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By kristalamb
Posted date: October 21, 2020

Join FBC and our partners at Diabetes Action Canada (DAC) this November for a series of webinars in recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month!

Each webinar is free and open to all, and will be simultaneously available in French.

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Diabetes & Vision Loss 101
Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 5 p.m. ET

Did you know that one in three Canadians live with diabetes or pre-diabetes? Diabetes can cause uncontrolled bleeding in the retina, putting people with diabetes at risk of losing their eye sight. In this webinar, Dr. Netan Choudhry will discuss how diabetes affects the eye, what you can do to take care of your eyes, and what treatments are available if your sight is affected by diabetes.

A Q&A period will be included. Please email your questions in advance to

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Tele-ophthalmology program in Canada with Diabetes Action Canada
Monday, November 9, 2020, 11 a.m. ET

Dr. David Maberley, Rebecca Merritt, and Dr. Marie-Carole Boucher

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes and accounts for 80% of diabetic-related blindness. It is the leading cause of blindness for working age Canadians.  Early detection of diabetic retinopathy by regular screening effectively avoids vision loss from diabetes as necessary treatments prevent irreversible retina damage.

Telehealth retinal screening programs are an excellent option for those living with diabetes, but not regularly seeing a specialist for their diabetes complications management.  Each province implements their telehealth retinal screening differently and in this webinar we will learn the approaches taken by Diabetes Action Canada investigators in British Columbia, Quebec, and Ontario.  Learn more about the teleheath program.

This webinar is presented by Diabetes Action Canada.

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Living Well with Diabetic Eye Disease
Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 3 p.m. ET

Managing diabetes can be challenging and complex – even more so if you are living with an eye disease. In this webinar, multi-disciplinary experts will share their perspectives on how you can live well with diabetes. Topics discussed will include practical tips for managing diabetes while living with vision loss, mental health resources and community supports, and hearing from patient partners who have lived experience of diabetes and vision loss. This webinar is presented in partnership with Diabetes Action Canada.

Panelists include: Dr. David Wong, retinal specialist; Leanne Baarda, Independent Living Skills Specialist, Vision Loss Rehabilitation Ontario; Diana Sherifali, PhD, clinical nurse specialist, Diabetes Care and Research Program, Hamilton Health Sciences; Bert Neutel, patient partner.

A Q&A period will be included. Please email your questions in advance to

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Ensuring the Future of Patient-Oriented Research

Environmental scan of knowledge translation tools published in the Canadian Journal of Diabetes.