Enhancing Your Role in AMD Prevention and Management: The Importance of Ocular Vitamins

A free online accredited CPD program for Canadian Pharmacists

The scope and impact of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

Glasses on top of a reading chart AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in Canada. It is estimated that there are approximately 1.4 million Canadians living with AMD, which is more than breast cancer, prostate cancer, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease combined.
Over the last 15 years, studies have clearly demonstrated the role of ocular vitamins in the prevention of AMD progression. Although many vitamins and supplements are marketed for eye health and the prevention of eye diseases, there are only a small number of supplements with data to support their use and efficacy.
Pharmacists can play an active role in AMD management by educating patients with AMD and ensuring ocular supplement recommendations are based on current evidence and factors which may impact tolerability and long-term adherence.
Program Planning Committee
Connie Marshall, B.Pharm, CDE
Michael Boivin, BSc.Phm, RPh, CDE
Anne Biringer, MD, CCFP, FCFP
1 CEU CCCEP
Program available online until: May 11, 2017
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Course Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the scope and impact of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in Canada.
  • Promote non-pharmacological AMD management strategies.
  • Discuss the role of ocular vitamin formulations in AMD management based on the results of the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) trials.
  • Assess whether a patient is using the most appropriate ocular vitamin.

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