Preventing Diabetic Retinopathy: Eye Care for Patients with Diabetes

Diabetic retinopathy is a serious complication of diabetes that can lead to blindness. Timely diagnosis and treatment of the condition are vital to preventing vision loss.


This Continuing Medical Education program has been developed to offer healthcare providers with the latest information, guidelines and tools related to appropriate referral practices, and to increase their capacity to ensure patients participate in appropriate retinopathy screening and follow-up care.


This project grew out of the Knowledge to Action in Primary Care Project led originally by Paul Hendry (Vice Dean Office of CME, University of Ottawa) and Rob Cushman (Executive Director of the Champlain LHIN) and coordinated by Elizabeth Lindsay, Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Specialists, Office of CME U of O.


This project resulted in a meeting grant provided by CIHR and involved individuals interested in Knowledge to Action in Primary Care from many sectors in the Champlain LHIN.  Following the workshop, the leadership team recommended the building of a prototype that would focus on Retinopathy Assessment for patients with Diabetes.  This choice of topic was partially driven by the start-up of a new MOHLTC sponsored centres; The Diabetes Regional Coordinating Centres (DRCC’s) that were set up in each of the 14 LHINs across the province.

The Online Module

In 2013, a new phase was begun. At a meeting between Dr. Paul Roumeliotis of the Eastern Public Health Unit of Ontario (EOHU), Dr. Hendry and Bob Parson of uOttawa’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) office, it was decided that the resources should be adapted and supplemented in order to create an online accredited CME program. The design and development brought together uOttawa’s CPD Office, EOHU, the Champlain LHIN, and the Faculty of Medicine’s Medtech team. Thanks to these hard-working people (Gretchen Seitz, Renee Levitz, Olga Nikolajev RN, Dr. Claudia Sarbu, Bob Parson, Patrick Laliberté, Nancy Hebert and Jean-Ray Arseneau) and the dedication of our team’s health care experts (Drs. Judy Chow, Sherif El-Defrawy, and Thomas-Alexandre Noel) the online program was launched in June 2014.


For more information about in-house training, please email Renee Lebovitz Pelletier, Integration Specialist, Champlain LHIN.


Partners: The Office of CPD staff, Medtech and other faculty from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa; The Diabetes/Vascular Health Team at the Champlain LHIN; The Ontario Eye Health Council of Ontario; The Eastern Public Health Unit of Ontario; The Canadian Ophthalmology Society.

Course Instructions

Welcome to our online module! This module will take about one hour to one hour and a half.

Navigation tools: The “View your progress and navigate through the module” button will allow you to navigate back and forth throughout the module. It also shows you which lessons and activities you have completed. There are also navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen (Go Back and Continue).

View or write some notes:: If you click on “View or write some notes” you will be able write your questions, comments, or items that you would like to ask about or to research later. These are yours alone, not visible to instructor or others, unless you copy them to the “Discussion” page. To enlarge the “Notes” box, simply click and drag the bottom, right-hand corner of the “Notes” rectangle.

Note: Your personal notes are saved on your own devices. So long as you use the same device, you’ll see your notes. In the future we will be looking at transferring notes across different devices.

Discussion: Have a question? On the last page, you will find a discussion forum where you can ask questions to the facilitator or to other colleagues taking the lesson. The facilitator will be answering questions every few days, but your posting will be immediate. You can also reach this page at any time by using the “View your progress and navigate through the module” button and selecting “Discussion” at the bottom of the list.

Video: You can watch the video by using the controls at the bottom of the screen. You can also expand the screen, pause, or re-view the video. You can click a tab, below the video box, to change from Objectives to the Transcript of the video.