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Live panel discussion on diabetic eye disease

Specsavers is presenting its first live panel discussion as part of its SCC Online Series, which will focus on diabetic eye disease and the role of optometrists.

In the session called ‘Diabetic eye disease: A collaborative approach’ – to take place on Wednesday evening 19 August – the panel will discuss the challenges facing the eye health industry in providing the best possible care for patients with diabetes.

The panellists include Associate Professor Peter van Wijngaarden, deputy director and principal investigator at the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA); Professor Greg Johnson, CEO of Diabetes Australia; and Mr Peter Larsen, group eye health strategy director for Specsavers.

The trio represent organisations involved with KeepSight, a national diabetes eye screening program designed to make it easier for people with diabetes to get their eyes checked.

Peter Larsen speaking at SCC in 2018.

According to Specsavers, the live panel discussion will focus on what optometrists can do, both in terms of clinical practice and broader patient management and collaboration with ophthalmology, to improve outcomes for patients with diabetes and diabetic eye disease.

The session commences at 7pm AEST and can be accessed via this Zoom link.

The SCC Online Series commenced on 29 July and will take place until October. It is also available to non-Specsavers professionals and includes a range of virtual presentations, panel discussions and interactive webinars covering topics such as glaucoma diagnosis and co-management, diabetic retinopathy screening and more.