video
    • Expiration of CME credit: 3 years after posting
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    New Insights into Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Geographic Atrophy

    This activity consists of three sessions, each of which should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

    At the conclusion of New Insights into Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Geographic Atrophy, you will be able to:
    • Identify the risk factors for AMD and the role of the complement pathway in the pathogenesis of GA
    • Describe the progression of early AMD to GA and monitoring parameters that can identify disease progression
    • Discuss the importance of routine eye exams and prompt referral when patients with AMD experience disease progression
    • Assess the efficacy and safety of emerging treatment options for GA secondary to AMD
    • Identify patient barriers to the optimal management of AMD and how they may be effectively addressed through education
    • Describe the benefits of comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the management of AMD

    Target Audience:
    This program is intended for optometrists who have significant numbers of people with age-related macular degeneration and geographic atrophy in their patient care panels and other eye care professionals with an interest in the treatment of age-related macular degeneration and geographic atrophy.

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    • Cost: Free
    • Credit hours: 3
    • CME credits awarded by: New England College of Optometry
    • Format: On-Demand Online, Online Video
    • Material last updated: May 18, 2017
    • Expiration of CME credit: July 12, 2018
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    Preserving Visual Function in the Aging Population

    Preserving Visual Function in the Aging Population consists of two lectures with discussion:
    • Preserving Visual Function in the Aging Population
    • ‘I Didn’t See This Coming!’ Optometric Case Studies in Visual Acuity Challenges

    The presenters are Mark T. Dunbar, OD, FAAO and Dean Elliott, MD.

    Target Audience:
    This program is intended for US-based optometrists who have significant numbers of older patients with decreased visual acuity in their patient care panels.

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    • Cost: Free
    • Credit hours: 2
    • CME credits awarded by: New England College of Optometry
    • Format: On-Demand Online, Online Video
    • Material last updated: August 10, 2017
    • Expiration of CME credit: August 10, 2018