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Diabetic Retinopathy: Telemedicine and Remote Northern Communities

Diabetic Retinopathy: Telemedicine and Remote Northern Communities

Diabetic Retinopathy: Telemedicine and Remote Northern Communities

Dr. Alan Cruess, MD, FRCSC
Dr. Alan Cruess, MD, FRCSC
on behalf of VuePoint IDS inc.


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Launch date: 26 Sep 2016

Expiry Date: 30 Sep 2018

Last updated: 19 Jun 2017

Reference: 163786

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Lecture Four: Dr. Alan Cruess, MD, FRCSC
Diabetic Retinopathy: Telemedicine and Remote Northern Communities

The Vision Institute of Canada has produced an Aboriginal Vision Health Lecture Series featuring the lectures of Dr. Ann C. Macaulay, MD, Dr. Jay Wortman, MD, Mr. Gary Taubes, Dr. Alan Cruess, MD, Dr. Chris Hudson, OD, PhD, Dr. Barbara Robinson, OD, MPH, PhD, Dr. Graham Strong, OD, MSc, and Dr. Jeff Reading, PhD. This eight part DVD lecture presentation was filmed in Toronto in October 2010 as part of the Vision Institute of Canada’s Aboriginal Vision Health Conference.

This lecture series focuses special attention on Aboriginal diabetes and the preventable vision loss that is a consequence of this emerging health crisis. It is designed to raise awareness about the vision health issues that are affecting native people in Canada and the social determinants that contribute to them.

This course is accredited by The Vision Institute of Canada. Proceeds from the sale are donated, in part, to The Vision Institute of Canada, a registered Canadian charity.


Review the anatomy of the retina and the mechanisms of diabetes and its medical consequences.
Proliferative diabetic retinopathy and macular diabetic retinopathy are reviewed with different imaging techniques.
Review of the epidemiology of Diabetes, with emphasis on Canada in comparison with other developed countries.
Clinical practice guidelines comparing Canada to Europe are reviewed.
Review the role that Tele-medicine may play: Challenges and opportunities.
A Canadian perspective on the background is provided as well as an examination of the technological and systems challenges and opportunities for tele-medicine in diabetic retinopathy.
Understand the prevalence and risk factors of diabetes in a James Bay northern community.
Results of a community study of Moose Factory are presented including the incidence of diabetic retinopathy, as well as the risk factors at play.
Review of studies of digital photographic screening in the James Bay Cree Community.
Methods, results and conclusions of a 200 person study are provided. A follow study in James Bay validated the cost-effectiveness of a 5 year study using retinal specialists and a photographic screening method.
Dr. Alan Cruess, MD, FRCSC

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Dr. Alan Cruess, MD, FRCSC
on behalf of VuePoint IDS inc.

Dr. Alan Cruess is a professor and head of the Dalhousie University Department of Ophthalmology. Since 1995 he has participated in biannual Northern Ontario tours of the CNIB Mobile Eye Unit. Since 1996 he has also been the Screening Program Ophthalmologist for Diabetic Retinopathy among the Cree of Western James Bay, Northern Ontario.

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This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • Vision Institute of Canada
  • 1.00 Units

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