Diabetic Eye Screening
The Gloucestershire Diabetic Eye Screening Service was launched in October 1998 as a result of research conducted by Professor Peter Scanlon. The service was one of the first within the UK to adopt the digital camera as the capture medium, the few screening services that were running at the time were using either Polaroid or slide film as their capture medium. We operate a mobile screening service offering screening to patients within their own GP surgery. This not only makes the service as patient accessable as possible but also helps the service achieve the National targets as outlined by the National Screening Committee for Diabetic Retinopathy. When the service was first launched in October of 1998 it had approximately 9,000 diabetic patients on its register but by the time the service had conducted its first full round of screening this figure had increased to beyond 12,000 diabetic patients. This figure currently stands at having approximatley 31,500 diabetic patients from across 88 different GP surgeries.
Why do we screen?
Diabetes is one of the largest causes of blindness in the working age group within the UK and this is commonly preventable. By offering a screening service to the diabetic patients within Gloucestershire we are able to provide a high quality and readily accessable screening service which works towards reducing the incidence of blindness, as a result of diabetic retinopathy.
Click on the links below for further information:
Diabetic Retinopathy - The Facts
Diabetic Eye Screening - The Examination
Further Information and Support