How to manage ocular manifestations of diabetes mellitus in a medical student run charity clinic.

  • Mateusz Graca Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Abstract

Medical students are restricted in serving patients with diabetes mellitus in student-run charity clinics.  These patients can face potentially devastating and irreversible consequences in their vision due to poor management of the disease.  By conducting simple visual acuity, tonometry, and visual field by confrontation screenings, as well as educating patients on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and proper management of diabetes mellitus, medical students can help save these patients from developing severe vision deficits. 

References

National Eye Institute. Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease. 2015. Available at: https://nei.nih.gov/health/diabetic/retinopathy. Published 2015. Accessed May, 15 2016.

Roy MS, Janal MN. High Caloric and Sodium Intakes as Risk Factors for Progression of Retinopathy in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Arch Ophthalmol. 2010;128(1):33-39.

Mohamed Q, Gillies MC, Wong TY. Management of Diabetic RetinopathyA Systematic Review. JAMA. 2007;298(8):902-916.

Published
2017-07-15
Section
Brief Communication