9.11 Assessment of treatment value


Careful monitoring of the patient with DR or DME is essential in order to prevent or slow the progression of functional vision loss. Follow-up examinations should include both an updated patient history and examination. Any changes in patient symptoms, systemic health status (eg, blood pressure), and glycemic status (eg, hemoglobin A1c) should be noted as they may affect subsequent treatment strategies.

Quiz Module 9.11

1. It is important that the clinician be familiar with findings from clinical trials such as Diabetic Retinopathy Study, Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study, and the Diabetic Retinopathy Vitrectomy Study in order to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of their patients with DR and DME.

2. Which of the following is more likely to be the most important factor, from both a physician and a patient perspective, in making treatment recommendations for patients with DR and or DME?