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Continuing Medical Education

3rd Annual Symposium on Enhancing Geriatric Understanding and Education (SEGUE):
Geriatric Ophthalmology for Non-Geriatricians

February 8, 2014
Houston Methodist Research Institute
Houston, Texas



Geriatric Ophthalmology for the Non-Geriatrician

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Program Overview

There is a demographic shift in the U.S. towards an older population. This “gray tsunami” will disproportionately affect ophthalmology as a specialty because our top disorders are diseases of the elderly (e.g., age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), glaucoma, and cataracts). Geriatric ophthalmic patients are not simply "older adults;" they have unique responses to treatment and disease and may have co-morbidities that impact diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. Moreover, elderly patients may require the expertise of a number of health professionals from diverse disciplines who have experience in dealing with specific geriatric syndromes.

Increasing geriatric expertise among ophthalmologists and primary care specialists while promoting competent, compassionate care of elderly patients is imperative. This activity seeks to address the needs of the geriatric patient population by arming providers with the necessary information on topics such as diabetic retinopathy, ARMD, cataracts, glaucoma, low-vision, as well as related co-morbidities (e.g., depression, dementia, hearing loss, function loss, driving, and elder abuse.)

There is an insufficient number of geriatricians to meet the demographic shift and individual specialty providers, generalists, and allied health personnel will be required to have expertise in geriatric domains within their areas of service in order to provide care that is optimal, cost effective, and safe.

Target Audience

This conference is designed for:

  • Ophthalmologists
  • Optometrists
  • Geriatricians
  • Internists
  • Family Practitioners
  • Residents
  • Fellows
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Healthcare Professionals with an interest in Geriatric Ophthalmology 



Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  • Discuss medical and ophthalmic surgical issues in the elderly, including when and when not to operate, consent issues, and falls and fractures in the postoperative period
  • Describe glaucoma issues in the elderly, including compliance issues with therapy specific to elderly, avoiding polypharmacy and enhancing short-term and long-term compliance
  • Describeage-related macular degeneration issues, including management and new treatments, the role of vitamin therapy, and the need for low vision services
  • Define medicolegal issues in managing eye disease in the elderly 

Educational Methods

Didactic lectures, panel discussions, and case studies


Evaluation by online questionnaire will address program content, presentation, possible bias, and intent to change current practice.