Seeing Past the Treatment Horizon: Anti-VEGF Therapies and Beyond in Retinal Disease (Optometry)


A. Paul Chous, MA, OD, FAAO
Specializing in Diabetes Eye Care & Education
Tacoma, WA
Adjunct Professor
Western University of Health Sciences
Ponoma, CA


This online activity targets healthcare gaps related to evidence-based recognition and prevention as well as timely treatment and management of diabetic retinopathy (DR), impacting visual outcomes through guidelines and best practices, clinical trial data and strategies to facilitate earlier initiation of therapy.

  • By addressing these gaps, you can assess whether your approach to DR management through utilization of current treatment guidelines, individualization of treatment approach and strategies for overcoming treatment barriers – could be modified to help close these gaps.
  • Expert discussion will guide you in analyzing and identifying appropriate candidates for anti-VEGF therapy, utilizing guidelines and clinical trial data on efficacy and safety to affect patient outcomes.
  • You will also be immersed in dynamic animations utilizing a virtual reality platform to memorably highlight key points related to nonproliferative and proliferative retinopathy and the mainstays of treatment for retinopathy.


This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of retina specialists, ophthalmologists, primary care providers, optometrists, and other healthcare providers who manage patients with diabetic retinopathy.


After completing the CME activity, learners should be better able to:

  • Incorporate consistent use of evidence-based screening and prevention strategies for patients at risk of DR
  • Apply clinical trial data and guidelines to the selection of therapies for the treatment of patients with DR
  • Identify barriers to early intervention and communicate to patients the importance for early initiation of therapy in DR


Med Learning Group is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This CME activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME Essentials.


Med Learning Group designates this online activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA Category 1 creditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in online activity.


Purpose: This program would be beneficial for nurses involved in the care of patients with DR.
CNE Credits: 1.0 ANCC Contact Hour.


Ultimate Medical Academy/(CCM) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Awarded 1.0 contact hour of continuing nursing education of RNs and APNs.


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Paul Chous, MA, OD, FAAO is a consultant for EyePromise, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, and VSP Vision Care. Dr. Chous is on the speakers’ bureau for Regeneron and VSP and has received fees for non-continuing medical education/continuing education (CME/CE) serves from Regeneron and VSP.

CME Content Review

The content of this activity was independently peer reviewed. The reviewer of this activity has nothing to disclose.

CNE Content Review

The content of this activity was peer reviewed by a nurse. The reviewer has nothing to disclose.

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During the course of this lecture, the faculty may mention the use of medications for both FDA‐approved and non‐approved indications.


There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this online activity. To receive CME/CNE credit participants must:

  1. Read the CME/CNE information and faculty disclosures;
  2. Participate in the online activity; and
  3. Complete pre-and-post surveys and evaluation.

You will receive your certificate as a downloadable file.


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RELEASE DATE: September 17, 2021

EXPIRATION DATE: September 17, 2022


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