Premier Academy360™ Offers New Diabetes-Focused Continuing Education Course for VSP Network Doctors Created in Partnership with the American Diabetes Association

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RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. – Today, the VSP Global® Premier Program announced a new continuing education (CE) course in the Focus on DiabetesTM series available to all VSP network doctors at no cost through Premier Academy360. The course, “A Closer Look at Diabetes for Optometrists,” was developed exclusively for VSP network doctors by the American Diabetes Association® (ADA) and is intended to build on the course launched last year.

“Doctors of Optometry serve a critical role in providing comprehensive care to the more than 122 million Americans living with diabetes and prediabetes,” said VSP Global Chief Network Officer Michelle Skinner. “By continuing to offer new and engaging education through the Focus on Diabetes series, we can better support VSP network doctors and their important work to save sight through the prevention and treatment of diabetic eye disease.”

Topics for Focus on Diabetes: A Closer Look at Diabetes for Optometrists, include:

  • Considerations for identifying and treating people with diabetic retinopathy and other diabetes-related conditions
  • Recent advancements in the treatment of both diabetes and its ocular sequelae
  • Newer pharmacological therapies for type 2 diabetes and their potential effects on diabetic eye disease
  • The importance of providing patient-centered, holistic care and consistent health messages to people with diabetes and related eye conditions

The new course is presented by Sherrol Reynolds, OD, FAAO, Associate Professor, Chief of Advanced Ophthalmic Care, President, National Optometric Association; Tina Mac Donald, OD, CDCES, FAAO, Head of Century City Eye Institute, Western University of Health Sciences; and John Cain, MSPAS, PA-C Physician Assistant, Wake Forest Baptist Health Diabetes and Endocrinology Center.

The course can be accessed in two different ways to provide doctors options that best fit their needs:

  1. At your own pace: On-demand modules through the Premier Academy360 eLearning courses. Participants will earn one COPE CE credit for completion of the course.
  2. Live webinar: One-hour live COPE-approved course that will be offered September 16 at 9:00 a.m. PT and November 18 at 12:00 p.m. PT.

By completing this course, doctors can earn 60 points towards a total of 135 points needed per location to earn an ADA Badge on the VSP.com Find a Doctor Directory, which was utilized by more than one million users per month in 2020. All doctors who earn their ADA badge will also receive a complimentary membership to the ADA – an additional value of over $300.

Doctors can also take advantage of two new courses from diabetes eye health experts, Paul Chous, MA, OD, FAAO, Chous Eye Care Associates, Tacoma, WA and Jeffry D. Gerson, OD, FAAO, Grin Eye Care, Olathe, KS, to earn points towards the ADA badge. Learn more about the badging program here.

In addition to providing education to optometrists, VSP has also worked with the ADA to produce a three-part educational series and pocket guide to support other health care providers in understanding the importance of eye exams for patients living with or at risk for diabetes, as well as the need for multidisciplinary collaborative care, and patient education regarding the effect of diabetes on patients’ health, including their eye health and vision. These resources help elevate the role of optometrists and solidify that, for those living with, or at risk for diabetes, an annual eye exam is a must – offering a simple and non-invasive way to prevent or delay disease and vision loss caused by diabetes.

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About VSP Global
At VSP Global®, our purpose is to empower human potential through sight. As the first and only national not-for-profit vision benefits company, this is what drives everything we do. For more than 65 years, VSP has been the leader in health-focused vision care. Every day, the people that power our complementary businesses (VSP® Vision Care, Marchon® Eyewear, Inc., Visionworks®, Eyefinity®, Eyeconic®, VSP Optics, and VSP Ventures) work together to create a world where everyone can bring their best vision to life. That means providing affordable access to eye care and eyewear for more than 80 million members through a network of more than 39,000 doctors. And it means expanding access to vision care to those disadvantaged by income, distance, or disaster. Through VSP Eyes of Hope®, more than 3.3 million people in need have received no-cost eye care and eyewear. Learn more about how we’re reinvesting in greater vision, health, and opportunities for all at vspglobal.com.

About the American Diabetes Association
Every day, more than 4,000 people are newly diagnosed with diabetes in America. More than 122 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes and are striving to manage their lives while living with diabetes. The ADA is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization fighting to bend the curve on the diabetes epidemic and help people living with diabetes thrive. For 80 years, the ADA has been driving discovery and research to treat, manage, and prevent diabetes, while working relentlessly for a cure. We help people with diabetes thrive by fighting for their rights and developing programs, advocacy, and education designed to improve their quality of life. Diabetes has brought us together, what we do next will make us Connected for Life. To learn more or to get involved, visit us at diabetes.org or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Join the fight with us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn), and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).

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