Why is it important?
Diabetic retinopathy is the major cause of visual impairment among adults in the Western world. In the UK, more than two million people have been identified as having diabetes and latest projections suggest that there will be more than three million people with diabetes by 2010.
Diabetic Retinopathy Screening enables people with diabetes to be screened for early signs of the disease, resulting in a reduction in the number of people who develop diabetes-related blindness.
Early detection through screening greatly improves the success rate of treatment. Around 90% of patients who receive treatment will continue to lead normal lives.
How does it work?
Screening takes approximately 30 minutes. You will first be given an eyesight check (visual acuity), then dilating drops will be placed into your eyes to enable the screener to obtain high-quality photographs and or images of each eye using a digital fundus camera and the images reviewed by ophthalmologists using specialist equpment.
The screening is aimed specifically at diabetic changes and does not replace the need for regular full eye examinations which should carried out annually at your opticians.
Please contact your G.P to arrange a diabetic screening if you haven’t been screened in the last 12 months.
For further information please contact:
18 The Broadway