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An Optic Neuritis Primer

Dr. Tariq Bhatti explores the differential diagnosis of optic neuritis, its most common signs and symptoms, and optimal treatment approaches.

Available credits: 0.25

Time to complete: 15 minutes


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  • Overview

    CME Information 

    M. Tariq Bhatti, MD
    Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurosurgery, and Neurology
    Chief, Neuro Ophthalmology Division
    Duke University School of Medicine and Duke Eye Center
    Durham, NC

    Adrienne W. Scott, MD
    Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
    Wilmer Eye Institute
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Baltimore, MD

    Activity Planners
    Stephanie Stowell Wenick, MPhil
    Manager, Educational Strategy and Content
    Baltimore, MD

    Amy Sison
    Director of Continuing Medical Education
    Baltimore, MD

    Activity Overview
    This podcast explores the differential diagnosis of optic neuritis, its most common signs and symptoms, and optimal treatment approaches for patients with vision loss due to optic neuritis. In addition, the relationship among optic neuritis, multiple sclerosis, and clinically isolated syndrome is discussed, as well as strategies for managing patients at risk of developing multiple sclerosis.

    Learning Objectives
    Upon completion, participants should be able to:

    • Discuss the management and neurologic implications of optic neuritis

    Target Audience
    This activity is intended for ophthalmologists.

    Statement of Need
    Optic neuritis is an acute inflammatory demyelinating disorder of the optic nerve that occurs most frequently in young adults. Although visual prognosis is excellent in most cases, optic neuritis may be indicative of other demyelinating diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder. Ophthalmologists need to be able to identify patients who may require further neurologic care. 

    Providership Statement
    Co-provided by Med-IQ® and Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development.


    Accreditation/Designation Statements
    Med-IQ is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Med-IQ designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Instructions to Receive Credit
    To receive credit, read the introductory CME material, listen to the podcast, and complete the evaluation, attestation, and post-test, answering at least 70% of the post-test questions correctly.

    Original Release Date: December 9, 2016
    Expiration Date: December 8, 2017
    Estimated Time to Complete This Activity: 15 minutes

    The evaluation, attestation, and post-test may be accessed by clicking the “Take Post-Test” tab above.

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    Med-IQ requires any person in a position to control the content of an educational activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as those in any amount occurring within the past 12 months, including those of a spouse/life partner, that could create a conflict of interest (COI). Individuals who refuse to disclose will not be permitted to contribute to this CME activity in any way. Med-IQ has policies in place that will identify and resolve COIs prior to this educational activity. Med-IQ also requires faculty to disclose discussions of investigational products or unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration.

    Disclosure Statement
    The content of this activity has been peer reviewed and has been approved for compliance. The faculty and contributors have indicated the following financial relationships, which have been resolved through an established COI resolution process, and have stated that these reported relationships will not have any impact on their ability to give an unbiased presentation.

    M. Tariq Bhatti, MD
    Consulting fees/advisory boards: Receptos, Inc.
    Fees received for promotional/non-CME activities: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

    Adrienne W. Scott, MD
    Consulting fees/advisory boards: Allergan, Inc.
    Contracted Research: ThromboGenics NV

    The peer reviewers and other activity planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

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    Educational activities that assist physicians in carrying out their professional responsibilities more effectively and efficiently are consistent with the ACCME definition of continuing medical education (CME). As an ACCME-accredited provider of CME, it is the policy of Med-IQ to review and ensure that all the content and any recommendations, treatments, and manners of practicing medicine in CME activities are scientifically based, valid, and relevant to the practice of medicine. Med-IQ is responsible for validating the content of the CME activities it provides. Specifically, (1) all recommendations addressing the medical care of patients must be based on evidence that is scientifically sound and recognized as such within the profession; (2) all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in CME in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.

    Med-IQ is not liable for any decision made or action taken in reliance upon the information provided through this activity.

    Contact Information
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    The information provided through this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient's medical condition.

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