Macular Degeneration and Its Imposters
Mary Greeley Medical Center Grand Rounds is a multi-disciplinary clinical activity which serves to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public or the profession.
Physicians, Advance Practice Professionals, Nurses, Ancillary Staff, Medical Students (rotating), Non-Medical Students (rotating), and Health Care Administrators.
- It is difficult to use the direct ophthalmoscope effectively and thus difficult to view with the retina. So physicians don't always know when to refer patients.
- Prompt referral of patients with decreased vision due to age-related macular degeneration can improve visual outcomes.
- Earlier treatment with anti-vascular endothelial grown factor (VEGF) drugs can increase visual acuity and maintain it so patients can stay independent.
- Recognize clinical symptoms of macular disease in patients vs. other eye disorders.
- Discern whether clinical symptoms suggest an urgent referral or routine referral.
- Understand that macular diseases are usually chronic conditions that need long-term follow up.
Tracy Kangas, MD, PhD
Ophthamology, McFarland Clinic
- Dr. Kangas indicated she has no relationships with a commercial entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing healthcare goods or services consumed by or used on patients.
- No member of the Mary Greeley Medical Center CME Committee who planned this activity has any financial relationship to disclose relating to the content.
This program is supported by gifts to the Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation from Mary Greeley Medical Center, McFarland Clinic, First American Bank, and Green Hills Health Care Center. The content and selection of speaker(s) is the responsibility of the Mary Greeley Medical Center for Continuing Medical Education Committee and not the sponsors of this program.
Continuing Education Credit
DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.
Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas. The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.
- 1.00 AOA Category 2A